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Eric's Sunday Sermon: Life Without Faith?

Updated on November 9, 2014

We have faith that that sun will shine again tomorrow.

We have so much faith in the future that we plan for this tykes college.
We have so much faith in the future that we plan for this tykes college. | Source

Faith in the sun rising tomorrow.

Let us really look at it closely. It requires faith to go to sleep and expect the sun will rise tomorrow. It does not rise scientifically or logically it only rises because it does. Faith is how be accept the future. The future is not ours. Faith is required to plan at all for the future.

Some people think that they exist without faith. It just does not work that way. We put faith in so much without even thinking about it. Faith may be a four letter word but it is not a bad word.

Do you have food in your pantry or cupboard? Do you have it in your refrigerator? Why? You have faith that a tomorrow will be in store for you. You have so much faith in tomorrow that you spend your hard earned dollars on food for a new day or a new week even. Think this way for just a moment. The sun could literally explode or implode at any given moment. A meteor our size could hit us at any given time. "Oh" you say that is not likely. Well it is just a likely as not.

Scientifically and logically just because something has happened a trillion times does not mean it will happen again. Remember the sun really does not rise, we rotate on an axis and so the sun comes into our view but is stationary in relation to the earth, it does not rise. Yet that is how we speak of it.

Perhaps so far your head is spinning around like the earth right now so read on and we will make it more clear with easy examples and what it really means to us.

Ultimate faith in tomorrow.

Some faith is just plain practical.

What in the world are you doing having a savings account? And why do you have zero balance on credit cards? And what is up with a retirement plan? Why would you even think about buying a house or a car?

The only explanation for these things is a deep abiding faith that there is a future for you.

When you drive your car you have faith that other cars will follow the rules of the road and then you proceed down the road. Why do you have such faith? We know that accidents happen all the time. But we live our lives on such faith in things and people and places.

My favorite one is the work week or two. We gladly toil away for two weeks on the promise that we will be paid. Ya right! Now try motivating yourself for that one without some faith in the company and boss man. It is just nearly impossible to just go to work without expecting to get paid. We probably even have a contract saying we will be paid and there are laws requiring that we get paid. But if the company goes belly up -- we will not get paid. So in essence we work on faith.

Notice we have not spoken one bit about faith in a deity or a religious notion or even spirituality. Complete atheists have the kind of faith we speak of here. How can that be when it is often said that some people have no faith? Clearly every normal functioning human being has some faith in tomorrow. So that when we speak of someone not having faith we are clearly speaking of them not having faith in God. But they still must have faith to lead a somewhat normal life.

Psalm 23 comes to mind here.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green [1] pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green [1] pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through | Source

Where is your faith?

Do you have faith that the "sun will rise" tomorrow

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A different kind of faith?

What is faith?

Faith is the belief in something neither seen nor presented to the senses. It is something that we believe to be true yet do not have proof of. The future is just such a thing. It does not exist in the material or in the scientific or logical. It only exists in our minds. The future is more akin to a dream than to reality. It is not real in the empirical sense.

I would bet that people who claim not to have faith have more than one trillion dollars stored up or invested for the future. Huge amounts are there just for the faith that tomorrow will come.

My son got a bubble maker yesterday. It is very fun. But it is a day time outside toy. So when it became dark last night it was understood that the toy could be used when it got sunny "tomorrow". He just took it on faith that the next day would come and there would be more fun in the sun. His faith is innocent and real.


Faith that the road continues around the bend and over the hill.

When going someplace never been to before there is a great deal of faith.
When going someplace never been to before there is a great deal of faith. | Source

Living in the moment.

So sometimes it is good to put aside faith in the future or others or places and things and just give thanks for the here and now. Even when times are tough there is always something to give thanks about, right now. And staying in the moment is indeed good.

But here is a twist on "in the moment". A current faith in the future is a faith that is right now. Placing your mind on that which is given and received in faith is a "present" moment. It is easy to see faith and hope coexist in such a state that can be the here and now for us.

Faith in a something that we do not understand is now not much of a reach. It does not make us crazy and it does not mean we are not intelligent. It simply means that we think there is more to this life than the here and now.

I have faith in Jesus Christ. Others have faith in other things. But life without faith is empty. And since this be the case, shouldn't we have faith in good things like love and a heavenly being that cares for us. Just faith in tomorrow sounds awfully bland.

Have faith that karma will get you if you steal!

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

      Ologsinquito, it seems as though faith is just plain part of who we are, and ignoring it leads to an imbalance. Thank you for taking your valuable time to read this and leave a comment.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I think this is one of your best articles. It makes you think. Atheists do have faith, they just don't know it.

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is awesome! You have explained the concept of faith in such clear, understandable terms that no one would even try to argue with you I love how you have showed faith is something that we all have, and can't live without. I started going to church when I was a babe in the crib, but I have never heard this clear of an explanation of "faith." Well done! And I am sharing.

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

      Thank you very much dilipchandra12 It brings me great joy that you liked this humble work of mine. It is kind of you to leave such a nice comment.

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      A beautiful hub to go through again and again. I just like the way you have written everything. Thank you friend for this amazing read.

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

      Absolutely Denise it is at the very core of our being. Thank you for coming by.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Faith is the basis of all action. If we do not have faith, we would crawl in a hole and bury ourselves! Without it, there is no life. Great sermon!

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

      Blossom karma was just to get the concept across and I am glad you noticed that. Thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A beautiful sermon. I can't imagine life without faith, and faith in God through Jesus is the way to live our lives. I'm not sure where karma comes into it, as that's a Hindu and Buddhist notion, but I get the idea.

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

      Hi Eddy, glad to see you as always. Thank you for coming by and sharing with me.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Yu are indeed such a wonderful writer Eric and how fortunate we are to be able to share this with you. Voted up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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

      Mari, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Without faith it seems I would not be here on HP.

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      dragonflycolor 2 years ago

      Faith has gotten me through some tough experiences. Thanks, Eric!

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

      Thank you tons John. This has always been a favorite subject of mine and I am glad it shined here.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Your articles are getting better and better Eric. I love this wonderful explanation of 'faith' and how we all have to have it just to live. I don't see how anyone could argue against having faith after reading this. Voted up.

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

      Hi Jackie, excuse me as I am in tears. I just wrote about my Veterans.

      Jackie let us be square here. You and yours give me faith that I can write and be accepted. I owe you big time for your comfort and support. e

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are sure right Eric; it is faith that lets that baby walk and it takes a little building but seeing results makes that faith grow and grow.

      One of your best here. ^+

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

      Faith, I am beginning to have faith that you are the finest encourager in all the world. I thank you sooo much for your support. I have heard it said that if we have faith in the little day to day things the big things are easy.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      What a beautiful Sunday sermon from you, dear Eric, and on my favorite topic, Faith!

      You have provided us with great insight in a most common sense manner, which is always refreshing. I received a blessing this lovely Sunday afternoon in reading your beautiful hub here.

      That video is precious and heartrending.

      This just may be my new favorite article from you.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing.

      It is a beautiful sunny day here in the deep South!

      Keep the Faith ...