Faith vs Common sense

Scott is a technophile and aspiring website designer. Opinionated like no other he covers a variety of topics outside of technology. Currently enjoying his life with his wife, Cari, daughter, Eva, and dog, Snoopy, in Canton, Ohio where he has lived for three months.

Latest posts by scott (see all)

Where Do We Draw the Line Between Faith and Common Sense

This is a topic that I have been pondering since I cannot remember when. I think that, even if you do not want to admit it to yourself, you have too. Read on.

Facebook Status update asking for prayers for a sick boy
I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed last night and noticed something that really got me thinking. The status update was about a young child that is very sick and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. I get this, I really do, I have a little girl myself and I know that I would be upset about her being sick. What I would not do is rely on faith over common sense to help her.

That is what the topic of this post will be, Faith vs Common Sense.

Let me begin by saying that I am all for faith. I have a particular faith myself, and I do trust largely in it. I trust in my faith and way of living to keep me from getting sick; if I do get sick I trust in the ways of medicine, modern and old, to make me better. I would much rather drink some wonderful flavored hot tea instead of taking those horrible cough drops, that is just me.

All people have faith, even if that faith is in the belief that there is nothing to have faith in. Faith is akin to hope to all people and there is nothing that we can do about it. Ingrained into us from the beginning of our evolution is the lack of understanding of all of our surroundings. When we do not understand something we tend to make up a reason for it. This reason gets passed around among people, they pass it to people, and the next thing you know you have a whole civilization that thinks that the sun is drawn across the sky by a bunch of horses, driven by a god.

As our knowledge of our surroundings increased, some people, came to realize that perhaps we had been wrong about some things. Through more careful observation we discovered that the world is not actually flat and the sun does not revolve around the earth. What happened. We split into two different groups and the more powerful group started killing people off so that they could maintain the power they already had over the mindless followers that poured money into their coffers. I digress though.

If you, the reader, were to think about how the ancients thought that the world was flat you would pass it off as ignorance. How could they possibly believe that? They did in fact.

The pattern has been repeated throughout history all the way into our very own generation. Take evolution as an example. I fully believe that the ancients who fabricated the creation stories of all the world truly believed them. They had no other choice in explaining how certain things happened to their world. How were they to possibly know that the earth’s crust was made up of plates and that when the plates crashed into each other they created mountains. Did you know that? Of course you did, you took basic geography in school. They were not afforded with the opportunity.

Evolution is what I was getting at, so I will get back to that. Just like the mountain example above, how were the ancients to explain our creation? They could not do it. Since they couldn’t  they came up with a story for it. Now that we have the tools at our disposal to look back at things like fossils we can make an obvious assumption that we were not created out of dirt, mud, or anything.

I know that I will have arguments about this and that is okay, that is what I want. I am trying to get you to use your brain. Using your brain think about the 8 year old boy that I mentioned above. If that boy was that sick and some Americans found him in some third-world country, or even some small rural town, where there was a “ witch doctor” for lack of a better term, they would be appalled. They would instantly call the UN, CPS, Police, PsycWard, and whoever else to come and rescue the boy. Don’t tell me no, what about the case of albinos in some African countries? They are torn apart to use for medicinal purposes because they have “special powers to banish evil”. What kind of nonsense is that?

That is the exact same kind of nonsense that would entrust the health of a young boy to the powers of a man in the sky instead of to the powers of modern medicine. If his throat swells all the way closed do we just drop down and continue to pray harder that it will magically stop? When he dies do we just pass it off as the will on a god, that the boy is in a better place now? What better place can he be in than surrounded by those that he loves? I think that the correct answer here would be that the doctors do their doctor thing and stick him with a breathing tube before it gets that bad. If it is already that bad you let the doctor perform an emergency cricothyrotomy and rock an awesome scar for the rest of his life.

I am not saying that you should not have faith. Faith and hope is what brings people together as families, communities, and nations. It is the glue that holds us into civilization. I am just saying that we should be smart about it and use what those that we have faith in have put into our head. I am also sure that the young boy’s parents took all the correct actions as far as getting him to the care that he needed, and I know that the prayers probably won’t hurt. I was just using that as an example and jumping off point. On the flipside of that, I am positive that there are people that would let a child die while they be prayed over because they are that resolute in their faith. It wasn’t that long ago, after all, when left handed people were punished, when we burnt people at stake because of religion.

I can also assure you that there will be a follow up post, delving into this a little deeper. This is a topic that could be very intelligently and thoroughly discussed. Where do you draw the line between faith and commonsense? What is too much? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Could this be a topic that we can stick in the new forum? Keep it clean.


Scott is a technophile and aspiring website designer. Opinionated like no other he covers a variety of topics outside of technology. Currently enjoying his life with his wife, Cari, daughter, Eva, and dog, Snoopy, in Canton, Ohio where he has lived for three months.

Latest posts by scott (see all)

3 comments to Faith vs Common sense

  • Jared

    Scott, I enjoyed this post. Mostly through your explanation from old to new understanding of science and history. Sorry, I have not been around to post on your site. It looks good, so keep up the work!

    Referencing the post, I understand your point. However, from looking at the FB post, it shows that they are already at the hospital and are not solely relying on Faith to cure the illness. I think, moreover, they were leaning towards Faith for comfort (As most of do in times of tragedy).

    Thanks for the read!

  • Glad that you liked it, and no worries I know that everyone is busy. I realize that I may have exaggerated the original Facebook post but started that in the article. This just got me thinking about the whole idea behind it.

  • Jakeb Barfield

    Well Mr. Walker,
    I agree that it is ignorant to refuse the aid of a doctor when their aid is readily available. Also, I believe that prayer is a very powerful thing. Take for instance on the battlefield. It would be stupid for you to never call “Corpsman up!” if your buddy took a bullet and was laying on the ground bleeding out. With that said I do not feel that disregarding prayer would be the best choice. As you know, I was brought up in church and I believe in the power of prayer. Faith is the belief in something that has not been seen. I believe there is a God although I have not physically seen Him. I believe that because we, my family, believe there is a God that we are able to function normally on a daily basis. Take for instance our son that we recently lost. It is because of our faith in God and the power of prayer to God that we are able to function normally. We knew that Mason was probably not going to survive in life but we did not choose to abort. Yes, some doctors urged us to abort as opposed to going through that time in our lives but because my wife and I feel that it is not our choice as to whether Mason live or die. To us God gives life, and yes God takes life away. We believe that it is because of God in our lives and the power of prayer that we have a peace and a reason for the loss of our son. I do not blame God for this. Instead, I thank him for the lesson that he has taught me in that troubled time.

    On a lighter note, I heard you reenlisted. Tell Cari I said hi and give Eva a kiss for me. Kick Snoopy in the butt for me bro. Take it easy and Semper Fi.

Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>