Any person who is a member of an organized religion eventually gets asked the question “Why do you believe in your God and your faith?” And I’ve been seeing this question asked to a lot of the Catholic and Muslim bloggers I follow over the last few weeks and it’s got me thinking about the “correct” answer.
To the people who ask this question “I dunno, I just do.” is not good enough. Which is unfortunate for me because that is my answer. I can go on and on about my reasoning for lots of stuff but my reasoning for having faith is so big and complex and emotional and intimate that I can’t even begin to rationalize it into words. So “I just do” is all I can manage.
But I think I might finally have a better response.
What does love taste like?
We all know what love is, we have a pretty good idea of how it feels but what does it taste like?
We can all come up with some sort of long-winded metaphor quite quickly but even if you took several weeks to think it over you can’t really find a response that completely satisfies you and the more you think about it the stupider the question feels.
So yeah, my response to “Why do you believe in God?” is less about explaining my reasoning and more about showing the asker how it feels to be asked so they better understand my fairly underwhelming response.