Thursday, August 09, 2007

belief

what's the difference
between what i believed then
and what
i believe now?



believe seems such a weird
and odd
word to me now.

BELIEVE.

What is that anyway?

To state that something
is
TRUE

even though there is no way to know?



I've heard it said
that's what
faith is.



I feel like an ogre
in that I have a problem with the term.

but i do.

Maybe belief and faith
are not the same thing
at all.



Believing may be accepting as true something

something
that
cannot be
or has not
been proven.



Belief in....



A needed savior of the world
Aliens
Joseph Smith and his seer stone
That God wants women to wear burkahs

and the list

goes

on.

So, what has changed for me?
I no longer cling to a belief,
or a doctrine
or specific covenant

but have faith
that
there is something.

and that when i strive to know it
and live from a place of
love
and
responsibility
that

I participate in
God
in
this
moment.

1 comment:

keysunset said...

Some mighty thoughts there, whitney.

There is, I think, a blurry line between belief and faith. Without belief, how can there be faith? Where there is faith, how can a person strengthen that faith without belief?

You - as in the general you, not just specifically whitney :-) - may not "cling to a ... doctrine or specific covenant ..." but others may need/want that to build the faith community that, hopefully, helps them "live from a place of love and responsibility."

As always, thank you for your post.