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strength = weakness

St. Thomas AquinasIn order to call yourself a true Christian, I think you need to honestly answer the question, “Do I trust God?” Many answer “NO” or avoid the question by hiding behind personal strengths or weaknesses. For example, if someone has great knowledge & intelect to debate various sides of an issue, the “strength” may become a substitute for faith, ultimately becoming a “weakness”. On the other side, the “weakness” of having limited knowledge may encourage more trust in God, resulting in a “strength.”

What brought this on? A teen on the YES Retreat challenged and humbled my lack of knowledge in the area of philosophy. His private school education and “independent” readings of Thomas Aquinas, Neitche and other philosophers got me lost in conversations at times. He even asked, “Can God create a rock that is so heavy that God could not move it?” Uhhhh … yes … no … yes? I don’t know. (if you’re reading this, I’d like an answer) My humility turned into a concern for his young (and growing) dependence on knowledge, that may cripple a faith in God if not balanced right. I know we each have a “void” we fill with our own comfortable “strength,” but some things make us “too smart for our own good” which pridefully answer the ultimate question with “NO.” — This is why I’m afraid of taking 2 years of philosophy.

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  1. hey your favorite cathoulic
    June 20, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    hey chris wass up i am that person your talking about lol hey i must say thanx for the talks you had with us at the yes retreat ttyl?

  2. hey your favorite cathoulic
    June 20, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    adn the answer for the question? a pot of clay doesnt talk back to the creater..
    since God is the source of all greatness isn’t he great enough to accomplish such a task? but if no one or nothing is above him soo why bother?

    comment his chris and are you prepared for another kermit the frog joke?

  3. June 21, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    are there any answers to your riddles? or are you just making my head spin?
    it’s nice to hear from you.
    I’m prepared for a Kermit joke, but be nice 🙂

  4. Texas sister
    June 26, 2007 at 2:56 am

    Well, this blog has definitely made me think. And I have to agree about the strengths creating a weakness and vice versa. I had similar thoughts recently about that and a conversation with someone on just that. I know I don’t have great knowledge about God and my faith, so it does make me trust in him more. It also makes me want to learn more, but I don’t think I can ever know it all.
    And as for the rock question…so many answers have gone through my head. But I guess the one that stands out the most…yes, it can be created if that is the way he intended it to be created.
    Love you!

  5. super jupser kermit
    June 26, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    wow this is an awesome blog we neeed like a message board..

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