Sometimes you hear something at Church and you just can't forget it. This is one of those times...
"DON'T CONFUSE OPEN MINDEDNESS WITH A HOLE IN THE HEAD..."
I'm working with a couple who are struggling with their faith. They are really working hard and trying to be open to a new way of thinking. They seem to want to believe only if it can be "proven" to them. They are closed to ideas that require faith, and exercising faith to believe, though I see a hope and desire in their eyes to want to open that door in their minds of believing. They want to hang their faith and rely on scientific proof. I struggle with scientific proof being the source of my faith. What I hear reported in the news as "fact" by one group of researchers on one day is countered by another "fact" by another group on another day. Where is the foundation of truth in that?
I hear of my need to find my "authentic" self by some in the homosexual community, that I will be only happy when I am authentic with my true self. I struggle with this concept of authenticity just as much as my friends are struggling with their faith, particularly when authenticity contradicts that faith of what I "know" to personally be true. Is that closed-mindedness on my part?
I may have a hole in my head, and just don't know it, but being open to faith, to the spirit requires open mindedness.