20 thoughts on “Faith

  1. Faith. What does that mean to me? Faith is the ability to sacrifice your current belief system and to surrender to what opportunities are being offered to you wholeheartedly. Faith is the ability to believe in the unknown. To have trust within yourself and what is surrounding you, that everything is going to fall perfectly in place for you no matter what. I struggled deeply with my faith because of how real fear is. Everyone suffers from fear in some way. But is fear even a real thing or is it just the sense of not knowing? What if I tell you that fear is an illusion, and that everything you wish for is beyond this big block. What if the one thing you are fearful of is meant to help you reach your goal? My faith was being tested through my losses. God was testing me to see if the things that I thought I cared so much about was what I wanted. It’s strange how life works. In moments where I felt like I lost everything, I gained more abundance than ever. In 2018, I got my first tattoo of the word faith in red ink. Red to symbolize love, my heart, and my purity in my journey. And I chose the word Faith to remind myself to never give up and its okay to not know where life is going to take you. Its okay to surrender to what life has in stored for me because everything that my heart desires has already been put into place for me, just trust. my tattoo Is spelled out in a form of heart to symbolize unconditional love for myself. My message to whoever reading this is that you’re not alone. We all struggle with our own demons, and we are equal. Never lose sight of what you want because of temporary situations and never doubt yourself. I believe without faith; you are living with fear. I believe that in order to achieve what you want in life you need faith. Faith is the key to my journey that I never want to lose grip of.

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  2. On October 1st, 2015, the state of Oregon faced one of its saddest tragedies in recent years. Chris Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old student enrolled at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, fatally shot an assistant professor and eight students at his school. Before taking their lives however, Harper-Mercer asked the soon-to-be victims if they believed in God. Those who answered “yes” were then shot and killed. This event of direct hatred towards those of Christian faith was not the first in our world, and it certainly will not be the last.

    Even though most expressions of hate towards Christians are not nearly as extreme as that in Oregon, the truth is that Christians all around the world are criticized daily for their faith. As someone who has fully committed his life to Christianity and spreading the gospel, I have seen and experienced multiple occasions where the Christian faith has been condemned for no other reason than its beliefs and values. I have lost friends, been verbally ridiculed, and overall been treated poorly for what I believe. And after hearing about the shooting in Oregon, I decided it’s time for me to start speaking up for what I believe.

    I believe in religious freedom. I believe that regardless of what religion anyone chooses to follow, nobody should be judged or criticized for whatever they believe in. I have seen too much persecution towards Christians like me, and it’s time for an end to it. If we all could be a little more accepting of the people around us and the religions we all choose to follow, I believe we will see more love and less hate, and a good change in our world.

    This I believe.

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    • Jesus did say there would be “trials and tribulations”, but the part I tend to focus on is the “but fear not for I have overcome this world.” All over history Christians have been persecuted, spat on, and even killed for what we believe. (Yes, if you haven’t figured it out yet I’m right with you). But I hope you, I, and all the others can do what we’re supposed to do and love everyone, even the ones who don’t like us.

      God Bless Bro

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  3. My beliefs come from what I do not believe in. Growing up, whether it was God, or another higher power, it felt like everyone around me believed in something, except me. Until I realized, at least for myself, there is nothing to believe in.
    In my opinion, if there was a God, people would not feel unexplainable pain. There would not be people starving. There would not be a healthy family living next door to a house filled with turmoil. No parent would have to bury their child. No child would be left by their parents.
    There is no explanation as to why these things happen, however, it is justified by saying it is in someone’s “plan.” I, myself, have tried to believe in my “plan” for years. However, no amount of belief ever helped my situation. If there was a God, he would not abandon children in need. I believed in “Him” and ask “Him” for help throughout my entire childhood and not once did I see results.
    From this, I found strength in my own beliefs. I now believe that there is nothing for me to believe in or depend on, that I must work for what I want and need. Personally, I prefer to believe in myself and understand that if I attempt to depend on a higher power, it would be a dishonor to the hard work I have put in or the hard times I have overcome, alone, without the help or belief in anyone.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts in regards to faith. I believe that it is important to have trust in yourself because you are the one who is navigating your life. For me, I respect anyone who is able to believe in a higher power, and I may even envy their optimism. However, I do agree with you that we all need to have faith in ourselves because we can accomplish so much.

