April 04, 2005

Trickles of Faith

I think often times, the concept of faith has been trivialised to one which is associated with foolish belief or even blind trust. I contest that notion. Faith isn't some quasi-religious ideal that we throw around aimlessly. It's a practical and common thing which we practice everyday. We have faith that the chair we sit in will not break ; we have faith that the cars we travel in will not malfunction and leave us crashing to our deaths. We use faith everyday and that faith is ultimately validated through a process of affirming the authenticity of the object in which we place our faith in. Trust in a reliable person or object and your faith is proven authentic. Place it wrongly in something false and you end up feeling cheated.

Many people nowadays find themselves caught up in a tide of presentism. Gone are the days where people took heed to affairs of the past. People in modern society live in the 'here' and the 'now'. Ask the average person on the street to cite ancient Roman history or Homer's Illiad and you'd be hard pressed to get an answer. The problem lies with technology. Don't get me wrong, I'm not some hippie who advocates going back to the Stone Age. However, the technology which we continue to acquire each passing day seems to validate our values on living in the 'here' and 'now'.

A quick census of opinion would garner a result that the average non-Christian individual would want scientific proof before believing in an Almighty power. And they cannot be faulted. We have been trained to believe only what we see, to place faith in what we can prove scientifically. What these people fail to realise, however, is that certain things just cannot be proven methodically through science. An example? Can you measure up 10kg of love? Can you tip the scales with 25g of hate? Science is not the be all and end all. It cannot be the answer to everything intangible. But yet, just because something cannot be seen or cannot be measured doesn't prove that it doesn't exist.

I think I've been forced to place full faith in God with regards to certain aspects in my life. I am tired, honestly. Tired of manufacturing my own chances and taking things into my own hands. It's weighing me down and bogging my thoughts constantly and I felt that I needed to surrender it all to God. After all, He sees everything and would be in a much better position to make decisions for me. But through this whole experience, I think I've learned something. It's that when you place your trust in Him, you find you are seldom let down. Really.

"Back and forth we sway like branches in a storm, change the weather we're still together when it ends."

Traveller fell apart at 8:11 PM

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