What Is Faith?

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These reflections on faith and on the existence or non-existence of God and the immortal spirit are really important to anyone who wants to better understand the mysteries of our journey in this life.

A debate between atheists and believers will always add positively to their naturally existing controversy, and without a doubt it will shed light on the arguments of both sides.

So, at this point it’s worth looking at the word faith in order to understand it a bit more deeply. Since there are no better terms that can define its common meanings, we can say that it includes:

A – Faith in the things we touch, or see, or feel. Such faith is knowledge; it is certainty; it is conviction.

B – Faith in things that exist, but that cannot be seen or perceived because our observation resources and reasoning are insufficient. This is the faith of the humble and the pure at heart.  We are born with this instinctive knowledge. It is engraved in our spirits, and arises in our consciousness just like all instincts. That’s why such faith often manifests itself in childhood. Faith, then, reveals itself because of this and many other motives, and it’s altered by reason under the most varied and strange ways of expression in every corner of the earth. This faith is blind, unproven, but it is powerful and capable of operating miracles as well as committing regrettable errors. Science is needed to control this faith and limit it through reason.

C – Faith in those things that we perceive through proofs and evidence even though we cannot see them or perceive them through our sense organs. This faith is rational.

Atheists claim that there is no evidence of God’s existence and our immortal spirits. As a matter of fact, there is no proof or evidence whatsoever of the inexistence of these realities. Richard Dawkins wrote “The God Delusion”, but  he did not produce any evidence that could justify the book title throughout hundreds of pages. I have already made similar mistakes, but by God’s grace had my eyes opened, and it seems to me that it is more logical to deny the existence of air than the existence of God and the spirits. The air only surrounds us and gets into our lungs whereas the power and wisdom of God are outside and inside of us for they penetrate both living and “dead” matter. Otherwise, how can we explain life codes? How can we explain that a single microscopic cell contains all the power and information to generate a plant, an animal, a human being?

This is only one of the infinite mysteries that surround us and that matter is unable to explain. And each one of these infinite mysteries constitutes clear, undeniable evidence of this being who has unlimited knowledge and unlimited power whom we call God.

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12 comments

  1. unsavorytruths · · Reply

    What is faith? According to Martin Luther, leader of the Reformation, faith is the antithesis of reason.

    “Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.”

    1. My position is very uncomfortable before this concept of the brave reformist leader who dared to face the implacable, reactionary forces of the Middle Ages. Therefore, I find it hard to disagree with his idea, which I attribute to the purity of his heart tormented by his heroic and passionate struggle for justice. However, as I bashfully see it, faith and reason cannot be enemies, since both are positive forces, and they can be nothing but allies. Reason, as long as it is properly interpreted, can only confirm faith. The venerable leader’s quotation seem to indicate he was already considering that reality. Rational faith is a logical consequence of the rational examination of natural planetary and universal phenomena as well as spiritual phenomena ubiquitous in all times and places. Natural faith, the pure and simple faith of the humble needs enlightened reason and science to limit it, discipline it, and avoid the excesses of ingenuity and deficient embryonic reasoning. These ideas are the foundation of all my work and they are implicit in the Prologue, pages xiii -xvii of the book.

  2. I appreciate your words; they definitely lifted my own spirits.
    God bless

    1. Thank you! God bless you too!

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  5. That was quite possibly one of the weakest writings I have ever have the misfortune of reading. You write ” The air only surrounds us and gets into our lungs whereas the power and wisdom of God are outside and inside of us for they penetrate both living and “dead” matter. Otherwise, how can we explain life codes? How can we explain that a single microscopic cell contains all the power and information to generate a plant, an animal, a human being?”….science answers all of this – what preposterous questions. And the book by Richard Dawkins is actually titled “The God Delusion”.

    1. Dear Lily,

      Your words certainly hide a soul as pure and beautiful as the meaning and sound of your name. Unfortunately, they also reveal that your heart overflows with disaffection. This disaffection is so strong that you do not even spare someone you don’t know, someone whose fault was to expose his belief in God and the immortal spirit.

      Well, in an attempt to answer your severe criticism, I must say that I am perfectly aware of the weakness of my argument. Despite that, I dared write this book for the love of God and His creatures.

      You say that science explains the cell, but great scientists such as Antony Flew (1923-2010) and Francis Collins, became believers after a long life devoted to science, precisely because they saw/have seen that there is something greater beyond matter .

      However, if you could explain it to me, and considering I could understand it, I would ask you to tell me what science says about who created the cell with all its power and wisdom, and which came first: human beings or the egg cell.

      As one can easily see, we are surrounded by large and small mysteries that we cannot explain.

      Believe me, I don’t intend to defend myself; I just want to advocate the truth for the love of God and His creatures.

      Best regards,

      João de Deus Brasil

  6. Just wanted to pop in here and say, “Blessings to you!” Unfortunately, not many have the courage and great bravery to put their soul wholly out there, especially on behalf of the one true God. That you, in atheism, saw His fingerprint, and decided, through reason, to follow the hand of God, is truly a miracle. May your words be His, being used mightily for the great purpose of His glory. (Hugs)

    1. Thank you very much! Hopefully, my testimony will help others “follow the hand of God”. Blessings to you too!

    2. Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s a privilege to connect with people like you and spread the word about what it means to believe in God. Our life gets far more purposeful! Blessings!

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