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  4. I believe that God exist, I believe In the son, I believe that there’s heaven and hell, good and evil, the righteously saved and the condemned. I believe that the Holy Spirit dwells In us and so does the power of the supernatural to perform wonders in God’s name, but humans have separated from God in the pursuit of materialistic happiness and some have broken the divine contact they have with God. When I was still in Nigeria, I used to doubt that what people were telling me about God was true, I used to wonder if one person could control so much people including the universe, I questioned the power of the most high because of the issues going around. I said to myself that if he exists then why do people suffer? Why does so much hate exist between men? Why do children die of starvation and abuse? Why did my parents struggle everyday before I and my siblings could eat? I wondered, questioned, and I doubt. Now at my current age, I realize how blindly I was worshiping God. I didn’t open my heart to him, if my mom didn’t yell at me I wouldn’t go to church. I didn’t know that God is not human but a supernatural magnificent spirit that has planted himself in us and created us in his own image and all we need to do is believe and have Faith in him, because faith in the size of a monster seed can move mountains and obstacles in our lives. Whatever doubt I had then as a child are all gone because God has been with help every step of the way, helping me everytime I call upon is name. When pray, believe in that prayer, and have faith that it’ll come to pass, it always does. Our generation today lacks that divine connection with God. They had chosen to walk the way of man instead of God’s way. They have chosen to be materialistic and wayward which is affect lots of people without those knowledge. I pray that that divine connection to God will find us all and save us from sin and all unrighteousness.

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  5. There is not a singular moment in my life that showed me how faith is to be, rather the opposite, how to act with faith. To me, that clearly and thoroughly defines my view upon the instance of faith which grew within my appreciation. My faith mainly derives from my beliefs in God as well as circumstances in my life, that I neither could control or understand. Through the hard times and the good, I came to an understanding that to have faith has brought me this far in my life and molded my perspective onto events that occur in my life. Faith, happens to be in the sovereignty of God, where I can be led in the future and the influence as to whether I place my complete trust onto my faith in God. I came to an understanding of how significant it is to hold onto faith, rather than my own understanding in relation to my life and the difficulties I have faced. I believe in the quality of faith, by the power that it can hold in one’s life and the influence it has to shape an individual’s perspectives as well as actions on a daily basis. Others may not have similar beliefs as I do, but I do believe that faith alone is evidence of the power of remaining optimistic in what may seem as a dismal existence as well as devoting actions, such as trust, onto positive behaviors that not only impacts the individual but others as well.

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  6. Faith in my own words is the belief in one being/greater power, that will never let you down or leave you when times are dark. Even though my family and I have gone to church and worship god for as long as I could remember. But faith I would not obtain until between 2012-2014. During one of those years, my mother had fallen ill and for many weeks she would be screaming in pain during the day and night. She had gone to many doctors and none of them could figure out what was wrong with my mom. But one night my mom had felt so much pain that an ambulance had to come and pick her up. During that night I prayed to god as much as I could. Hoping that he could cure her of whatever us humans could not. Then the next morning I get a call from my dad, who was at the hospital with my mom, had told me that everything was okay and that my mom would be coming home the next day. Ever since that day I had faith in my religion and in my god. On the same day, I realized why people go to a place of worship whenever they could, or why people have a greater being that they believe/worship. Having that faith really holds people when they are having hard times and when those good time come by they know it was the cause of their faith in their being. Overall faith is something that people use to get through in life which holds them for the best.

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  7. Faith is a belief of giving yourself to a chance for a better tomorrow or because some people need something to cling on to give their lives meaning. You see this in Christianity where you have faith that God comes down and saves you. However to me it’s blind loyalty to someone or something that you don’t know exists or is even good for you. All my life I have lived under a Christian household and was told that God will come down and gives us salvation when the time comes. But to me it was a sick feeling, we hold no value compared to a being like God, so many of us stray from the path that God had laid out for us like the murders the kidnappers the rapists. Why would God save a race that so easily strays from the path and takes enjoyment in the harm of others so easily. A good example would be the story of Cain and Abel in the bible, the story of the first murderer. Cain kills Abel due to jealousy, it didn’t take long for Cain to give into evil and kill his brother. Im just saying having blind faith into a God is not something I am willing to do anymore. I believe that there is probably something out in the universe its not good or evil, its time. We all have a limited time and nobody can change that, I don’t have faith for a God to save me, I have faith that the people I meet, care for, and love will save me. We are all alone in this solar system for now and I don’t need to continue my faith because I know we all have to take a step into the future and I have faith we will make it all okay as long as we have faith in each other and yourself to being the future this dying world needs.

