I have often thought and written that my path to faith was one of doubt and return. People who have never doubted their faith strike me as either incredibily blessed or, more likely, lacking in intellect to actually consider such questions. I do not believe there is any value in believing in God simply because someone told you to.
Faith, as I define it, is acting as if something is true for which you have no proof.
It’s not a novel concept, indeed we all have faith in a huge variety of things. The bus will come, my dog will be waiting for me, the sun will rise in the East tomorrow. All of these we trust in implicitly. There is one important point though. None of these things are certain, but each can be proved simply by the passage of time.
God is a harder concept. To be positive about something which neither you or I can simply say “Wait, and let’s see.” can lead to endless arguement and strife. Therefore I don’t take the assertion of such things lightly. As the Trappist Monk Thomas Merton wrote.
“Faith is a decision , a judgement that is fully taken in the light of a truth which cannot be proven – it is not merely the acceptance of a decision which has been made by somebody else.”
So forgive me if I don’t talk about my faith with you. I would love to hear you out, and to understand your logic, but if the answer is “Because she / he / this book said it was so.” then I’m afraid the conversation stops there, and we will go back to the weather.
If you agree though, you may enjoy the following article. It certainly inspired me.
God Is a Question, Not an Answer http://nyti.ms/1q82KNj