A Reason for Faith – Conscience

Today as I walked the halls to go to lunch an idea popped in my head ‘what the hell is secularism’?

I mean really, is it an ideology? A Paradigm? A pathway to a better life? No. And neither is humanism. And really, neither is science.

Religion is at least offering a value system to live by and adhere to – whether we like it or not – it’s setting a fence around our behavior and asking us to consider some ideas first. I cannot say the same for secular thought, humanism, and not even science. No fence. No pathway. No direction or guidance. No Paradigm.

People knock faith for a variety of reasons – and some of them make sense…some don’t. I don’t understand why someone would toss out something that seeks to safeguard your actions? In all honesty, that seems like the problem in todays society – the more choice we have the less conscience we have. Take someone’s direction/guidance from the picture and we can likely imagine how problems can spiral out of control for some.

Faith functions as a guide (if anything of all the great and harsh words said of the word). Religion has more of a place in this society than it may have ever had previously – due to the need for guidance in a place filled with ‘choice’ offering less and less filters of those choices. In case people haven’t looked around in the past 20 years – we have some serious problems in the West…not because of freedoms…because of our abuse of freedoms.

I can barely think of an aspect of the Western lifestyle that isn’t in some chaos right now – marriage/cheating, food industry, economics, obesity (we’re fat ‘people’), health problems, pollution, sexually driven culture, broken neighborhoods, gangs, desensitivity ot violence, poverty of the middle class (poverty in general), diseases (airborne and communicable one’s), teen sexuality getting younger, drug addiction, youth pregnancy, booming porn industry, oil industry in decline (also a pollutant), gov’t corruption, to name a few.

The core problem with all of this is we don’t have a clue how to stop it. We want our freedoms to almost be restriction-less. But nothing is without restrictons…nothing worth having anyways.

I contend faith fits into this ‘gap’ in an overhwhelmed society.


8 thoughts on “A Reason for Faith – Conscience

  1. I would say faith in God as it should be traditionally understood – in that the words of the book can direct one’s life (I speak from a Christian viewpoint obviously).

    I see the substance of the book suggesting and advocating for standards in one’s life that a person should seriously consider before making a host of decisions. I think it is a good thing to have that kind of guidance and direction in life – namely when we kind of come into life a little blind (and the world is already been happening prior to us for some milennia).

  2. (I speak from a Christian viewpoint obviously). (Jason)

    Ok, now tell me which Christian viewpoint? As you know by your countless posts, its not so easy to pinpoint what a “Christian” is. I feel you are a heartbeat away from realizing that your “Christian” writings are pretty much on par with many of the spiritual traditions of the world. Hmm, maybe youre one step closer to being human,lol. 😉

  3. “Ok, now tell me which Christian viewpoint?” (John)

    Good call, to be honest, it’s quite the mixture…I try to focus my intpretations more towards the Judaic understanding of the ideas in the NT (since I think the original community was Jewish and saw things a little differently than we do).

    “I feel you are a heartbeat away from realizing that your “Christian” writings are pretty much on par with many of the spiritual traditions of the world. Hmm, maybe youre one step closer to being human,lol” (John)

    I think that’s why I used the word faith – and not Christianity in this post. Now although I come from a Christian viewpoint I can respect a lot of religious viewpoints – namely if they offer a standard to live by which improved someone’s life. I find a lot of faiths do have this standard.

  4. Religion is at least offering a value system to live by and adhere to

    Ah, the old moral card — religion makes us moral. Proven time and again wrong by studies.
    Besides for as many Christians as there are, there are an equal number of morals. The moral card doesn’t work. IMHO

  5. “Ah, the old moral card — religion makes us moral” (Sabio)

    It’s the standard/paradigm case – not the morality case…there is a difference.

    It is quite clear that faith does not mean someone will become more moral (I think it stands a good chance)…but the studies may be against me on this one (Many Christians acknowledge that – I would have to see the studies on this one). I will concede regardless.

    I am making a ‘standards’ case. The faith I follow does offer standards and values to re-think before committing an action (namely one we might find questionable – let’s say fraud or stealing).

    The standard is already set – ‘do not steal’ or ‘do not steal from your neighbor’…pretty straight forward. I think on these things and elaborate upon them – what do they mean to me in this day in age and how does this fit into daily life? Now when the opportunity presents itself I can either follow the standard or not follow it (I see two sides to the debate).

    Now let’s take someone with no standard helping them to internalize their thoughts on an issue life theft. When the opportunity arises for them to committ the action – they have no standard to fall back on that they have internally debated – they only have their previous thoughts on such an idea (which they also weigh).

    Do you think the choice to steal is made easier or harder with the standard in place or not? I think, at the least, it provides a framework for one to live by and judge their own actions – whereas the one with no standard may not even consider a problem with their actions since they are not really bouncing that off anything authoritative.

  6. i am with you. many say the “Church” and therefore “faith” is outdated and we don’t need it. i argue that we need it now more than ever.

    of course, i am VERY biased in this case. 😉

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