When we hear the word faith our gut reaction defaults to its religious connotations. Yet, faith is simply the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. I can have faith in my dog to not mistake our carpet for a pleasant patch of grass and relieve herself inside.

Reasoning requires more concrete justifications for an action or event. If I don’t let my dog outside for a day then yeah, it would make sense that I’d have to replace my carpet. Most of everyday life can be analyzed through reason, it’s the more abstract, big-idea questions we have about the universe that conflates faith into our rationale.

There’s a lot of scientific evidence that can point towards the reason for why things are. However, our minds are creative enough to finagle ways around even our most refined truths about the world. I could choose any one of those theorys to place my faith.

In making such a decision it still requires some sort of meaningful experience to follow faith alone. We all have the unique ability to sense a physical change within ourselves through intense feeling or expression. In these moments, we can feel more certain about faith than reason although facts may say otherwise. This is the source of much of our decision making and why people are more inclined to listen to their gut than any other source of information.

Reconciling the discrepancies between these instances requires an understanding of yourself. You must be able to tell when your faith senses are tingling and when to listen to the voice of reason.

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