posted on Jan, 5 2009 @ 03:06 AM
Quite interesting to see all these dire pronouncements upon the meaning of Faith by those who obviously are ignorant of the subject.
Faith is not the same as "belief"... Belief is cheap, people believe all sorts of inane and ignorant nonsense — see the
collected political speeches of John Kerry or Barack Obama, for example, in which a majority of sentences are prefaced with the words "I
believe..." Afterwards, these career politicians invariably make a 180 and believe things diametrically opposed to their prior
Is anyone outraged by the seeming contradiction, by the blatant hypocrisy of our statesmen? No, of course not, because our society simply
accepts the fact that belief is cheap, that belief can turn on a dime. As a culture, we understand that any statement of
belief acknowledges doubt and fallibility on the part of the believer.
Faith, on the other hand, does not entertain doubt nor the possibility of failure. The Faithful are not mere "believers"; in
fact, of the billions of believers in the world during the last century, you could probably count the number of truly Faithful
individuals on the fingers of your two hands.
It's very unlikely that most of you have ever met a person of true Faith. If you had met such a person, you would remember it. They're not always
religious fanatics. Sometimes they are conquerors. Some may be engineers or artists or even scientists. More often than not, we recognize them as
eminently self-assured and dynamic individuals who plow through our existence, demolishing accepted dogma and rewriting the rules as they go.
All through recorded human history, we have pondered Faith and have tried to define it. But, more than simply describing it, we have endeavored to
bottle it and sell it, giving rise to countless religions and schools and philosophies over the ages, across every
human culture that has ever existed.
See, religion is not the same thing as Faith, either. Religion is an attempt to describe the path to Faith. Faith is a goal. But, as
an objective, what is Faith, really?
Faith is a phenomenon of human consciousness, a phenomenon that permits us to function and survive and prevail without questioning the mundane
mechanics of our existence, and without entertaining the possibility of defeat. It's the phenomenon that, most likely, is responsible for the advent
of the human species as the most adaptable and successful large animals in the history of the planet.
Additionally, and contrary to what many theists will tell you, Faith is not something acquired in degrees, any more than pregnancy is acquired
in degrees. It doesn't require repeated and regular insemination to impregnate a person, and acquiring Faith doesn't require your being a good,
church-going Catholic or Protestant or Jew or Muslim or Hindi or Buddhist, either.
Either you are Faithful or you are not, and quite often Faith has nothing to do with religion whatsoever. Even atheists can have Faith.
Again, Faith is a phenomenon of human consciousness, a phenomenon that frequently allows our species to survive and prevail in defiance of
"the odds" that are stacked against us. In this respect, Faith can only be perceived as a "good thing"...
As for those who ignorantly insist on pitting Faith against Science, I would hasten to remind them that virtually all of our Science is
seriously flawed, inasmuch as we never successfully think through the long-term impact of our scientific advances, such as those that
have delivered us to the brink of overpopulation, thermonuclear annihilation and "man-made global warming"... All the products of half-baked
— Doc Velocity