…faith begins precisely where thinking leaves off.

“What I intend to do now is to extract from the story of Abraham its dialectical element, in the form of problemata, in order to see how monstrous a paradox faith is, a paradox capable of making a murder into a holy act well pleasing to God, a paradox which gives Isaac back to Abraham, which no though can grasp because faith begins precisely where thinking leaves off.

Kierkegaard wrote that. I’ve seen people quote this before, I probably even “liked” it as a facebook status. But do people realize the whole paragraph/sentence it comes from? I’m only half way through “fear and trembling”, so this blog may be preemptive. But Kierkegaard challenging the way I think. And I wanted to share that challenge with you.

Abraham wasn’t the father of our faith because he believed God. He took it a step further. He was willing to sacrifice the very thing he was promised by God because he had faith that God would still keep his promise, even though it was a paradox.

It made no sense. It took believing in a God that can do the impossible. And he didn’t just profess to believe in that God. His actions proved it. This challenges me- how much do my actions prove that I believe in a God that can do the impossible? How deep is my faith?

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2 Comments on “…faith begins precisely where thinking leaves off.”

  1. Jake Schlossberg says:

    Robbie, thanks for this post. I’ve been convicted lately by the same habit of putting reason over faith and was recently convicted by a devotional on Prov 3:5 and to what extent I do lean on my own understanding. Great blog, keep it up!

  2. Edwin says:

    Kierkegaard convinced me that I didn’t have what it takes to be a Christian. I’m an atheist thanks to Kierkegaard!


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