posted on Jul, 31 2010 @ 07:21 PM
The acquisition of Faith, as I see it, is a very personal struggle — and, yes, I see it as a struggle.
Faith, as I've said on many occasions, here on ATS and elsewhere, is NOT the same as "belief" or "religion"...
Belief is a very transient thing, it changes weekly, even daily. Our foremost politicians, for example, very frequently preface their absurd
declarations with "I believe" — a week later, their "belief" has turned 180° to a diametrically-opposed position. Belief is a fleeting thing,
the very word itself implies doubt.
Faith, on the other hand, is a transcendental knowledge WITHOUT even a glimmer of doubt.
Religion is nothing more than the repetition of esoteric passages and rituals intended to bring many people into a collective circle of
thinking. Religion can assist us in focusing our thoughts in one direction, but religion is NOT Faith.
I've pondered Faith for many years, trying to crystalize it with an appropriate metaphor. I haven't been terribly successful, because describing
Faith is an attempt to wrap my human reasoning around something that is, for the great majority of people, including Christians, a wholly alien
Faith is a one-way circuit that only some people successfully forge in the midst of their otherwise chaotic neural networks. While the human
brain is an astonishing organ — capable of rerouting neural pathways and adapting and even reversing itself on a moment's
notice — the Faith Circuit is something that just defies the typical neural processes.
Faith only travels in one direction. It does not even acknowledge the possibility that it is incorrect or in error. Faith is
knowledge without the typical substantiation we employ for other neural processes.
Is Faith a kind of intuition? Not really, because we almost immediately doubt our flashes of intuition.
Faith is beyond doubt. It does not acknowledge doubt. Faith cannot be assailed and need not be defended.
We know that Faith is a real neural function. There have been several studies conducted, using the most modern scanning technology, that amply
demonstrate a real neural center in the brain that seems exclusively associated with Faith. Yeah, they ran MRIs and other
electro-encephalographic tests on people of profound Faith of many different religions and discovered that there's a real center of
spirituality and Faith in the human brain.
So we know it's not a mental illness or a defect. It has been called the "God Circuit" and other euphemisms.
But it's not something that just spontaneously appears in the brains of those who read the Bible or the Torah or the Koran or any other
religious tome. Indeed, most people who profess to be "religious" DO NOT seem to possess this God Circuit. Only those who exhibit a
profound Faith, which often transcends religion, seem to have a functional God Circuit, a one-way circuit of Faith.
In other words, most of those who profess to be Godly don't actually have Faith. But, hell, I could have told you that. And I have.
I think (know) that a person must go through a lot of trial and self-discipline to acquire Faith. I think (know) that it's a very real process of
forging this circuit in your brain, and the process of forging and acquiring Faith can last for years... Or it can come through an extremely
traumatic and life-changing experience, in no time at all. A "revelation," if you will.
But, just because one person in a congregation attains Faith doesn't mean that the whole class is going to graduate. Indeed, in my experience and
observation, the truly Faithful are as rare as rockinghorse dung. Most churches don't have a single person of true Faith among them...including the
More often than not, in my experience and observation, a person of true Faith does not fit into a typical congregation — he or she becomes an
oddity, a scary kind of anomaly, a phenomenon who frightens the others.
The same way Jesus Christ literally scared the hell out of people. Which is what got him killed, although he knew perfectly well that they
were going to kill him, and in the most brutal fashion possible.
Some of his disciples, the Apostles, met the same fate, for the same reason.
As far as I can tell, everyone who has attained Faith throughout history has become a pariah, a threat to the status quo, and he or she had to be
So, no, the forging and acquisition of Faith is NOT a group activity. It's a very, very personal achievement, but it's only the beginning of
a path of struggle.
— Doc Velocity