I originally submitted this to Cracked. They never got back to me, so I'm assuming they didn't go with it. They have strict rules regarding the subject matter… Therefore, I posted this piece in my blog, The Windy Nickel. (www.windynickel.wordpress.com) Maybe you're not religious. Or maybe you are. Let's imagine for now that you are, but something about your religion – besides the wine and wafers – just isn't sitting right. Maybe your questions about texts haven't been answered … more
The plaster cast felt like a glove, and it was about as tough. If I had molded it into a more grabby shape, I probably could have played hockey in it. I couldn't help but make fun of the absurdity of a solid, hard plaster cast of my own right arm. It was to be exhibited on an artistic interpretation of the Stations of the Cross, some kind of Jesus-related thing I had never heard of until a couple of weeks previous. Over the preparation for the exhibit, I also helped mold and paint little crosses. & … more
This is a chapter from my book. Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy X was more or less an impulse buy. I was at Media Play one morning, talking to a friend who happened to be working as one of the clerks there. That was something I did pretty regularly to help make her clerk job a bit more bearable, and I would usually show up around the time the store opened so there would be a minimum of traffic for her to fend off while talking to me. I had had an interview … more
"I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 5:15 That was the Bible passage presented to me by my minister at my 1995 confirmation. I liked it; it had a really cool ring, and it seemed to have a cloaked message about how I was going to go on to become a great religious leader or something. But I also wondered just what the minister saw in me that he thought it fit to bestow … more
Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, Therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; Therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite a virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; Therefore, we are saved … more
My friends Sean Rhodes and Trashcanman have already written such compelling pieces about this data point; I’m not sure what else I can add. I guess this is where my ‘strawberry tart” (heart) comes in, I’ve always been better in expressing myself through letters and essays, so let’s give this a shot. Faith is something very special to me; I think I can safely say that it has given definition to who I am and what I may become. Being raised by a Catholic mother … more
When I was only a bit younger, my grandmother once told me to keep faith close to my heart & to never give up hope. She was right of course but it would only take me many years to grasp her meaning & to really apply it somehow in the grand scheme of things to my own life. Perhaps having so-called faith is nothing more than just a state of mind which allows one to have confidence that somehow things will turn … more
Faith is powerful. Don't let anyone tell you any different. Faith has the power to go above and beyond our own knowledge. It isn't just a tool most of us use to justify our beliefs. Sometimes it is used to justify our own wrongs and make them right. Faith has the ability to influence us to do right, and the ability to influence us to do wrong. The ability to accept. The ability to deny. Almost everything we do in life, at some point, requires us to … more
Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. The word "faith" can refer to a religion itself or to religion in general. As with "trust", faith involves a concept of future events or outcomes, and is used conversely for a belief "not resting on logical proof or material evidence." Informal usage of the word "faith" can be quite broad, and may be used in place of "trust" or "belief."
Faith is often used in a religious context, as in theology, where it almost universally refers to a trusting belief in a transcendent reality, or else in a Supreme Being and/or this being's role in the order of transcendent, spiritual things.
Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true. It is the belief and the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, based on his or her authority and truthfulness. The English word faith is dated from 1200–50, from the Latin fidem, or fidēs, meaning trust, akin to fīdere, which means to trust.