This Labor Day Weekend I joined Patience and our waggle of whippets on the maiden trip in our motor home to the dog shows in Amana, Iowa. The experience reminded me of something I wrote after my last dog show - the Eastern Specialties in Atlanta GA in 2005.
Faith allows us to embrace what evidence cannot
provide.Faith (religion) can give
us a belief; evidence (science) gives us facts.No judgment is implied in this statement.
Faith that is rigid and strictly defined by sacred texts, by
its own definition, cannot be open to new knowledge and is obligated to reject
anything that contradicts the texts upon which it is based.The faithful are convinced that they
have the only real truth about our world and will not accept any other views.
Science questions what it knows and looks for contradictions
that it must prove or disprove, and is willing to adjust its conclusions
according to the evidence.“Authority” is constantly tested.
There is another “type” of faith, one where sacred texts are
used to find meaning and inspiration about life, and not as a source of
absolute truths, often reinforced by personal spiritual or transcendent
experiences.The faithful seek a
relationship with a God they know, (or hope) is there, with complete love and
commitment.They are willing to
acknowledge that others may find this God in other ways.
Regardless of how one approaches this notion of faith, it
remains a personal belief system and not one to be imposed on anyone else.If there is a caring, loving Supreme
Being, then there must be room in His tent for everyone.To deny that it to limit Him with our
human frailties’ and fears.