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“In our comfort-oriented culture, it has become second nature to avoid those who are suffering or lonely, or whose lives are messy and filled with pain. People are desperately hungry for acceptance, understanding, belonging, and empathy, and when these are not available, our society offers all the equipment they need for numbing themselves…We may also use technologies as an insurance policy against boredom so we never have to be alone with ourselves. By providing a constant stream of stimuli, our technologies can help numb us to the uncertainty, confusion, and vulnerability that lie at the heart of human experience.” (Robin Phillips)

“….sometimes it is very confusing and trying which creates ambiguities in our lives which in turn causes our ambivalence toward living in God’s creation which happens also to be the Fallen world.  We experience both the good and the bad, the godly and the ungodly daily in this world. We rejoice in God our Savior, but also experience the effects of the Fall. We experience salvation and victory in Christ, but also the ongoing spiritual warfare in which we suffer wounds and failures.” (Fr. Ted Bobosh)

“Ambiguity is all about loss of control. Control is a defense mechanism against immaturity and fear. We fear the things we are not mature enough to handle…Embracing ambiguity challenges our need to understand and control reality. After all, we are rational creatures with a God-given intellect. When we begin to embrace ambiguity we become less rigid, less black-and-white in our thinking. We become softer. We become more kind.” (Albert S. Rossi)

“We live with ambiguity every day of our lives, not knowing what might happen minute to minute, let alone day to day and so on. Nevertheless, we like to feel secure and to order our lives in such a way that we have stability…“Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God Himself…Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.” (GOARCH Center for Family Care, Madeleine L'Engle)

“With God, there is no “Yes and No” (2 Corinthians 1:18-19), but only the constant affirmation of all that He pledges. His Word is not a blunt instrument that He uses haphazardly. It is a sharp sword that cuts through all ambiguity and uncertainty to accomplish His purpose. Therefore, all those who hear His Word must say “Amen” to its message and affirm its teaching.” (Fr. Basil)


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