Faith and Belief in an Age of Unbelief and Faithlessness
In an age of unbelief and faithlessness, there is a strong hold in shaky philosophies. From the nihilists to communists, the philosophies hope for either a future utopia without pain and suffering here on Earth or a dystopia with increased distress. Their faith has been reduced to apathy and disbelief. While it is easy to lose hope when there is so much happening in a short amount of time, it is possible to maintain faith and belief is something greater than what we may have at the moment.
Nihilism and communist beliefs have always been at odds with faith, belief, and a future filled with love and peace. These two beliefs would be the complete antithesis of faith and love. For without faith and love, there is distress and hatred. Without true agape love, there is envy and strife. Without faith, there is only belief in that which our eyes can see and our mouth can taste and our ears can hear. Only the materialistic is the real present. There is no belief in a possible future that can hold so much more than what is at the present.
When John the Baptist was being asked who he was by those who were astounded by his wisdom and boldness, he responded with the truth. He responded that he was a voice that was making a way to present the Lord. He knew that although he had done amazing acts and feats, there was still a future Savior that would redeem human kind. A Savior that he was not even worthy to untie his sandals.
“Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself? John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” -John 1:22-23
The unbelief was strong in those asking who John the Baptist was. They were afraid that maybe he was a reincarnation of one of the prophets who had been persecuted and rejected. They knew he was of importance in the Kingdom of God, but refused to acknowledge his importance outwardly. They sent out messengers to inquire about who he was. John knew who these unbelievers were and for what purpose they were being sent. It is the unbelief of the world that attempts to look at every detail possible except that which is the truth.
They rather preferred belief in reincarnation of a previous prophet than to acknowledge the truth that John the Baptist was a messenger of God giving the good news of the Coming of the LORD. John was powerful with a boldness and ministry that can be considered one of the best ever. For this he attracted the attention of the unbelievers. There were those that began to believe due to this. Others rather wished that he was something else, just as people wished and still wish that our Risen Messiah was more politically and economically represented than spiritually.
This is the constant unbelief of humanity exemplified in the constant need of something palpable and visible. Faith is a difficult concept. Faith requires to walk not with open eyes but open hope.