The question Scott Coleman has posed for this Roundtable is a very common one, but it will be easier to handle if we break it down into three assertions:
The first: God hides. That may be true of the Gods of other religions — Wicca, Shinto Buddhism, Rastafarianism — you’d just really have to check with those folks. But it’s most definitely not true of the Christian God, The Most Holy Trinity.
In fact, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have gone to all sorts of trouble to reveal Themselves to us: God the Son actually became a human so that, through Him, we might be united with God the Father through the power of God the Holy Spirit. Those are not the actions of a God who hides.
The second: God can only be known by faith. That’s also true, but faith is not some super power which a few lucky people receive and most others don’t.
Faith is, at its core, gratitude. For example, since you are reading this column, you can be thankful for the amazing abilities that your brain is displaying by translating these written symbols that were transcribed last week into thoughts that you are having right now. That would be faith. On the other hand, you can regard those abilities as an expression of your own skills or the product of blind, biological forces. However, those last two options lead to pride and meaninglessness, so, if you want to get closer to The Most Holy Trinity, gratitude is the best place to begin.
The third: Religion makes it harder to find God. Again, true, but we’re ultimately responsible for that mess. We humans put together all the different religions in the world, and we have even managed to produce over thirty thousand distinct versions of Christianity. Nevertheless, the original version of Christianity, a version that is based squarely on the revelation of The Most Holy Trinity, is still being practiced today right here in Central Texas. That version of Christianity is known as Holy Orthodoxy.
If you would like to get closer to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit or if you would like to learn more about gratitude or about Holy Orthodoxy, just send me a note or give me a call. I would love to visit with you.
— Father Aidan Wilcoxson is the pastor of St John Orthodox parish in Cedar Park (www.theforerunner.org); he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.