I am grateful that faith is different from fact.
Actions and decisions based on fact alone, would be on shaky ground. Facts come and go with respect to health issues, but physicians and surgeons have documented miracles that defy facts.
Hope is faith in things unseen. Hope encourages scientists to make discoveries based on the faith that might be possible. Hope without faith has only chance and luck on its side. Those who lose hope sometimes do hopeless things. Faith sustains the human spirit, and nourishes the soul, which most people believe they have but which can't be seen in an X-ray or MRI. It is an easy step from there to acknowledge a holy spirit.
The author of the letter to which I am responding states, "Faith is believing in the absence of fact," then condemns belief in a supreme being and the existence of heaven for being outside the realm of reason because there is no proof.
The existence and operation of the universe suggests a universal power, the source of which is a subject of controversy. A divine creator cannot be reasoned into or out of existence. The mind that does not reach above reason should be willing to try because it is above the realm of human reason that faith finds comfort, strength, answers (sometimes miracles), love and truth. For many, that is a fact. For everyone, it is a choice.
Joan Snider Papst