Is there a difference between faith and belief? Does faith carry more weight than belief? Fox continues to be ridiculed for his beliefs, proving that some ‘faiths’ are better than others?
Faith is the cornerstone of religion, yet no-one is mocked for being a believer. Religion has been the basis for wars and persecution since the beginning of time. Wars are still being fought in the name of religion. You have to believe that the early Christians being thrown to the lions had very strong faith. People are persecuted for their faith, not because they have faith. Yet believing that there is alien life out there is something to be mocked.
Space is huge. The current thinking in the science community is that there are around 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone, many with planets orbiting them. In our galaxy alone. And we are just a tiny speck within that galaxy. But there are other known galaxies out there and again, our Milky Way is just a speck within these. Space is so big it’s hard to get your head around.
Here’s a pretty cool video which helps show the sheer scale involved.
Pete Harris wrote a great little piece where he considers that if, relatively speaking, the Earth was the size of a grape what would everything else look like. His summary is
“So if the Earth were a grape, the Moon would be 16 inches away, the Sun - 163 yards away, Jupiter - a little under half a mile away, the nearest star - 24,000 miles away, the star Deneb - one billion miles away, and the Great Andromeda Galaxy - one trillion miles away.”
Yet in all that vastness of time and space, we are the only planet to have sustained life? Maybe that should be harder to believe.
So, why are some beliefs acceptable? When does a belief become faith? We talk about blind faith suggesting that faith needs no proof, but then neither do beliefs.
Interesting, but I still have no answers.