I have never understood the value of having faith, especially in some supreme being, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. I am not talking about having faith in people, I am talking about faith in the context of god and religion.
Why is believing in something, having faith in something, without evidence and proof a good thing? Why is there value in that?
Why does everyone consider it such an admirable, honorable and even superior trait – like a badge of honor? “Look, I have faith in god, aren’t I grand“?
Again, why is believing in something without evidence, proof and facts supposed to be superior to fact-based knowledge? And, more to the point, is there proof that faith works?
Seems to me like faith is nothing more than wishful thinking – at best. It is exactly like the example depicted above: someone tells you to believe something – which you know is not true – to be the truth and to not ask questions. Just believe it, even if you know better, in the hopes that it may happen.
Now religious people argue that god, in all his wisdom and omnipotence, and especially love, wants you to have faith – wants you to believe in him no matter what, so he can bless you. He wants to show his love through his great power and his subjects’ faithfulness is the key to unlocking his blessing in their lives.
Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV). Based on this, god wants to allegedly pour blessings into all areas of your life – in your family, in your career, in your finances, in your health, in your relationships – but he will do it according to the level of your faith. If you have great faith, you will have great blessing. If you have a little faith, you will receive a little blessing. But if you have no faith, God’s blessing will not be in your life.
Of course we know that is not true. Terrible things happen to people who have faith (i.e. the very religious) and great things happen to people who do not have faith of any kind. This childish, oversimplified formula of “just have faith and all will be dandy” does not hold (unless you are some truly deluded simpleton who considers being abducted, raped and forced to bear the child of your rapist a blessing).
Moreover, this quid pro quo notion that this supposedly supreme, loving being is sporting is pretty damn selfish and arrogant. It is all about his ego “kiss my ass, and I will bless you. if you don’t, I will fuck you up.” Spoken like a true gangster boss. Stroke Le Grand Maestro’s ego, and he will give you your heart’s desire. Cross him, and you may find the head of a horse in your bed tomorrow.
“How many lights do you see?” Four? No, you see three, because I say so.”
“But I do see four!”
“No, you see three. Trust me. And all you have to do is just admit that you only see three and you are off the hook. You get your blessings, you get your reward. All you have to do is just admit that you see three lights