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People Need Faith and Hope

No one can tell you what to believe in. But people need to believe in something. It is a basic human need unlike any other. Even if you just believe in yourself you are better off than those who find they have nothing to believe in.

I was raised in the church. For some that means they have ministers in the family. Well, starting with now and heading backwards let's see. My brother is the Music Minister of his church, my sister's husband is the Pastor of his church. My uncles on my dad's side were ministers and deacons of their churches. Oh and the my Great Grandfather on my mom's side and on my dad's side were also ministers, pastors of their churches.

When I was young there was a group called Youth for Christ that all of us belonged to when we were old enough. My sister first, then my brother, then me. They had a really great outreach ministry to high school and college kids.Now you have to understand this was the late sixties and early seventies. The world was a much bigger place back then. Now you can visit Rome on the PC but then it was books or airline tickets.

Anyway, I have gotten off topic, the point is that people need to believe in something, but our country has made it difficult to find belief systems now because of being politically correct. You can't pray in school, or wear any logos that might suggest any type of faith. One kid got sent home from school for dressing like Jesus for Halloween... This country sure is free.

Kids get in trouble for wearing a shirt to school that says Merry Christmas... at Christmas time?

And people need something to believe in. They need faith and hope. Without faith and hope what do we have? I dread the day they try to take hope away too. Part of the problem with the world is that people are too afraid of stepping on someone elses toes to stand up and say what they believe in.

I believe in God. I believe that without him my life has no meaning. I believe he blesses me and leads me where I am supposed to go, even though I don't deserve his guidance. I believe that gives me the responsibility to share this belief with others.

We live in such an amazing time. You can literally find information on any topic on the internet and more is being added every day. You might find the things that were taken away from you by all of those well wishing voters who thought it better to leave things out of history that cause conflict. Open your eyes and your mind and your heart.

Read everything you can get your hands on, and if you don't understand it the first time, read it again. Some of it will astound you and amaze you. You will find that there is much to believe in. Starting with you.

Believe in yourself, that you can find the truth amidst all of the lies. Have faith in yourself that your life here on earth is not insignificant. Life is what you make it, don't let anyone tell you different. This world is here for us to live on and take a living from, not to destroy. We are merely stewards of this earth for the time we are here, holding it in trust for the next generation. Don't spend that "Trust Fund" and leave nothing for them. Look at what you can do each day to make a difference, whether it be recycling or walking to the mailbox instead of driving.

Once you start to believe in yourself, you might find it easier to believe in others. People are basically good when given the chance to be. But most of us have already been taught not to give them a chance to hurt us or use us.

Back in my day they sang give peace a chance... Now they say we have to give war a chance. If we let the war go on long enough it will work? Wow it is a good thing John Lennon wasn't here to hear that.

I am not a political person, but maybe now it is my responsibility to be.

Until we can stand up and say what we believe in, without fear of rebuke from others, and until we can hear each other out, without saying 'Oh I have heard that before' we will not be free. We cannot be one nation until we all agree. We need our beliefs, we need our faith. It is who we are, and how we live from day to day.

What do you believe in?

I love my family. Often they send me e-mails they want me to pass along. Occasionally they send me one that seems slanted against a particular faith or group of people. They ask me to pass these on to others. I love my family, and maybe their source is or seems beyond reproach. I do not pass these on. Sometimes we need to show temperance.

I read them with a grain of salt and then ask myself what I believe is right.

I believe that there is one God. I believe that in the course of time people have written down what they believe about that same God. Oh yes, He has many names. We have many languages and therefore each language has their own name for him.

Just as each culture has it's own language, they each have their own rich history, full of heroes and villains, saints and prophets as well as sinners and psychopaths. You need only to study our own to see, you wouldn't want the world to think all Americans were Charles Manson. So in the course of your search, do not think any race creed or religion is in reality the same as the acts of the few. Think rather that there would be no Catholics at all if all of the Priests molested children.

Open your mind, your eyes and your heart. Ask for wisdom when you are reading, and try to understand that there is good and bad in everything. Without evil we would not know the meaning of good. As without darkness we would not embrace the dawn. Find the light of the world as it shines for you, and then let it shine for others too.

Faith is a gift from God. He will give it to you. You will find something to believe in. It will ring true to you, and you'll think "Yes that's it! I finally found it!"

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BIKTMIA 6 years ago

This was interesting positive oriented I enjoyed seeing this posted to my project information , I believe this may be benefical to a depressed person or individuals.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi BIKTMIA, ironically you are my first comment on this hub, which is actually one of the first that I wrote. I am so glad that you found it beneficial. I hope that others will find it so. So many people are so cynical, and it is important that we believe in something in spite of what the cynics have to say.


Kelly 5 years ago

I do not consider myself to be a religious person but I try to be thoughtful, kind and consider others. I admire your outlook on life, you seem to have such a positive attitude and I enjoyed your article. I think BIKTMIA has a valid point that it would be beneficial to anybody suffering from depression. Thankyou for brightening my evening with your positivity :)


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Faybe Bay 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Kelly, it is rare to get a comment on this hub. It raised the hackles of a few readers when I first wrote it. Some thought I was preachy, while others thought I was wishy washy... Truth is, I wanted to make it clear that my belief in God is just as valid as their belief that there isn't one.


Kelly 5 years ago

Although I was not really expecting a reply the optimist in me saved this page! So thankyou for your response :)

I think your belief in God is as valid as any other belief or lack there of, and I did not find your article preachy at all. If anything it had a "live and let live" vibe.


