got faith?

June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm (Uncategorized)

faith………faith is belief in something of which a person has no proof of its existence. religion is a set of beliefs and practices, often centered upon specific supernatural and moral claims about reality, the cosmos, and human nature, and often codified as prayer, ritual, and religious law. in other words, religion is what people use to prove that they have faith (faith in God, in this case). faith cannot be forced on a person. its either the person chooses to believe or not. people who claim to have faith yet do not profess any religion are looked down on and are seen as misguided. one might think that a person who has faith and is not a follower of any religion is actually an oxymoron. in reality, it isn’t. when you think about it, faith and religion are not intertwined and it does not mean that one cannot have the one without having the other. what a person means when they say they have faith in God but do not follow any religion is simply that they believe in the existence of God but not in the way that any of the existing religions portray him as. they are not misguided people. they just choose to believe in God and not believe in organised religion. on the other side of the spectrum, there are also people that profess a religion but do not have faith in God. these people are the ones that fulfill their religious duties without actually believing it leads to something greater and they do it just to appease their family or community. in essence, these people are atheists who are part of a religion. full-blown atheists on the other hand are those that do not believe in the existence of God in any shape or form and wholly reject any type of religious teaching. again, this does not make them bad or misguided people. they have just chosen to believe in logic and need proof before they believe anything which effectively says that they do not have faith. what alot of these religious people do not realise is that religion and faith cannot be stuffed down the throats of others. it is not wrong to profess a religion and worship the God of your choice. it is wrong when you force others to accept your religious values and want others to be governed by the same standards of religion you set for yourself and your family. many people practise the same religion but in different ways. for example, hinduism in india and hinduism in bali. there’s a world of a difference between the religious practices of both but they are both still the same religion. who are we to say that once is right and the other way is wrong? and another thing, there are many people who try to ‘sell’ their religion to others with promises of heaven and forgiveness of sins and whatnot. again i ask, who are we, as mere humans, assuming that there is a greater being presiding over us, to make such promises? you will never find men of true faith ‘selling’ their religion to others in this way. sure, religion is important, but faith should not have to take a back seat to religion. because even if you profess a religion or not, faith is the most important thing………..

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