Doubt corresponds with distance. To feel in our hearts and minds and bodies that God is removed from us, is perhaps equal to an experience of doubt.
On the other hand, faith corresponds with closeness. To feel in our hearts and minds and bodies that God is close to us, is perhaps to be in a place of faith and hope and joy.
If this is so, then the Song of Songs can be read (in a metaphorical reading of the text) as an experience of, and reaching toward, intimacy with God – an experience of, and reaching toward, faith. The opening words of the Song represent such an experience and reaching: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.” Here doubt and distance would be displaced. Continue reading