Let’s talk about Faith itself

What do you have faith inThat which we have faith in and are personally faithful to vary from person to person. Even within a religious framework, variation will happen because our faith is not actually governed by our religion. Faith comes before religion, though it can help to guide along with our hearts, our minds, our lived experiences, our learning, our cultures and our gut. Faith is the initial belief, before it gets organized into a set of beliefs and groups of people. In practice, faith is a tricky thing. It can govern our actions, but it is not transferable or truly explainable to those without it. Faith in anything seems crazy to those who do not have faith in that thing.

Some believe that faith is a choice. For others, faith is an unavoidable, undeniable truth that everyone else just has to get with. One person’s faith and the enforcement of their beliefs on others can be horrible or great, but it depends more on the disposition of the person than that which they have faith in. The person decides how to be faithful to the thing, deity, or person that they have faith in. Faithfulness is performed by the individual toward the object of their faith and a problem when enforced upon those who do not have faith in the same thing, do not believe the same thing, or do not choose to practice faithfulness to it all or in certain ways. These differences cause problems in secular communities and variation in systems of faith that causes religions to separate into denominations.

But faith is not gendered. In terms of religion, it is the part of your self or soul that tells you that something bigger is out there, that you are not alone in this world, or that the world itself has greater meaning than is perceived. It does not discriminate based on gender, that’s why people of all genders have felt this way about something. Not everyone has faith in a deity, and that’s fine, but most people have had faith in something, and that’s the part of them I’m referring to. No one answer is correct, no one sense of faith is right for everyone, nor must faith be stagnant. It can change as our lived experiences conflict with our original beliefs which is how people sometimes have a “crisis of faith.” If a lived experience is not cohesive with their feeling of faith, it must still be reconciled somehow.

When discussing faith and gender, the best thing one can do is the same as the best way to treat sexism. When someone tells you of their personal experience with it, believe them. Believe that their experience in both faith and religious spaces is true to them and that the object of their faith is delivering a message to them that is true for them. Not everyone’s truth is the same, we shouldn’t treat them like their message from God (or the object of their faith) is not true and specifically for them.

It is their message. It is not up to your interpretation or judgment.


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9 thoughts on “Let’s talk about Faith itself

  1. Sorry.
    That veiw defies the law of non contradiction. Truth is what is verifiable by reality and two opposite things cannot both be true. White is not black and black is not white.
    It is possible that all the world’s religions can be false, but it is not possible they are all true. Even the view you propose is exclusive. It excludes any religion that excludes others. Christ said ,”I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.” Jesus excluded all others with His claim.

    • Thank you for your comment!
      The law of non-contradiction doesn’t apply here because I’m not talking about math or science or any provable thing in any way. I’m talking about perspective and the way that God works through people, which is inherently different from person to person. The way that the Holy Spirit leads people is different from person to person as well and therefore we will not know whether or not someone else is truly led to do what they believe, nor can we credibly dispute what is not provable.
      Going back to perspective, it is possible for one person to tell a joke that is funny to them and another person to feel uncomfortable by it. The joke is both funny and uncomfortable at the same time. This makes the two experiences true and different at the same time as well. This does not speak to inclusiveness of religions or specific religious spaces (such as churches) but that I don’t believe in invalidating someone else’s experience based on mine.

      • Heather,
        Each of us are invited into a personal relationship with God through believing in Christ. That decision is personal to each of us. God, our Creator, has made aw way as any good Father would. Hiscway.Jesus Christ is the only way.

        • At no point did I refute that as the cornerstone of Christian faith and religions. There are many religions in the world though, and my blog isn’t about Christianity or religion, it’s about gender.
          I’m not preaching in it or judging which religion is right and which is not, but setting up the guidelines for where gender disparity exists within faith, religion and culture.
          Which religion is right is outside the scope of this blog. The same scope will be held next week when I discuss how many religions are shaped around a text, such as the Christian Bible, and that those texts are interpreted by people who use it to enforce or reject gender roles. I will again not be involved in the accuracy of religions, but the way that any scriptural text is used to treat gender. The “way” to God is irrelevant in this context.

          • Okay. I see.
            What is your point of reference for what is right and wrong?
            Mere freedom?
            Please understand that limits exist for our own good.
            I suppose you are to provide reasoning as to why certain boundaries must be moved then?

          • I don’t actually need to be preached to. Religions get blamed for a lot of gender disparity and oppression that exists out there. The point is to encourage people to take a closer look at theirs and see if that’s really where it comes from. You’re coming in on the first week of a progression throughout the month. I suppose you’ll have to wait and find out.

          • Not preaching. Just asking hard questions about a controversial subject you brought up in public forum.
            True. Many religions oppress women. Do you know that Jesus is different? The culture of His days oppressed women.
            He ran counter to that culture.

          • Thank you for your input but I have no intention of discussing Jesus or any specific religion in this manner during this month, please stop trying to. Future attempts will not be approved for view on this site.

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