Is faith, however you define it, a virtue?
Whether this applies to God, moral judgements, or other aspects of your life, if faith a good thing to have?
Jesus talked about FAITH lots in that Bible and when I studied what he was saying it was having FAITH in your self. If you have no faith in yourself then you will not be able to move those mountains. It doesn't matter weather they be goals for sports, writing, living, buying a house or getting anything that you would need in life. You must have faith in yourself.
Don't you mean confidence, though? I have confidence when I begin a presentation for school, given I've studied hours, checked sources, and practiced. If I did none of those things, yet feel the same, isn't that faith?
In my Thesaurus other words for FAITH are: assurance, belief, certitude, confidence reliance and trust.
Perhaps its opposite is paranoia. Seen in a Higher perspective, it is impossible to find the divine without it. Seen in everyday situation, if we did not have it, we would hesitate when we cross the road, we will mistrust our friends, and turn up to interviews believing that the job is already lost.
Our whole lives will be on edge stressing out for the salary or child that may never come, and our doubts will be too strong, thus overpowering our faith in the system or organisation. It is impossible to live without faith. See how the atheist feels about his son, daughter or motorcar.
Without spiritual balance in life, one can become unstable in times of great stress. Having an underlying belief in something greater than yourself can be a calming asset in times of need.
If you read some of C.S. Lewis' books (i.e. Mere Christianity) you will learn about this connection...
It is a good thing if you define it as faith in yourself. Or if you define it as faith that you have your own judgement. It is not a virtue if you define it as: Faith in something you do not know, or in something verifiable but had not been verified. Or faith in what somebody says because he calls himself god.
Psychological terms are malleable or variable unlike terms in physics or biology. It is a good practice to define a term in psychology or ethics before you use it or as you use it and stick to that definition. This is important if you are using deductive definitions, like "A cat is an animal." Most deductive definitions are correct grammatically but unverifiable. Functional definition is based on function or observation and sometimes serves better than deductive definitions.
Faith alone is not good or bad--it is the object of our faith that defines us. I can have faith in this couch I'm sitting on (faith is belief plus action) because its never let me down--but in this case its not a virtue. A person can have faith (again, a belief that leads to action) that all people are liars and therefore not trust anybody, ever, no matter what. This kind of faith is destructive. It is what/who we put our faith in that matters most! Good question.
It depends on how you define it.
Belief in something without any solid reasoning, especially something with a shaky past or no proven track record (IE; religious faith) not good IMHO.
Belief that something will happen (good or bad) based on past experience, good.
Belief that you can do something based on past performance and reasonable expectations, a good thing.
Relying on your gut instinct when other information is absent, good.
Absolutely, without having faith in God, your family, friends, etc. You are going to be a very miserable person.
by Ron Karn7 years ago
Faith and trust in God are like the two elements of water - hydrogen and oxygen - you can't have water without both of them together. You can't be a Christian without having faith and trust together. ...
by aka-dj8 years ago
It seems to come up so often, as if faith and logic were mortal enemies. Can you please explain why you see it that way? If you see the opposite, why?Quite frankly, I have NO problem with it.
by The Shark2 years ago
What does having faith really mean?Why not write about faith in someone's life, what it means, and how having faith means not abandoning it in difficult times.
by Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS3 years ago
Is there a difference between Faith and Belief? Are these two words interchangeable or can you have one without the other? Is it possible to believe in something without putting your faith in it?
by ii3rittles6 years ago
Why do most people see "Faith" as a point of weakness?Fear being, lack of faith and faith being lack of fear. To me, to have faith takes great courage.
by ahorseback6 years ago
It is the great Hub forums where a certain few like to sit in the bleachers and throw christians to the lions. And yet , its almost always the same ones . Those who like to chide the faithful are...
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