Why We Should Never Discount Faith In Seeking The Truth

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Do not lose faith in the Lord all because you got carried away with your philosophy courses. It is natural for a growing mind to tend to stick with what makes sense rather than accept an idea that almost seems like a leap of faith, but remember that while we all want to get to the absolute right answer, we use different frameworks. The most common framework is logic, and it branches into many of the fields that have made the world as it is now: science, mathematics, and even philosophy. It is only natural to question the existence of God using philosophy as a framework, but there are many other frameworks, and faith is one of them. Some things in life require using more than one framework to get to the right answer. Ergo, sometimes you need both faith and logic. A true Christian, contrary to popular belief, is not a dumb individual who solely relies on faith, but it is the existence of our faith with our logic that often makes us stand out in the crowd. Unfortunately, with this comes the cost of Christians looking like dumb people relying on faith alone when logic is saturated.

We may think that logic alone is enough to fulfill us, but we as Christians have seen secular people with gaps in their lives. Some philosophers may think that we have merely secularized badly, and that the fulfillment we get out of faith can be replaced by something philosophical if we can just find the right words to say. This idea springs from the notion that if we were to picture a Venn Diagram of two circles, with logic on the left side and faith on the right, that somehow philosophy, a byproduct of logic, can fill the gap on the right side seeing that some of the things explained by faith can be explained by logic, just as some of the logical things can be explained by faith as represented by the intersection. Unfortunately, this is a fallacy. The power of philosophy ends upon the edges of the left circle, and if something in life can only be answered by using the two circles, then the people who choose to live without faith and rely only on logic will miss out on some of the greatest wisdom that we could have attained had our logic been blended with faith.

In a TED Talk I once watched called Militant Atheism by Richard Dawkins, he said “not only is science corrosive to religion, but religion is corrosive to science”. He criticizes religion for some of the things that are considered “holy” that may not be questioned “just because”. What he fails to understand is that we are called upon to obey the Lord, not to understand Him. He has no obligation to explain Himself, nor do we have a right to demand an answer from Him, but it is only natural for humans to be curious. I know that there is an answer to this, but I am limited by mind as I am a mere 20-year old student seeking to grow my relationship with the Lord.

I do know this: it is more illogical to accept that the universe was made from a single element that expanded out of pure chance, that for some reason, a man’s genitals fit a woman’s, our mouths were made to swallow food and our insides to process it, trees to exhale the air we inhale, and we exhale the air the trees inhale than it is illogical to believe in a creator. If in the 21st century, we are able to develop things we wouldn’t even dream of before: broccoli, anti-cancer drugs, weapons of mass destruction (however frightening), nuclear energy, animal crossbreeding, and many others, all of which apply a process called ID or “Intelligent Design”, then what more of the world that is much more complicated?

Obviously, there is a creator, and that is not a statement I make out of convenience. It makes sense. How we identify that creator, that intelligent architect, is what makes religion so divided. Nonetheless, to say that religion does not make sense or is wrong is already a stretch, even from someone completely logical. Nevertheless, even Stephen Hawking’s theory of the universe in his book “A Brief History of Time” does not really destroy Christianity. If anything, it merely proves how logic alone is bounded to be unable to answer some questions about the universe. Of course, all this does nothing to satisfy the truly curious. How then do we describe the Creator? To try and answer that question using logic alone will lead to futility. If we were to use both faith and logic, then perhaps, by some tiny chance, we may just get to answer one of the world’s biggest questions.

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James Rocket
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Sorry, but I don’t agree w/this.

Name Withheld
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Religion is like shabu to masses. This supresses critical thinking, promotes stagnant and poor lifestyle. In fact, Christianity is the biggest lie of mankind, and a humongous plagiarism of concepts from other religions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjHk9nKUNNs

Think again.

Darwin
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“…Christianity is the biggest lie of mankind…”

Think again.

6786Hyden007Toro9999.999
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6786Hyden007Toro9999.999
I respect all beliefs and religions. If you believe in a creator, with intelligent design…so be it ! If you do not believe in any creator…but believe in the “Big Bang” theory…so be it ! What I do not like with organized religion is: they are no more than cults…you do this…you do that…or you go to hell ! You follow us…you go to heaven ! In the Islamic Radical (ISIS, Al Queda) cult. To kill/murder an infidel (non believer)…is following the will of Allah. To be a suicide bomber, killing many infidels. You become a martyr; and will have… Read more »
Jane
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Yes Religion cannot save us, Jesus does.

Robert Haighton
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“… criticizes religion for some of the things that are considered “holy” that may not be questioned “just because”. What he fails to understand is that we are called upon to obey the lord, not to understand him. He has no obligation to explain himself, nor do we have a right to demand an answer from him, …”.

Isnt that the most extreme form of corruption and blackmail?

6785Toro007Hyden78656.999
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6785Toro007Hyden78656.999

It may be corruption to you, but a duty/martyrdoom to some. Look at how many suicide bombers are willing to sacrifice their lives, to gain martyrdom, with 72 virgins , as rewards.

