Saturday, September 01, 2007

"Faith does not conduct a debate about God and God's righteousness, as does the natural, the redeemed, or the presumably already glorified reason before its own forum. It conducts a dispute with God in prayer and lament."

And therefore faith does not debate universalism, certainly not in terms of ghostly colonialist abstractions like "the native in Africa" or some grotesque scholastic definition of theodicy.

Instead, faith prays, and argues, and laments, for the souls whom God has placed in its path. And this prayer, and argument, and lamentation does not cease when those we love die but continues in prayer and lamentation for the dead, until God finally answers: in resurrection of the dead and the revealing of the secrets of all hearts -- including His own.