Faith

 

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To believe in God or to not believe in God, that is the question. Is it the correct question to ask? Wouldn’t it be more productive to question why, as individuals, we choose our beliefs? After all, various people believe in God, just as various people believe there is no God. Belief in God’s existence does not necessarily detract or add to anyone’s moral core. Good people and evil people both usually have free will.

This isn’t a rabbit hole, this simply a blog. And, as far as the writer is concerned, there is only one entity that can determine your resolve. Faith is that sole entity. Need of absolution will never give you an unshakeable answer. Neither will science, or the will to do the right thing.

Faith is like a ledge which we all stand upon individually. No one is around to guide us, worse yet, the ledge is burning and we are blind. We all stand upon this ledge when relying on our faith to determine the unknown. You must jump, or be burned. If you don’t jump, you die without knowing. Simple but not easy.

Some say that if you lack belief in a higher power, that you are faithless. To have complete conviction that there is no higher power, well, that is faith. Half of your body can’t jump off of a ledge. Both feet must leave the ledge and those feet must land somewhere. Is touching down easy? No.

If believing in oneself was easy, we’d all be millionaires in jobs we truly love and we’d complain less. Actually that last part is a lie, instead, we’d complain about how good we have it. Let’s be honest here, complaining is practically a hobby for most of the western civilization. As the old adage goes, good things don’t come easy. Faith is no different.

Many people predicate their belief in God’s existence on other feelings rather than faith. This is why people, quite foolishly, argue over faith. If you have faith, and the person sitting across from you has faith, and if those faiths mean that you  both believe in different ideas, then there should never be an argument. Why? Faith is already defined as a belief in the unknown. One person who believes in God, and another person who believes that there is no God both have impenetrable arguments if they have true faith. Violence, argumentation,  and manipulative compliance or coercion tactics don’t stem from faith.

Argumentation, anger,  and the desire to prove another person’s faith wrong are all insecurities; these flaws are not faith. This isn’t to say that flawed individuals can’t have faith. We’re all flawed beings and hopefully, we’ll all have faith before we die. What will that faith be placed in? No one can tell you but yourself. Hence the struggle to find faith.

The ledge burns, you are blind, and you must jump. Good luck.

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