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Faith is alive and well in the 21st century. Science, technology and reason have not buried faith. Without faith, life is like a house without sunlight, window, or occupants; it will be a murky existence, all doom and gloom, and a leap in the dark. Without faith, the body is lifeless; it has no soul, breath, or existence. The eyes of faith see it at work everyday. Without faith, hockey players skate on thin ice, rope-walkers perform on a slippery rope, and airline passengers fly at scary odds.

People from across the ages and from all walks of life have weighed in on the significance of faith. Augustine, defender of the faith, remarks, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” The philosopher Pascal muses, “Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a gift from God.” Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. says, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom adds, “Faith is like radar that sees through the fog--the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.” Educator Elton Trueblood observes, “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.”

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