In the interest of continuity, I have a suggestion for those who may be first-time visitors to our blogging site. I recommend that they ‘come up to speed’ by reading the last 7 posts, starting with the post entitled ‘A Platform for Our Blogosphere II’, dated February 29, 2016.
Taking the first steps on our celestial latter climb, visualized in the post ‘Discovering the Supernatural Realm, Part One’, reminds us that we are making this expedition as a passage from a known physical existence to a lesser known yet higher reality. What is absolutely needed to initiate and sustain us in this spiritual journey is a rock-solid and reliable basis. That foundational basis is called faith. This establishment of faith may have been in the mind of Martin Luther King, Jr. who is quoted as saying, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
When we dissect, so to speak, this insightful quote of faith, we may identify several aspects of faith that he had in mind. For instance, who is the ‘you’ that King is speaking of? It might those of a certain age. Well, one’s age does not matter, whether a child, teen ager, adult or a senior citizen, faith is needed at the start of one’s journey toward a relatively unknown domain. The journey of faith begins on physical footings which are followed by mystical steps that are just as shaky as is that of knowledge of an unseen spiritual realm.
King’s admission of not being able to see the stair case suggests he does not know the means by which he will ascend. In addition, there is an implication of what lies ahead is sometimes elusiveness and vague.
Lastly, the question must be asked, why can’t everyone clearly see where future steps will lead? The obvious answer to this question is that we do not possess the kind of sight needed to begin and end the expedition with our physical eyes.
I trust that our fellow bloggers will remain with me in our journey. We can be fully assured that during the upward trek, each step will provide an enhanced perspective of the unseen domain and a unique type of knowledge that is now applicable and prevalent for the rest of our everyday lives on earth.
Who has Faith?
Do our fellow bloggers realize that everybody has faith? The question arises: does theistic faiths also belong to other contexts not usually thought of as religious at all? First, in these instances, it may be appropriate to speak of the faith of a humanist, or even an atheist, using the same general sense of ‘faith’ as applies to the theist case.
Secondly, others may view faith as merely an outcome of the inborn propensity to self-conservation and self-betterment which is a part of human nature.
Thirdly, most non-believers and some nominal believers may have a strong faith-like craving desire, whether advertently or inadvertently, to literally love and/or manifest a profound adoration of material objects.
From this brief examination of who has faith, we can conclude that perspectives of faith vary widely and largely depend on a person’s attitude toward trusting in another person, thing, and deity or in doctrines and teachings of a religion.
Faith is not:
- tangible, material or physical
- a figment of one’s imagination.
- intuitive; meaning to have the natural or inborn ability to understand something without any direct evidence.
- instinctive, which describes something you do without thinking about it.
- based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning.
- a proposition that does not seem likely to be true when assessed by using common sense or gut feelings.
Lists about, who has faith and what faith is not, are somewhat helpful for those who seek truths about an unseen realm. In the next post we will continue by mentioning what faith means for Christian believers. Also, we will go directly to the Holy Scriptures in order to grasp some of things said about faith.