It is impossible to believe in God – the miracle of faith according to Karl Barth

Authors

  • MS Van Zyl

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2006.v47n1.a11

Keywords:

Karl Barth, Jesus Christ, humanity, miracle

Abstract

This article is an attempt to interpret Karl Barth’s understanding of faith. The intention is to show that Barth has convincingly refuted all attempts to make the Gospel more believable to modern people. By trying to make the Gospel more believable we are assuming that faith is a human possibility, which it is not. God is completely veiled to humanity. Whereas God is faithful, trustworthy, free and Lord, humanity is unfaithful, disobedient, unfree and self-affirming. Only by the miracle of God’s self-revelation in the human, Jesus Christ, is faith made an impossible possibility for humanity. Therefore, for us to believe in God is a far greater miracle than the blind seeing, the lame walking or the dead coming to life.

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Published

2006-06-30

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Articles • Artikels