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Frankenstein Faith

Frankenstein FaithWhat is faith? And more importantly, what is it good for?

For some religious people, faith is the firm expectative of a certain reality, even if it is not at sight.

For a neurologist like Dean Burnett, the brain always needs to give a logical explanation within the brain's boundaries. These boundaries are limited to which we feed them.

If there is no "logical explanation" the brain looks for an explanation out of imagination but always using previous information. So faith has always a starting point on something we know, to give an explanation about issues we cannot be certain of.

Who is writing our faith today?

In the past, humans thought political and religious leaders were right. So we followed the path they marked and grown our own faith from this starting point. After that, we saw leaders are as fallible as we are, so we started to look somewhere else. Evolution theory appeared, and again, starting from things we could take as certain, built a theory with this starting point.

Both options come to a certain point on which "blind faith" is needed, both as much as credible, both as much as fallible.

So next time-lapse left us orphans of something that is needed to our community survival, that is, human values. Without love, righteousness, and whatsoever any religion has on their sacred books, human relationships crash.

And human values are turning too. In the past, nobody was concerned about killing animals for food. Now we have a strong trend, vegans, who are putting on the table (oops) another concept, that is, that any life, not only human, is sacred.

It is obvious that, according to the above, we believe and put faith starting to what we have learned. It depends as well where are you born, which by defect, determines if you are Moslem, Christian or other. But to be on the right faith cannot be the fruit of casualty about where did you come to life. So no ultimate truth, believe or faith is at hand, as they are all subjective.

In any culture or religion, there are common and immovable values which can be taken as certain, just for the fruits they give. All these mentioned human values, immutable and eternal, are the parts I rescue to build my particular set of "Frankenstein faith", taking the valid parts, discard the rotten ones, and start from scratch putting together parts which fit with each other.
David Navarro
  • Assumptions can be dangerous, as they could lead us to wrong paths, and are always based and built starting on something we know for certain, same as “ultimate truth” is.

So the tricky thing here is to decide if one "truth" is really a truth or if in reality is an assumption.

Whenever I want to know if what is in front of me is an assumption or a truth, I always try to come back to the above mentioned Immovable human values and look at the issue from this perspective. Normally, the path to follow is illuminated again, as wrong assumptions and habits never fit with high human values.

What is faith good for?

The problem is, humans, cannot live without any of it. Just like diabetics in front of a bakery, we are salivating for things that can be poisonous for us.

Getting confused by following an assumption instead of real faith, have led humankind to the worst along with the history. Inquisition, Crusades, or 20th-century fascism are just some examples of it.

No matter how intelligent or powerful we could be, without faith, we are empty, without purpose.

We are the engine, and faith is our gasoline.

Depending on which kind of combustible we feed ourselves, will determine how far and fast we will go. After truly understanding this point, anything is possible.

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Cecilia Castelli

Cecilia Castelli

vor 2 Monaten #20

Amen.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

vor 7 Monaten #19

#18
that s making me smile Fay :-)

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

vor 7 Monaten #18

#17
Pascal Derrien Running is not "mystical" .. but stubbornness is ;~)

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

vor 8 Monaten #17

#16
I am stubborn and still running :-) Now one could say running is mystical.....

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

vor 8 Monaten #16

#16
Pascal Derrien Well we have 1 of those 2 things in common "marathoner " .. but I'm now a swimmer - water is much kinder to my body than pounding on pavement "Faith" is ever present .. As Harvey Lloyd pointed out: "Do we have faith is really not the question, the real question is why and who do we place our faith in?" And as David Navarro L\u00f3pez asks: What is faith good for?

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

vor 8 Monaten #15

I have faith in this platform because of articles like this one...

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

vor 8 Monaten #14

Faith is something we cant see under a microscope yet we all have it. Faith is only understood within the phenomenology of existence. We place faith in various paradigms and we experience the results, what was expected and unexpected. Through this experience we attempt to learn where and when to place faith in people, places and things. Depending on ones experiences we may assemble a faith paradigm that serves us well or we develop psychology that inhibits success. Where place faith determines whether we are a product of our environment or something greater.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

vor 8 Monaten #13

#1
Risk would imply that we all have faith. We step into our car and the risk of an accident goes up. Yet we believe that we can get from point A to point B without an accident. We believe the brakes on the car will not fail and that other drivers will act according to some laws that keep us safe between the two points. This is a lot of faith. Unfortunately the word faith has been demonized and through slight of hand we have, generationally, lost site of what it really means. Our entire day is spent living in assumptions of someone else’s behavior. Faith. One can choose not to have faith in a deity, but to be faithless would mean we are balled up in a knot in a closet due to fear of all things. Faith is the opposite of fear. We all believe something that stitches our hopes together whether self serving or loving your neighbor.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

vor 8 Monaten #12

A very rational review of faith. To take it a step further we all in a clear moment must realize we live in faith everyday. We have faith that road signs will be adhered to by all, folks will stay in their lane and drive defensively. We reach over and hit the light switch and expect lights to come on, depending on all the people who insure electricity is flowing to the switch. Do we have faith is really not the question, the real question is why and who do we place our faith in? When we take risk, small and large, with another human is our faith based in rational thoughts of how the other will respond in a risk environment? Or is it that in our own mind the other person is bound to some higher moral/spiritual law we can have faith in? Just because we believe a person is “nice” is this a marker they will do the right thing when risk escalates? Faith is the basis of success. Both in the giver and the receiver. If we can’t find faith in one another then success will be elusive.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

vor 8 Monaten #11

#10
I am actually both Fay :-) but I am also a marathoner and a long distance cyclist :-)

