About faith

The faith of a human is the individual set of his or her beliefs and convictions. It is a more or less stable and immutable part of their personality, but it can evolve, grow or eventually experience fundamental changes.

Faith

The individual set of beliefs and convictions of a human.

Inner voice

The “voice” within you that tells you intuitively how to decide in a given situation.

Religion

A collection of teachings expressing a coherent view of the world and stored in a Holy scripture.

Holy scripture

A document that is used by a religion as a foundation for their teachings without discussing its reliability.

My faith is more than my inner voice. My inner voice might be wrong because I am not perfect. That’s why in case of conflict between my inner voice and that of other people, I should rather “die” (give in) than hurt these other people. Of course that’s just theory; reality shows almost every day that I fail to give in when I should, or that I hurt other people because I didn’t care enough.

Christians use the word faithful to those those who “understood” the Good News and decided to believe in it.

Of course there no scientific evidence for the assumption that God exists and that the Good News is true. But there isn’t any scientific evidence against it, either. That’s why every human can freely decide whether to believe in it or not.

I disagree with people who say that religions are obsolete. Atheism and agnosticism are as much a culture as any religious culture. Atheists and agnostics “believe” in the teachings propagated by their culture as much as Christians believe in the Good News.

Don’t mix up “knowing” and “believing”. Mixing up these two can lead to idolatry, which is “always an attempt to establish certainty where it is both unwarranted and unearned”1.

To know

To assume correctness of a statement because it is scientifically proven.

To believe

To assume correctness of a statement despite the lack of scientific evidence.

“I believe in this” means “I know that I don’t know whether it’s true, but I do as if it was.”

You can say “I know that my leg is hurting” or “I know that Earth is a planet in a solar system” or “I know that this car is too expensive for me” because these statements can be verified using some variant of the scientific method.

But you cannot (validly) say “I know that we must raise the wages in educational sector” or “I know that God exists” because these statements cannot be verified using scientific method.

To believe is more than to assume. To believe in God is more than to assume he exists. It is a conscious decision to educate and to train my spirit so that I trust in God. To believe is a lifelong learning process.

Footnotes

1

Idolatry and Abortion by Vance Morgan on Patheos, 2020-02-02).