Faith in the Mystery

April 20, 2010
by Michael Lee Joshua

“A religion without the element of mystery would not be a religion at all.” ~Edwin Lewis

So, here we have it. Faith in the mystery is what brings our religion to life, for without it – there is no religion. From the days of believing idols could answer petitions to present day, we have always attached a mysterious being at the top of the pyramid.

Whether we call this being God, Allah, Creator – does it really matter?

What is in a name?

I believe it does matter. But what we call others has always mattered.

If you don’t believe me, ask yourself how you would feel if:

  • Your son or daughter called you “Joe” instead of “dad.”
  • Your husband called you by the name of a long-ago girlfriend.
  • Your newborn baby girl who has no hair is referred to as a little boy.
  • Your boss calls you by one of your colleague’s names and doesn’t realize his mistake.
  • Names and titles, they are how we perceive one another.

    “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” —which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 (NIV)

    “God with us” – what a powerful name. What a powerful thought. He came to walk on earth with us.

    The real mystery is not that he could walk with us on earth; the real mystery is why would he do so?

    It seems simply explained in “God is love” 1 John 4:16 (NIV).

    It still is mysterious, huh?

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