In this world, there are many that are adamant on their beliefs concerning religion. Even from the same religion, there are people that interpret the teachings differently, and have their own beliefs. Because of their stubborn and unwavering faith, it makes it difficult for them to understand people that have other views and beliefs.
In the Tip of the Writing Brush is the following:
Though I have gathered many and different people,
those that have qualities of a distorted mirror will not do. 3-50
The distorted mirror does not allow one to see an accurate reflection. Similarly, a mind that is distorted in thinking may have a difficult time understanding other views and beliefs.
In this world, there are many people that cannot understand or refuse to understand new information that is given to them. In politics, some refuse indisputable facts and continue to support their candidates. In religion, it is very difficult to change the mindset of a follower, even when faced with factual data. This may be attributed to blind faith.
Faith, I believe is built from our experience and is transitory. Some events make our faith stronger, other events may make it waiver. But faith without experience becomes blind faith, which makes the mind like a distorted mirror. This type of mind may have difficulty understanding other religions and beliefs. This type of faith may be detrimental in finding salvation, especially if one’s beliefs are erroneous.
In summary, having faith is something that is positive in our lives. But realize that sometimes our beliefs may be erroneous. That is why we must keep an open mind to other teachings and beliefs. God and life experiences give us an opportunity to challenge and support our existing faith. It is this faith that is based on experience that will bring salvation to all mankind, and peace to the world.