Spiritual Dictionary (Faith to Fundamentalists, page 1 of 2)


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Faith- A confident BELIEF in what is thought to be the truth, but it does not depend on logical proof or evidence, and is only a projection of a classic model that we can imagine. Some have said that BELIEVING that faith as the ABSOLUTE is relegating ourselves to perpetual adolescence.

Faithful-Those ascribing to, and are loyal to, a particular FAITH.

Faith Healing-A process whereby a person whose health is restored through intervention, or with the assistance of a DIVINE power. It is performed without the help of traditional medical procedures, and is usually performed by a religious practioner. It has no credible role with traditional medicine in the Western world.

Fate-An initial set of boundaries and limitations that are inherited at birth, or a predetermined path of events. Thought to be set genetically and through the conditioning we receive from our parents or caregivers. Compare with LOT.

Fatality-Something created or set on course by FATE; something that results in death.

Fervor-Feeling with intensity, enthusiastic or zealous belief.

Fideism-ABSOLUTE reliance on FAITH, with the dismissing of PHILOSOPHY, science or rational thought, when dealing with RELIGIOUS matters.

Finality-The irrevocable, conclusive end toward which life advances.

Fetish-A superstitious belief in an object that is thought to have SUPERNATURAL powers. Could also refer to the article of such a BELIEF.

Final Judgment-The final verdict or determination of the fate of mankind at the end of the world.

First cause-Supreme Being or creator of the universe.

Five Classics-Basic ethical texts of CONFUCIANISM, attributed to CONFUCIUS, including the Book of Changes (the I CHING), Book of Rites, Book of Songs, Book of History, and Spring and Autumn Annals, all of which was the base of Confucian education.

Fix Your Heart-From the book Ta Chuan where Stephen Karcher states that "you no longer run here and there after each emotion. It is not that you repress your feelings, you dis-identify with them."

Flood-See GREAT FLOOD.

Fluke-An unforeseen stroke of luck in one's life.

Foresee-To see or know ahead-of-time, to predict, or to have INTUITION of the future.

Forgiveness-Ceasing to feel resentment, or losing the feeling of the need for revenge because of another's wrongdoing.

Fortune-A favorable set of circumstances that occurs in one's life; advantageous DESTINY.

Freemasons-See MASONS.

Friends, Society of-A RELIGIOUS group originating in England around 1650, under the founder, George Fox. This group is commonly known as QUAKERS, or CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT. Their TENENTS emphasize human goodness because they believe that GOD exists in everyone, and they make no distinction between the sexes. Their way of life emphasizes simplicity, truth, and sincerity, and they refuse to "bargain" in monetary affairs. They emphasize terms such as "inward light" or "the light within". Religious and racial issues are tolerated with the emphasis on love rather than punishment, so their society emphasizes that violence need not exist.

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