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Faith: Appreciating the faith of others, and practicing our own.

Updated on December 27, 2014

FAITH An Acrostic Poem

Following his example.

Always praying to choose the right.

Ignoring what might lead astray.

Trying to improve each day.

Helping wherever help is needed..


Let us resolve now to do the good we can.

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It is not as important what we believe, as it is important what we do

Mankind has embraced many religious faiths, including several which have laid claim to being "the only true faith."

In the Talmud is the statement that "The test of a man's life is not his theology, but his life."

If true, and I personally believe that statement to be true, then how we live our lives will ultimately determine our personal worth, not in some financial currency, but in how well we live the tenets of our faith.

No truly religious faith which guides mankind to do good can at the same time encourage doing nothing, or doing evil.

If those who know to do good in the world do nothing, or less than they can, those who do evil will triumph for a time. We need not learn old lessons all over again. The time to do good is now, and always.

Mankind's opportunities to be helpful, kind, tolerant of others, forgiving, patient, and to be righteous examples to others, are infinite in this modern world of today.

Can we afford to hamper such efforts simply because another human being's religious faith is not identical to our own? If we want others to share our faith, might we do better to show that our own faith leads us to improve ourselves through our selfless service to others?

Each day we face many choices. One of the most important is how we will use the gift of today. Doing nothing is not an available choice. We will do something, and according to our individual faiths what we do will either be worthy or unworthy of the gift of today.

At the end of today we will have to live with the choices we made during the day, and hope for the gift of a tomorrow in which we can make even better choices.


A Haiku - Mankind

Complicated man,

Changing for good or for bad.

Never the same man.

Our thoughts are mother to our deeds; may they be pure and righteous.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just an excellent hub, thank you.

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      John Marshall 2 years ago from glasgow

      Very indepth and interesting hub.well done.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - Thanks goes to you the reader/doer.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      bigj1969 - You encouragement is welcomed. The Hubs you have yet to compose will be even more welcomed. Go for it.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub contains some excellent advice and is very inspiring. Thanks for creating it.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      AliciaC - Thanks for stopping by on the last Sabbath of the year. We stillhave lots to do, don't we.

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      John Marshall 2 years ago from glasgow

      Thanks for the encouragement Perspycacious.i write on many subjects,and there will be lots more to come.thanks again.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and thank you for sharing.

      Wishing you a great run up to the New Year.

      Eddy.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Some very good in-depth thoughts on faith, and I hope people will take them to heed. Each of our belief systems is on the level on which our God-given soul works. It is too bad that some are the lowest of the low and do not tolerate the faiths of others.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Eiddwen - Nearly a foot of the fresh powder snow Utah is world famous for today. Not only did we have a White Christmas, but we are sure to have a White New Year too! Dropping to -1 F. Tuesday night, with wind, so it will feel much colder to anyone having to go outside (like skiers?)

      Happy New Year!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - I suspect that some claim a faith that even God would not recognize in a favorable light, certainly not what the world feels comfortable celebrating.

      Don't keep the faith; share it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I always try to set certain goals for each day and attempt to accomplish everything I set out to do. I gain my strength from my faith and begin and end each day with prayer. The most important thing of all is that I try to find something to smile about each day. Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy, and productive 2015!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - A good pattern for daily living. May the Baltic States and the U. S. A. be blest with peace in 2015, and the rest of the world, also. We can all do our part to make it happen.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting and encouraging hub and I love the incorporation of both acrostic and haiku poems.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB - To be "interesting" and "encouraging" is really all I ask for a Hub. Even one that is beautiful, would simultaneously be interesting and encouraging, either to see beauty and/or to also create it.

      Thanks for stopping by regularly.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your wise and truthful words. Loved it.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Nadine May - Thank you for stopping by again and sharing your thoughts on this one.

      Have a very Happy New Year 2015.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed these reflections. So appropriate in today's world.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      FlourishAnyway - Without faith, we might all be depressed "in today's world."

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