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The Flickering Flame of Faith

December 22, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Faith is the foundation of life, for we achieve nothing without it. Observe every great achievement, accomplishment, sacrifice, and you will find faith behind it as the driving action. Thus, there is a strong positive correlation between faith and achievement.

This is an intellectual, abstract faith in the capabilities of the human spirit. It comes from within the heart, and cannot be measured or quantified. The quality of this faith depends on the quality of one’s thoughts and spirit. Observe the reasons behind any failure and we will often find the lack of faith a significant factor. Faith can resurrect one from despair and failure. Without faith a person might as well be dead, for life has no hope for improvement, no hope for success, no hope for anything.

Faith drove Alexander the Great to conquer the known world. Discoveries and advancements in science and technology were driven by the faith of pioneers. Edison made thousands of attempts with the lamp. Despite the insurmountable cultural and social odds, Mother Teresa and her followers served the dying and impoverished of Calcutta through faith that their actions mattered.

What is faith?

A dictionary answer might be: “Confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability. Belief that is not based on proof. Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Belief in anything, as a code of ethic standards of merit. A system of religious belief.”

This dictionary citation captures the whole of humanity. There is not a person alive that doesn’t exercise faith in at least one of these capacities. However, I find it interesting that the antagonist to religious faith argues that faith is not rational, that to accept “faith” in the religious sense is to abandon reason, that to do so turns back the clock on a society advancing on the success of scientific reason.

I’d only want to turn back the clock if the clock is keeping bad time, which in this sense it is. And we have already seen that, in a larger sense, faith is the foundation for all that we have attained as a society. Faith is no more unreasonable than love – for though faith often transcends reason, so does love. And I have yet to meet a nonbeliever who rejects love on the same “rational” terms as faith.

So once we start down this road, where shall it end? Many “believe” in vibrating strings on a subatomic scale that form the building blocks for matter, and they believe in a mysterious “dark” matter and energy that permeates the known universe which cannot be observed or quantified. What good does this knowledge provide to the daily interior life of the human spirit, whether or not it is “true” or “correct” as a model?

I find it interesting so many are willing to believe in the created things of this universe without acknowledging a creator, the same source of the faith that drives us to knowledge of creation.

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