Occasionally we find ourselves confronted with new information that challenges our belief system. Whether it be political or religious, the key is to first question why you feel your belief is correct, then ponder why they feel theirs is. Listen to them and try to understand where they are coming from. I believe it is called compassion, putting yourself in someone else s shoes. Could that be why most Bibles on Earth say to be childlike and compassionate? Sometimes the lessons we think we know, we do not. It is the duty of the student to challenge what they know, to find the weaknesses of their own belief, and the truths in others.
McCobb is always telling me to have faith. But what is faith? In the Bible, perhaps the supreme reference, defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11.1 KJV)
Faith is believing there is more than what we see, hear and taste. Faith is belief not yet proven. Faith can also be the biggest lie ever told. Believing something is true doesn’t make it so.
Unfortunately people sometimes prefer to believe the untruth over fact. I don’t consider that to be faith.
For instance, it requires faith to believe in God. There is no proof, no method of measuring His presence. But I believe in God, my faith being the evidence of his existence.
My faith does not extend to the myriad of rules, regulations and traditions that have become synonymous with belief in a higher power. It baffles me as to how one could read the Bible, a book based on faith and forgiveness, and then forge a concrete and unforgiving religion around ‘the word of God’.
Incidentally the Bible is not the ‘word of God’.