Faith and Religion
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Faith is the art of dressing emotion in the clothes of reason.

"I want this to be true, so it must be true!"

No.  Wanting something to be true does not make it true.  Believing something is true does not make it true.  

You can have faith that your wife is not cheating on you.  You can believe it with all your heart.  But that doesn't matter.  Your wife is either cheating on you, or she isn't.  

You can have faith that God exists.  You can believe it with all your heart.  But that doesn't matter.  God either exists, or he doesn't.

The problem is that you can prove, in a practical, everyday sense, that your wife is not cheating on you.  Hire a private detective and have him follow her for a week. If he tells you she's not cheating on you, she probably isn't--unless she's cheating on you with the private detective.  (Oops.)

Try hiring a private detective to follow God.  Not so easy.  Is God a separate being in Heaven, or the whole universe, or is he a figment of the imagination?  Did he make the universe or did it emerge from probability on its own?  Is he Jesus, or Allah, or Zeus, or Odin?  The private detective will probably turn down the assignment because he knows it's impossible to find a complete and verifiable proof of God.

Emotion--faith--is an indicator of what you want to be true. It is not an indicator of what is true.  Wishing for something to be so does not make it so.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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