Faith guides behavior, and is built on personal experience. Faith is often about what cannot be proved. What faith guides you? Atheist, agnostic, religious?
The heart of becoming emotionally fit, what the gurus call Emotionally Intelligent, lies in thinking clearly. Faith fogs our brains, but faith matters. only blind or evil faith hurts.
Faith develops from personal experiences and that includes the voices we hear about what matters as we grow up. We build our personal faith on what we find most comforting.
Reality check: All organized religions promote the Golden rule. Why then does war and injustice survive?
Because for many the Golden Rule is applied only for their needs or those of their family, their country, or their religion. Even those religions approving child sacrifice were doing so hoping to earn special favor from their ideas about the wishes of their Gods.
Salmon Rusdie noted: “”If you take a look at history, you will find that the understanding of what is good and evil has always existed before the individual religions. The religions were only invented by people afterwards, in order to express this idea”
The need to make sense of the life in general, but particularly the bad things that happen to us and the bad things we and others do is deep-seated.
As T.H. White noted in The Once and Future King: “…there was a time when each of us stood naked before the world, confronting life as a serious problem with which we were intimately and passionately concerned. There was a time when it was of vital interest to us to find out whether there was a God or not.
Obviously the existence or otherwise of a future life must be of the very first importance to somebody who is going to live her present one, because her manner of living it must hinge on the problem….Further back, there were times when we wondered with all our souls what the world was, what love was, what we were ourselves.”
We need to make sense of the world in order to survive emotionally. However, because faith is a story build on personal experiences and needs, it varies. The problem is not faith in general, but what good or evil a person’s faith supports. What to do?
Emotional tip one: If you are observant in one or another religion, root out and fight its bad theology. Example: The idea that a loving Creator says to kill those of other faiths or to force conversion.
Emotional fitness tip two: If you are an atheist or agnostic, look for and support the good theology while discounting the bad.
This Daily Post Prompt provides more food for thought. Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not.
I want to live and visit where religions tolerance flourishes, but not without first being purges of bad theology. Don’t you agree?
Your children will follow your faith when young, but not so easily when the reach the teens. Teens are very good at seeing contradictions, which is why you must live your faith. You must also be able to discuss it and other religions. This parenting blog post offers more on this subject.
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Atheism (bbc.co.uk)
- Religion (en.wikipedia.org)
- Science, faith and belief systems (science20.com)
- Know your mission so you can reach your goals (amazon.com)
- Word Press Daily Prompt (wordpress.com)
Don’t think you can afford a life coach? Like a life coach, EFTI’s poster coaches inspire, teach, motivate, and reinforce thinking about what matters. To use, print up in color and post there it will be seen often. Poster Coaches can also be used at Family Meetings to start a discussion about what matters.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO
Keep working to stay strong, I work hard to do the same . As noted above, I am not perfect, no one is and this week;s post will be all about praising imperfection.
Remember’s sharing is caring and the easiest way to practice kindness is to share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you.