“RELIGION: Men despise religion, they hate it, and fear
that is is true” BLAISE PASCAL [1623-1662]
Would that belief with all the heart
That faith would take the major part
No doubts evoke that it be fiction
Grim spectre of contradiction
Why should faith be so elusive?
At times conviction quite conclusive
At others, of any certainty devoid
Credence rarely unalloyed
Ambivalence yielding only anguish
In this tension the soul languish
Faith and doubt in opposition
Need hope in salvation avert perdition?
For those whose trust is resolute
Brook no questions, no dispute
Their creed for them is all sufficient
Safe with their loving God omniscient
Yet who would deem it cynicism
When intelligent scepticism
Decides it be a precondition
To weigh in the balance propositions
Study of God’s word the resolution?
Or merely leads to obfuscation
Religion ‘lite’ a better course
Freed from the wrath of sinner’s curse
And what of those of frail conviction
Beset by doubt and contradiction?
For them, faith a prize not quite yet earned
Still in their heart wistfully yearned