I cannot even understand, if this is
extreme corruption and blackmail; or extreme insanity. My only question is : why such people become robots in the name of a God? Some of those of those suicide bombers, or shooters, who shoot people , until they are shot dead, are intelligent and educated people…this , I cannot understand in our present time !

Camara
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I believe in a Supreme being who gave us wisdom to know what is good and what is evil. It is not the religion imposed by humans who creates an ugly picture of God for the sake of their religion, I find it unlikely to see a religious sect not in conflict with another, most of the time are using God and religion for greed and power and control. That is why some religious sect are forcing their members to vote in solidarity for a particular party, To gain advantage of power and control the masses, christian sects who will… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Toro, I think I worded myself in a somewhat half-baked way. What I meant to say is that we should and must question (and doubt) everything. So also that thing that many people call god. Not bec I am an atheist but bec I am a human being. The day I stop questioning things (and stop questioning people) is the day I should and must stop living. Not questioning and not doubting that thing (called god) makes people perceivable for corruption, blackmail and lies. When I am talking about that thing, it also includes all representatives of that thing (pope,… Read more »
1232Hyden007Toro9999.9999
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1232Hyden007Toro9999.9999

@Robert Haighton:

I never thought you are somewhat half baked. I believe, you are an intelligent person.

Whatever your belief, I respect it. Whatever you think to be true…it is your truth.

The food to you, may be poison to me. We have our individual differences. We have our own beliefs…we have our own realities. We perceived things differently…because we are just humans !

Robert Haighton
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Hyden, I dont want you to respect my belief. Why not? It will stop you from being critical towards me and my belief. And ergo, our relationship will be and is shallow. If I believe and worship a chair then I want you to say that that is insane, stupid. It will make myself look like a fool and be a fool. So in that aspect you actually dont have to tell me that I am insane. I know it myself. We have a much higher standard of the word respect. I have to earn and deserve it based on… Read more »
chimbanyero
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lol god.

Toby
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Isnt that the most extreme form of corruption and blackmail?

No, it isn’t.

Sorry, but I don’t agree w/this

That is irrelevant. What is relevant is that you are able to grasp to logic behind the belief in a creator.

Sadly, for atheists like Dawkins, they cannot.

654Hyden007Toro9999.9999
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654Hyden007Toro9999.9999

@Robert Haighton:

If you worship a chair…it is your problem, not mine. There are people who worship: Satan the Devil. The Devil is their God. There are people who worship nature. The Japanese people, before World War II, worship their Japanese Emperor, as their living God. The Kamikaze pilots, were willing to die for their Emperor God.

Whatever you worship, I don’t mind it…there may be reasons, why you worship such God; reasons, that I don’t know.

If a chair is your God.. I will not laugh at you. And, I will mind my own business !

Robert Haighton
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Hyden, (note: when I use the word ‘you’, I dont mean you personally but just any, every strict religious person). Wouldnt it be stretching to worship a chair? It gives me not much. I can sit on it; I can stand on it and I can chop it up into pieces and use it to make a fire. That is how far my creativity goes when it comes to a chair. If I am not mistaken, in each and every Thai household there is a picture of the king of Thailand. That is really sick. In a proverbial way, I… Read more »
7897Hyden007Toro9999.999
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7897Hyden007Toro9999.999
@Robert Haighton: i don’t know about confessions , or anything, related to that sacrament. Ask a Roman Catholic Priest, or any of those going to Roman Catholic confession. They can clarify, what you are asking me… With regards to yourself, as God. I have no complain on that. Only, I am confused. How do you pray to yourself ? You go infront of a mirror? Then, ask for favor or graces to yourself? We do not know yet, why faith works to some; and faith does not work to some… I believe in a Creator , God, who created everything.… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Hyden, let me tell you a real event that I experienced myself. When my pinay GF introduced me to her best male friend, the first thing he said was that he respected me for coming over to the Philippines (or something to that matter). Then I told him, what if I am child-molester, would you still respect me? After that he was quiet for the remainder of the meeting. Mind you, he is a corporate lawyer. Mostly they are not the quiet types. Moral of the story: Wait till you really know somebody before you make such huge statements. Atheists… Read more »
Anno 2205
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Jesus for president.

