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“What is faith?”

Mid March, I received a question from one of the readers of my blog, asking me for my definition of faith. She also stated: “According to the [deleted by LO] church (in which I was raised) I suppose that I don’t have much.” Note: italic markings in quote by LO.

My then-answer to her was as follows: “Faith is an individual’s belief in any deity or Supreme Being. Religion is a man-made institute that is about Power. Hence, Mahatma Gandhi once stated: God has no Religion.”

However, her question kept nagging my mind. There is much more to faith than this definition. Hence, I started thinking about the How, What, When, Were, Who and Why of Faith. The Why was the hardest.

I think, feel and believe that the Why requires our acceptance (rather than our belief) of universal consciousness, also known as panpsychism, which “is one of the oldest philosophical theories” (Wiki).

In this context, faith is our belief in a connection between our individual and universal consciousness.

Any belief is a known unknown: we know that we do not know and yet we believe.

Panpsychism may well be responsible for two remarkable observations:

  1. All (ancient and/or contemporary) cultures have been studying the Universe (eg, astrology, astronomy).
  2. Scientists never found any (ancient and/or contemporary) culture without signs of “religion”.

Once the Why has been answered then everything follows Why:

  • How: through the Soul.
  • What: link between individual and universal consciousness.
  • When: from first to last breath (Sumerian).

The italic markings in my first paragraph express a common doubt. Also see the Lauren Daigle song below. I’m blessed with my connection to Yahweh.

You Say (2018) by Lauren Daigle
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-song

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know

Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.

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