Monday, June 1, 2009

Have Faith !!

Broadly the world comprises of 3 kinds of people - The Theists, The Atheists and The Confused. Most of us who call ourselves as believers of God or Theists actually belong to the last category. Why do I make such a provocative statement? And how does this fit into a site dedicated for values? Let me explain..

Most of us firmly and proudly proclaim that we believe in God and we demonstrate this by periodically going to places of worship, spending time praying, keeping suitable pictures / books etc. We feel that this is a sufficient proof of our belief and faith. And life goes on till we face some problem. Problems come in many forms and often, unexpectedly.

When that happens, to start with, we might pray harder for a solution. But if that is not in sight or our prayers are not successful, we become depressed, upset, worried etc. Soon, our doubts about the fairness of God, the existence of God etc. begin to make their presence felt. And some of us, who are extremists, start denouncing God and the system and anything and everything we can.

Real faith is one, where we strongly believe that God exists and has our best interest in His heart. It is like the faith of a small child who, when thrown in the air by his father, screams in delight as he knows that his father will definitely catch him. The child never doubts the ability or the intent of his father. Likewise, even if we momentarily do face problems in our life, our strong faith should help us cope and deal with the situation. Having steadfast faith gives us courage and determination. It makes us happy irrespective of the situation we are in. It gives us hope and it makes us fearless.

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light – Helen Keller

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see: The reward for this is to see what you believe – St Augustine of Hippo

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when not feeling it. I believe in God even when He is silent - Author Unknown


lakshmi said...

I very much agree with your point that most of us come under the category - The Confused.

We always say we believe more than 100%, but in reality there is much more than 100% doubts in our minds. We just refuse to accept the same.

Avin said...

The theists who seek god for solving problems are mere weak mortals whose belief can be shattered when their prayers are not replied.They are not more than an agnostic. A true theist is one who believes that god has given him/her all its necessary to deal with the problem and thank him for whatever he has given despite the hindrance.Nice topic you dealt in the post.

manivannan said...

Very interesting post vish! I completely agree with you. Our faith in God should be like that of a child. That's why even Jesus said the kingdom of god belongs to children. Blessed are they who have a child's faith in God.

Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful views!


Vijay V said...

This is really a gud message.Beautifully said....