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What is Faith?

The first sign of faith is love.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 337).

But how does one love?

Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee.  (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Arabic 5)

But how do we know that God is even there so we can love him, if we are sick, alone, estranged from our family, bankrupt, homeless and we’ve just been raped?

Faith.

But if we haven’t ever felt loved from our families; if we’ve grown up neglected and abused and have no foundation of loving parents, how can we possibly believe in a loving God?

Faith.

But what if all of these calamites have happened AFTER we’ve recognized Bahá’u’lláh and done all the right things – pioneered, participated in the core activities, donated to the fund, paid our Huqúq, prayed and mediated every day and still we are marginized from the society around us, and even worse, from the indifference of the Bahá’í community around us – raped, alone, abandoned, homeless, unemployed, bankrupt, sick, estranged from our families . . .

How do we have faith when there is no love?  When we feel abandoned by God, or worse, maybe cursed or punished?  But for what crime?

These are questions that several of my life coaching clients have been wrestling with this week.

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