Faith

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So what is faith?  The fist part of the definition states it is a confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.  Well I know for sure I have a confident belief in the truth, value, and trustworthiness of the Force.  Well what does it mean to be confident in the truth?  What is a truth?  Simply enough, a truth is a fact.  Okay here’s a truth, people die.  Part of the definition of faith is a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.  Well the Force is real and there is plenty of evidence to support that.  Our faith in what happens after death though is a belief.  We have faith in what we believe, or we should have faith in what we believe.  I have my own views of what happens after we move on.  There is absolutely no evidence out there to prove that this is true or at least no conclusive evidence to prove my beliefs in what happens after death.  I know this is what happens though because I am confident in my truth.  What happens after death is my truth.  I have faith that what happens after death will happen.  Someone else reading this might have a different belief of what happens after death.  If they have the same confidence in their truth does that make them wrong, does them make them less faithful then me, not at all!!  I see the argument used all the time that so and so is not as faithful as I am because of X, Y, and Z.  Just because someone doesn’t share your same faith doesn’t make them less faithful.  

Loyalty to a person of thing; allegiance.  We have an allegiance to the Force.  We are committed and totally believe in the Force without equivocation.  No matter what happens in life nothing will shake our loyalty or allegiance to the Force.  People can come and go with the Force, material items can come and go.  The Force is always there no matter what.  The Force doesn’t have a bad day, or doesn’t get sick where it can’t be with us.  It is the Force; we wrap ourselves in its blanket and let it warm us.

Faith, a set of principles or beliefs.  This for me is represented by the Jedi Code and my own Truisms.  Those are my principles and beliefs.  What are principles?  Principles are values, philosophy, morality, ethics, and ideology.  Beliefs are view points, values, and way of life.  For me the Jedi Code and my Truisms encompass all of these.  Will these be the same for everyone, of course not!!  We all have different upbringings and look at the world in our own unique way.

Now people say how can you call being a Jedi a religion?  A synonym word for faith is religion.  Why are people scared of using the word religion?  To me, religion is just an organized group who shares some common principles, beliefs, and faiths.  Not 100% agreed on sharing of these beliefs, principles, and faiths but there is an agreed on underlying current of belief which for us, is the Force.   

spir·i·tu·al    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (spr-ch-l)
adj.
1.Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material. See Synonyms at immaterial.
2.Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.
3.Of, from, or relating to God; deific.
4.Of or belonging to a church or religion; sacred.
5.Relating to or having the nature of spirits or a spirit; supernatural.

n.
1.
a.A religious folk song of African-American origin.
b.A work composed in imitation of such a song.
2.Religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical matters. Often used in the plural.