4 Jul 2017

Having Faith Versus Seeking Truth

Submitted by Stephen Winters

Accepting the "Faith" of a religion is in many ways much simpler and easier that questioning the status quo to find out what is true.

Many religions have the "Statement of Faith" all written out. All you have to do is just agree to that statement and it is all done, neat and clean. Now, just every time your mind doubts and questions anything, just repeat, "Doubt your doubts, believe your beliefs". You never have to go beyond that.

By contrast, trying to search for truth is often messy and is full on uncertainty and doubts. Truth is illusive and often not easy to find. Truth is not like a brick that you can look at and say, "That's the truth!" Rather it's often like a soft fluffy cloud with all types of thin trail leading off from it. That truth cloud bumps up against and overlaps with many other clouds.

The search for truth is also often full of heartaches. Those around you don't want to be unsettled from their chosen belief system.

Truth is not a person or an entity. Rather, truth is reality, that which is really true. It is seeing things and people as they truly are, at least in theory. We have to really question whether or not we are capable of seeing and knowing the truth when we see it. It has been said:

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.”— Rabbi Shemuel ben Nachmani, as quoted in the Talmudic tractate Berakhot

There is a lot of truth in that saying. When we think that we are looking for truth, that can easily turn into seeking a predetermined outcome that would be acceptable to us.

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