How Can I Possibly Believe That Faith Is Better Than Doubt?

 

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Source: The New York Times

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Why is it that, according to Jesus, faith is better than proof? That’s a question I’ve struggled to answer ever since I began my pilgrimage of faith as a young man. Sometimes it seemed more pressing, other times less so. It can intensify during periods of grief and pain, when faith may not offer much consolation or even make much sense in a world that seems random and cruel.

This question is compounded during periods like this one, when faith seems to distort reality rather than clarify it, when it’s easily manipulated for low rather than high purpose and when some of those who claim to be people of faith act in ways that bring dishonor to it and themselves.

Why take a leap of faith, given all that? Insisting on a little more empirical evidence before you make the leap seems pretty reasonable.

The apostle Thomas clearly thought so. According to the Gospel of John, the other disciples told Thomas that they had seen the risen Lord, to which Thomas replied he wouldn’t believe until he put his fingers in the nail marks in Jesus’ hands and put his hand into Jesus’ side.

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7 replies

  1. Q 2:3 “—Believe in the Unseen—“, Is the hallmark and distinction of our “Faith”. Faith is Healthy, Unshakeable, Energetic and Resilient belief in Almighty God the Father / Yahweh / Allah. Faith is intangible without any doubt.

    The description of Faith is in a human language with rationality. These guidelines of faith may be called Religion.

    If we respect everyone’s Faith (unseen) and Religion (rationality) to the best of our abilities, Probably we will be able to sow the seed of peace in our community.

    Love for all, Hatred for none.

  2. The argument works great but I believe in experience more than theories myself. I am a person of faith but losing conviction in my faith was nothing new until I was in grave peril, where I had no choice to , none whatsoever, I was so helpless, to actually have faith with all my heart and a strong conviction. And to this day, I have never let go of it ever since, God had not let me down, he held my hand through it all, and even now he carries me when I collapse or when I give up on life. He is undoubtedly the Greatest most gracious ever.

    • More power to you. This is a unique experience you have. You are a perfect example. Your Faith is Healthy, Unshakeable, Energetic and Resilient belief in Almighty God the Father / Yahweh / Allah. Faith is intangible without any doubt.

  3. Many people claim that I have Faith. I believe in Almighty God, as Creator. They say: I love God, but they still hate other belief, God say; you are a big liar.
    Faith without love is useless, love is the core of religion of God. Religion without work is death

    God say: You fool!
    You fool, Do you want to be shown that faith without works is dead or useless.James 2:20,

    ❤️

  4. The extremist Muslim are drunk, with Islamthey cannot create Job for himself and others.

    God say: You fool!
    You fool, Do you want to be shown that faith without works is dead or useless.James 2:20,
    They spend most their time to seek God by praying many times at mosque, but they neglect or ignore to worldly activity, or to strengthen their economy and create jobs for community. In order people can live in wealth or prosperity.

    Look at Isis, Taliban, Al Qaida and other extremist groups in Pakistan. Their face are unpleasant, their talks harm people/ slander etc

    Pray for them. may Allah guide them to the right path of Islam. Amin
    ❤️

  5. This wolf again appears as a sheep.

    Somi did not erase his anti-Islamic contents from his website.

    He will never do it because he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
    On his infamous website he claims:

    Jesus is the son of God.
    Quranic verses must be deleted.
    The gospel is an inerrant word of God.
    He has not erased hate for Muslims, from his website.

    It is true that God is the Judge but we can see and read propaganda against Muslims on his website.

    Beware of him.

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