'Why would anyone have faith in anything?'
This is one of those questions that you could really discuss for years and years and years, and still not do it proper justice.
There’s so many ways of answering it. For example, if you didn’t have faith that there was a point to waking up in morning, and that you were going to accomplish something meaningful today, however small and mundane that might be, you just wouldn’t get out of bed.
If you didn’t have faith that you were going to get to work safely, without being mugged, attacked or assaulted on the way, you’d never leave the house.
If you didn’t have faith that the tapwater hadn’t somehow been poisoned by terrorists, and that you weren’t going to catch ebola by being coughed on in the supermarket, you’d stop being able to function in any normal, rational way.
To put it another way, believing that the world is a fundamentally safe place to live is one of the main, if not the main, foundations of human mental health and happiness. Take that fundamental belief away, and people start to crack up in all sorts of strange ways.
There’s just one problem: acquiring that faith that the world is a good, safe place is pretty difficult, especially if you’re addicted to the news and God’s out of the picture.
If everything comes down to random chance and statistics, then you’re really in trouble. By contrast, if you believe that:
- God’s running the world, and everything that happens is 100% tailor-made for each us, according to what we need to work on and fix in our lives
- Everything that happens has a fundamentally positive underlying spiritual purpose (even if we can’t understand it or grasp it with our intellect)
- Everything that occurs is just part of the conversation God is trying to have with is, and that we can affect the outcome in a positive way by ‘getting the message’
Then your mental health gets far more robust so you stop worrying yourself to death and having paranoid fits about everything; your emotional resilience shoots up so you can bounce-back stronger from even the hardest circumstances; and you start to enjoy your life a whole lot more, even when it’s not going in the direction you hoped it would.
So to sum it up: if you’re going to have faith in anything, then at least try to have faith that there’s a Creator of the world, that nothing that happens to you is by chance, and that everything you do has a profound impact on the world and is meaningful.