Carpe Aeternum

Finding the Eternal in the Every Day

Defining Faith

So, I’ve been pondering this one for awhile and I feel like I’m a long way from figuring it out. Chime in if you have insight.
When I first watched The Matrix, the fact that Neo’s understanding of his world within the Matrix was shaped by what he believed about the Matrix. Or more bluntly, as he truly believed he could manipulate his world he actually began to.
The Last Airbender brought this back to mind for me. Not that Airbender is anywhere as good a movie as The Matrix, but they play with some common themes. The scene toward the end where Ang shows the “might of water” especially made that connection. A couple scenes before, the fact that the waterbenders weren’t fighting that way disturbed me. They let the battle become worse than it needed to be.
This moments always bring me back to spirituality and the way faith interacts with our experience of the world and God. Jesus tells us that we can move mountains by telling them to get out of the way. Even metaphorically that is bigger than most of us can ever grasp. We are so far from Neo, from Ang.

So how do we get there? How do we find that kind of faith?


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