- Apr 8, 2006
I do notice you use the word faith , rather than belief, in your description of your relationship with your religious convictions.
It isn't something i have seen too often in many of the discussions, people tend to throw the words together, or around a little willy-nilly.
I have always looked at faith as having a trust in something , or placing your trust in something that you cant define yet has a sense of worth, or that brings peace of mind to the individual, whereas a belief to me , is something you have to think about, something the mind needs to mull over, something that stems more from the emotional side of the individual.
Faith is about having no doubt , whereas belief in and of itself has doubt, and therefore individuals who have faith in a religion, or in their religious convictions, feel secure in their belief, whereas people who have a belief in the same religion, or in their religious convictions, tend to get a bit "touchy" when their belief is questioned.
Faith provides security whereas belief is insecure.
I think for the church to grow, and move with the times so to speak, it will need to redefine the teachings in such a way as to promote the issue of faith over simply believing, to teach about faith, not trying to get people to believe in the message they wish to pass on, but to have faith in the message they are passing on. they will also need to drop the ceremony, the glitz and the glammer, and get out from behind their pulpits, come out from their buildings, and mix with the people, let the people in, show the people they are out there, not hidden inside, not hiding from the world, but a part of it.
In other words , come out of the closet