There are three points that I will discuss in this paper. The first one refers to the mistakes that are often made when referring to faith, and trust. I will show the differences between the two statements and explain why there is a difference. The second point I will discuss is the hierophany that exists in some relationships. I will tell why hierophany is important but should not be the basis of a relationship. The third point I will discuss is man’s ultimate goal to move towards or away from unity.
1.Faith and trust are two words that are often confused or used in place of each other. The major difference between the two concepts is that trust exists in the physical and faith exists in the metaphysical. Trust is based mainly on a person’s ability to rationalize. Since trust is based on a person’s ability to rationalize it is limited by the physical realm. Rationalization is a limitation, and limitations only exist in the physical realm. Faith goes beyond rationalization, faith moves in to the realm of awareness, which exists in the metaphysical.
2.Man has a never-ending quest to reach wholeness or unity. To find unity one must recognize the being “”which will enable them to go on to find unity. Human beings are incomplete, therefore this concept of unity reflects the concept of light. Human beings by their very nature are built incomplete and are constantly in search for unity to help them become complete. The relationship of love can help man complete himself but without the recognition of the being “I” one can never be complete.
The other concept that must be present while searching for unity is freedom. This is true because without freedom the being “I” can never be found and without the being “I” being recognized unity is impossible. The concept of freedom allows change. Change is necessary when searching for the being “I”. In a concept called cyclic time there is no freedom. Cyclic time is the concept of reincarnation, and because there is no freedom in reincarnation there is no freedom in cyclic time. The concept of linear time, on the other hand, allows for freedom to be present. Linear is movement, movement is change, and change implies freedom. Freedom allows for man to find the being “I” and his search for unity. If a man has the ability to search for oneness than he is consequently choosing what happens in his life, therefore he is controlling his destiny.
3.The concept of hierophany is the unique way in which man expresses his relationship to someone or something. This is a very important part of a relationship though, because without it the relationship may seem weak and unconvincing. In Greek, the word hierophany means “higher manifestation”.
Throughout the course of history man has placed a very high value on inanimate items such as a baseball card, a signed baseball, a toy or a diary, which to another person the item may seem worthless. The reason the item would seem worthless is because of the sentimental value that this item holds. The person can never fully understand what this item may mean to someone because they did not take part in the movement that made this item important to the owner. They may try to understand it but they will never take part in the full worth of the object.
Hierophany, although important, should not be the basis of any relationship because of the emotions that are attached to the concept of hierophany. This is true because emotions are always changing and may become instable over time, therefore causing the relationship to become just as instable. Hierophany should only be used to strengthen the existence of a relationship that already exists.