1 complete trust or confidence in someone or something: this restores one’s faith in politicians.
2 strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
• a system of religious belief: the Christian faith.
• a strongly held belief or theory: the faith that life will expand until it fills the universe.
There are a lot of different kinds of faith. But, this topic seems to have come up for me, more than once this past week. The question of having faith in something or someone….
But tonight I had a very philosophical discussion concerning different beliefs in the world and spirituality.
Here are a few of my personal observations of this life existence.
Some people are very religious.
Some people are very spiritual.
Some people are both.
Some people are one, and not the other.
Some people are neither.
There are those who believe in a god, or a higher power.
Those who do not. And those who think it might be a little of both.
Who is right?
Well…. I for one… just don’t know for sure. I also postulate that none of us can really KNOW for sure. (That is why the people who believe in a god… are said to have faith.)
I am not sure how it is, that one person, or group of people… …. then… …can be absolutely “right” about their religious beliefs. If that person knows for sure… and can pass judgement on others…. they are much smarter and more powerful than the rest of us…. I’d have to say. Way smarter than I am…. at least. That much I know.
I…. for one …..would not want this distinction… nor this responsibility. Nope.
Which brings me to the next good definition for the night…..
benefit of the doubt
phrase | noun
1 a favorable judgement given in the absence of full evidence.
2 to decide you will believe someone or something
I like that phrase. I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt…most of the time. (Oh. I like to be right. I am very flawed that way. But I trust people an awful lot too.) I think the world would probably be a better place…. overall…. if we trusted each other just a little more than we do. To believe in each other… and have faith in one another…
It might be good…. not to discount others… just because they think differently than we do. But perhaps to learn and grow from them. Instead of always thinking “I am right. And you are wrong”…. every once in a while… saying…
“Hmmmm. It could happen.” OR “That is a possibility.”
We can’t all know it all. In fact… as I sit and write… I am reminded that I don’t know much at all.
“I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about.”
– Oscar Wilde