A little while ago, the Jr. High Sunday School class went together to see the movie "A Matter of Faith". The movie plays off many of today's Christian tropes; atheist college professors want to lead young people astray, the "great battle" of creationism vs evolution, and of course young girls coming of age and struggling to maintain innocence. Yawn.
However, the movie did not get too preachy...in the end, it encouraged the viewer to really examine him/herself and what he/she believes...and to keep in mind, that whatever conclusion they come to, it will ultimately be a matter of faith. As someone who works in ministry, specifically with young people, I really enjoyed that departure from the formula.
So in the spirit of examining what we have come to believe and accept, I would like to draw our attention to spot of world (pre)history. For years, it has been commonly accepted that humans must have developed organized religion only after they discovered farming. After all, it is hard to gather a large group in a single place when everyone is chasing game across the plains. Further examination of the world's oldest religious site is changing this notion though (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-first-temple-83613665/?no-ist).
People gathered together to worship, before it was even practical (or safe) to gather into communities at all. Wow. The great medieval theologians of the church spoke of "natural revelation" and how everyone has some natural notion of God's existence, but I think the Roman poet Cicero put it most succinctly:
"Nature herself has imprinted on the minds of all the idea of God."
As you go through life...as you learn facts, listen to tales, and memorize tables, keep in mind that part of being human is having faith and never being completely sure of things. Always rethink, always be willing to reform. The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty.