Faith is no mystery, nor is it about one. Faith is trust.
Trust comes from promises kept and a word that is true.
Faith and trust are learned from our parents (or not), our
friends and culture and life experiences. There is no
common rule for faith. We all must believe what we
can and prove what we must. The Bible is a book ,
ink marks upon paper made by the hand of fallible
creatures genetically 99% monkey. Not too encouraging.
Yet what we don’t know about men, inspiration,
revelation, and the possible would fill the galaxy with
books yet written. Believe that!
By faith we merely attempt to trust in the word of a
being said to have created everything, and is everywhere
at the same time…except we cannot see, hear, or touch
him. No small task. Yet we all have faith in something.
We all trust that the physical world really exists. “I
think therefore I am”. Right? Are you sure? There are
philosophers that would deny we know anything for
sure just because we think and feel. They say our
perceptions are imperfect, after the fact (a posteriori)
biochemical ‘interpretations’ or recreations of ‘some
sort’ of stimuli, the true nature of which we cannot
know. The truth as I see it is that position may be
somewhat extreme, but in general they are right – we
merely believe, have faith in, trust that our perceptions
are true, yet psychology studies of perception/recollection
glaringly reveal how much of what we think we see is
colored by pre-conceptions, expectations, and emotions
drawn from the personal experiences and cultural
prejudices of the perceiver. Get hold of some of the
reports of these studies. You will be astounded at what
they reveal about the mind.
These facts lead me to a hypothetical question:
If so much of what we think we see is ‘subjective’, what if
some of what we really do see is ‘subjective’?
Now this may sound like your standard existentialist fare but stay
with me here (suspend belief and disbelief – ‘an open mind’).
If you have read any of my other essays you may already
suspect that I am going in a different direction. The
existentialists, and then the empirists, phenomenologists,
nihilists, logical positivists, Marxists, etc., that followed
use similar ideas to create a philosophy that believes all is
subjective, that all perception, all experience, and therefore
(this is where they got lost) all truth is relative. To their
ears my Absolute Relativity is the relativity of
all things as in Nihilism. Exactly the opposite. So when
I asked the above question what is my answer? My answer is ,
“If you have the faith of a mustard seed, you will say to
the mountain, get thee hence’, and it shall move”.
Now that would seem to be preposterous, but those
are the words of Christ. So are they true? Suspending
disbelief again, let’s presume it to be unequivocal. How
could it be so? What if it were possible to make a few
logical connections ( if thus and thus are so then…) that
would at least make it plausible?
Lets start, at the beginning. Do you believe in God?
An omnipotent all powerful God who can do anything?
then as a general statement we can say that if there is a God then
'anything is possible'.
Do you believe in miracles?
Thousands of otherwise normal people throughout
history have witnessed or experienced miraculous events
ranging from healing to levitation to Lazarus.
General statement: Either every one of these people
were delusional or something supernatural took place,
i.e., anything is possible.
Do you believe in Angels? What about demons?
Again either thousands throughout history who
witnessed these beings, or those themselves ‘possessed’,
were nuts, or there is more to our reality that physics
in the 21st Century has discovered a way to ‘measure’.
Lets say the latter is more plausible. So if ‘anything
is possible’ then Christ’s axiom on faith is ‘plausible’.
Now we know that miracles are not happening to
everybody everyday. So lets qualify our statement.
At certain times or places or under certain circumstances
or conditions miracles do happen, angels do appear, and
faith can move physical objects of any size. Some may
be saying “What’s this got to do with our original
question of ,“What if some of what we really do see is
Answer: Some people, under certain conditions
may see things that are real which others not under those
conditions may not or cannot see. That is what I meant
by the “really do see” phrase.
Extra-natural Multidimensional Phenomena
can be real and subjective, in these special cases
This would perhaps be a special case of the possible,
where a person is more ‘sensitive’ or open to such normally
unseen phenomena. Among the circumstances or
conditions that might make a person ‘receptive’ are severe
physical or emotional trauma, mental conditioning or
training (such as Yoga), prayer, believing as true what
others see as merely possible – or not. This is the so-called
secret of faith but it’s never been a secret. It’s been
revealed all along in the words of Christ:
“What ye bind
on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and what ye loose on
earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
This is the key to the metaphysics of faith, prayer and love.
The power of love joined to the keys to the doors of the possible
can move mountains, heal the sick, raise the dead!
When I was young I read the words of Christ and
was caught up in the vision of a world of peace, love,
and brotherhood. I was filled with the joy of hope
that all men would also see the truth and the truth
would set them free, and we would all join hands,
and together we would make a world holy and pure.
As I grew into manhood I learned that most people
had but little use for the truth or ‘brotherhood’ in
their everyday lives. The hopes and dreams of my
youth were forced to recede deep into the recesses
of my heart until the turn of the new millennium,
as the spark of the possible seems at least momentarily
to have lit a small fire in the hearts of many around
the world, that we truly can change the world if
we all just agreed to.
The vision of a new way of life, born into the world
two thousand years ago this year (more or less), is still
living in the hearts of many, and if you believe there
could be more to life than chemical reactions, it you
see the beauty and design, the art and the heart of our
spirit as more than biological imperative and the
highest aspirations of our souls to be unaccounted in
mere evolutionary survival instincts, then you and I
are brothers standing together on faith in a higher
place and a better way.
©2007 Thomas Theodore Welborn