Re: Confidence vs Faith part 2
I want to be clear that i am defining the use of the word faith that i am addressing here.
Faith as the soul reason for a belief. An expectation held without evidence.
"there is a god".
an expecation held against the evidence.
"the earth is 6000 years old"
And regardless of the evidence.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/1 ... 43657.html
"The weeping tree is not shedding god's tears of love on you. That's aphid piss."
"I will believe what i want to believe."
There are other uses of the word faith which i am not addressing in particular. When somebody says "my faith teaches me to be kind to others" they are not talking about the source of their belief in supernatural claims. They are talking about a culture of behavior associated with a religion.
"christianity is my faith" is equal to saying "christianity is my religion" and that is also not the use of the word faith that i am talking about.
You might say it is a good idea to belong to the christian faith because many churches organize charity drives. That is definitely a benefit of religion, where like minded do-gooders know where they can congregate and participate in charity. This is also not the use of the word faith i am addressing.
The word faith does fit the description of an expectation held without evidence, against the evidence and regardless of the evidence when you hold a belief just because you wish to do so.
If there is evidence in support of that belief then you don't need to use faith to justify it, even if it IS a belief that you would LIKE to hold. You have confidence in that belief because there is support for it.