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Quote-Life of Pi

I am in the midst of reading a novel called, Life of Pi.  One usually would not find me reading novels, as they are not my first choice when it comes to reading.  However, a few of my friends and I went to a bookstore the other day to actually find another book, Nineteen Eighty-four, and they talked me into getting this book instead.  So far, I am glad they have recommended the book to me.

To give you a bit of information before I write the quote down, it is a book about a kid named Pi, who is on a spiritual journey.  He has a great number of conversations with people of different faith backgrounds found in India.  In one of the conversations he says, “Choosing doubt as a philosophy of life is like choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”  

My first reaction was laughter, but then I started to think more about, I realized how this is such a helpful way of putting things.  Some of the people along my journey have chosen this as their philosophy of life.  When I look at where they are in life and what they are doing, it just seems to be somewhat stagnant.  I am in no way saying doubt is bad.  I actually think doubt is a natural and healthy.  But when it becomes the choice in which we use to look at everything, it is then that we see some of the unhealthy ramifications of doubt.  We loose our trust in everything else…other than of course our ability to doubt.  

Maybe a good example of healthy doubt can be seen in the bible with “doubting” Thomas?


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I have just about finished a book called Jesus for President, which is by Shane Claibourne.  It is a good book and I would recommend reading it.  There are a few things which have struck me and I have been pondering them for a bit.  However, there is a quote that I wanted to put out there and unpack a little bit.  He says this about Christianity.  “Christianity is at its best when it is peculiar, marginalized, suffering, and is at its worst when it is popular, credible, triumphal, and powerful.”

I find this to be interesting because I grew up in what is known as the Bible Belt.  The Christianity which was “sold” to me had a great deal to do with trying to be cool.  I can remember hearing things from people who were trying to be real cool and fit in so very much with the youth culture (This was not my youth minister though….he was about 50 and incredible….long pony tail baby!)  

I say this to say, is this kind of Christianity bad?  Is this where Christianity is not at its best?  I also can see that there are cultures in places like China where the Kingdom of God is moving out in incredible ways.  Christianity is being highly persecuted, and yet it is flourishing.  I recognize this and am extremely excited about such a thing.  Is the gospel the at its best in China?  

My answer for this is I do not know.  I can honestly see both sides of the argument.  I have seen lives transformed on either end of the spectrum.  Is not that one of the central messages of the Kingdom of God?  We are to be created more and more into Christ’s likeness?  Then again if this is happening….would not persecution begin to occur?

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