I am reminded of an aphorism I recently saw displayed on a church’s electronic (!) sign, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you can’t see the whole staircase!”
I find this both sad and amusing as I presume the writer equates faith with belief in god and I infer that his message tells us to believe in god (and contribute to the upkeep of his infrastructure), even when we are not sure what said belief will mean to us.
Amusing, because to me this seems somehow akin to being directed to step from the side of a high bridge, with the assurance that wishing hard enough during the fall will cause some sequence of events that will arrest the fall or otherwise avert death upon impact. I do not know what Jesus would do (can’t he speak for himself?), but I need more than wishes–stout harness, NDI-certified bungie cord, and a bungie-jumping expert would nearly suffice. The sign outside my own church says, “Faith rewards only the prepared. Parking by permit only; all others towed.”
Sad, because I know that this first step can and frequently does lead to other steps; blind acceptance of dogma, contempt for the unconverted, disdain for rationality, isolation of the ego, and far too often, the utterly erroneous belief that the “faithful” and their actions can only be judged by their god.
Faith is really just a sort of gateway drug that admits the abuser to a world of fallacious delights.
Sarcasm will get you nowhere fast in the nearest flock of pigeons.