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True Faith

Updated on April 3, 2010

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This is a hub about faith, true faith and what it really is. This is inspired by the comment made by RichardSpeaks in my other hub about Why Do Unbelievers Always Want Proof? when he talks about faith.

That comment brought me to an experience that I had about 25 years ago when I was in the army.

It was a Sunday night and I had just finished giving tuition to 2 siblings. I got paid that night, all of $180. I made my way back to camp, to a small room on the third floor of Bravo Company that I was lucky to have all to myself. I was a little tired so I just went to sleep.

When I woke up the next day, I had overslept. I hurriedly put on my uniform and rushed to the office, remembering not to lock the door as renovations were being carried out throughout the building.

When I arrived at the office, one minute's walk away, I remembered my precious $180. For the life of me, I can't remember what I did with it. It wasn't on my person so it must be somewhere in my room. I decided to go back during tea break at 10am to check.

At tea break, I went back and searched through my cupboard, and through the stuff on my table, and even on the bed. It was nowhere to be found. I realized that somebody must have come into the room and taken the money.

I got real angry, more at myself for being so careless than at whoever had taken it. But in the midst of the anger, I had a few minutes of an experience that can be the equivalent of true faith.

Bear with me here. I am not talking about a religious experience. I am talking about faith and an unshakable belief in something, even though you have no evidence, or the evidence may be pointing the other way. It is about really knowing something.

You have heard about premonitions of plane crashes right? This perfectly normal guy has a premonition that the plane is about to crash and he does everything in his power to inform the authorities and stop the plane from taking off. He "knows" the plane will crash. Ho doesn't know how, he doesn't when, and he doesn't know where. And he definitely does not know how he knows. And he knows how preposterous it is to claim this knowledge, but still, despite all that, he knows the plane will crash.

In that few minutes, in that small room in Bravo Company, I had that same type of premonition. I was certain, actually, I knew that the money lost would be returned. I didn't know who took it, or how it was lost, and I didn't know how I can be so sure that the money would be returned. But I knew I would get it back and I was even speculating about how it will be returned.

That feeling was difficult to describe in words. You could have questioned me and I would have no answer as to how I knew, but still, I knew. You could have told me how impossible and unreasonable it was that I could know it, and I would have agreed with you, but still, I knew. It was something that was unshakeable.

After the few minutes, the feeling was gone and I went back to my normal routine, expecting never to get the money back.

The money was returned one week later. Apparently, an NCO from another room across the corridor had come into my room to check on the renovations and found the money on the floor.

This is not about the fact that I was right about getting the money back. This is about that few minutes when, as I realize now, I felt and knew the substance and meaning of true faith.

As a believer, I invite you to look within yourself and see if you really have true faith. As a seeker, it might help you to recognize your truth when you find it.

Ultimately, this hub is about truth, your truth.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Debarshi, I don't know if you truly understand what I was trying to get across.

      In essence, I was not actually talking about the money and my faith that it will be returned. I was talking about premonitions in which you simply "know" something with 100% certainty, even if all your senses and logic tell you otherwise, and speculating that that must be what it is like to really have faith in something.

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      Debarshi Dutta 7 years ago

      Wonderful Hub..I understand the notion of true faith that you exemplify here, but this incident is not an exact illustration to describe what true faith is,however how you feel about true faith is true..and the incident proves the logical consequence of events..your money was returned as it was found by an honest person...and thus your sense of faith found corresponding faith in the person who found your money and according to the symphony of faith in either of you the money was logically returned to you..since he behaved honest and returned the money to the rightful owner his property..

      what if your money was stolen?

      what if your money was in the hands of a dishonest person.

      The only premonition you had then was ..that your money was not stolen

      In the same way..if your child gets lost and someone finds your child and makes inquiries and return your child to you...even that is how faith succeeds.

      But for anyone who believes or hopes that what has been lost would be recovered...logically speaking...on the other end in the unknown end of time or space..someone must exist and take care of events..someone who corresponds to our faith.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Dez, thanks for the use of your image. I think it really illustrates the topic very well. And I have changed the image link as you requested. :)

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      Dez  7 years ago

      A great story, and I certainly agree with the existence of a higher power. You used my image to illustrate your text. I just wanted to let you know I no longer can be found on sxc. My gallery - and all my new images - can be found here:

      http://www.rgbstock.com/gallery/xymonau and the stock site's address is http://www.rgbstock.com/ . If it is possible, could you change the link to my current site? Thanks. Dez Pain - xymonau.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      You're welcome, singlmomat52. I do remember feeling a complete sense of peace twice in the earlier part of my life, and thinking that such a feeling cannot be of this world. Perhaps it is a glimpse of what is on the other side.

