What It Means to Have Religious Faith
A Word or Two About Faith
The great thing about the Internet, is that people can now take a different approach to sharing old and new ideas. Utilizing Internet outlets such as BlogCatalog.com, Gather.com, and HubPages.com, like minded people have an opportunity to write articles based on faith. How awesome is that people? What an amazing way to gather different views of what faith, and share them with people from all over the world.
There was a time in the not so distance past, where religious information was only sought through churches or clergymen. Nowadays that is not the case. One of the most hotly contested HubPages Forum community rooms, is the Religious Topic room.
Another intent of this resourceful elucidation is to obtain your opinions, about what faith means to you. There are so many different meanings to faith, and quite of few different aspects in which faith can be viewed upon and measured. Faith, to many people is a peaceful solution for obtaining hope. Faith can also be a way for people to communicate certain religious dogma and theories to other people.
We currently live in a world where there are so many controversial religious debates. It seems to me that the older our society becomes, and the more intelligent humans become- being a person of faith, does not logically fit into the new matrix of logical thinkers of the 21st century. It has been my experience in open debates with scientific thinkers, find myself challenged by my inability to openly reflect my personal faithful platform to others not of faith. It is hard to explain to someone who might be Agnostic or Atheist, as to why I cannot come up with a logical explanation, as to how it is I can ratify the many common religious discrepancies, of the bible, in my mind. It does seem a little preposterous to just have faith in something without proof for believing.
We people of faith, cannot fault Agnostics or Atheists for our lack of oral dictation, when it comes to explaining why it is we believe. Moreover, we should not expect them to understand why it is we chose to seal our beliefs together under the cloud of trust, hope and love. Some topics such as abortion, separation of church and state, dualism, creation, war, gay rights, etc...- need scientific answers, logical thinking; and should never hold host to just religious opinions. In the world of Fideists, we all have differentiating opinions. Therefore, it is my assertion that maybe people of faith should stay away from those debates, and rely on prayers to make things better in life. Prayer plays a pivotal role, in a faithful person's world. Much the same way meditation does in Buddhism.
It is my hope that through dialog, many of us lay people can learn what others have to say about; how faith plays a role in their lives. It is the ultimate responsibility of all outward reaching discussions, be hosted without the fear and worry of discrimination, retaliation or retribution. This is an open forum to anyone who wants to voice comments based on insight, directives, beliefs, fables, challenges and values. As for myself, I would like to take a faithful journey into these religious discrepancies with you, while acquiring a hopeful, yet different personal point of view.
Would you not say that communication is the key to peace? However, many people have closed their ears and have stopped listening- even those of us of faith. In the hope of peace, let us try to understand each other and our differences. For the sake of the children, we need to find the time to stop moving in a destructive manner, and find a common denominator that could bind us together. I have faith in the human race that we can do this. If we faith doers could, for one minute, stop telling logical thinkers how to behave, how to believe, and that they're wrong all the time..., maybe we could start learning why it is they choose to disbelieve. Christ challenged his followers to go out, and spread his word. He did not say- cram it down someone's throat and make them choke on it. We need to learn what it will take to teach them the meaning of living a life of faith, not crucify them for not understanding it. The different voices, that make up this world need to have a say. More importantly, I feel people need to have a unified chance at understanding what it is, that separates us one from each other. It is my personal opinion, that religion plays an integral part in dividing and separating mankind. In believing this, I also feel that faith plays a key role to obtaining many of the solutions needed to finding peace and harmony.
Many people have all but silenced their voices, but those voices, desperately need to be heard. If everyone as an individual would respect the history of a tribe, township, city, country or nation; we could then show a sincere understanding and respect for the people who occupy and share this planet with us. Basic fundamental understanding, should be a binding governorship over the different parts of the world, in which we all live in. I believe that religion plays a dual role in acquiring this type of relationship between people. We have a faithful role that the end result of our faith, will not be the destruction of the very same people we are trying to embrace.
(It is my hope that this religious monologue will make people take a different look at themselves, while gaining a new perspective into other known religions that are based on faith.)
The Opposite View
- Fideism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fideism, is a sociology term that means faith. A Fideist believes his or her religion does not need earthly artifacts, proven theories or personal encounters to attest what they believe is true. Fideists prosper under Judaism, Christianity, Islam...
How Faith Works in My Life
I have the fundamental belief that Christ is the son of God otherwise known to others as Allah, Supreme Being, Heavenly Father, etc. It is my belief, that God chose many different ways to appear in the hearts of men, all over this world. I don't believe that a Buddhist Monk, is denied a place in Paradise, because he doesn't believe in Jesus Christ. It is my belief that God, brought forth many different religions or lifestyles, to avoid isolating people whose intellects were structured to understand that concept more easily, and in such a way as it seemed to fit those persons the best. I feel that way about all religions that believe in a Supreme Higher Power or many Higher Beings.
From the beginning of time, God gave people 'free will' to decide for themselves what religion would best fit their needs. Christianity happens to be better suited to fit my needs, same as Islam might fit another person's needs. Trusting in those ideals, has help me to put a new spin on faithful thinking. Allow me to explain my meaning. I have faith in God, moreover, I have faith that God knows what he is doing, and that he knows what is best for this world. More importantly, I have faith in God, that if he didn't want these other religions to exist- they would have been exterminated long ago. With that said- I think God wanted people to educate themselves in many different cultural aspects. I think that the key to heaven, is through love and devotion. Have you ever considered that maybe God put forth, many different nationalities of religious facets, to provide a "treasure map" to Heaven's "pot-of-gold" known as the eternal life ever-after?
I realize, that it takes a lot of time to be studious, and to develop conceptional ideas about how the "earthly religious puzzle" may be pieced and joined together. Thereby, for me as a Fideist believer in God's plan, there isn't a shadow of doubt in my mine that somehow, our different religions are truly connected to one another.
It is also my formative belief, that faith plays a vital role in compiling all the different puzzle pieces together, to complete a perfect picture of God's divine plan for mankind. Man's influence on religious beliefs has caused, a fatal cloud to appear over the true meaning in which religion arrange itself upon. People have forgotten how to have faith in God. I firmly believe that people don't think of God's plan, before they think of theirs. It is as if many of us Christians have become bitter and judgmental- causing us to impose our will instead of his.
I would like to learn how other Fideism (faith based) religions compare to one another. Let us challenge each others intellect on the particulars of the Creation Story, Jesus Birth, Muhammad, Allah, Moses, Abraham, the Apostleship of Jesus Christ's Disciples, the Gospels and the Books included in the Torah, but are missing from the Old Testament. Therefore, if you have a comment, story or viewpoint please make it known here.
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