Friday, April 6, 2012

F is for Faith

What is faith?
Why do some have it and others do it?

Not faith in people, but faith in gods or religion.

If I say I believe that I have an invisible friend that looks out for me and I talk to, but you can hear or see then you have some options on what to do with me.  First, if I am preschooler then you are likely to laugh, and play along with me.  If I am an adult though you are looking to make sure I am current on all my meds.
That is until you add Faith into the mix.
If  have a deep faith in something, then I can make all sorts of claims.  I can say anything I like, believe it and expect you to believe it too.  Why? because I have faith in it.

Now. Does any of this make sense?

Why should a firmly held belief be given the same weight in this country as carefully reasoned scientific data or theories?

For faith I have been reading up on the Outsider Test For Faith, that is can you use the same scrutiny on your own faith as you would use on an outsider.  It is an interesting concept and one I think everyone should be this introspective.


  1. I wrote a long comment and my Internet went down.
    Basically, I like this blog and will be back. :)

  2. haha I love the comparison of faith to invisible friends. Faith is always interesting to me because my religion is a multi faith religion. We grew up learning about every other religion and mainly acceptance. So in my mind, an adult with an imaginary friend is cool in my book ;)

    xoxo Lloralye @ Adorning Schemes A to Z

    1. I think the word "faith" means like you said, believing in something without evidence. Faith in your friends usually has some evidence, because if your friends don't act like friends, you will probably dump them.
      So we get back to faith,, in friends, God, destiny, whatever. Faith is believing in something without proof. Doubting Thomas got his proof. I never have. My husband is dying of terminal cancer. All of a sudden we are bombarded by faith. Most of our relatives are praying for him. So far, I wonder if the prayers are doing him more harm than good, you know, muddying the waters. I feel anger rising in me when someone hears about how he's doing and they say "I'll pray for you two" and i think, Well, gee, THAT's nice. you can walk away pat yourself on the back and feel good because you're praying for us. but it leaves me cold.
      Sorry to rant on your blog, thanks for being there. I'm a to Z-ing too

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