1.9 Mag ik vragen stellen over het geloof? Is het logisch om te geloven?
Vragen stellen is essentieel, want op die manier denk je na over het geloof. Zo kun je dieper doordringen tot de waarheid van het geloof en beter vatten wat het betekent dat God van jou houdt.
De kern van het christelijke geloof is alleen te begrijpen door stil te staan bij Gods liefde voor iedere mens. We kunnen Hem deels leren kennen door wat Hij van zichzelf laat zien (openbaart). Toch zullen er ook vragen onbeantwoord blijven, omdat God nu eenmaal niet altijd in een antwoord te vatten is. God is altijd groter!
Why does man have a desire for God?
God himself, in creating man in his own image, has written upon his heart the desire to see him. Even if this desire is often ignored, God never ceases to draw man to himself because only in God will he find and live the fullness of truth and happiness for which he never stops searching. By nature and by vocation, therefore, man is a religious being, capable of entering into communion with God. This intimate and vital bond with God confers on man his fundamental dignity. [CCCC 2]
Why do we seek God?
God has placed in our hearts a longing to seek and find him. St. Augustine says, “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” We call this longing for God religion.
It is natural for man to seek God. All of our striving for truth and happiness is ultimately a search for the one who supports us absolutely, satisfies us absolutely, and employs us absolutely in his service. A person is not completely himself until he has found God. “Anyone who seeks truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it” (St. Edith Stein). [Youcat 3]
In the Christian system it will be found that there is, not to speak at all arrogantly, at least as much of investigation into articles of belief, and of explanation of dark sayings, occurring in the prophetical writings, and of the parables in the Gospels, and of countless other things, which either were narrated or enacted with a symbolic signification. [Origen, Against Celsus, Bk. 1, Chap. 9 (MG 11, 672)]