Understanding The Indefinable – Is My Belief My Own?

From DEVOTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS by Brennan Manning, Pp.305:

You cannot apply human logic or justice to Yahweh. Human logic is based on human experience and human nature. Yahweh does not conform to this kind of order. If Israel is unfaithful, God remains faithful. The Being of Revelation remains faithful against all logics and all limits of justice because He Is and is unchanging. It is only this note of his persistence. Love tends to be a bit irrational. It pursues despite infidelity; it blossoms into envy, jealousy, anger – frantic anger, which betrays keen interest. The notion of love not only gives a fuller notion of divine nature, but by blossoming into other notions of passion, wrath, and eagerness, it widens our notion of God. The more complex and emotional the image of God becomes in the Bible, the bigger he grows and, paradoxically, the more we approach the mystery of his indefinability.

From DEVOTIONS FOR RAGAMUFFINS by Brennan Manning, Pp.337:

 If there is one thing I have learned in the gathering mist of midlife, it is that the journey from Haran to Canaan is a personal one. Each one of us bears the responsibility of responding to the call of Christ individually and committing ourselves to him personally. Do I believe in Jesus or in the preachers, teachers,  and cloud of witnesses who have spoken to me about him? Is the Christ of my belief really my own or that of theologians, pastors, parents, and Oswald Chambers? No one – not parents or friends or church – can absolve us of this ultimate personal decision regarding the Who do you say that I am – is addressed to every would-be disciple.

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