Faith is a dirty word in modern-day society. When we talk about people of faith we tend to have our minds go to those people who follow every belief blindly and without question. They follow every dogma without regards to reason, repeating parrot-like responses. These individuals do indeed exist, however their faith is quite superficial. It is a product of laziness, ignorance, and fear. We all know these people. They can be family, friend, co-worker, or stranger. They will speak that they know the truth and anything but acceptance of this is unquestionable.

But this is not true faith.

Some people talk about how they have been given faith in their belief system by their Higher Power. They talk about how faith is a blessing. But faith isn’t really a gift either…it is more of a choice.

You see, no messenger has ever appeared to me. No god has every knocked on my door wanting to visit. I do not hear voices speaking to me in shrine like I am taking a telephone call. I do not wake up in the morning expecting magical awesome super-spiritual things to occur.

Everyday I wake up and I make a choice. Today I choose to have faith. I choose to believe. I choose to believe in the gods. I choose to believe in the ancestors. I choose to believe in the spirits. I choose to believe in my faith community. And it isn’t always easy. Some days it is very hard. Some days I think I am a fool. Some days I wonder if I am just crazy and deluding myself. Is all this true? Is it all worth it? Am I just as dumb as the next fool?

True faith is not dogmatic. True faith is open to reason. True faith is open to doubt. True faith is provisional and flexible.

True faith is like a tree. All it takes is a seed. That is all you need. Once the seed is planted it takes a long time before it grows into a strong and tall tree. Sometimes as your branches grow they may come in contact with an object, such as a house or wall. Someone without true faith will say, “Wall move! House get out of the way!” They expect that wall or house to move or their branch will slam right through it, not realizing how strong that house or wall is. But someone with true faith is like the tree that will see something in its way of growth, and go around it. It will continue to raise its branches high in the sky.

In the New Testament, Jesus tells his disciples that they only need to have faith the size of mustard seeds to move mountains. Even though I am not Christian I still see the wisdom in these words. Making the choice to believe can move the mountains in your life. I look and see what I have accomplished because of my faith, and I swell with love and pride.

Do you question your faith at time? I do. I am not perfect like the saints of old. What matters is making that choice.


About Raheri

Greetings everyone! I thought I would give you all a little information about myself. In secular life my name is Matt, and I am a 40-something man living in the Midwest. I am a registered nurse by trade and am working on completing my doctoral degree. Because of this I may not be regular at updating this blog, but I will try. I enjoy traveling, cleaning, and playing with my pug Winston. I am a member of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith. My Shemsu name is Raheriwesir. I am a previous w'ab priest of Wesir (Osiris) and have been affiliated with the House since about 2007. A w’ab priest is a priest who tends a shrine to one of the Names of Netjer. I am also currently an ordained reverend in the faith. I am also a practicing vodouisant, initiated as a Hounsi senp. I am continuing to learn about the role of the Haitian spirits in my life and why they want to hang around me. View all posts by Raheri

7 responses to “Faith

  • Shefyt

    Very lovely and very true. ^_^ I question my beliefs often, but in the end, like you, I choose to follow the Gods. And it has always been worth it.

  • Ashem

    Thank you! I concur with what you have said here. Thanks for your wonderful blog and for helping me to better understand my own faith.

  • helmsinepu

    An excellent post, Raheri! I’m also glad to see more people openly admit that they don’t have the gods chattering with them. A lot of people wander off because they think they are rejected, because they don’t get that chatter.

    Faith is something you do, not something you have. It is something that constantly needs to be renewed and re-created each day. Just like the universe.

  • Aiedaile

    Beautiful as always Raheri. I think we all question whether or not this is all real, but we do make that choice to have faith in the god every day when we wake up.

  • Mikhael East (@WingedPhysique)

    I have always struggled with the concept of faith and belief in relation to knowing so I found your post provocatively good.

    My issue has been that most people I have known in my life that have “faith” are largely described by your opening paragraphs. These peeps were not the easiest to have a theological discussion with nor were they open to any interpretation beyond their “belief”. Growing up with this I am sure colours my position today.

    I can’t in myself say that I have or subscribe to a “faith” or “belief”. But I do have a “knowing”, that I think puts me on the same page as you. (In typing these words, I am concerned that I am coming across as arrogant or rude – I do not mean to be if that is the case – but I am still caught in the notion that faith = belief = not knowing).

    In reading your bio, you certainly do have quite a CV with many spiritual disciplines; it strikes me that indeed your faith – given your tenure with some of the aforementioned – is more a knowing than a faith per se.

  • siathethert

    Wisdom words. I love the post.


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