Faith … What Is It?
Faith is something you know rings true deep down inside. You know truth when you hear truth. It’s undeniable; it is infallible.
How much is too much?
Too much faith … hmm, that’s a good one. I believe that it’s too much faith when it stops you from getting things done, much like for example having faith in that my laundry will get done whether I do or not. It also can interfere with relationships—believing if you just did this or that and they may or may not react, or in hoping he feels the same as I do. It believes blindly in a relationship that goes nowhere, but where you wish it to go. That is when faith in that aspect would not be good for anyone. The faith I have goes beyond the visual what you see with your eyes, or what you hear with your own ears. It is a knowing. It’s truth.
How much is too little?
If you have no faith then are you empty inside … Hmm, no not really, but there is something missing and you will always be on search or quest to find that one thing missing. Faith is not just wondering through life believing only in what you can see, feel, touch, hear, and taste. It’s beyond all physical realms, which makes it spiritual. Can faith fail you? The answer is yes, “only when the faith you had was not a true one.”
Is it trustworthy?
If your faith is ingrained deep down into your soul, of course it is very trustworthy. It is what people who have it never feel without that something deep down. It’s like I said from the beginning—“It’s an unwavering belief.” If what you believe rings true for you, then that faith becomes unshakeable and irrevocable. It becomes part of who you are as a person; it determines the amount of compassion you show your fellow man.
Can one become addicted to it?
Yes and no … if faith is the addiction, one could do worse. There are so many addictions in this day and age. Making faith the center of everything can also limit certain people, there are those who become neurotic about having faith. In that aspect, faith has gone beyond good.
Isn’t a good faith-shaking healthy? Can’t one have faith in the wrong thing, and if so, would you admit to it and remove it or change it?
I was raised (a very traditional) Catholic and I still carry my faith given to me by my family. I treasure it always. But I also was always feeling that something was missing all the time at church, when amongst friends, and I could never put my finger on it. I just knew there had to be something more. And the first sign of that happening was when I was exactly fourteen years old. Since then I have always been open to other “faiths,” learning from each one and taking what rings true to my soul. And knowing that God or Creation whatever you call it is always with me, like a parent watching over a child. That’s why I call my faith one of many colors.
Have I admitted it to anyone? I am doing so right here, right now, and I am putting it out there for everyone to see. Have I personally shared this with my family? That’s a toughie … but I have shared it with my children and one sister and close friends. That part has left me feeling very liberated. For now it will do, because not everyone is ready for change and one must do so at his or her own pace. That is after all what life is all about. Learning and growing as a person. When you are ready for change, you will change it for yourself.
Faith … What Is It?