Jesus sat down on the mountainside and one of the things he taught his disciples was:
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)
His promise to all who should seek him:
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)
And my favourite:
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
I have a point, but I’m having writer’s block, so pardon the prose. This happened after philosophy of religion yesterday. I stayed behind and had a discussion about our personal religious beliefs with a classmate. Incidentally, his history is almost so similar to mine. Born to Buddhist parents, questioned faith, turned to Christianity, lost his faith and now he’s longing for the peace Christianity used to bring him, but he can’t pick up his faith anymore.
Yet, when I confided that that leap of faith is too huge a gulf for me to overcome (in Christianity), that I would need a revelation of sorts, he was the one who pointed me to the Sermon on the Mount, even though he mistakenly thought it included the clause ‘seeking God’.
The thing is, he speaks so earnestly and sincerely about God. He wholeheartedly believes the Bible and claims that its transcendence moves him. That when he reads the Bible, he truly feels that it is out of this world, that there must have been a God that inspired its writing. Here I must clarify that he is not an evangelist. He is merely seeking God, like me. Only, he’s been changed before. It’s almost like at some point after that, he was crying out to God but God passed him over and left him to his consequential faithlessness.
Why would God do this?