by Michael Lauck
Faith is an integral part of daily life. Although the word is commonly used in regards to religion, faith is not exclusively connected to one’s religious belief. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary website does offer both “belief in the existence of God” and “a system of religious beliefs” as definitions for faith but the very first definition is merely “strong belief or trust in someone or something.” When one uses this definition, it is easy to find examples of faith in daily life. Most people, for example, start their day thanks to the faith they have placed in an alarm clock.
We have faith in many things throughout our day. Cars, for example, are expected to turn on and run safely. It is nice to be able to consider purchasing a new car merely for looks or convenient features but when we lose faith in a car’s ability to run safely finding a replacement becomes a priority. We have faith in the locks on our front doors to keep our home secure or we find a reliable security company. When our faith in objects is shaken we are often the most annoyed. We expect our televisions and computers to turn on at the press of a button, we have faith that a turn of the knob brings us clean water or flushes our toilets. This may seem a bit of a grandiose way to describe our expectations of the objects in our lives to work properly, but it is not incorrect. Consider this: any item that you use and expect to work properly but do not truly understand the workings of is an item in which you place your faith. That is not unreasonable; you purchase an item or service because you believe it will function. You have faith in it… and if it does not function you probably lose faith in it.
We also have faith in people, and that can be a little more complicated. As a parent, you have faith in your children to make sound choices every day. Some days you will be disappointed, but the next day you tend to wake up with that expectation again. The same thing can be said of family, friends and spouses; you have faith in them not to harm you or act against you. When you lose faith in someone they are often cut out of your life. Consider a marriage; spouses who are responsible to their partners are said to be faithful.
It is sometimes hard to place ones faith in people. After all, faith can be place in that alarm clock because it is acting in accordance to the principles of electronics. As long as it power, it should run and a decent one will even have a battery back up! That is something that it is easy to place your faith in without any complications of emotion and as soon as it stops acting correctly, we faith faith that something in it has broken (as opposed to the principles of electronics suddenly changing), throw it away and buy a replacement. People do not always act according to predictable principles. We find common threads between us in which to build our faith. Families have many of these common threads pre-configured, of course, because of similar upbringings, backgrounds, experiences and environments. Friends and lovers are found as we discover others with similar interests, beliefs and interests.
By and large, all of this faith is a good thing. You would probably literally go insane without faith. Without faith in your alarm clock, could you sleep peacefully or would you uneasily toss and turn, concerned that you will not wake up in time? If you did not have faith in your car, could you ever plan on going far from home? Without faith in people, you could not have any real relationships. Faith is what allows you to get through life.
Faith is often very important to UFO experiencers. When it seems that most of the world (perhaps all of the world) is convinced that your experience is either a hallucination, silly mistake or outright lie, faith in your experience may seem like all you have left. Knowing that your own unlikely experience is true also makes it much easier to place faith in the unlikely experiences claimed by others. The problem with faith is that once we place our faith in something it can sometimes be very difficult to modify or moderate that faith. This can be a golden opportunity for the unscrupulous. They establish themselves as some type of expert on, or even messenger from, extraterrestrials. By capitalizing on the good faith of the UFO community, they profit by presenting wild claims with little evidence which attract an audience or following. Channeling aliens, summoning invisible extraterrestrials or ships and even courses training others to interact with alien civilizations should always be questioned especially when money is involved. You can have faith in the existence of UFOs without extending that faith to everyone who claims to have seen, met and/or conversed with extraterrestrials.