Great observation by Herman Bavinck, indeed. And thus, we see the absurdity of those evanjellyfish who eschew emphasizing that Christianity is a religion, calling it just a faith. After all, faith is just belief, but religion is living out faith in communion with other fellow believers, and the outworking of that faith in the world. Any ostensible Christian who de-emphasizes religion’s importance is missing out on the big picture.
As long as he is occupied with himself only and looks no further, he can fancy himself to be self-sufficient. But as soon as he becomes aware of his relationships, he becomes stupefied, and asks: What am I in this great cosmos? What am I over and against the norm, that strange phenomenon in my life that has authority over me? What am I in my life that speeds on and on–a doer or a victim? What am I in the face of that remarkable feeling that overwhelms me sometimes, that feeling that everything must change and that things are not right as they are? What am I over against that very mysterious background of existence, the divine powers? It is in this area of existential relations that man is confronted with the crucial matters of life–and one of these is religion. Religion convinces man that there are…
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