Why do those who are anti-religious seem to be unaware of their own exercise of faith? What rationalizations might secular people use to defend their views?

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    • #95339099
      Laverne
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      HOW OFTEN IN CONVERSATIONS DOES THE WORD FAITH COME UP? SELDOM. WHATEVER THE SITUATION, IT’S AN ASSUMED ACTION.. CERTAINLY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD BELIEVE THAT THEIR INTERACTIONS WITHIN DAILY OPERATIONS OF LIVING ARE BASED ON MAN’S CREATIONS OR DEVELOPMENTS. IT’S SUPPOSE TO REACT IN A GIVEN MANNER BECAUSE OF SCIENTIFIC/TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS WHICH MAKES THE PERSON EXPECTS CERTAIN PERFORMACES OR OUTCOMES. NOT OPERATING ON FAITH.

    • #95318054
      Dana
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      People who are anti-religious might seem to be unaware of their own exercise of faith because they feel as though they have control over everything. Often times when life is going smoothly and as planned, people think they do not need God. People often feel that they can control what goes on in their lives so they do not need to depend on God for guidance/help/support/strength/etc. Secular people might rationalize that “if I work hard enough” or “do things the right way” then everything should work out. It seems as if a secular person might believe they have the power to “will something into existence”.

    • #95314795
      Randall
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      Anti-religious people seem to think that “faith” is merely an exercise in belief in a deity or deities. Faith is something exercised every day in many fashions. Faith, as scripture tells us, is the essence of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. When the stoplight turns green, we have faith that traffic coming from our left or right will yield and allow us through. We don’t really think about it, we just have faith that the traffic system installed will work and all will adhere to the rules. When we stop and think about it, we have so many things that we cannot control or even influence, we simply walk day by day in faith that we will once again make it through unscathed.

      Secular people rationalize that they are logical and therefor grounded in “reality”. They will believe only if they see. They will look for holes in our defense of a creator that cannot be answered with absolute certainty as “evidence” to support their worldview. In reality, they are truly just proving that anything they put faith in is illogical by their own definition, including that traffic lights will work or that they will even emerge as alive from the night’s slumber.

    • #95314102
      Sonya
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      Anti-religious people may associate faith with religion or God. Therefore, they are unaware of the daily ways that they exercise faith such as trusting in traffic lights and the safety of elevators. They may rationalize their “daily faith” by noting that the traffic lights and elevators work the majority of the times. However, this does not mean they always do or will. So, it requires faith.

    • #95311922
      Gwyn
      Participant

      Anti-religious individuals seem to be unaware of their own exercise of faith because it looks different that it would through a Christian lens. For example, the video says that even atheists believe that there is no real meaning to life, therefore we should create our own meaning. This then shows that they do have faith in something, it is in themselves.
      I have always thought that the idea proposed by secular people, “What do I risk loosing if I am wrong in my faith?” spurs interesting conversation when discussing views with non-believers.

    • #95309377
      Shauna
      Participant

      They are blinded to what faith really is. They are basing everything on feelings and unable to answer how things could be bad if there is a good God, so they make their own version of good.

    • #95308988
      Audrey
      Participant

      These people are unaware of their own exercise of faith because it is done so often that they forget that they have faith in their daily lives. If they do not recognize that they have faith in everyday things, then they have an excuse not to have faith in God. After all, they have faith in nothing.

    • #95304381
      Frank
      Participant

      Anti-religious people have faith that there is no God in it, because they can’t prove the existence of God and non-existence of God through the things they do everyday, always do many things require faith in it but they don’t know due to the hardness of their hearts.

    • #95304379
      Frank
      Participant

      Anti-religious people have faith that there is no God in it,because they can’t prove the existence of God and non-existence of God through the things do, they always do things that require faith in it but they don’t

    • #95302779
      Rachel
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      People tend to generalize faith as what deity and set of morals you believe in. So when people hear this word they think of big picture things instead of small everyday things. Some of the things mentioned in the video (having faith in medicine you take, having faith in traffic laws being obeyed, etc.) are all things that we have been subjected to since we were very young. At this point, that exertion of faith may seem so rote that they do not even realize it as faith.

    • #95300241
      Susan
      Participant

      Anti-religious people don’t realize that their “lack of faith” is actually a faith. They may not want to believe in anything because they want their own freedom and they view having faith as being restrictive. They don’t want to delve into the idea of whether there is a God because they want to pursue what they want and they don’t want to think about the here and after. They may say that there isn’t proof in God and stop there because they don’t want to be convinced otherwise.

    • #95297674
      Melinda
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      Anti- religious people also have faith that there is no God, because they also cannot prove that there is no God. The rationalization that secular people might use to defend their views is that creation cannot be proven and we can’t see God so how do people know He exist.

    • #95293199
      Cory
      Participant

      I believe faith in things are just except or expected to happen. People are caught in their own lives to actually take time a sit to think about what they really believe in. Everyone expects to breathe, it comes naturally, it’s not something we have to work for. This one example of what I mean. People don’t sit and think or worry about breathing it just happens, it’s a blind faith.

    • #95289811
      Josiah
      Participant

      Individuals with secular views try to separate their anti religious views from their own views of the world around them. Although the reality is that, that very belief is a form of faith.

    • #95284072
      Karla
      Participant

      I believe people who claim to be anti-religious consciously or subconsciously want to live by their own rules and for their own purpose. The claim might allow them to feel free from commitment, obligation, morality, guilt, and duty.
      They will often say that is no way to prove that there is a God, that Jesus existed, and that there is a reason to live by such rules or standards. They might not believe that there is life after death and that their actions and decisions go beyond their short existence on earth. They might also claim that they know “good” and “bad” Christians, so it doesn’t really matter either way.

    • #95283124
      Marquelle Dais
      Participant

      People who are anti-religious dont seem to understand that they themselves believe in something that they cannot prove to be true with substance but still have faith in it. Within that understanding is the idea that they are exercising what they believe in and showing it to others in their life’s which is the essence of faith itself. Secular people may use the idea that God explains to only listen to his works and not poison your mind with negative thoughts and actions.

    • #95278932
      David
      Participant

      Some feel that there is no need for a God but that perhaps laws have developed without guidance or direction and our world came about with no personal impetus or cause and what they do or do not do is a result of learning passed down from generations of observing the world and man. If the anti-religious become aware of their expectations through faith, they would have to acknowledge that some higher power is universally running things.

    • #95278921
      Patricia
      Participant

      I think the ability to exercise faith is hardwired into us humans. The very exercise of faith in God, powered by the Holy Spirit, comes from Him. If unbelievers don’t really recognize they exercise faith, its easier for them to try to justify God doesn’t exist or their unbelief in Him.

    • #95278225
      Brennan
      Participant

      They seem unaware of their exercise of faith because if they are honest with themselves and recognize the level of their faith, they will have to come to terms with what they have faith in. Secular people constantly use science to defend their “lack of faith”. But since science is just man’s observations of the physical world, science is inherently limited to man. Therefore faith is beyond science.

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      Our Daily Bread
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