Is to have Faith better than belief?
There was a quote about: faith is better than belief on my FB timeline, and I saw it made people think.
“Faith is much better than belief. Belief is when someone else does the thinking.” R. Buckminster Fuller
Believing in something can be helpful sometimes, but it can also be dangerous.
I was also inspired to write about it because I remembered something I had been reading about long ago.
It was a book from Dr.Bernie Siegel, M.D. Love, Medicine and Miracles
He has been working with Cancer patients, There was a statistic that only 20% of cancer patients survive, but 80% die.
And he wanted to find out what this 20% of exceptional Patients do different and what makes them survive
He found that these patients did not believe in the prognosis and tests of the doctors. ( this was the doctors thinking)
These patients had faith that they recover and heal again and planned what they wanted to do after the disease.
Some wanted to write a book or to build, expand a business, travel or….
This means they had dreams and faith and even started to do things that would benefit them after the disease.
They lived in their vision and moved in the direction to get it fulfilled.
Another book was from O. Carl Simonton, M.D, and he worked with patients and kids; some meditated and imagined.
For example, the kids imagined little critters or monster cells coming and eating up the cancer cells.
They had the faith that this really is happening and survived.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” Saint Augustine
O. Carl Simonton’s M.D. book is Getting Well Again
If we have faith in the power within, we are able to do miraculous things.
“Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.”
“Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.” R. Buckminster Fuller
I came across another story that shows what faith can do.
The story is about Thomas Alva Edison; his mother’s faith helped Thomas Edison become a great inventor.
One day Thomas Edison came home from school and gave his mother a letter. He told her, “My teacher gave me this letter and told me only to give it to my mother to read.”
With tears in her eyes, his mother read aloud: “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and has no teachers good enough to teach him. Please teach him yourself.”
His mother started to teach him at home. And as we know, it seems with success. After his mother’s death, one day, Edison looks through old family belongings. Suddenly he comes across a folded piece of paper in a desk drawer. It was his teacher’s letter. The sheet read: “Your son is mentally disabled. We don’t want him in our school anymore.”
Edison is said to have cried for hours after this discovery. His mother’s faith made him the person he might otherwise not have been.
If we believe, for example, some people around us, who say it is impossible and have no faith, we will not reach our goal. Faith is spiritual strength.
The problem with belief
Belief can also be dangerous. People believed for too long everything the media told them; now, they need faith to escape the crisis.
The problem is that people believe what they hear on TV, and changing that is difficult. Humans have a worldview in their heads that explains what is happening. And if someone tells them that the model is wrong, it’s challenging for them to give it up.
The more we hear statements, the more likely we are to believe them. That makes us manipulable. If repeated enough, it can make people believe in even the most absurd things.
But we can protect ourselves. People are less susceptible to such repetitive manipulation when they are educated, curious, and ask questions.
It needs a crisis to make aware. And it needs faith and intuition to get out of this crisis.
“Before believing something, check the facts. False beliefs can infect and affect the mind. It is very difficult to break free from the prison of conformity and fixed false beliefs without changing our level of consciousness and awareness.”
“Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see” William Newton Clarke.
If we do not need the help of a higher power in which we have faith, our dream is not big enough.
We can believe in a process, but faith brings us to the goal.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
What is your understanding of faith and belief?
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