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  8. The things of this world are fleeting. People fall out of love far too quickly. Trust can be broken in an instant, and abundant joy seems to be something of the past. But there is hope, because the bible says “faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see” So even though I can’t see God I have faith that, unlike the other things of the world, He never changes. I have hope in a love that is unconditional. I have faith in a trust that is unshakable. And the evidence is in my joy that comes from Jesus Christ. Through faith I can say confidently that His love for me does not waver; my trust in Him is unyielding, and He renews my joy every day.
    Something I thank God for all the time is my church. I feel so fortunate to be a part of a church family that encourages me, cares for me, and challenges me to step into my purpose. About two years ago I prayed in faith to be a part of a church like this and here I am. I think that is why I feel so fulfilled when I am doing the things of God at my church. Our motto at New Life is “love God, love people” and that is exactly what we do. We work at the salvation army, we visit the elderly at nursing homes and take care of the homeless. We work tirelessly expecting absolutely nothing in return because we want other people to have an opportunity to encounter a faith in Jesus. In a world that is misguided and full of tragedy, people should have something in their lives that they can always count on. God is dependable and He sustains. I could not be more grateful for my faith in Him.
    This I believe

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  9. Most of my life I never truly grasp the concept of the types of religion. As a kid, my family didn’t attend church, and I dreaded the idea of going when the subject was brought up. We still believed that a higher power is watching over the human race, which I learned the term agnostic. Religion was never important to me, sometimes it felt like a burden.
    Everything changed when I had a drowning accident at 17. I passed out in the water and was clinically dead for a minute or two. I was hospitalized in an intensive care unit for a few days. My family and media sources filled me on the details while I was unconscious. My cousins pulled me out and the lifeguard came running over. Luckily there was a physician on the other side of the beach who assisted too. The physician wasn’t part of the staff, he was just enjoying his vacation, which was extremely fortunate. Reality didn’t truly hit me until I read a story of an 8-year-old drowning in a lake a day after. This moment I realized not everyone wakes back up.
    After the incident, I started going to a place of worship, dedicating myself to Jesus and God, who I will ever be grateful for. My church’s main mission is to save people. I’m proud to say I’m a member and identify as a Christian. What do I believe in? Faith, miracles, and second chances.

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  10. While growing into the person I’ve become today my faith has been an important factor in my life, it has gotten me through so many really tough moments. My sister and I were both really ill growing up which made it really tough on our family. Each time I was really sick and was able to get through it my faith would become stronger because I believed that god was watching over me. Being the daughter of an immigrant mother whose father was also never around made life pretty difficult. My mother had to raise both myself my sister and little brother all on her own. The pressure of our family situation at times really put a strain on our family. Those were the moments where I felt my faith was really tested and at times I truly did wonder if god even actually existed because it seemed as if at the time he was just letting bad things continue to happen to my family, but I stayed strong and kept to my faith because In some of the darkest moments in my life it was as if god was all I had. Beliving in god helped me with getting through those really dark moments. Believing that there’s something greater than myself somewhere out in the universe brought me solace, that why I believe everyone should have faith. I wouldn’t say I was the best role model Christian, I didn’t always go to church and I didn’t read the bible from start to finish my family actually frequently switched churches but I still managed to maintain my faith. It’s important that everyone believes in something no matter how you choose to do it or what you choose to believe in.

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    • I love your story because it really is something a lot of people can relate to. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but He wants us to maintain our faith in Him because even when it looks like He isn’t there, I can assure you that He’s working in and around you in disguise

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    • This is written beautifully, and I love how you talk about the fact that although you may have been switching churches you still had strong faith. I relate to that a lot because my dad is Catholic, and my mom is Orthodox so I go to different churches, and sometimes people think that is weird and do not understand that no matter which church you are in we all have the same God.

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  11. I believe in god the eternal father and his son Jesus Christ and in the holy ghost. For my whole life I have been going to church, I was raised in the church as a christian. To be more precise an LDS member which stands for latter day saints. In my church we have 1 living prophet that we follow, today livings prophet is named Russell nelson. Growing up The church had helped me a lot, I always had a friend when ever I went to priesthood class and Sunday school. Growing up I had many people around my age that attended as well, and we all helped each other grow into our best help, and learn as well. Every time that I had a question I always knew that on Sundays during class I would always have someone that would be able to answer it, whether it was my teacher, the bishop, or my parents. My church and religion helped shaped who I am today. I also believe that not everyone believes in god, and I totally respect that. Everyone has a right to belief in whoever and whatever they choose to believe in. You are who you are, you are living life for yourself and not anyone else, so you make your own decisions in life that will help you live it fully and levitate yourself into your best self. I know that there are a lot of rumors about every different religion, and I have heard certain rumors about my religion as well. I would advise to get knowledge first before making assumptions and putting out false information. I always have an open ear to discuss others beliefs and am always for it to answer anyone questions.

