This week I went to a debate put on by York Union debate called “Religion is irrational and today's society would be better off without it”Whilst, I am without a doubt against this notion, I also feel torn by the argument, because for me, my Christian faith is a bit irrational.
When I say I believe in God, I know I can never design an experiment to prove it (although, I cannot design one to disprove God’s existence), I know that my ‘reasoning’ behind my belief will be perceived as irrational, and that is the beauty of it. I have a faith, I believe in what I cannot prove through science, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Augustine said (according to the internet)
“Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
At the end of the day, regardless of whether I can prove to someone that God is real, I know in my heart that it’s true. And it’s the truth, which for me is the most irrational part of all.
God, created this world to have a relationship with us. And yet, we rebelled. We turned away, decided we could live without him, but despite the fact, God never gave up. He sent prophet after prophet, and finally his son, to die, for me and for you, to save us.
For me, that is what is irrational. God, creator of the Universe was willing to die, for you and for me, because he loves us, despite everything we have done, and will do. God loves you and God loves me. And how can we ever deserve that? God’s love for us is completely and utterly irrational. He does not need us, and yet he calls out to us in love and welcomes us into his family.
Blog by Jess Vaughan
Jess is in her fourth year at the University of York and is studying for a Masters in Chemistry. She is originally from Wilmslow and has worked at the York Maze.
Jess is also around specifically to be there for other student girls. She is great and do get in touch with her if you want to meet up with her!