Faith in God

    Faith in God: Is it essential for your spiritual growth?

    As soon as you read “Faith in God” you probably wondered “is this a religious article?“. If you didn’t then well done because you’re in the minority. For most people the notion of faith is always connected to religion. Therefore you might find this video/podcast rather refreshing. In it I explain why faith is actually more about spirituality and less to do with beliefs.

    This isn’t the first time I’ve explored the difference between beliefs (including religion) and spirituality however this time we’re looking at faith, or more precisely “Spiritual Faith” in God. If you want to go back and look at “Belief versus Spiritual Experience” then here’s the article. You can also find a lot of helpful information to make sense of God from a non-religious perspective.

    Spiritual Faith in The Source

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    [48] Faith in God: Is it essential for your spiritual growth? Are you blocking healing & miracles!

    There’s a lot to this podcast so here’s a handy break down of the main sections along with timings. For each section I’ve added relevant links to free articles, podcasts, videos and books that may help support your spiritual growth.

    00:00:00 Introduction

    Here I explain a little about who I am, my spiritual background, and why it is important to understand the meaning of words.

    00:05:00 Explaining What Faith is Not

    It’s a good idea to dispel some misconceptions about what faith is and so in this part I explain how faith is not belief. I also show that it is not “Being Positive”. I then explore both of these, acknowledging thier value in life.

    00:11:13 What is Faith?

    Now I start to explain what faith is and how we can understand the highest form of faith, Faith in God, from our everyday lives. The example I use is of baking a cake.

    00:17:57 The highest faith: Spiritual Faith in God

    So now I break down faith into its core components, explaining each one. If you’ve watched the video (or listened to the podcast) then the following image will make a lot of sense:

    Faith in God

    00:19:27 Happy people are often asleep

    I explain how the topic of faith usually only comes up in a person’s life when they are facing difficulties. It is for this reason that someone who is happy in life is often distracted from spirituality. It doesn’t mean you need to suffer in order to be spiritual, but it is a caution to ensure you don’t fall asleep because life is distracting.

    00:24:15 Why people sometimes might lose their faith in God

    Now we understand that in order to have faith you need to have trust, hope, and acceptance. This explains why it is that people can lose their faith. For example if a person loses hope, or cannot accept things then their faith weakens.

    00:25:54 Do you need to pray if you have faith?

    The answer to this may be quite surprising and it comes down to the element of “Hope”. No spoilers here, just watch the video.

    00:28:47 Dark desires, a caution

    With hope and desire playing a role in faith I then go on to explain that not all desire is good. We need to be wise and recognise that some desire comes from ego, whereas good desire, which is positive, comes from the heart and seeks to bring us closer to God.

    00:30:41 Exercise: Calibrating your level of faith in God

    This isn’t just a podcast, it has got a useful exercise too! At this point you’re encouraged to relax and become more aware of your strengths and weaknesses. This will be useful to help you grow.

    00:34:24 Why is faith important?

    Although we know what faith is, have we considered why it is so important. In this part we explore that and also look at what happens to people who do not have faith (in God). Are they damned? The short answer is that people can have “Successful lives” on the physical plane even if they have rejected God spiritually. But their success comes at a spiritual price.

    We also look at how many people are distracted by the pursuit of worldly power, wealth, status and other negative ideals. This leads on to briefly touching upon the damage manifesting work does to your soul and how not everyone is actually good. There is both good and bad within reality.

    00:47:29 How to grow in faith in God and spirituality

    Earlier we used the everyday example of baking a cake to understand faith better. In this section I explain how we can use simple techniques like affirmations and shifting our attitude in order to grow in faith. I explain that since faith brings us closer to God then it is another facet of spiritual growth.

    00:50:43 Questions related to Spiritual Faith and Jesus

    Naturally talking about faith and spiritual faith in God brings up a number of questions. In this section we explore the difference between spiritual faith (higher faith) and everyday faith. When it comes to spirituality, then there is nothing higher than The Source, God, and so spiritual faith must be directed at the highest. For example we explain that it is unwise to have faith in something like a spiritual being or an angel, even if they are good. Since all that is good comes from God then your good faith, should be for God, The Source.

    We then explore the question of faith in Jesus versus faith in God and the answer brings us back to the wisdom of faith and how faith itself is the answer to those questions that cannot be truly fathomed.

    There is a lot to digest there and it’s a big podcast. In truth each of the topics could be an entire podcast themselves, so in some respects this is just an overview. Perhaps I’ll revisit it in the future and go deeper into some of the subject matters raised. But for now I want to thank you for watching/listening to this podcast. You know all we do is done not-for-profit and all we really ask is could you share this with other good people who you think would benefit.
    Peace and Love


    Author : Mark Zaretti

    Mark is one of the founder members of The Way Back, an author of several books about spirituality and has written a number of articles on meditation. Mark started practising meditation in 1981 and has been teaching professionally since the late 1990's. He is passionate about helping people realise their spiritual potential. Mark hosts the live interactive Q&A show "Discussing Spirituality with Mark Zaretti" every Thursday 21:00 GMT on

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