Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Browne: faith vs. sight

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
    —John 20:24-26 (NIV)
    I desire to exercise my faith in the most difficult point; for to credit ordinary and visible objects, is not faith, but persuasion. Some believe the better for seeing Christ’s Sepulchre, and when they have seen the Red Sea, doubt not of the miracle. Now contrarily I bless myself, and am thankful that I lived not in the days of miracles, that I never saw Christ nor His Disciples; I would not have been one of those Israelites that passed the Red Sea, nor one of Christ’s patients on whom He wrought His wonders; then had my faith been thrust upon me; nor should I enjoy that greater blessing pronounced to all that believe and saw not.
    ... Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), Religio Medici [1643], W. Murison, ed., Cambridge University Press, 1922, p. 11 (see the book)
    See also John 20:24-29; Luke 1:45; John 4:48; 1 Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 5;7; Heb. 11:1,39; 1 Pet. 1:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I and the whole church bless You for the gift of faith.
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