Sunday, December 12, 2010
Seeing behind the questions
So my community has been discussing this video for a couple of years. Every once in a while, one of us will bring it up on the computer again, and we'll sit around and watch it.
I think it demonstrates the futility that a lot of people feel about talking about their faith with other people. Everyone is afraid they're going to get into a conversation like this, and that they won't know what to say or how to say it. And I guess if you're prone to emailing people about faith, it would be really easy to get stuck in a conversation like this.
But this kind of situation has never happened to me. I think it's because when I talk about faith, it's usually after I actually have a relationship with a person, where they know a lot more about me than just what I believe. And when someone brings up something that they struggle with, most of the time I empathize with them and talk about how I've struggled with the same questions. Sometimes I'll offer how I resolved the conflict or question in my own mind.
But rather than engaging at a rational level, answering all the questions that are on the surface, I'd also want to engage with the emotional barriers I see. I see a couple of potential ones here. What do you see?
Tomorrow I'll talk about the ones that I am guessing could be behind these questions