On Faith

There’s a type of rhetoric I don’t like, which makes having faith in G-d seem irrational. It wins by a straw-man by defining faith as weakly as possible.  It goes like this people who have faith in God are delusional because faith is believing in spite of evidence or lack of evidence, belief without evidence is irrational,  because they believe without evidence they’re irrational.

Faith simply is a trust. A trust in something, whether that be G-d, money, power, good looks, intellectual prowess etc. etc. Faith isn’t irrational. Since whatever they placed their faith in has proved useful somewhere for some reason. Whether it helps in all situations depends on the object of the faith. That’s when it you can judge whether it’s rational or not to have faith in said object.

Everyone who’s ever lived, lived by faith. Everyone currently living lives by faith. Everyone everywhere has faith in something. Everyone has something that they believe in will get them through the day and when a new situation arises that they haven’t experienced before they believe that the object of that faith will help them through it.

No one’s above faith because everyone has it.





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