Faith, simply defined, is the decision to continue to act in the face of uncertainty. Faith exists as an element of humility; it dies as arrogance solidifies. Therefore, faith never changes in nature; it just ebbs and flows in degree.
I believe that is vitally important to
understand. It's not faith that changes; it's uncertainty and certainty
that change - through the acquisition of knowledge (facts). Facts move
faith from its original focus to a new focus on something else believed
but not seen.
Faith is empowering. Faith drives inquiry.
Faith drives discovery. Faith drives innovation. Faith drives charity.
Faith drives courtship. Faith drives revelation. Faith drives
experimentation. Faith drives progress. Faith drives growth.
lack of faith (the surety of absolute certainty) drives closed minds.
It also drives fanaticism. It drives oppression. It drives arrogance.
It drives stagnation.
It's interesting that Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . meek . . . merciful . . ." - NOT
"Blessed are those who know everything." It's interesting that he said,
"Seek (an action undertaken ONLY by those who understand they don't
know everything) and ye shall find." It's interesting that Moroni
didn't say, "He will manifest it unto you . . . Ye may know all things."
Rather, he said, "He will manifest THE TRUTH OF IT unto you . . . Ye many know THE TRUTH OF all things."
In focusing on faith, I am not dismissing knowledge, but I am saying that knowledge is only the
eternal end goal for me. For me, in the here and now, it's much more
the journey - the pursuit - the seeking than it is a final, completed
acquisition in mortality.