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  12. It tends lurk in the shadows
    It grasps onto the chance, one day it can outshine your fear. In hopes, that even for a second it can come off the sideline and join the rest of the team. Just a simple wish, to be given the opportunity to take on the full-time job. Which makes you… You. The biggest most fearsome competitor and foe I have come to face in life is no person at all, it is the simple reality of ‘Being true to oneself’
    Individuality [noun]: “total character peculiar to and distinguishing an individual from others; PERSONALITY” (Merriam Webster, 13august2019)
    Defeat, and exhaustion filled my person with every waking moment and breath on the day to day. The unsettling reality of my uncertainness about myself was solidifying and becoming my “normal”. As cliché as the saying goes, from before I can even remember I was having an identity crisis. Somehow, I knew what I wasn’t, but could not determine who I was and wanted to be. After countless efforts of wrestling social stigmas and pressures; facing these challenges with no real foundation, I knew I had to find what I was missing. With that I relentlessly searched, in hopes of finding a part of myself which was with me from the beginning. Something I could latch onto and develop.
    It clicked.
    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
    God, has continuously been a constant in my life, serving as a reminder of what is, was, and is to come. He has been a true friend that has remained by my side through it all. Someone who has all the authority in the world to judge me… but doesn’t. It was at that moment that I realized that I can face anything with the help of my Lord, God, and Savior.
    It has been a BOLD statement that I vow to profess and which I will never forsake.
    I BELIEVE

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  13. Growing up as a young kid I was taught to believe in God and that God is everything. He was what we worshiped and we would go to one of his houses on Sundays to pay our respects. As I got older my prayers were never getting answers. Prayed every day to see my mom and have her by my side till this day I’m still trying to see her and have her by my side. Imagine being a little kid in Cape Verde, dreaming of leaving the country and its poverty to have a better life. Kids often do not get a chance to leave the island. A lot of people coming from my situation would say I thank god for bringing me into this country but I say thanks to my dad and my grandmother for helping me out for getting the life that I have now. I know that a lot of people won’t agree with me but at the end of the day it’s my experience, but praying and wish for things that Needed in life wasn’t enough I Need to chase what I was looking for and offer that wish come true. I mention my mom because at such a young age I want able to bring my mom to the united states, I was thought that God could make anything happen so I thought that he could make that happen. But truly the only person that can make that happen is me. The point of this story isn’t to make people a certain way about me but it’s just a path that life had given me and it’s taught me that if you ever want something you got to go get it yourself and waiting for someone to help even if it’s god may not help you out As much as you need.

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  14. I believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I never truly understood what it means to say that until I got older. I was raised Catholic but not a typical one, I went to church every holiday and every mass that was dedicated to my late grandmother. At that time I understood God is there and he was watching over us. It wasn’t till I was about 15 when I was severely struggling with my self image that I got a grasp of what it meant when people said God loves me. When I was 15 is when I dedicated myself to God. My best friend since I was 6 dragged me to her youth group that met on Wednesday and as I got older I was enjoying it so I would go by myself. This wasn’t a Catholic Church it was a Nazarene Church so for me it was a different type of experience. In the area of my youth group we have a camp called New England Teen Camp, where there is a bunch of churches that come together to worship God; I call this camp Jesus Camp because that’s how I like to look at it. This year was my last year going and it was an entirely different experience that I had. I left with a stronger love and relationship with God. I know what it means when they say he loves you, that you are his breath, and what you do with that breath matters. I found myself with the calling that no matter the circumstances I cannot be the Priest or Levite, that I need to be the samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

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  15. I believe that faith can be one of the biggest influences in your life. At some point in time, everybody needs faith. Whether if it is: the faith you need to believe in yourself, having faith that a miracle will happen or things will get better and the faith in believing that there is something greater than what we see but what we believe in. Ultimately, faith is something that comes as an instinct to humans. We put faith into ourselves and into others in order to believe in them. Faith is an influence on lives because it gives a person the ability to believe in something that they might not have believed in before. That could be: getting a new job, finding a new religion or achieving something that you believed that you couldn’t do.

    Faith is found in many things, it is in religion, daily life and morals. Faith is found during these times because it can be that you need strength to get up out of a chair, control emotions during situations, and to achieve tasks that need to get done. Faith in religion helps a lot of people get through situations in life. People put their faith in a higher up person that she has never seen but still trusts it because of faith. People put their faith in these higher up people in religion because of the need to have/feel guidance from someone who has it figured out. Faith allows people in religion to have the guidance they need to find a better path of life to be on and to gain help and knowledge on how to be a better person and use their morals.

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