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"Consciousness knows directly the reality of each natural phenomenon and can manifest it through the Inner Mind.
"To open the Inner Mind would be the appropriate thing to do in order to remove ourselves from the world of doubt and ignorance.
"This means that only by opening the Inner Mind will genuine faith be born within the human being.
"Viewing this question from another angle, we would say that materialist skepticism is a characteristic peculiar to ignorance. There is no doubt that learned ignoramuses are 100 percent skeptical.
"Faith is the direct perception of what is real, it is fundamental wisdom; it is the experience of that which is beyond the body, the affections and the mind.
"We must distinguish between faith and belief. Beliefs are found stored in the Intermediate Mind. Faith is a characteristic of the Inner Mind.
"Unfortunately, there is always a general tendency to confuse belief with faith.
"Although it seems paradoxical, we emphasize the following: “Those who have true faith do not need to believe.”
"This is because genuine faith is living knowledge, exact cognition, and direct experience.
"For many centuries people have confused faith and belief. Now it is very difficult to make them understand that faith is true knowledge and never futile beliefs.
"The sapient function of the Inner Mind has as its intimate resource all that formidable data from the wisdom embodied in Consciousness."
- Samael Aun Weor
Originally posted by Klassified
I have to disagree with the blanket premise that faith is not based on knowledge.
Pantheism is the view that the Universe (Nature) and God are identical. Pantheists thus do not believe in a personal, anthropomorphic or creator god.
Thinking we can measure and observe the totality of what is happening in the universe and basing our reality off of such things, is actually a belief involving just as much faith as those of religions. They are just in completely different regards.
# religion: a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
# complete confidence in a person or plan etc; "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust"
# religion: an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
# loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person; "keep the faith"; "they broke faith with their investors"