Saturday 27 December 2014

Keeping faith

Published 04/12/2012 | 05:00

• As we are now in the Season of Advent preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, I can understand John O'Connell (Letters December 3) defining faith as "a form of happiness". But this is too superficial a definition for a Christian.

According to the Bible: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"(Hebrews 11:1).

The Christian believes that faith is a test of true belief and Peter 1:7 states: "These trials will show that your faith is genuine."

Bernard O'Grady
Muswell Hill, London

• Mr O'Connell equating faith with happiness is quite mistaken.

Many of us have no faith these days and live quite happy lives.

We don't feel any guilt over someone who ate an apple and got us all condemned.

And we should politically enforce faith? I think not.

The Catholic Church has shown time and time again that it has no respect for its believers and the hypocrisy it spews is not welcome in a modern, inclusive society. Do not think that those who have no religion either need it or want it forced on us.

Robert Dunphy
Dublin

Irish Independent

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