Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
Lord, teach me how to control the waves when the sea of my life leaves me gasping for air. Help me to speak truth and light over myself when darkness wraps around me like a blanket. Call me to the boat when I forget that the shore, Your shore, is the safest place for me.
Belief and doubt are not two forms of knowledge… for neither of them is a cognitive act; they are opposite passions. Belief is a sense for becoming, and doubt is a protest against any conclusion that goes beyond immediate sensation and knowledge.
Wait, I just thought of something! If someone fully, completely believes that the fairies are good and helpful, would that become true? Would this hypothetical person only attract that type? Would the fairies feel enough pity for such naivete that they have a silent agreement with each other that this kid won't be touched, thus paradoxically making the kid's belief seem true(unlikely, but)?
Possibly it would work for this one individual student, yeah! However, it probably wouldn’t make too much of a difference in the dealings of other students with the Gentry. I imagine keeping unwavering faith in the goodness of the Gentry would become harder after watching Brad from Bio deal with the consequences of a bad deal.