Week 39: Faith

Miracles

You may wonder why a non-theist is writing to endorse the idea of miracles. Simply, miracles are as available to me as to anyone else. The difference is that I do not interpret them as other-worldly or ascribe them to imaginary forces. “Miracle” is a word we use to describe
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Overcoming Doubt

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. [Sylvia Plath, Letter, June-July 1953.] Sometimes we can be so frozen by doubt or fear that we cannot act: maybe we are unable to ask the girl out or sign up for the difficult class or begin a new venture. We can overcome
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Fidelity

Fidelity, in the context of Faith, is reliance over time. When our trust, confidence and reliance are rewarded consistently over time, we are unlikely to stray from the object of our Faith.
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Reliance

Reliance is the child of the two parents, trust and confidence. We are more likely to rely on someone, or something, we think and believe is likely to bring about a desired result.
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Confidence

Confidence is the thought-element of faith. Often this is an intuitive thought, which is easily confused with an emotion. When we think an effort may work out, we could say that we have confidence in it. When we think highly of a person’s ability to bring about a desired end,
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Trust

Trust, confidence, reliance and fidelity are elements of Faith. Strangely, though, Faith is at its most creative when all its elements are absent. When one feels that all hope is lost – does not trust or have confidence in anyone, and does not believe that she can rely on anyone,
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Faith

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. [attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.] . . . faith is a living thing. It has to grow. If your faith is just a notion, it is not the living thing. When you conceive of an
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