Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) wrote, “What modern philosophy and theology understand by faith is really what is called having an opinion, or what in everyday language we call “to believe.” Christianity is thus made into a teaching. Then the next stage is to “comprehend” this teaching, and this philosophy and theology are supposed to do. All this would be entirely proper if Christianity were a teaching. But it’s not. Faith is related to the God-man, not a doctrine.”
As long as Christianity is approached as ‘a teaching’ to believe, it will also be institutionalized, categorized and patronized. If it is approached as believing in Jesus as a person we may know, love and worship as the Son of God by faith, then it can be personalized and internalized.
“If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” Jesus