The Irony of Faith
What is the definition of Faith?
First, faith according to the dictionary is a noun. It must be a noun before it can be a verb.
You cannot do or practice something until you know what it is.
1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
My definition: Faith is the suspension of reason to believe in something regardless of contrary evidence.
The concept of faith and people with faith is a double, false positive:
First, they often wear their faith as a badge of honor which deserves praise by those who have less faith.
Second, conversely and ironically, they also think that more faith they have, the more they think they should be admired for it.
‘I have great faith”
Having more of something doesn’t make it better than having less. This is the “more is better” fallacy.
Bragging about one’s faith is no more than a self-congratulatory celebration of ignorance.
That is one of the fundamental problems with Christianity: It is aggressively evangelical while simultaneously espousing humility.
Devout Christians universally believe that, “more, ‘greater’ faith is better than less faith. Those without faith are missing something in their lives.”
Arrogance (the opposite of humility) owns the previous sentence.
How do you convince others to change and follow your beliefs as missionary evangelists do, if not insisting that your beliefs are better, more truthful and ultimately beneficial to them than their previously held or opposing views?
And that faith is better, more honest and truthful than reason?
Do you prefer faith over reason when searching for truth to explain things that cannot be proven?
Or, do you suspend reason to enable faith despite the evidence?
Because you know that your brain can deceive you?
What do you do when contrary factual evidence refutes what your faith requires you to believe?
Double down on having ‘great faith’ despite the counterfactual?
If so, how is faith great? How is having great faith a good thing?