Faith! What is it?
Faith is the complete trust and confidence in someone or something.
Can it be taught?
This is a complicated question. Faith and fear share the same definition; the only difference is one is positive, the other negative. Humans build trust and confidence in others by the reliance on their repeated, consistent actions. These actions shape our experiences which create a form of knowledge we come to rely on. Since all knowledge is learned, the true answer, as it applies to faith; and fear by proxy, is yes it can be taught as long as the entity creating the actions can be depended upon. Actions matter!
“A mirror’s reflection can only be seen by direct interaction with it. The reflection of our actions remains a viewable witness of our character long after our physical presence fades.”
How do we acquire faith as it pertains to our God?
The spiritual lessons learned from our guardians are passed down to us as children. They are usually our first experiences with God, with religious denominations, and religion in general. As children mature, they experiment with other religions, dive deeply into their current denomination or choose to evade their spiritual persona all together. This is a normal process; to question what one believes. It is the method we use to seek out any truth. All the Saint went through the exact process. During this examination process, some people even go so far as to create their own denomination so they can control the doctrine they believe to be true and are willing to follow. Sadly, most people don’t want to know the truth, they only want the constant reassurance that what they believe is the truth.
To have faith in God or His Church, we once more must depend on the Power of the Wisdom of Three. The faithful must possess three-character traits. We must have a strong undeniable belief in the eternal living nature of God. (The living God truly does exist.) We must implicitly trust what we know and believe to be true of God. (My knowledge of God is true.) Finally, as a follower, we must have unshakable confidence that God will always act in our best interest. (I can always depend on God.)
God existed long before any religion or denomination. Religion is man’s way of trying to understand our creator by using the church’s doctrines and traditions to bring us closer to our God and to His eternal truths. The man Jesus came into the world as a Jew and Christians believe He left as a Christian but not before teaching all people the dogmas and traditions He/God wants us to follow.
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”