The Paradox of Faith
As many may ponder, faith maybe as elusive to explain or articulate in the sense of understanding those who loyally embrace it without question or second thought. In Biblical happenings, many were the faithful that followed what may be articulated as the force of the heart and obedience to duty – faith. In an effort to prove their obedience to God and/or their masters many acted on what was requested or demanded of them without objection. This they believed would be their way to show loyalty and subjection to a higher force to be reckoned. While trying to justify the cause of commitment to faith and acts of faith, one may be defeated in an attempt to explain the reasons behind the immovable faith shown by those who were fearlessly ready to sacrifice their own in acts of faith and surrender.
As it may be articulated, faith could be a commitment of a higher level by an individual in an effort to be different from all the rest. In separation of the individual from the universal, faithful men and women chose to prove their faith in God and dutifully obeyed demands that were even beyond their comprehension or comfort. In the Biblical chronologies, Abraham may be termed as one man who lived to prove his loyalty and obedience to God’s will. On one dramatic account, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac and in an act of faith, took the son to the Mount Moriah and drew a knife in obedience to God. However, in that instance, an angel showed him a ram in a nearby bushel that he could sacrifice, having a message of approval from God that he has shown his devotion and self denial.
In an attempt to articulate faith, many seem to have tried to explain faith as a temptation/effort/force that goes against the ethical. However, the author, in an attempt to articulate faith, tries to find the meaning that goes beyond the individual to the unquestioning obedience to a higher power – God. Individuals trying to assert themselves have hence believed to be higher than the universal and through acts of faith, have proven to have inner will that surpasses the universal. This is the essence of faith that those who sought to be faithful became unquestionably obedient to God or a deity to the extent of willing to sacrifice their beloved.
Faith being an act of “blind obedience” may be termed as a paradox that may not be articulated. This then means that faith can or may be articulated as an act by individuals who try to prove they may be higher than the rest, hereby being termed as the universal. This shows that human beings can then be said to be individuals and separate from the universal or belonging to group. In making individual and separate decisions, individuals are then separated as being superior and not subordinate to the universal.
Through movement the individual is on a certain position or standpoint with the absolute hence the paradox of faith that cannot be explained or mediated. The assurance of spiritual stability gained through the standpoint with the absolute may be the explanation for the faith possessed by many especially in Biblical accounts. However, this concept has proven to be almost totally incomprehensible by the human mind hence calling faith a paradox – a phenomenon that has no explanation.
Unexplainable and paradoxical is faith that many have sought ethical and universal acclamations to belong in justifiable characters and behaviors. This has hence emphasized the need for those longing deeper belonging to separate themselves spiritually by total surrender to the inner calling that may not at all be inclined to morality and ethical articulation
In conclusion one can hereby say that faith may be an insurmountable power of the mind and heart to follow a course that is beyond human comprehension. It’s a miracle that may only be articulate by those who may have sought it or lived to experienced it in the most real sense of the word. With this account in mind, there can therefore be a conclusion that faith is more of a passion than an act.
Søren Kierkegaard. Fear and Trembling. Translated by Sylvia Walsh. Cambridge
University Press, 2006.
The New English Bible. Genesis 22: 1-14.