Lessons In Truth - Lesson 6 - Annotation 3

Lessons In Truth - Lesson 6 - Annotation 3

What is meant by blind faith?

3. Blind faith is a term that is used to indicate the use of the faculty of faith without complete understanding; it is an instinctive trust without conscious awareness of the principle of faith involved.

As a divine idea, or spiritual power, faith cannot be blind, but we can direct the power of this faculty in a blind manner without enlightenment as to its true nature and function.

So-called blind faith does reach beyond appearances with a feeling that there is something higher to be trusted, but what that higher "something" is has not been made clear to one in an unenlightened state of consciousness. One in this limited consciousness waits patiently for his good to come to him sometime, somewhere, but where, when, or why, he does not know, because he has not grasped the truth that there is a principle back of all life that can be understood and used.

Anything that is blind must grope its way because its action is not consciously based on a principle. We may, by so-called blind faith, stumble on the correct answer to a problem without knowing why or how. This may solve the problem at the time; however, because we do not know how, why, or from what source the solution came, we cannot duplicate the process in connection with another problem that arises. So we continue to feel a lack of assurance, of poise, of confidence, until we are able to go beyond blind faith; until we reach the state of consciousness that is acquired with the knowledge that understanding faith is based on unchanging law that always works for good when correctly applied.

"There is but one real faith; the avenue of expression determines the character and power of faith" (Twelve Powers of Man 29).

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