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Faybe Bay 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hey Kelly, so sorry I didn't see this sooner. I have been going through a lot lately, DR visits, finally found out that I was right and something was wrong, all these years. Had a disc removed from my neck. Now, once I'm healed I should be fine, and definitely in a lot less pain.


Jah 4 years ago

Thanks Ms. Bay. I'm glad that we share the same point of view. I am not yet a mom but this has invibe me personally. and I got to add on more: IT'S FREE TO BELIEVE!


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Faybe Bay 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Blacklee, I see that you just joined a few hours ago and I hope you will receive my message. Yes, it is hard to have faith, so I will tell you the story of a woman I knew personally who earned her faith. Now this story may upset some people who do not believe what she did, but here goes.

Back in the 70's there were many religious sects that preached a person was "Baptized in the Holy Spirit" if they spoke in a foreign language that they had not learned anywhere else. This woman had heard her son "praying in tongues" and so she wanted to have the same gifts he had. Before her son started going to this church his mother had never gone to church. She was new to any sort of belief system. She studied and studied, she prayed and prayed but still she could not speak in this foreign tongue like her son. So she made a decision. She bought a notebook and made up a language that was just between herself and God. She worked on the language daily and every time she prayed she use her made up language. Now she had read that people should find a private place to pray a "prayer closet" and she had made her own, in her basement. It was a finished basement and she emptied out a small area and made that her prayer closet. One day when she was praying in her made up language, a new language started to bubble up within her and pour from her lips. She felt joy like she'd never felt before and she found out that this language did nothing but praise God for his love, wisdom, beauty, grace, gifts, and laws. She had a new light around her now, everyone who saw her was blessed by her faith and her joy.

Now this woman had never had faith, she didn't even know what faith was. She said that before that day she had been childish. How childish is it to want what someone else was given as a gift? But even though she was being childish, the Bible says that we should come to God as a child. God honored her childish ways with the gift of faith.

You were born with a conscience. It tells you right from wrong. If that were not the case then you would not know that you do bad things. Without a conscience you would not know that you need faith. Without that inner voice, your conscience, you would not have asked me what to do. Faith is hard. I have lost faith so many times that I think I may do it daily! I lost faith yesterday because I believed that something was going to happen and it didn't. I thought God had been teasing me or misleading me, or that I was cursed. I cried. Then I prayed, then I realized that it is up to me. Just like that woman who would make up a language until God gave her one, I must move forward until God shows me another direction. You can believe this : The conscience is the writing of the laws of God on your very soul. All of the religions of the world have the same God. Even though they may call him by different names, have different books, different prophets who brought them their knowledge of God, they are all the same God. All religions believe that one God created mankind and the world we live in. You do not have to choose a religion to have faith. Faith is all around you. Look at the ants and the birds and the trees. Think how perfectly they live in harmony. The trees are a home for the birds and food and shelter for the ants. The birds eat the ants and give birth to more birds. When the baby birds hatch the ants eat whatever is left in the shell, and carry off the pieces. The ants eat the birds when they die. The ants do not leave the tree because some of them were eaten, they bide their time as nature provides. How hard is it to believe? Can you possibly believe that all of the life here sprang from the ground? A single celled organism became a fish and then the fish a frog and a bird and a monkey and a man? Please! That's the dumbest thing I ever heard! Yes, mankind and every species on the planet has evolved since they first walked the earth, but there is no evidence that it all started with a single celled organism. Even if it did, that in itself is a miracle that proves there was a designer. God. The deeper science goes to say there is no God, the more scientists prove His existence.

What should you do now? Believe in yourself, believe that you know the difference between right and wrong and that you can choose to do right. Have faith in yourself. Then you can study and figure out what is the best book of God for you. You don't need to go to a single church. Go to every church! Find the book that speaks to you, on a personal level. The reason you think you don't have faith, can't accept any, is because you are confusing faith with "doctrine." That is not religion it is the small portion of the religion that a church chooses to focus its teaching on. The Bible says that doctrine is wrong. Doctrine is what creates extremist groups. I understand your problem and think you might like the Buddhist teachings. They believe in harming no one and no living thing because we all have a piece of God in us. I hope you'll write me back and let me know how you're doing.

Faye


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Faybe Bay 4 years ago from Florida Author

Dear Blacklee, I am so glad you were helped by my lengthy reply. I was very moved by your comment, it came at a point when I was feeling low and really made me see that what I have always said is still true. I believe that if one thing I write helps one person then all of my writing is valid because it took all of my work to contribute that one thing that was helpful. I am glad you asked about books. There are so many, but your comment made me look and I found a fantastic website. Everything is free there and I am going to enjoy it myself, so you have helped me twice now! So, here it is :

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/teachings.htm explore it and enjoy. You can start anywhere but I recommend this page first, it's an overview of the faith :

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/intro_bud.htm

Keep me posted on how you are doing!

Sincerest best wishes,

Faye


linda edwards 3 years ago

this page has been very good for me.i have known god and trird to live by faith.some time's it get's very hard. life was never meant to be easy,we all have fault's ,mine are many ,but i pray for guidence in ever walk through life. i have read your writting's over ,make's me glad ,i can write to you


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Faybe Bay 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Linda. We all have faults and trials that we must go through. I have learned to think of Life as School. I am here to learn. As a child it was elementary or basic learning. Now, as an adult, I am trying to learn on a higher level. Everything happens for a reason, if only so that we can help one other person who is having a hard time and it is something we went through so we can promise a light at the end of the dark tunnel. Thank you for writing to me.

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