Kierkegaard: Knight of Faith


I haven’t read anything by Kierkegaard yet, but one thing caught my attention when watching various videos about his philosophy.

The idea is simple. If you want to find true faith, you have to find someone willing to kill and die for what he believes in, not merely debate or preach, but to actually draw a sword and stab someone over it, or put himself in the field of battle with only his faith to protect him.

A good example from the scriptures is Abraham. When God called on him to sacrifice Isaac, he didn’t hesitate. He went up to murder his son. (Obviously, the angel stopped him, but only after it became clear that Abraham would follow through.)

Is religion a thought-exercise for you? Or are you willing to bet your entire life over it?

Are you willing to die for your religion?

Are you willing to kill for it?

That is the question.

If you can’t answer “yes” to both questions, then religion is nothing more than a game for you.

You atheists — you who stand on the sideline mocking those who are challenged by their faith, what do you have to offer? If you are so certain that religion is a great disease, come, face us in mortal combat, and show me that you are not just playing word games.

Or be quiet while those of us who have bet our lives on it continue our holy crusade.

One thing that Christians often challenge my faith with: As you know, we latter-day saints believe in living prophets. My Christian friends ask me, “What if the prophet asks you to do something contrary to scriptures?” My polite response is, “That will never happen.” If pressed, I will explain that I’d follow a living prophet over a dead one. To drive this point home, I would ask them, “Suppose you were living in the time of Jesus, and he told you to do something you believed was contrary to the law found in the Bible. Would you do it?”

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