Active Faith vs. Passive Faith
When it comes to Jesus we can either actively believe or passively believe. Passive belief is something we take for granted, that we do not give a second thought to. We don’t even interact with the fact that we believe it- we just do. These could be like gravity, the fact that a sturdy chair will be safe to sit in, that atoms we can’t see exist, or maybe even that there is a supreme being.
There are people who think there is a supreme being but that is all they think about the subject. We find some Christians like this. Maybe you have even been guilty of this (I certainly have and many times still am). There are those who believe in some version of the God of the Bible, yet seem not to live it out to the ultimate conclusion- you know, telling others about the good and bad news.
Active belief is when the belief has an impact on the actions of the believer. Instead of just being aware of something, that something changes how we live. Its like just finding out about electricity where society as a whole changes; now I can stay up all night writing blog posts or binge watching a tv show instead of being at the mercy of the daylight.
Sure, there are some very small beliefs that don’t change the essence of life, but the existence of a supreme being certainly is no small belief. Kristal has said to me before that if God does exist than we would have to dedicate our whole lives to Him. (remarking that many Christians whom she has observed do not externally show that they have dedicated their whole lives to God as she would expect from that belief).
The Result of Passive Belief
When we have many passive beliefs we neglect to see the grander picture of how all of our beliefs impact and build on each other. We passively live with many paradoxes, which either could be be easily reconciled if we actively interacted with our beliefs and made the appropriate revisions or we would grow through the struggle of clashing beliefs. People passively live in a world of contradiction and for this reason make certain beliefs into opposing viewpoints when, through active belief, those beliefs could work together to get closer to the truth.
We have to care about knowing rather than just kind of knowing.
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