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

vor 8 Monaten #10

Pascal Derrien I hope you are neither "diabetic" or "faithless"

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

vor 8 Monaten #9

David Navarro L\u00f3pez A deep question you ask David: "Should God have killed Satan? .. I have pondered why God does .. or does not do certain things .. Consider Job Consider Christ .. why did the redemption of mankind have to come this way? There are NO easy answers to HARD questions. When I lack answers: I always say “I don’t know the answer but I know the One who does.” ... and I TRUST Him. I leave you with this thought from Cry the Beloved Country: “This world is full of trouble, umfundisi. ... Who knows it better? ... Yet you believe? Kumalo looked at him under the light of the lamp. I believe, he said, but I have learned that it is a secret. Pain and suffering, they are a secret. Kindness and love, they are a secret. But I have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering. There is my wife, and you, my friend, and these people who welcomed me, and the child who is so eager to be with us here in Ndotsheni .. so in my suffering I can believe. — I have never thought that a Christian would be free of suffering, umfundisi. For our Lord suffered. And I come to believe that he suffered, not to save us from suffering, but to teach us how to bear suffering. For he knew that there is no life without suffering. Kumalo looked at his friend with joy. You are a preacher, he said.” ~ Alan Paton Which reminds me that "all sunshine makes a desert" ~ Arab proverb

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

vor 8 Monaten #8

#6
David Navarro L\u00f3pez Good question: What if you come from a Hindi or Asian culture? No matter where you arrived on the planet .. or when .. this battle never changes Dark or Light? Wrong or Right? “In the essential conflict (good Vs evil) .. the final result of knowledge is determined by the spirit is serves” ` Phillip Britts – Water at the Root The question is: which spiritual force is being served? Good or evil? You say: It is obvious that in each culture there is good and evil, but the "protagonists" can be quite different, so the way to "interact" with them. I would like to think that no matter what "culture" a person lives in they would be able to distinguish "good" from "evil" By we were warned that there would come a day when people would call evil "good" .. and good "evil" As I observe the world around me .. that time has arrived However .. the God is recognizable .. no matter the time or the place on earth: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” ~ Romans 1:20 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” ~ Psalm 19

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 8 Monaten #7

#4
Sorry, my comment number 6 was addressed as well to you. So we absolutely agree on one point. By the fruits, you can recognize the tree. Which fruits are those? If we look at the religions, many of them have the hands tainted by blood. If we would count the deads, maybe Christian religions are the most brutal along with the history. People who remain silent while others do the killing are as guilty as the assassins, in my opinion. They shame people who really believe and follow the higher principles. And then we come to the inception of the good-evil fight. Should have God killed immediately Satan? If so, He would have been as evil as the rotten one. In the other hand, His children are suffering already some millennia, many without any hope or idea what is all about. It is difficult to decide over a thing much greater than you, like the mentioned fight, as it seems no matter which side you take, you always loose.

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 8 Monaten #6

To the question What is truth?, it came to my mind a very challenging scene of Matrix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGZiLMGdCE0 If you come from a Christian based culture, you would agree to the words of Jesus. What if you come from a Hindi or Asian culture? It is obvious that in each culture there is good and evil, but the "protagonists" can be quite different, so the way to "interact" with them.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

vor 8 Monaten #5

David Navarro L\u00f3pez (part) 2 You say well: “logical explanation within the brain's boundaries. These boundaries are limited to which we feed them.” No one can think or act beyond their level of consciousness .. What we “feed” our soul & spirit – heart .. determines our capacity (boundaries) What did the “Bread of Life say? “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me” John 4 So true what you say about faith .. it has a starting point. How does it grow? What does it know? Where does it go? If there is no "logical explanation" the brain looks for an explanation out of imagination but always using previous information. So faith has always a starting point on something we know, to give an explanation about issues we cannot be certain of. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.” 2 Cor 13

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

vor 8 Monaten #4

David Navarro L\u00f3pez How wonderful to read your thought provoking post. "What is faith & what is it good for? I had so much to response .. I'm going to do it in a post (almost finished) You say: “to be on the right faith cannot be the fruit of casualty about where did you come to life” No matter where you arrived on the planet .. or when .. this battle never changes Dark or Light? Wrong or Right? “In the essential conflict (good Vs evil) .. the final result of knowledge is determined by the spirit is serves” ` Phillip Britts – Water at the Root The question is: which spiritual force is being served? “We see the force by its actions” … and by the fruit you can recognize the root ... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/water-at-the-root 2) What is Truth? - Pontius Pilot (subjective question) “I AM the way & the truth and life.” ~ Jesus Christ (Ultimate answer)

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 8 Monaten #3

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I believe you missed that one

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

vor 8 Monaten #2

#1
Precisely, dear Pascal. We never get what we want. LOL

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

vor 8 Monaten #1

It turns out that I am diabetic and faithless ;-)

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