The way I understand faith is basically having complete confidence in something. This is generally a bad idea since we are constantly learning new things on almost every topic. Believing in something based only on faith, especially when there is evidence to the contrary, seems very unproductive and even stupid to some degree. Personally, I would much rather be open minded on all matters and believe things based on facts, evidence, reproducible tests and common sense.
Faith is taking the place of fact in providing the basis for religion. The number of religions claiming full factual support for their beliefs is declining, and fully-literal interpretations of religious texts are becoming less popular. There’s good reason for these trends: given current historical and scientific evidence, it’s hard to see how facts alone justify most religious belief. Something more is now necessary.
That’s where faith comes in. Faith is often described as a “way of knowing” that doesn’t require factual evidence. It’s a deep and sincere feeling that something is true. Many religious believers feel a close emotional connection to their God. To them, this feeling is itself proof of their beliefs; no further evidence is necessary.
Certainly it’s the case that some religious beliefs could be true. The universe is a mysterious place, and our understanding of it is not, and never will be, complete. There may be things that are true but that can’t be proven true with factual evidence. Some of them could be current articles of religious faith. But does faith help us arrive at this truth or is it a type of gullibility or perhaps its people pretending to know things they don't know, because no one knows. One more thing gods are imaginary. Thanks for reading have a nice day. Taken from the essay of Mike Turitzin
Listen faith is not a bad thing. But shouting and posting about it on the internet is. You should just keep your faith with you and your friends. I did and they did not judge me for who i am. So keep the faith but keep it to yourself and your family and friends.
"Faith" is inherently neither good nor bad.
It is inherently worthless, though. Since "faith" requires no thought, evidence, examination, reasoning, logic, nor anything else -- "faith" requires nothing -- it can't give anything back. "Faith" can't provide any answers to any questions, solve any problems, resolve any conflicts. Different people can all have equally valid "faith" in contradictory things -- making "faith" worthless.
What "faith" often drives people to *do,* however, can indeed be bad. If you have "faith" that some magical mythical fairy tale is the truth, you'll often ignore, deny, and fight against any actual facts supported by evidence that contradict your "faith." That's harmful and bad. If your "faith" contradicts somebody else's "faith," you'll sometimes want to silence, censor, imprison, or get rid of (kill) the person whose "faith" contradicts yours. All sorts of bad, illogical, irrational decisions can result from having worthless "faith."
Let’s examine what faith is. The definition of faith is hope for a circumstance or thing that is not proven to be true. There is no virtue in accepting something on faith, since it may could be very well be false, and it is clearly not moral to believe the false.
By this I mean to convey a simple fact. Everyone uses faith every day in the things we use. For example, when you sit down you have faith that the designer made a good chair and it won't break or that it's not so old that one of the legs will fall off. You are reading this because you had faith your Internet would work when you turned it on. You may view it as "justifiable" fight based on its commonality, but unless you do an inspection you do not do either of these things without having faith. It's the same thing with any given object that you use or buy. You have faith it'll do its job.
Faith is hope. It is a good thing. Faith give you something to believe in or something to look forward in. In fact it is a great thing. It gives you confidence and it keeps you strong. It gives you an idea of who you are and who you are .
Faith is something that cannot be proven, but its something deep in your heart that is like a conscience. Faith helps us to see things in a different way, and it may help people get through tough times. If we didn't have faith, people would lose hope a lot more easily. It also helps people be humble and not have a big head.
Faith is one of those things that can't really be explained. It can help us expand our own minds and see things in a positive light. If we don't have faith, many of us would give up hope much more easily. Faith can also make us more humble and close to God. It gives us the willpower to do great things no matter what rocks we may stumble over in our lives.
I do not think faith is always a bad thing, but when people use faith to spread hatred it becomes bad. For example; the fighting in the middle east where people are killing in the name of god. Religion becomes bad when it is a motive to cause violence and hatred. An example of when religion is good is when a person finds some sort of faith that makes them into a better person, like when a person finds faith to get over an alcohol problem. When looking at faith and determining if it's good or bad you really need to look at way the faith affects the follower. I personally believe that the only truth in religion is the way it affects the follower.
Philosophically, I have always wanted to "know," something to be true before I commit to it. However, that is just impossible. There will always be uncertainties and inconsistences in our life. We could either take one route in not having an opinion, but without having an opinion on a subject, our knowledge of that topic will stagnate. Instead, we need to have beliefs in what reality is. Then we can live and observe our theories. If we see evidence to support our theory, it is that much more viable. If we see contradictions, than we need to revise our theories. In that way, theists can be just like scientists in exploring our world. The main issue arises when we use our belief system to control and manipulate others, or the people who believe that their belief trumps all other beliefs. However these people are the vast minority of society, but tend to speak louder than their numbers would indicate "the smallest dog barks the loudest."
Some people need it to get through daily tasks. You have to put faith in scientific theories, expecting them to hold true, until something disproves them. Same applies to faith, but instead of believing in something that is rooted in academics, religious faith is more like a guideline to those who need it in order to be good citizens or to remind themselves how to act in society. Of course, just like everything there are exceptions, for example, faith that requires you to carry a weapon is not faith but an excuse to carry a weapon, or imposing some form of belief onto others is no longer faith but an imposition. I am a person who studies sciences but still is a Catholic Christian. I believe in the values taught by the faith in reward for being a good samaritan, but i do not believe in there being a higher being or a direct God. In conclusion, faith is a set of guidelines, not an exclusive right or superiority over other beliefs.
Most people use their faith to help guide them through their daily lives and find peace with themselves. Some even believe that science and religion can live in harmony with each other, so It's not willful ignorance, its a way of becoming more in-tune with the world. It can help a person become more grounded and focused, and doesn't affect anybody else but the person themselves, so I don't understand why it's a problem.
Faith is a great thing! It makes us better people. It helps us to fuse on the positives in life and human beings. It helps all people in their struggles in regular life. Having a faith is a great thing no matter what it is. God is great and God bless him and us!<3
Having faith in God or anything else does not mean that we are ignorant towards it. Having faith in somethings gives one hope an optimism. Unless, like in rare cases it brings people to depression and stress because they cannot live the life they fell like they are expected (by god or leaders) to live. One who believes should ask questions and search to let evidence confirm faith.