The Power of Love: Faith, Not Fundamentalism
By Archie Mohan
Day 1 of 10: What is Faith?
If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
-John 8:31-32 (ESV)
What is the difference between faith and fundamentalism? In the emotive sense, faith is often nourished by doubt; fundamentalism cannot tolerate it at all.
Some churches, that I have later realized to be fundamentalist in both its theology and nature, would frame ‘doubt’ as something we all experience briefly and that is perfectly all right.
However, the moment that this doubt is sustained and causes people to challenge what their society had always taught them to be true, it suddenly becomes a problem. Those who pursue such a path are often then demonized by their churches, accused of ‘walking away from the Light’ and heresy.
Clearly, faith meant belief and doubt meant disbelief. Some churches would use John 3:16 to deter others from engaging in doubt and skepticism. They would refer to John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Hence, doubt became something to be feared. Something sinful. Something to avoid.
It shouldn’t be.
To be doubtful keeps us humble.
Indeed, was it not Jesus himself who was killed by people who had very little time for doubt and introspection? Instead, they followed whatever their dualistic understanding of ‘Faith’ had required them to do.
For it was the religious class, consisting of faith leaders and ‘Experts of the Law,’ who were complicit in the execution of a Jewish man who would change the course of history—Jesus Christ.
So what is faith?
Over the next ten days, we will be exploring what faith means and how it is both beautifully prophetic and radically affirming. For God spoke to me in what many would deem the most unexpected of places: London Pride, 2019.