One of the blogsurfing finds lately (iMonk) has been a poem by John Oxenham entitled “Credo”. This followed a discussion about the Culture Wars that got only a little off-topic. Here is a bit of the discussion, edited:
[someone named Steve said]: “…I should know – I used to be that person. I was more interested in the knowledge of good and evil than I was interested in the relationship with God. Therefore, I needed my knowledge to be inerrant, because I wanted to play on God’s turf and successfully ‘manage’ my relationship with Him.
Thanks be to God that ‘the Truth shall set you free’ is a statement about Jesus, not a statement about other statements.”
[Ray said, replying to Steve]: “I think you might have just hit the heart of the matter. I can remember how much my world expanded when Truth went from being a proposition to a Person in my life. So many things were tipped on their heads and it was both wonderful and terrifying at the same time…”
[then I said, replying to Ray]: “Ray, something you said startled me because it’s almost exactly what a physician friend once told me [this was Lou, for you locals].
You said, ‘I can remember how much my world expanded when Truth went from being a proposition to a Person in my life.’
My friend said, ‘My medical practice took a quantum leap when I realized that I should be treating the person and not the disease.’
Eye-opening, isn’t it?”
[then someone named David said nothing, but posted this poem]:
Not what, but WHOM, I do believe,
That, in my darkest hour of need,
Hath comfort that no mortal creed
To mortal man may give;–
Not what, but WHOM!
For Christ is more than all the creeds,
And His full life of gentle deeds
Shall all the creeds outlive.
Not what I do believe, but WHOM!
WHO walks beside me in the gloom?
WHO shares the burden wearisome?
WHO all the dim way doth illume,
And bids me look beyond the tomb
The larger life to live?–
Not what I do believe,
John Oxenham’s Poem: Credo
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