Faith

According to the dictionary: from the Latin word fide: confidence; religious belief; conviction with regard to someone or something; firmness in fulfilling a commitment; credit; intention; theological virtue.

According to Jesus Christ: The apostles said to the Lord, “Give us more faith.” And the Lord said: “If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you could have said to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would have obeyed you!” (Luke, 17: 5-6)

According to Buddhism: “We are what we think. Through thought we build and destroy the world.

“We are what we think. Your imagination can do more harm than your worst enemy.

“But once you control your thoughts, no-one can help you so much, not even your father or your mother.” (Extract from Dhammapada, a collection of some of Buddha’s principal teachings)

For Islam: “How do we purify the world?” asked a disciple.

Ibn al-Husayn replied: “There was a sheik in Damascus called Abu Musa al-Qumasi. Everyone honored him for his wisdom, but no-one knew if he was a good man. One afternoon a flaw in construction caused the house where the sheik lived with his wife to fall down. In despair, the neighbors began to dig among the ruins. After a while they managed to locate the wife.

“She said: ‘Leave me. First save my husband, who was sitting more or less over there.’ The neighbors removed the debris from the place she had pointed to and found the sheik, who said: ‘Leave me. First save my wife, who was lying down more or less over there.’

“When someone acts like this couple, they are purifying the whole world through their faith in life and love.”

The faith of denying reality: “One year ago I gave a speech in an aircraft-carrier saying that we had succeeded in reaching an important objective, accomplishing a mission, which was to remove Saddam Hussein from power. As a result, there are no more torture chambers, no more mass graves.” (George W. Bush, 30 April 2004. In the same month, the world was to see the photos of torturing in the Abu Graib prison, and the collective executions of the civil war between Shiites and Sunites continue up to the moment I write this column).

According to Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlava: A disciple sought out the rabbi and said: “I can’t manage to talk to God.” “That often happens,” replied Nachman. “We feel that our mouth is sealed, or that the words just don’t come out. However, the mere fact of making an effort to overcome this situation is in itself a beneficial attitude.”

“But it isn’t enough.”

“You’re right. At such times, what you should do is look up at the sky and say: ‘Lord Almighty, I am so far from You that I can’t even believe my own voice.’ Because the truth is that the Lord always hears and answers. It is we who do not manage to talk, for fear that He will pay no attention to us.”

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Comments

  1. Aditya Damarwulan says:

    One day a man came to Jesus and asked to be given a faith as big as a mustard seed. Jesus said “You won’t be able to handle it”. So the man asked just a half of mustard seed. So Jesus said he will pray to God. In the next morning when Jesus walked the same path, he was unable to find the man who asked faith half of mustard seed. “where is this man?” Jesus asked someone. “He is on top of the hill!” someone said. So Jesus went to the top of the hill and saw the man was standing watching the sky silently. Jesus then hear a voice, “Jesus, this man has a faith as big as a half of mustard seed, so whenever you tried to cut him with a seesaw or a knife or anything, he won’t be able to feel it.”

    From a sufi story.

  2. chrisdhyll says:

    i agree. faith keeps our legs on moving forward, for in faith we grow with love, and confidence with our Almighty Father in Heaven.
    thank you pailo for making me realize what big faith can do to people..

  3. Eleftheria-Despina says:

    Η πίστη είναι ενα χάρισμα, μπορει να δωθεί σε όλους όμως λίγοι είναι αυτοί που το παίρνουν.Και ακόμα πιο λίγοι είναι αυτοί που μιλάνε την γλώσσα της πίστης γιατί αυτή η γλώσσα ανοίγει όλες τις πόρτες τις γνώσης και της σοφίας.

  4. Dances With Crayons says:

    Thank you Paulo, it is true!! Everything grows. Love, Jane : )