The Difference Between Faith & Religion
Greetings! My name is Amanda Socci. I am a freelance writer from Alexandria, Virginia who has recently approached Patch.com with the idea of writing a blog about the subject matter of faith. In pitching this idea, I explained how there is a big difference between religion and faith, and how I plan to delve into faith, leaving religion to be discussed by others.
I plan to break tradition in the world of blogging by numbering my posts, so that readers may follow each chapter of the faith blog and look back at the colorful stories within the series. I also plan to discuss the difficult concept of faith by comparing it to something a little more concrete — the subject of food.
God is Like a Waiter
You’ll be reading a lot about the waiter who brings me a slice of sweet stuff each day. The waiter is none other than God himself. Every time I go through a difficult experience, my waiter sympathetically brings over a slice of sweetness and accompanies it with a fresh, frosty glass of goodness. With a warm pat on the back, I am left to savor my sweet dish and experience God’s goodness by reflecting upon the lessons I’ve learned.
Talking about faith or even trying to describe it succinctly is more difficult than trying to cater a three-course meal to a group of hungry marathoners. Faith is the water that nourishes us and helps us sustain our lives, but it tastes differently to each one of us. That is because no two people experience faith the same way. It is a personal moment that fits us perfectly. It is our underwear and our toothbrush that brushes up against our skin intimately and can not be shared with others.
Faith Gets us Through Difficulties
Faith is not a sweatshirt where one size fits all. Faith is more like a finely-tailored suit that costs thousands of dollars to produce and bears our exact measurements. I can not talk about your faith because your travels are different than mine, but I can certainly talk about my own life experiences and share with you my thoughts on how faith got me through them.
With this blog, I hope not to cause controversy or incite riots, although undoubtedly, there will be some naysayers who will call me a heretic, an extreme liberal, or worse. I have my beekeeper’s costume ready for such remarks. With the rest of you, I hope to share a cup of coffee and a slice of pie with you, virtually, yet intimately, as I talk about my own real-life experiences and describe how faith helped me to move forward with my life.
If you actively rely upon your faith, this blog will only reinforce the feelings you already have, and perhaps strengthen them. If you have faith but have let it sit within your soul, lonely and untouched collecting dust, like the pictures from great grandma’s attic, hopefully, this blog will act as an oscillating fan and blow away some of that dust and expose the innate faith within each of you.
Grab your favorite coffee cup and join me with your favorite slice of good stuff!