Faith is the “F” word that should be eliminated from everyone’s vocabulary. In fact, there should be a petition to remove the word faith from the dictionary.
What is the definition of faith? Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.
John 20:29 29 Jesus said unto him, “Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed. Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.” The Apostle Thomas required proof even though he supposedly was around to witness the miracles, listen to the teachings and predictions provided by Jesus. Why shouldn’t we demand the same proof…2,000 years later?
Oh wait! We’re supposed to rely on the “F” word, right? I don’t think so.
In every other aspect of our lives we require proof, but for some reason, religion has shielded itself against logic, reason, and evidence.
Jesus wasn’t against showing off…I mean performing miracles. Why did Jesus perform miracles? So those who witnessed such acts would believe. Wow…what a concept! People actually believe in what they can see, hear, or touch.
If I were to tell someone: please don’t touch a wall because the wall has just been painted. I wouldn’t be surprised if the person reached out and touched the wall to verify my wet paint claim. In fact, I would welcome the chance to prove my claim, laugh, and offer them a wet rag to clean up their fingers. Why are so many people afraid to question, demand evidence, or just use plain ole’ logic when examining religion?
Because when it comes to religion; religion will either bribe you or scare you into believing (Heaven vs. Hell). There is no evidence of either of the two places existing, but when forced to believe crazy stuff as a child…the unbelievable when presented by a trusted adult can seem believable. Parents have no problem presenting the fairy tale of Santa Claus as truth to their children until they deem it necessary to bring the young child back to reality. Santa Claus is not real. Heaven is not real. Hell is not real. Just because many people believe in extraordinary claims doesn’t make them true. Just because tall tales are written in a popular book doesn’t make them true. I’m sure a lot of copies of Harry Potter have been sold, but it still doesn’t change the fact that wizards live exclusively in the realm of fantasy. There is much debate about whether or not Jesus was real and this topic will be written about at a later date.
Carl Sagan once said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” When it comes to religion there are lots of extraordinary claims, but where is the extraordinary evidence? Insert the “F” word and that is all that is required to believe the extraordinary claims or stories in the Bible.
The world we live in is a tough place, but we have to be grounded in reality in order to deal with all the challenges that we face throughout our lives. We have one life and it doesn’t last long enough to waste it on fairy tales, the illogical, or wasting our time praying to an invisible eye in the sky.
When children die in what appears to be meaningless accidents, we are supposed to have faith in God’s reasoning for letting these atrocities happen regardless of the pain it causes. God knows best. We are to have faith when God is silent when it comes to answering prayers. It’s God’s plan and we cannot possibly understand.
I understand alright; God loves putting poop in our soup.