Faith-as-belief is another word for denial. Belief discounts, dismisses, disregards, ignores facts in favor of a different perception of reality. We believe ourselves out of one world, into another. Keeping faith with ourselves, on the other hand, enables us to live in this world exactly as it is, as those who are not disabled by it, but are focused on bringing ourselves forth, on doing-right-by-ourselves, within the context and circumstances of each situation as it arises. Keeping faith grounds us in what is deepest/truest/best about us-- our Original Nature, The Face That Was Ours Before We Were Born, Who We Always Have Been And Who We Will Be-- integrated/whole/at-one-within in the work of incarnating our gifts/genius/daemon/spirit/virtues/character/vitality moment-by-moment-by-moment day-by-day throughout our life. So, what do we mean by "faith"? Something we believe? The doctrines and creeds of organized religion? Or something we do in living faithfully to the core and purpose of who we are? What do we mean by "being faithful"? Faithful to someone else's idea of who we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to do? Or faithful to our inner nature and true to our sense of what is called for and what we need to do in response out of our realization of what is asked of us in the moment of our living? The one thing Jesus did not do, for instance, was to stop and ask what somebody else would do in the moment of his living. Faithful to our own Original Nature, we are free to live spontaneously, extemporaneously, improvisationally, here and now in light of what is happening and what needs to be done about it in the this time and this place of our living. And that is the kind of faith that transforms the world.
Faith-based religion is like an AA meeting in which everybody declares they are not an alcoholic. "I'm Jim, and I am NOT an alcoholic!" "My father was an alcoholic and I wouldn't touch the stuff!" "I've been a tee-totaler all my life!" And they pay the preacher to tell them they are all drunks. Drunk on denial. And they deny it. Every church is a denial factory. Churning it out. Passing it around. Giving it away. You can't make sense of it. It defies belief. The best you can hope for is to walk away, shaking your head, muttering to yourself. You cannot make people see who think they see just fine. Who think you are the one who can't see. People who see in the Land of the Blind are crucified. Or ignored. There is no solution. Leave the dead to bury the dead, and go off into the west to live out your life among the forests and mountains. At one with the natural world that is just as it is.