Q. Should we not have any doubt regarding the object of our faith?

A. Sound faith is based on reasonable doubt. World history shows well what suffering blind faith, accepted without doubt, has caused mankind. Our preposterous behaviour of sacrificing our visible siblings and neighbours in order to please invisible, imaginary figures results from the blind faith that comes from belief without doubt.

True faith comes only after we see what the object of faith is in person. The duty of religion is not to encourage people to worship the object of faith but to help them to realise what it is. To achieve this, all doubts should be admitted of and thought through with sensible explanations given. The Buddha would not fail to say at the end of his talk, “Never accept my words blindly. Return to your places and think through what I’ve talked about. Accept it only when you understand it, but bring it back to me and ask again if it is not understood.”Keep doubting.

©Boo Ahm

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