That’s how they always put it. You just have to have faith. You gotta. All you need to do is believe.
It’s usually an imperative, an instruction. But it’s not generally meant in a pushy fashion. There are some people out there who really will command that you have faith in God, and will consider it utterly impermissible that you do otherwise, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I just mean people who phrase it this way when explaining why they believe what you do.
They don’t literally mean you have to have faith, in the sense that there’s some logical obligation there. What they mean is, for their belief system to make any sense, you have to have faith.
You have to just blindly accept it, if the structure of your religion is going to survive.
The only way it’s possible not to realise that it’s unsubstantiated nonsense you’d be better off not wasting your time with, is to have faith.
You gotta have faith… Or you’ll have no reason to believe.
It only recently struck me how clear this is as a tacit admission that there’s no good reason to believe at all. Unless you just arbitrarily decide to believe in it anyway, it’s saying, then there’s simply no connection between religion and reality.
Okay, it’s not as profound a thought as all that, but hey, it’s the weekend.