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How can one differentiate between fate and faith? Are these concepts or moral mantras?

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Justin Paul Mitchell M. Adkerson Comp. II 10 Nov. 2004 "Are These Concepts or Moral Mantras?" How can one differentiate between fate and faith? These two concepts are remarkably similar, yet there is a bit of difference between the two. Are these concepts or moral mantras? The word "faith," implies hope, loyalty, and a belief system which has no proof. "Fate," on the other hand, implies resignation - a belief that things are predestined before time existed, and that this simply falls into one's destiny. This paper will delve into the question between fate and faith; how can these words co-exist, yet be completely different entities? Fate can be renamed as predestination, fatalism, or resignation, which all denotes man's inability to do anything that, would change his course in life. Believers in "fate" feel that God has ordained a specific thing to happen, and it is going to happen. We cannot opt for anything else to happen since there is only one outcome available. ...read more.

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(Resignation1 of 5) I have no real power over what direction my life takes me. What will be, will be, and acceptance is my only option. Feeling overwhelmed is another indication of having to accept fate. (Resignation or Hope 2 of 5) Intelligence or strength in order to face life's ongoing challenges cannot aid in dealing with or mending what life deals your way. As a Christian and believer in Jesus Christ, I believe in Christ by faith. The New Living Bible states in Luke 8:50, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." This was stated by Christ when forgiving the sins of a women. While the Pharisees believed that only God could forgive sin, they were shocked to see a man named Jesus regarding himself as powerful as God. All through the bible, there are passages where Jesus healed the sick and hurting, but never once saying your works have healed you. No, he always said that the faith of that certain person had truly healed and made them new. ...read more.

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Studies have determined the importance of religion, and specifically prayer; a part of faith. Sacred scriptures, believed to be the board of God, have also added a new dimension of hope, peace, and strength in oncology patients. It is proven that secular hospitals need to incorporate an interfaith approach, when meeting patient's needs. This would be uplifting, and allow interaction between patients facing similar difficulties. Those who have faith, rather than just accepting cancer as their "fate," have more positive attitudes and help the patient's families as they go through the various cycles of hospitalizations, and painful treatments that there loved ones must face. Even though the bible mentions the word;" predestination," which means fate, it does not imply that we are to be lazy or unfulfilled, failures or worthless beings. It has nothing to do with negative labels in our lives, but rather refers to us setting goals as given to us by God. By setting our goals ahead of time, we then are able to strive towards meeting those goals, and even exceed them. This is how God intended life to be. Justin Mitchell 1 ...read more.

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