Faith. According to Hebrews 11:1, faith gives certainty regarding things hoped for and in things we cannot see. The first, hope, intimates a future result or occurence. There are times certainty can apply to the future and we base this on experience. Things unseen can apply to future events, too, and this certainty is not based on experience but what has been taught (scripture, ecclesiastical leadership, personal inspiration).
But is certainty the right concept, especially with regard to the future?
Are you certain?
I opine you’re forgetting all the times faith failed, all the times prayers were not answered, all the times certainty disappointed. Selective memory, fueled by confirmation bias, is probably the source of this forgetfulness. Spend some time recognizing this phenomenon. It’s got to be a weekly occurrence, if not a bit more common. Be honest with yourself.
At length, you’ll come to realize faith is faithless.
Or, you’ll explain it away as the will of god (kind of a god of the gaps scenario).
This is where common sense should take over and hold sway.
Unfortunately, common sense is no longer so common.
My last post dealt with illusion. Then came the holidays. I feel like I’m losing my motivation to blog, mostly because those I would like to be reading what I post either read and stay silent or just don’t read. Plenty of like-minded readers comment on my posts or on Facebook where I link to my blog. But from those I wish would read?
This is not a complaint or a whine, mind you! It is a lament. I feel sad for those firmly ensconced in a cult…or cults (we can belong to many!). They are loved ones.
They, in turn, feel sorry for me, being eternally damned, an apostate. Lost forever. The hole found in an otherwise eternal family.
This appears to be an unassailable divide. Yet I rail at it! I. Want. It. Gone!
I want my loved ones to wake up! I’m sure they would love to welcome me back to the fold. I am, however, no longer a sheep!
The curtain has been pulled back and the Great and Terrible Oz has been found to be a humbug. There is no evidence for gods. There are only the mythologies mankind created from its collective fear-soaked imagination to explain what could not be explained at the time.
It’s the 21st century now and time to put away childish myths. Trust in the natural. Set aside the supernatural.
Prove me wrong. The onus is on you, believer. I triple dog dare you.