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Old Yesterday, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Just that.
Is faith a feeling?
Can feelings be trusted?
I have read here you can't trust feelings...some have said only trust scripture.
Comments?
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Old Yesterday, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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Just that.
Is faith a feeling?
Can feelings be trusted?
I have read here you can't trust feelings...some have said only trust scripture.
Comments?
I don't think one can narrowly define faith.

I have seen people with faith based on very little.
I have seen people with faith that is well thought out.
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Old Yesterday, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Booth Texas
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The bible has no monopoly on faith.
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Old Yesterday, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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I wouldn't define faith as a "feeling". It would instead be mostly mental and spiritual, avoiding emotion and sensations.

Faith as "feeling" belongs - from my experience and view - firmly in the camp of the religious. The religious need faith as a feeling, strongly tinged with emotion. It easily leads people away from thinking and meditating, as emotion tends to interfere in those areas.

As phetaroi points out though, even the word "faith" can be hard to define, and can have different connotations. Some might mean belief in God. Some might say it means strictly "hope" in some matter to occur. Some mind think of it as blind trust in something. So we'll often be using the word in different ways between people, as though talking different languages, with that clarification often never made.

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Old Yesterday, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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I don't think one can narrowly define faith.

I have seen people with faith based on very little.
I have seen people with faith that is well thought out.

You can define faith.

Faith means belief without evidence.
That's literally what it means.

If you think about it, if you had hard evidence of god, you wouldn't have faith. I point this out all the time and people get offended by it for some reason. But that is what faith is.
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Old Yesterday, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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You can define faith.

Faith means belief without evidence.
That's literally what it means.

If you think about it, if you had hard evidence of god, you wouldn't have faith. I point this out all the time and people get offended by it for some reason. But that is what faith is.
The point of my post was about how narrowly one defines faith.
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Old Yesterday, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Faith means belief without evidence.
That's literally what it means.
If you think about it, if you had hard evidence of god, you wouldn't have faith. I point this out all the time and people get offended by it for some reason. But that is what faith is.
Exactly...faith is in the unseen, unprovable...maybe the probable from exp..."I have faith the sun will come up"...
doesn't mean it will tomorrow.
I have faith the chair will hold me...maybe it has bef,
doesn't mean it will tomorrow.
Can that be trusted? Since many here say you can only trust the scriptures not your feelings.


If you knew God personally (and there is no hard evidence, sorry) there is no need for faith or belief...
cuz you know.
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Old Yesterday, 02:49 PM
 
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Just that.
Is faith a feeling?
Can feelings be trusted?
I have read here you can't trust feelings...some have said only trust scripture.
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No. And no.

Faith is a gift from God, not a feeling that comes and goes.
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Old Yesterday, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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The word "faith" has far too many applications to have a singular meaning.

"Faith" in a supreme being is kind of a combination of a "belief" in God's existence combined with an emotional component when retrieving the belief as well as a mental constraint on allowing a questioning of said belief.

And then of course there are "qualities" of faith. Deep faith, strong faith, weak faith. These all revolve around how often you do or don't allow doubt to engage your "belief" combined with how many bible verses you know. LOL.
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Old Yesterday, 03:16 PM
 
Location: minnesota
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Exactly...faith is in the unseen, unprovable...maybe the probable from exp..."I have faith the sun will come up"...
doesn't mean it will tomorrow.
I have faith the chair will hold me...maybe it has bef,
doesn't mean it will tomorrow.
Can that be trusted? Since many here say you can only trust the scriptures not your feelings.


If you knew God personally (and there is no hard evidence, sorry) there is no need for faith or belief...
cuz you know.
When I hear someone describe their faith as a sense of connection to something I trust that in them as well as in myself.
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