…faith begins precisely where thinking leaves off.Posted: October 18, 2011
“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?