Religion is not normally a subject that I would delve into in the public domain. But this got me thinking, I was originally born into the Christian faith, but I am not what one would call a hard believer. In fact, if my true thoughts would be known while sitting in church on Sundays I would be in it deep. While our weekly wielder of the lordly knowledge is endeavoring to fill thy empty vessel, known as my head with the holy word, my thoughts would normally by circling aimlessly around a fields consisting of 18 strategically placed holes with tastefully yarned people who are swinging long metal rods stylishly.
The vicar then, God bless his soul, ripped me out of my aimless revelry with the following sentence.
“Faith; if you only had a sliver of Faith you would be able to move mountains”.
I did know a “Faith” once, but somehow I don’t think this was the same individual he was referring to. When thinking of her, a religious experience did come to mind, this was not in any way due to the church” I digress, I apologize.
The point of this article is “Faith”. What is it exactly? Is it something that all of us should have naturally. Is it something that one individual can have more than another based on a genetic predisposition or is it something we can learn to have?
I have battled with this concept all my life in one form or another. One thing that is apparent is that in order to be a good Christian you need lots of it, because if you stop and spend a miniscule of your brain power to peel away even a little of the layers of logic as written in the good Book, it becomes immediately apparent that if one takes a steps back for one minute there are some glaring discrepancies in the logic layered therein. Given that most Christian doctrine is dictated by this book then this is where my limited capacities of faith clash with thought. In my experience at any time should you be brave and perhaps foolhardy enough to raise any hard questions in reference to the good Book, one is normally served with the large plate of the “faith” sermon. It goes something like this.
“If you have enough faith you do not need to understand, you only need to accept.”
My problem with “Faith” is; how do you know when you have enough? According to the Book, faith is not devisable. If you have faith, when you die you have a pleasurable climb ahead to the proverbial gates, however if you do not have faith, you better be prepared for rather warmer climates. What I mean here is that should you believe totally without doubt, then you have faith, but, should you have one errant thought doubting that belief then your faith could be considered questionable. In other words, Faith is not something that can be split apart. It is not divisible. It is more like the one or the zero in a digital world. Either you have it or you don’t have it. It is not logical that you can have a part of Faith. If you could have part faith, what would you call the part that was not faith, “unfaithful”? “doubt”?
I am unfortunately one of those individuals who cannot unquestionably believe, I have tried and failed. To the truly faithful, good on yah, the rest of us are jealous. But I am comfortable with this. For all those whose butts are starting to feel rather hot presently, there is one certainty and that is life and religion therein is a journey, your own discovery. Of questions, most can be answered and some can’t, it is not the answer that is always most important part but the fact that you “ASKED THE QUESTION” in the first place.
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