Walking Wires with Unreasonable Faith



Søren Kierkegaard, a 19th Century Philosopher, spoke about belief in God as taking a “leap of faith.” No he did not coin the term, but his thesis that one must “leap” over to have faith in the God of Christianity brings a good question to mind. Who is more “crazy”; the one who believes in a God that cannot be proven scientifically or the one who does not.

Nik Wallenda tight-rope walked across 1,400 feet of 2 inch thick steel across the Grand Canyon Sunday, June 23rd. This is not the first time Wallenda has completed such a large feat. In February of 2012 he crossed Niagara Falls from Canada to New York, carrying his passport in his pocket to get back into his home country.

While Wallenda’s acrobatics are incredible, it is his outspoken faith in Jesus that has made the most noise on the web. Just look at a few of these posts by notable celebrities…

“Comedian and noted atheist Ricky Gervais came at the incident from the opposite perspective, saying, “Well done Jesus for getting that bloke across the Grand Canyon safely. I bet he feels silly for wasting so much time practicing now.” “Breaking Bad” and “Under the Dome” star Dean Norris stated, “Regardless of religious belief or not,feel little happier bout life then had #wallenda kept saying thank you nihilists, life is meaningless.” And comedian Doug Benson raised a legitimate question, writing, “Do you think Discovery Channel knew how Jesus-y Wallenda was gonna get on that wire? #HelpMeToRelaxLord #GodYouAreSoGood.” (Taken from LAtimes.com)

I cannot help but commend Wallenda for his desire to praise God, even if it is when facing death 1,500 feet from the ground. No safety nets, mind you. I feel that it would be crazy for Wallenda to NOT believe in God.

Kierkegaard says that faith is a sort of unreasonable thing because of the paradoxes Christianity presents; one must either believe or be offended at the gospel.

Christian dogma, according to Kierkegaard, embodies paradoxes which are offensive to reason. The central paradox is the assertion that the eternal, infinite, transcendent God simultaneously became incarnated as a temporal, finite, human being (Jesus). There are two possible attitudes we can adopt to this assertion, viz. we can have faith, or we can take offense. What we cannot do, according to Kierkegaard, is believe by virtue of reason. If we choose faith we must suspend our reason in order to believe in something higher than reason. In fact we must believe by virtue of the absurd.
(Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

To me and Søren, Wallenda is a brave man. He not only suspends himself hundreds of feet in the air in a death defying act, but also suspends reason to accept the wonderful paradox that is salvation through the conquering King, Jesus.

Which is more unreasonable to you: to tight rope walk or believe in God like Wallenda?


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