Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by roomy, May 3, 2006.
I'm on the same page as you. The vast majority were brought up with it and believed. Just a matter of faith I'd say...
My faith comes from the feeling that the world is too complex to be an accident. I can read the Bible an find an answer to every problem that I might have. It really has nothing to do with learning faith. Faith is something that has to felt. God speaks to people in different ways. It may be in the form of signs, feelings, or in some cases actual conversation. You really have to feel it in order to understand. I'm sorry that I can't explain it any better.
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Winston Churchill, a wise man.
I believe this is the best explanation of faith.
I, too, was raised in the church and grew up believing because I had all my life. When I got old enough to start questioning the wisdom of my elders, I took a long, hard look at my faith and came to the conclusion that the non-existance of God is, logically, the least likely scenario and that the story of Christ is more likely true than not. From there, my faith only got stronger.
Faith is: being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1) Pretty nebulous definition, isn't it?
I can't define faith. I can't tell you where mine started. I was raised Catholic, so I had the advantage of hearing about Jesus my life long. But that wasn't what gave me my personal faith.
Onthefence's description was, I thought, perfect. With Christianity, it isn't so much WHAT you believe (although, that is important), but the RELATIONSHIP you have with God/Christ.
I feel faith, because I feel love for my Abba (God). It's the same as with any other relationship. You make time for God, talk to Him, do things to please Him, etc. These actions are the substance, along with the written Word of God (the Bible).
Does it control my life. No. Unfortunately, I am perfectly capable of making assinine decisions that completely contradict my faith. I do so regularly. But my faith guides my life. It's the goal toward which I strive.
Are there degrees of faith? Certainly. I am closer to my best friend than I am to other acquaintances. The difference in degree is the difference in the closeness of the relationship.
Sorry I can't be more concrete in these answers. But I believe that God made it this way on purpose. He doesn't want to FORCE us into a relationship with Him; He wants us to seek HIM, He wants us to have a CHOICE. If God were to now reveal Himself in all His glory (as I know He will, someday), No one could deny Him. Then where would the choice be? God doesn't want puppets, but rather children who freely choose to love Him. That's why it's a challenge to find Him. But, He also promises that if you truly seek Him, you WILL find Him.
The Pastafarians tried to recruit me.
It didn't work.
My faith is strong.
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