Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Faith & Intellectualism

I came back to Blogger today just to record this quote from the book I'm reading, The Longest Bridge Across Water by Jeremy Mangerchine.
"...this kind of faith walk is offensive to many, and those who do not understand often view people  of great faith as being crazy.  That's because faith is not in any way rooted in intellectualism: it is spiritual! And it often does not make any sense at all. It cannot be learned or figured out.  It must be received, freely, by revelation from the Holy Spirit."

Jeremy's brother told me about the book. Jeremy's brother told me he read it in one quick, fast read. He was surprised I hadn't read it completely the day it arrived in the mail. However, I find Jeremy's book to be one of those books I that must read the same sentence, the same paragraph, the same chapter over and over before I move on to the next. In one or two sentences there is so much to take in I don't want to quickly pass it over. I want to ponder what he is saying.

It's not that I don't comprehend Jeremy's thoughts. Rather I understand them all very well. I experienced much of what he is writing about, especially in the 1990's decade and into the 00's.  "One aspect of the mystical union is God's presence in everything. When I first began to experience the presence of God, I became addicted to Him..." I can certainly relate to that statement.

Meanwhile, I had a dream I was married to the Evangelist Daniel Kolenda and I couldn't wait for him to get home so we could go out and spend time together. Instead, he wanted me to leave him alone and  be shut up in a bedroom writing. He was very nice about it, and asked if I would mind not talking and if I would mind letting him write. He felt a little bad about it, but I could see something was right there on his heart that needed written right then.  So I went out by myself perfectly content, but others felt sorry for me. I was a little frustrated with the other people for telling me I should be sad and feel rejected. I thought, what is wrong with you people, can't you see he's writing?



  1. I have no idea why you think people would be offended by another person's faith. We all share different ideals if we have been founded in certain traditions and none are the same. I rejoice in any person's happiness with the creation and efforts to continue the search for truth.

    1. Jeremy is not speaking of a particular "faith" or branch. He is writing about his experience, which others have also experienced, as have I. People have been offended by the complete abandonment of what looks like conventional wisdom. Francis of Assisi also wrote about how offended his family and even those in authority in the church were by his walk of "faith." He isn't writing about traditions, but about growing in a relationship with Christ that may ( or may not) end up looking very crazy. Such as the guy who walked around the world with the giant cross. There is a website someone created called Lunatics for Jesus and it isn't written in a positive light. I'm not a big follower of Pat Robertson at all, but I remember reading that Pat came home and told his wife he was going to sell everything and give it to the poor. He was a successful lawyer at the time. He did just that and they had no income for a long time and ate beans and rice for every meal. During that time they were criticized by family and outsiders as being crazy. I've had to deal with it and unfortunately I let Men Pleasing get in the way of God Pleasing.

    2. I'm with you on that as well. I'm not offended by another's faith or tradition or lack thereof. Reality is many are and if one feels a call to press in, I urge them to ignore the naysayers. I wish I would have left the dead to bury their own.

  2. Sounds like a book that I would like, think I will give it a look. I think he is right with the quote, I read a blog recently where the authors point was that Christians were one of the biggest hate groups in America. He either hated Christians or was a person of no faith. Sad either way.