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This noggin of mine has been mulling over the F word lately.
The F word comes up in debates. It’s come up in conversations. And it’s high time I addressed it directly.
Of course I’m talking about “Faith.” You know what I’m talking about. People with faith tell people who don’t claim to have faith that they have faith.
If you said to me, “Jeremy, you have faith in Tina. You have faith in technology and in airplanes.”
I would say to you, “Yes! You’re right. I have faith that Tina will not go out and run sexually rampant with random men (or women). I have faith that the plane I’m riding in will not fall from the sky. And I have faith that Apple computer manufactured a damn good computer that won’t crash every day and lose all my work.”
If that’s “faith,” include me among the very faithful.
Faith pertains to experience. It might not always be tangible. I’m 35 years old. I have 35 years of being emotionally hurt by people. I have 35 years of emotionally hurting other people. I have 35 years of riding in planes. I have 35 years of riding in cars. And 35 years of using technology. I have 35 years of living in America.
For 35 years, no one has killed me. But I’ve seen or heard of zillions of people getting killed.
I have 35 years of knowledge that no matter what I do, I cannot control anyone or anything else. I have no good reason to believe the floor will not give out except for the fact that it didn’t do it yesterday.
I have faith that Tina is going to do what she can not to hurt me. But no matter what, she might, and that’s okay. That’s life experience. The same goes for strangers and family. That doesn’t mean a car isn’t going to cross the median and ram head on into mine. That doesn’t mean that the floor beneath my feet isn’t going drop out beneath my office chair.
In that regard, I have strong faith. Some might say I’m more faithful than others.
So what about faith in the deity or deities?
Why then do I not have faith in God? There are great things that appear supernatural all around me, then why don’t I have Christian-branded faith?
I don’t have faith in god, because there is no indication to me that god exists. And the reasons that a believer uses to establish faith are not solid reasonings to accept. Nature is natural, and while it’s AMAZING, the Christian rationale for nature’s existence is completely unimpressive nor plausible compared to the scientific explanations.
There are several people on my facebook wall that say, “God will always be there for me. He will never leave me or forsake me.”
As a Christian, I was taught god was always there and he would never leave me. But apart from my imagination, he wasn’t anywhere to be found? Sure, I tried and tried to convince myself that, say, Jesus was hugging me when I was scared. I was taught that other people prayed for Jesus to hold them, and they were convinced he did that if asked.
I remember going to high school and telling other people, “Yeah, last night I prayed Jesus would hold me last night, and he did.” I had faith that he had, but full knowledge that he had not. And after a while, you get the feeling that other people were in on the secret.
It’s as if faith in God is only a metaphor that all believers are aware of, but won’t admit. When I read the bible as an outsider, I arrive at the same conclusion. It’s a club of people who know that Jesus will never really hold you when you’re frightened, but everyone perpetuates the idea that he does to comfort those who might think they need it in the future.
The idea of heaven and hell is farfetched, but without it, the club can’t exist properly.
You should have faith, too
Why do you think the “faith” card gets pulled in debates? What is your faith experience? Would you agree that the term is faith or do you think we should trifle over semantics? I want to know.