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Faith

According to thy faith be it unto you.
— Bible

What is faith? We begin with a belief that means uncertainty. Faith is the outcome of this condition after the uncertainty has become a truth to us. Then we have confidence in it: it is a reality to us.

There are many kinds or, rather, qualities of faith. One of the dearest kinds of faith is what we call friendship. It begins with attraction for one another, becomes congenial in many ways, and at last there comes that perfect understanding between the two concerned which results in entire faith in each other. When this faith is established, there is never any doubt. We cannot have faith and doubt at the same time. Neither can we have faith, and hope for better things. With faith we know. There is never any questioning in our mind.
Then “according to our faith.” That implies that we can have little or great faith. We can have faith; but it may not go very far, — not extend over much ground.

So I can bring to myself, “according” to the amount of faith I possess, either small or great benefits.

In metaphysical studies we do not need faith in the healer or the teachings. The teaching may be illogical and unsatisfactory. The healer may be uneducated and even narrow in his views of spiritual things.

Herbert Spencer says “that we are in the presence of an Infinite and Eternal Energy, from which all things proceed.” Call this God, Mind, or Law, we must have faith in it. Settle with ourselves, once for all, whether we are living in chaos or whether there is an Intelligence back of all. If we believe in God, Mind, or Law, we can cultivate that belief until it becomes faith, just as we cultivate it in friendship by having confidence in it, trusting it (without a doubt). This is the true healing.

Jesus Christ said, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” Every case cited that he cured came to him with faith.

Having reached this point in evolution, and, looking back, being satisfied that all our experiences were for our good, and have developed us in spite of our unwillingness at times to appreciate the lessons, can we not say truly, “All is good”?

Who of us would take away one lesson from what we have had, saying, “I did not need that”? Who would change places with another, wishing he could have the other's lessons instead of his own?

“Every back is fitted to its burden,” it is said. I would put it that every mind knows the experiences needed for its development, hence our desire not to exchange our lessons with another. Let us “quit other leadings, and listen to the soul.” It has guided us to this point: may we not trust it? Can we have doubts of the future, when we acknowledge that the past is what we needed?

Let us cultivate faith, — faith in God, Mind, or Law, whichever name means the most to you. We cannot have too much faith.

There is no fear, no doubt, in faith.

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