I am a former Christian. This is something that is still on my mind so I would be interested to hear opinions from any believers or non believers.
Is faith believing in something without proof/evidence?
This confuses me for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, if faith ISN'T believing without proof, then where exactly is the evidence that Christianity or the Bible is accurate/real/correct? It's more or less disproven by history and science, but I feel like it's sort of like a circular-logic for someone to say "Well, it's believing without proof so it doesn't matter."
Secondly - and the main reason - is I don't understand why the standard of proof/evidence is lowered so drastically as soon as we start discussing religion. When in any other part of your life would you believe in something without convincing proof/evidence? I don't have faith or trust in my family or friends for no reason at all. There's evidence over the years of them being there for me, being supportive, being good people etc... Same with belief/faith in myself, I guess. over the years there is evidence of me being able to achieve certain things (aware of how privilege comes into this) so it's not like I'm believing in myself with absolute no basis in reality.
But then as soon as we start talking about religion I just feel like all logic/rational thought is completely thrown out the window.
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