Is Faith a Crutch for the Weak?

crutch.jpgIs faith simply an invention to help the weak? Is God just a projection of our own needs? Do we simply create the god we need in our own minds?

Many people would suggest that the whole concept of God is a projection of what we feel we lack in life. If we didn’t have a loving father as we grew up we project that into the creation of a ‘loving father god’

We’ve all heard people say the ‘religion is just a crutch for the weak’ but is that really the case?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Yesterday we looked at where the concept of faith being for the weak began and asked whether there is any validity to the argument. We also talked about whether some Christians have misinterpreted the Bible to create a ‘god’ that doesn’t line up with the God of the Bible at all.

Have a listen to our discussion by clicking the play button on the Audio Player at the bottom of this post.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Put that faith to test and it’s the weak who usually give up very quickly. Only those who work at strengthening their faith through regular fellowship with Christ hold on. Faith is not a crutch – it’s what holds us together – it’s more like cement.

    Congratulations! You’ve just been listed on my blog for a Thinking Blog Award. Please do pop over to take a look and copy the image to post on your worthy blog.

    Bless you.

  • A life of selfishness, attention-seeking and hedonism cannot be desired when we recognise our relationship to God and seek after Him. If I had a weakness to live such a life, faith in a worldview that rejects God and the eternal, and seeks out pleasure in this world would be my crutch.

    The question is, which weakness shall we indulge? Our inherent, blessed weakness for God, or our cursed weakness for the ways of this world?

  • Thanks for your wise comments, Kathie, and thanks for the award.

    Things have been busy over the past few days and I haven’t had much of a chance to get online. I’ll hopefully head over to ‘grab the award’ a little later today. 🙂

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