11 February 2013
The Mustard Seeds of Faith
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” Faith, as spoken about in this verse from the bible, is often thought of as something specifically relating to religion. Faith however is not a one dimensional idea. Faith is something that permeates many aspects of human life. While it is true that faith is having a belief in the doctrines or teachings of religion, it is important to know that faith is having confidence in any theory that has not been substantiated by proof. Faith can also be something a person has in another person, confidence had in another person to fulfill an obligation, and the belief that a person may have the ability to do so.
The first and perhaps most obvious use of the word faith is as it pertains to religion. The very nature of any religious belief is the belief in something that can neither be proven or disproven by the scientific method. Many people believe in God in some form or another, however that belief cannot be substantiated by modern science. It is that fact that makes belief in a God relies solely on faith. Sport is another example of faith. Every fan has, or should have the belief that their particular team will do well before the season starts, but there is no scientific data to support such a claim. A common phrase from such a fan would be “I have faith in the St. Louis Rams, they’ll win the Super Bowl this year”. While this statement can in no way be known to be true short of playing the season, the fan has faith that the players have the ability to make it true.
Having the confidence in another person to come through for you is another form of faith. Just like the sports fan, we often rely on this type of faith in our everyday relationships. A stay at home mother has to have faith in her husband that he will be able to provide for the...