Do you have Faith in you ?
Faith also called as trust, confidence, belief, assurance, dependent, rely on. I have heard many people saying “have faith”. It seems to inspire many people around them but feels incomplete if given a thought.
Have faith itself shows an urge of few questions such as:
- having faith in what?
- Is that person | thing is worthy of having faith on??
- What is the need of placing faith on it ???
Without answers to these questions, faith is empty, contentless, blind: merely a verbal platitude but ultimately vacuous. If faith is to be significant it requires content. From what I have seen, it appears that for faith to have content, three essential things must take place at three different points in time: the past, the present, and the future. All three are necessary; if one is missing, then we cannot say that someone has meaningful faith. So, if the “something” is identified at these three levels, this means that faith is not empty or contentless, there is something significant to it.
- Past – Experiences with something or someone (foundation).
- Future – The unknown (need).
- Present – Trust (action).
Based on prior trustworthy experience, we must trust the person or thing in the present because the future is unknown. If we do not have any past trustworthy experience to justify trusting someone or something, yet we still say we have “faith”, then our faith is blind. If there is no future unknown, then trust is not really needed, thus any “faith” we say we have is imaginary. If we don’t actually place our trust in the person or thing with the unknown, yet we say we have “faith”, our words are not backed up by our actions.
In all three of those cases, faith does not exist. All three the past, present, and future are required for faith to actually exist in a person.
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