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      Thank you for answering my question. I have had times in my life of absolutely knowing it's going to be alright or of a complete sense of peace yet walk away and still worry. This is a great Hub and I thank you for sharing with me.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks anglnwu. I have always been a science and technology kind of guy and would always ask for "proof", and would never believe anything without it. Yet, I have always believed that there is something in paranormal phenomenon. Go figure. :)

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen--you've amplified that with your story. Nice story and one I can identify with.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Ja'Mon, I couldn't have said it better myself - "keep the faith and keep thinking positive and everything will work out just fine!" :)

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      Ja'Mon 8 years ago

      Wow!

      I stumbled across this via your twitter/facebook and I gotta say, I'm glad I did.

      I've always had "feelings" or precognitive thoughts on certain situations but have always doubted them for some strange reason. This year however, I started to head them and gain more faith and keep having positive thoughts. For a second though, I started to doubt again and that's when I experienced a little dillema but now I know to definitely keep the faith and keep thinking positive and everything will work out just fine!

      (Sorry if that was poorly worded, I haven't had any sleep at all XD)

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Of course you are, we missed your insights. :)

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      Richard Kent Matthews 8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Am I welcome here?

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      You mean the guy in the black and white video? He sounded like a true Christian!

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      Becki Rizzuti 8 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I thought it was a very interesting point that he made, and interesting that he is an atheist, too!

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      It is kinda long but I read it all. I'm deciding whether to agree with the man in the video. :)

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      Becki Rizzuti 8 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Yes, I agree entirely with you about the cards. But I believe that the use of the cards can also be misleading, both to the reader and to the person being read for. More than anything, I consider it a crutch.

      I know, it is kind of long, isn't it? I didn't think it was going to get that long and then it just kept on going!

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Have you considered that the reading of tarot cards might have nothing to do with the cards but everything to do with the reader? The tarot cards might simply be an aid, and you are actually using your gift to perform the reading. Anyway, it is a real complicated situation.

      Wow, long hub! And you wrote it in a couple of hours.

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      Becki Rizzuti 8 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I honestly don't know... It isn't something that I talk about with most people since most people think it's just foolishness anyway (regardless of their religion).

      I honestly believe that regardless of the religious preference of the individual that it is like a central warning system that all humans have through the gift of the Holy Spirit on Earth. But then things get tricky. I used to read tarot cards and will not do it any more because I just don't feel right about it.

      It's a complicated situation and I have yet to see a true consensus on the subject!

      BTW, I published that hub :)

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      But then, I think it gets a little tricky since not only Christians get them. Maybe when Christians get them, it's the Holy Spirit. If others get them, it's the devil. :)

      Just kidding. What's the general consensus?

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      Becki Rizzuti 8 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I get them from time to time, but I don't always understand them. It's sometimes a knowledge that something is going to happen (usually unpleasant) or just a general sense of peace about something that is about to work itself out. Within the past week both of those two things have happened to me.

      And yes, some Christians believe that precognitions are from the devil. I am not decided on this issue just yet, mainly because they are usually a good thing (a tip off that something is going to happen). Furthermore, there is a part of Acts that talks about gifts of the Holy Spirit and one of them is reflected in precognition. I don't have the time right now to go and look up the passage though :(

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Everyday Miracles. And I inspired another hub. :)

      You are still getting precognitions? Lucky you. I got a few experiences during that period of my life but I guess I got too busy later. I have always been interested in psychic phenomenon, maybe you can write a hub about your precognitions.

      And if I not mistaken, according to some Christians, aren't precognitions supposed to be from the devil?

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      Becki Rizzuti 8 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Wow....

      I love your writing. You haven't published anything I haven't enjoyed even if I haven't commented. But this one was just incredible, wandererh!

      I know the feeling that you are talking about, because I've had precognitions of my own. I still have them from time to time, and with them comes that feeling of unshakeable faith that "something" is going to happen. You have no reason whatsoever to believe that you could possibly know that something is going to happen, and no reason to know what that thing might be, and yet you do.

      So I'm going to tell you something: That's how I became a Christian. I went to bed one night, confused, conflicted, and I wouldn't say "seeking" exactly. And I woke up the next day with an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ. It was the exact same thing. I had no real reason to change my belief structure in such a dramatic way. It simply happened.

      I'm currently working on another hub inspired by you, but not the one that I said I was going to work on (go figure!). It should be done by this afternoon (Eastern time). :)

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Whikat! :)

      I had that experience so long ago. I looked at it as a psychic experience. It was only yesterday that I realized that that is what true faith must feel like.

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      Whikat 8 years ago

      Another great hub Wandererh, I really enjoy your hubs.