I sat next to a beautiful lady on a flight from Salt Lake to Phoenix. She was in town to participate in her daughter’s wedding. It was evident she was excited her family had participated in life events together. We talked about many of the issues facing us today as individuals, parents and as a family. Our conversation spread over a variety of issues or topics. We found common bonds in many areas we discussed.
An issue on her mind this day was in regard to one of her relatives; this person was lacking faith. She claimed this person didn’t believe in a supreme Being, a divine source or whatever you want to call Deity/divine nature. This lack of faith was due to a dream they had, which was a dream suggesting there is no God. This fascinated me, thinking an individual’s lack of belief could come as a direct result of a dream. In my recollection of dreams, whether mine or from others; I have never heard or experienced one resulting in disbelief.
I asked her if this person had ever believed, she wasn’t sure. I suggested that when her relative became a mother or father they would begin to develop faith. In my life, having our first child solidified the nature of God in my life. She commented her relative had a child and this had not changed their beliefs. Again I was shocked, not really being aware of many individuals, who after becoming a parent, didn’t have some connection to a greater power.
My faith leads me to find satisfaction that all are entitled to individual beliefs or feelings. I believe, one will be led to greater faith, even knowledge, as their path becomes more in tune with truth.
It fascinates me that regardless of the time or place, we as a human race nearly entirely default to some kind of faith in a divine Being. Most people describe this Being as their God. There is a quote from Sir Philip Sidney an English author and soldier, “It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.”
I find it interesting that when we are passionate in wishing for something, a victory by our favorite team, hearing whether or not we are accepted in college or if we got a job; our natural instinct is to rely on inner faith. In these times don’t you find yourself intensely reacting to internal emotions? I find myself almost completely engaged in doing things I feel will ensure my desired outcome.
Could this simple example be enough to suggest we have a compass deep within which naturally defaults to faith in something? Could it be that since we are not given a pure knowledge, we find answers to these emotions individually; seeking where we are being led.
My last comment to my seat partner was the following: There are some who have lived on this earth with far greater spiritual manifestations than others. The Old Testament prophet Moses, who believed, spoke with Deity. He witnessed the finger of the Lord writing commandments for the people. Others many never have any outward manifestation at all, yet believe. Regardless of the intensity of your faith promoting experience, following your heart will lead you to greater understanding. There are some who have an inclination to believe in others, placing faith in their convictions. I advised this friend to have her relative find someone they have confidence in. Seek their understanding and then find faith initially through their experiences.
My belief in a supreme Being or another’s lack of belief shouldn’t detract us from differing views but aid us in finding answers. I have a friend, a scientist who will only use empirical data to prove a point. With this he has proven there is a life after death. He believes as a result of his studies in others experiences. I, on the other hand, have come to gain faith by following the spirit of my convictions. There may be some uninterested, others beginning their voyage and others with a sure knowledge. It doesn’t matter, what matters is that we are aware of each other and help gain knowledge together.
For those lacking faith, not wanting to believe or having conviction there is no Creator at all, please understand; in your time of need, you will default to something inside calling you home. Some call it source, others an undefined God filling space, some a Personage, others nature and even some creating idols. This sense is there for everyone, whether out on a remote island with limited contact or in the largest cities in the world. Find your source, follow it, develop it and become better for it.