Faith is, quite simply, a belief which is void of evidence - sight, sound, smell, feel, or taste.
A belief which can not be verified - only believed
by inferior means.
Is it not strange that such an attribute would be considered good in our modern society?
Of course the main culprit of this is Christianity, believing that it's a good thing not to have evidence and to simply accept what was written down
thousands of years prior and translated multiple times.
Whether you consider it good or bad, it certainly
The Circle of Faith
I understand the circle because I was a part of it for several years.
Having faith in nothing - to see it come alive in the mind and grow on itself - with no concrete bases whatsoever. The circle of faith is a self
affirming belief in nothing in an attempt to make it something.
Each time you pass another lap on this circle, your faith grows, but why it does, nobody knows - except for psychologists, that is
The Effects of Faith
We know today, through psychology, that the mind can be very adept at creating false realities. Having faith in something will eventually cause the
mind to look for it and, upon not finding it, create it (in some sense).
There's an old computer saying: Garbage in, garbage out.
The mind is very similar - whatever you feed it will grow and become real in your mind.
Is it any wonder that if you continue the circle of faith for years you will eventually start having 'personal experiences'? If anything, this is a
testament to the mind, but if not verified by scientific means, it truly means nothing.
So at the simplest level, we see that you must have faith in faith - in effect having faith in a faulty portion of the mind which has power to create
whatever reality it sees fit. What sense does that make?
Deny Ignorance - Deny Faith
Faith can easily be linked with ignorance.
Faith denies evidence and facts in order to continue a belief.
The denial of facts is
The lack of understanding of how evolution works, followed by calling it "ridiculous" or "evilution" - which is, in fact, to spit in the face of
some of the greatest minds of the past century, IS
To have enough guts to actually learn
what evolution IS and then to debate it in an intelligent manner is not ignorance - but faith rarely
allows such an honest attempt to understand what does not support the faith.
Any belief you have should be sound enough to stand on it's own merrits.
If a belief system requires
you to have faith, then that should be a warning sign to you right there - that the belief system has it's
flaws which must be ignored through faith.
There's a quote by Dan Barker who says it better than I could:
"Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own