Lumen Fidei: An Illusory Light?

Despite every attempt by God to make revelation a matter of light and life (that is, positive and inviting), the fallen world prefers darkness to light (see John 3:19).  This is precisely the response to be expected from an egoic approach to life.

Egotism (the essence of original sin) must, by its very nature, call its view “light,” and every other view “darkness.”  To do otherwise would be to call its own self-centered claims into question.  Consequently, the fallen world’s claims to open-mindedness are no more true than any other view that declares itself to be judge and jury over everything else.

Critics of Christianity who claim it diminishes human life are right in two ways:  (1) when the expressions of faith (sadly) turn out to represent selfish aims, and (2) when the expressions of faith challenge a definition of “human” that is actually sub-human.

In other words, the light of faith cannot shine in a fallen world without caricature and controversy.  But the fact that sinful people (all of us) try to call the light of God “darkness,” does not mean that it actually is.

Reality always looks upside down when you are standing on your head.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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1 Response to Lumen Fidei: An Illusory Light?

  1. Bill boyer says:

    In the world of politics and those who report on such it is called “SPIN.”

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