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Thread #109167   Message #2285607
Posted By: Little Hawk
11-Mar-08 - 04:02 PM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
We all work on knowledge. Partial knowledge. Our knowledge is necessarily quite limited. Our faith (in whatever it is we have faith in and I do NOT speak only of religion) is based first of all on our available knowledge (limited though it may be), and secondly on our imagination's reach beyond the boundaries of that knowledge.

Everyone to some extent depends upon faith-based assumptions that reach beyond the present boundaries of their knowledge, yet what knowledge they have also plays a very significant part in influencing those faith-based assumptions. One's knowledge is the bedrock OF one's faith. The more you know about anything, the more faith you are inclined to have about it, based on that knowledge...plus further imaginative stretch. This is why people who've thoroughly investigated the possibility of reincarnation, for example, are far more likely to have some faith in its likelihood than people who have never given it any real thought....and the same goes for any other theoretical matter.

As for people in poor countries, I've met a lot of those people, and what I noticed about them, simply on average you understand, is that they seem to have stronger faith in spiritual matters and family ties than the average person does in an affluent society.

I would ascribe that to the fact that they have not been so sedated and distracted by affluence itself, but that's only speculation on my part. There may be any number of other reasons for it.

Bee, because you love your husband and family, you DO have faith in them. That's how love works. You also have knowledge of them. The two work in tandem, not at odds with one another. Knowledge bolsters an abiding faith, and an abiding faith always encourages the pursuit of more knowledge.

That which I have no faith in, I do not pursue.