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12:09 PM on 04/30/2012
When I realized that everything humanity has done or will ever do is indeed temporary at best, I also understood that infinity presented much more. To me, faith is the belief in eternity and the continuance of existence - despite the reality of humanity's temporary physical nature.

Every person truly is a child of infinite existence; we are here for a moment in physical form. The things we choose to do must be forgiven in the end because we simply do not have the time to learn, understand, and live. A human lifespan is only a blip on the infinite scale.
07:17 PM on 04/30/2012
You will be forgiven eventually because nobody really cares.
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TWeissMA
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09:17 PM on 04/30/2012
Thank you for your comment; have a nice day.
12:05 PM on 04/30/2012
I agree that faith can lead to positive action, but not to reality. At least not to reality as it happens in the natural world.
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darquelourd
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01:25 PM on 04/30/2012
Faith beyond a certain point becomes Mania and the thinking associated with mania is pretty effed up.
11:49 AM on 04/30/2012
Why is it that people of faith feel the necessity to twist themselves into rhetorical pretzels to describe something that is really very simple? You either believe that there are mysteries in this universe that are not only unexplained, but unexplainable, or you don't. You either believe that the sum of humanity is greater than its parts, or you don't. You either believe that string theory can resolve the the incompatibilities between quantum mechanics and general relativity, or you don't. And yes, you either believe in a guy with a long white beard on a throne in the clouds, or you don't.

Having faith in in people, faith in our political or economic system, is a different thing altogether.
11:46 AM on 04/30/2012
Yes, it is.
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11:24 AM on 04/30/2012
Faith in Lurie's context is an outgrowth of a bilogically evolved and inherited behavioral tendency. Early intelligence demanded answers to things not understood. In time, cultural evolution took the reins of superstition to produce religious faith. It may be good and it may be bad but it's part of the package.
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11:24 AM on 04/30/2012
'Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld.' - Hebrews 11:1
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methodman
11:19 AM on 04/30/2012
Some of the comments ask a great question. What is wrong with redefining religion? Following upon that why is it so hard for Head pastors to accept people who redefine their religion? Do have such a faith loving ego that they reject reality? Good points.
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JohnFromCensornati
Wake up! It's 1984.
10:55 AM on 04/30/2012
"If you only accept what is, without a commitment to improve it, you will be complacent and will slowly decay."

. . . and even if you accept what is *with* a commitment to improve it, the reality is that you will *still* slowly decay.
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TheWM
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11:15 AM on 04/30/2012
Now, THAT is a great example of accepting what is!
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TheWM
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11:17 AM on 04/30/2012
And if you don't want to accept what is, but live in a fantasy world instead, religion is ready and waiting for you.
10:50 AM on 04/30/2012
Only those of Faith respond to a call for changing themselves. Science has no such qualification. Does "reality" have conversions? Did scientists have any meaningful rejection of Newton when Einstein came along, any rejection of Einstein when Bohr demonstrated the probabilistic nature of the atomic world? Howso? Is realism based on trust(belief based on evidence) of the current model more valid than realism base on faith(belief without evidence)? Howso? Is change by small steps more valid than change by leaps and bounds? Is reality such that the small steps of science can encompass change? I don't know, the trouble with science is that it isn't like the example of Moses. Scientists may change their views but the mass of people do not. Some would say this is good, others might say it isn't really real.
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StevenWells
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10:49 AM on 04/30/2012
There are all kinds of faith, but when it becomes attached to any religion, I'm not at all sure that "the recognition that we all understand the world differently" endures.
10:42 AM on 04/30/2012
"As we discover that other people see the world in a very different way than we do, we may label these other views as wrong in some way..."

When we usurp the Laws of God over our own desires, yeah we are wrong. We view God as being like us. He has a filthy and foul mouth and a mind to match when it comes to language. We view Him as being okay when we lie, steal, kill and disrespect our parents and one another. Mankind doesn't desire Truth, God he desires his own sinful behavior. God commanded that, "thous shall not kill," Exodus 20 but we say we have a "right" to kill an unborn child in the womb. Reality is that killing is wrong. We twist reality to suit our desires and needs and God is okay with that. We are wrong in our thinking and God is right. You can't do right until you know you're doing wrong. Period.
10:37 AM on 04/30/2012
If the leap of faith gets one to reality that is no doubt a positive thing. If it gets one to nonsense then that would seem to be less positive. And it is not clear what it is about leaping that makes us more likely to get to reality than nonsense, there is presumably only one reality, while there is much nonsense one could believe.

This is a reasonable description of what religious people hope they are getting out of faith. But there is not much here to indicate why the people who think they are just jumping to ignorance are wrong.
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10:32 AM on 04/30/2012
After reading many of the comments, I come away with the impression that faith means differently to different people and that is probably true. Not being attached to any religious beliefs, to me faith means a desire to believe in something, as in saying to someone "I have faith in you". It conveys a desire to see the other person's success in accomplishing a certain thing, whatever it may be. Am I believing in something unreal or fantasy? I don't think so. Because my faith in the other person is supported by the other person's positive past accomplishments. Maybe that's why I don't have faith in religion, because I have yet to see a positive accomplishment in it's part all thru the centuries....And that's the reality of things, at least thru my eyes.
10:48 AM on 04/30/2012
God doesn't want you to put your faith in religion but in Him. John 3:16 says that whosoever believes that Jesus Christ is needed for salvation, he must believe that God sacrificed Him for the sin of mankind committed by Adam and Eve. Faith in Jesus Christ saves the soul of man, not religion.
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10:27 AM on 04/30/2012
I always attribute meaning to everything going on in my life. Problem is that most of the time I'm completely wrong. Attempting to guess the motivations of others may be 'faith' but in truth it's normally called "Making stuff up and acting like it's real".
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10:15 AM on 04/30/2012
The short answer to your question is, "yes".