Faith, Reason, and Scepticism
There is a meme going around that states, “If the Bible calls it sin, your opinion does not matter.” What is lamentable – it is a meme by ‘Catholic Study Fellowship’. The problem with this statement begins by shutting down the beauty of a real rational inquiry about sin and why Christ seeks to lead us from it. The statement itself allows no dialogue and is an argument from authority (weakest form). For sin effects each individual at the very ground of their existence – in their relationship with God, themselves, others, and the world around them. It is the experience of a disordered relationship that requires dialogue, conversion, and grace to fix. For speaking against sin requires a real explanation to help the person understand how it is an act contrary to ‘truth, reason, and right conscience.’
Today we live in a post-Christian era. Not for the fact Christianity is unreasonable, but I believe it is because people were not given a good reason to believe. The culture mindset, for the most part, seems to be a “wavering or unbelieving agnosticism”. Every human being is a person with this profound dignity and worth. Also, they are endowed with an intellect and will by their Creator. Therefore, if we do not appeal to these faculties, the human person is strip of their authentic personhood, their ability to think and engage in a real conversation about sin and its destructive habitual path.
The first medicinal truth that needs to be applied is the fact Sacred Scripture is not primarily about sin, but how God communicates the authenticity of Himself and his love for his creature. For God took flesh upon Himself not simply to take on the sins of the world, but to be personally involved in the salvation of each man and woman. Who went astray. Who lost their way. Who in darkness needed light. It is about this authentic care for the beloved – each human person – unique, individual, and unrepeatable. Its focal point is a Personal God who desires our happiness, our good, and who values our ability to come to know the truth.