>wipe out corruption and crime by sacrificing their children
>build a wall to keep the sinners out
>impregnate women without sex so it’s not rape

inb4 shitstorm

Kyt
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God IS NOT EQUAL to Bible (or whatever holy book) IS NOT EQUAL to Christianity (or whatever religion). Religion is mostly a matter of where you are born. If you are born in Saudi, most likely you are Muslim. If you are born around Commonwealth Ave. (especially between those two palace-like churches), then you are most likely INC. If you are born in the Iron Islands, surely you worship the Drowned God. Organized religion is a tool for control. Why is it wrong to ask a question? It is illogical not to ask questions. The power to formulate questions is… Read more »
T
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Instead of this drivel of an article, i suggest to promote secularism. Do not push your faith on those who do not want it. Common courtesy, doesnt your bible teach that? Oh i forgot, it also says you must spread the word and witness and shit. Well, some people just dont want it. and you cannot say “richard dawkins fails to understand” because he simply does not believe in god, therefore you cannot use your faith as basis of disproving him. nor can you use the bible or any piece of scripture or even what the pope says. if what… Read more »
django_unchained
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What I don’t get with Bible thumpers is their insistence that their faith is not a religion. It’s a religion because you believe in a God. Why? Does religion have such a negative connotation that you want to run from the truth and label yourselves something else to show you are better than them? Saying things like “it’s about your relationship with God” is the same as being secular. Keep it to yourself and no harm–verbal or physical–needs to be done. Don’t show off.

Laïcité

Thomas Glenn Chiong Sy
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Thomas Glenn Chiong Sy

I think the fundamental question that needs to be answered first is, “What is faith?” This needs to be elaborated first because the average atheist will never accept the idea of authoritarianism from blind faith.

Camara
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I think the term leap of faith is the innate truth of understanding something that there is a creative force responsible beyond the human dimension. Atheist can’t simply reconcile the truth because the belief in God needs faith, faith can only give substance to what is true and what is false, it is that in order to make an apple pie from scratch, one must have invented the universe. The question of proving God, one must ask first who invented science.

T
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Totally unnecessary if you ask me.
Why? because the debate will be endless. And pointless. Each will be deadlocked in trying to out-ass each other. in the end we’ll just end up frustrated and with wasted time. that’s why secularism is the answer: your faith, wall, my beliefs, end of story. leave it on that. Do something more worthwhile, productive than rave on a subject neither side could prove or disprove.

d_forsaken
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Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every human being, as the quest for truth is the true purpose of living. We are given an entire lifetime to collect and assemble truths. Truths are acquired only when we learn to filter all information, including those valuable lessons and insights gained from our own personal experiences, through our conscience. And as we near death, the knowledge in our hearts at the end must match the knowledge which was put in our hearts in the very beginning. All else is irrelevant.

django_unchained
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Vladimir, The problem with faith is how its followers interpret their creator’s message. Religion has divided every society in the world, big or small. It is the reason people in the Middle East are dying. It is one of the reasons Americans from the deep south justified slavery even after the thirteenth amendment was signed into law; therefore, keeping the whole issue of racism as heated as ever up to this day. It is the reason corruption is rampant in the Roman Catholic church and Iglesia ni Cristo due to their misuse of funds. The insecurity of individuals who hail… Read more »
Greg
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I have to agree that insecure people try to proselytize other people with their beliefs. I have no organized religion but have been to ‘Catholic’ Philippines a number of times. No one there has ever tried to impose their doctrine on me. On this site the most militant, insecure people are the atheists and agnostics, who try to shove their beliefs down others’ throats. Insecure people try to control other people and it is as if the atheists ‘need’ others to have the same view. As I stated in a recent post atheists and agnostics are very religious. Their religion… Read more »
Walter KOMARNICKI
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“to one who has faith, no explanation is necessary; to one without faith, no explanation is (ever) possible.” – St Thomas Aquinas but it all begins with a search for truth, and an open mind helps more than a closed one. “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” – G.K. Chesterton another hindrance in the search for truth is that most people seem quite satisfied in living a superficial life, even right up to the end, and never seem to want to answer such eternal questions as Paul… Read more »
Klara
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Any assumption requires faith, but religion shouldn’t be a hurdle to let one realize greater truths not justified by religions. Religions can serve a purpose but we must remember they are administered by men with weaknesses of their own in the same way that scientism has its flaws. Perhaps we need a refinement both in our theist and philosophical/logical inclinations. Who is to say logic and faith cannot work together. Could they not be complementary? After all, both concepts exist in our relatively common reality. It’s time we overcome dualistic thinking. You don’t actually believe a savior will literally come… Read more »
Jane
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When someone says that truth is relative, what he normally means is that there is no absolute truth. Some things may appear true to you but not true to me. If you believe it, it is true for you. If I don’t believe it, it is not true for me. When people say things like “that’s fine if God exists for you, but He doesn’t exist for me,” they are expressing the popular belief that truth is relative. The whole concept of “relative truth” sounds tolerant and open-minded. However, upon closer analysis, it is not open-minded at all. In essence,… Read more »
Jane
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“Is there such a thing as absolute truth / universal truth?” In order to understand absolute or universal truth, we must begin by defining truth. Truth, according to the dictionary, is “conformity to fact or actuality; a statement proven to be or accepted as true.” Some people would say that there is no true reality, only perceptions and opinions. Others would argue that there must be some absolute reality or truth. One view says that there are no absolutes that define reality. Those who hold this view believe everything is relative to something else, and thus there can be no… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Maybe I should convert myself now, knowing all this now. Thank you.