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Three Stages of Faith

Three Stages of Faith

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Published by: Littleleafmystic on Jun 04, 2011
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Three general phases of FaithThere are three general phases of the translation of faith. the first phase is the situation you’rediscussing. it is faith below reason. here faith is limited to fragmented belief structures, twicere...moved from the truth (interpretations of interpretations accepted as doctrine). Here theevidence procedure is unsound because, in this state, a person can only accept or reject whatothers tell them is true, good or beautiful. in this state, the gap between faith and knowledge isnot being bridged at all. Belief structures, in this state aren’t spiritually affective, even thoughthey are often times accurate embedded metaphors of an actual esoteric dynamic.The next stage brings us to faith within reason. this quality appears when we feel that beliefs,mythological stories, cultural rituals, etc... are insufficient to satisfy the longing for truth, or whatwe might even describe as communion. here we realize that we don’t know anything withcertainty outside of what is concretely perceptible in corporality. Yet we continue to search andhope that we may one day develop the faculties needed to relate to reality with out the insulationand support of ideologies, beliefs, and hopes. Gradually we start to desire direct access to truthso intensely, we’re even willing to hear the worst possible news ever. "The universe is a random,meaningless anomaly and oblivion is eminent", and in this stage of translation the universe oftenappears that way to us. yet, we decide to drop all biases, assumptions, and the compulsion tomodify interpretations to suit our worldview. At this stage we want to know the truth, but we stillget caught up in thinking that we can use a corporeal evidence procedure to get at it, or verifythat we have gotten at it. We have faith in reason itself as a method of apprehending truth.We start to see that we require the capacity for the clear evaluation of cause and effect sequences,in order to trace corporality backward to its origin rather than just assuming the origin first andthen interpreting the world from that assumption. We, to some degree, see a dichotomy in thisstrategy but hold out hope that one day we will think our way out of it with a perfect holisticmodel. This belief can go on for quite some, cultivating intellectual vanity and developing a highdegree of discernment only to have it periodically hijacked by the subtle craft of the mechanismof resistance. At this stage science, reason and logic are valued in the same way faith was valuedin the previous stage, only now, a new facet of the sensation of certainty shows up. the emotionsof trust, understanding, and conviction still arise, but now they’re related to the “grammar” of thought rather than the imagination or resulting from accepting the collective delusion.ultimately, this stage of faith also reveals its insufficiency, because in our search we come todiscover that if we can not see the impressions of the upper forces on corporality from within astate of concealment, we can not trace its effects back to their roots. we can only makeconceptual models to deal with what we can see.This brings us to the third stage, faith above reason. here we give up all hope that thoughtsystems and conceptual models, however accurate, will ever be sufficient in granting us access totruth. they are at best seen as intermediary tools like a boat, once you cross the river, the boat isno longer needed. sure, thought is great on the relative plain, but now we’re wanting more than just factual accuracies, we want communion itself. and through practice, we eventually comeattain a high enough capacity for discernment that we come right up to the boundary conditionsof the mind. Here, the mind recognizes that its own boundary (stoping point) was the first thing itever contacted directly. now, two diametrically opposed forces come in to direct confrontation,

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