Sermon Snap Shot February 11, 2018

Sermon Snap Shot February 11, 2018

But loving God with our minds is about more than just meditating, studying or reflecting on the Scriptures, the Cross or the words of the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father.” Loving God with our minds also means that we aren’t afraid to use our brains – including what we may have learned in other disciplines – in the pursuit of our faith. As you’ve heard me say many times about our tradition, we don’t ask folks to check their brains in at the door! No, making use of our intellect is a key aspect of worship and of being faithful disciples.
Since the Apostle Paul’s visit to the university town of Athens in the first century, the relationship between faith and reason, faith and science, has been a tenuous one. You can walk into many churches today right here in Beaufort County and hear sermons that portray the two as totally opposed, enemies even. And then you can walk down the street to another church and hear a sermon that describes the relationship between the two as complementary, necessary even. I’ve always liked how Albert Einstein describes the relationship between the two: “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
And why? Because the two seek to answer different questions. While science seeks to answer the “how,” “when” and “where” questions of life, religion seeks to answer the “who” and “why” questions of life. They each complement the other.
But as important as our Reason is, like the legs of Tradition and Experience it too has its limits. Why? Because there are certain questions, certain aspects of the faith that will always be beyond our logic, our rationale, our full understanding. For example…
How can God exist in all places at all times?
How can God hear ALL of our prayers?
How does the Trinity make sense – God coexisting eternally as Father-Son-Spirit?
How does incarnation make sense – Jesus being 100% human and 100% God – simultaneously?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Why are some people healed physically while others are not?
Why does it seem like some prayers are answered while others seem ignored?
From Sunday. February 11 message “The Third Leg of Support: Reason” and the last of five messages in the series, “Thinking Theologically: A 3-Legged Stool Approach”
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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