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The Purpose Of Faith........

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Posted by Glenn on November 14, 2000 06:04:38 UTC

What is the real meaning of Faith?

While many people equate faith with belief, a specific churh or religious doctrine, it's Latin origin is much simpler: FAITH means " to Trust ". But the question is whom or what purpose we are trusted to? This is where lies the difference of practicinng faith from different poeple to different beliefs or to religious background. Yet most religions offer no more than a simple formula for belief in order to allow us to have confidence about the future and the afterlife. Many religions espouse the existence of an abosolute, controlling a deity or power, so that we may remove the burden of responsibility from ourselves for solving our most fundamental problems.In addition, most teach some kind of theory about what happens after we die,which people are exhorted to believe in.
Nevertheless, belief alone might some confidence, but belief in and itself does not guarantte that what we believe is true. In order to truly undestand the nature of Life and death, and gain genuine confidence, what we need is wisdom- penetrating insight rooted in the depths of Life itself.In addition, we need the internal power and fortitude to conquer our own weaknesses and fears, and to act confidently upon our beliefs, thus demonstrating their validity through our actions.In addition, we need the power of compassion and courage to enable others to transcend their own limitations and establish the true confidence and happiness in Life.

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