The Problematic Definition of Faith

One fundamental issue with religion is faith. Faith is the justification used for the presence of gods, along with the referencing of historical religious texts which document the existence of past people who have talked with or interacted with “God”. This is a common theme among many religions, they rely on faith as their evidence and reasoning for why one should believe in god. To emphasize the importance of holding these beliefs religions like Christianity that believe in an afterlife often describe that bad things will happen to those who don’t hold specific religious beliefs or faith.

Faith by definition means many things when searched in google. The results that show up are both nouns:

  1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something
  2. Strong belief in god or the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

The important takeaway from the definition of faith is that is is the belief in something religious with no tangible evidence or reasoning. In fact, the second definition defines it as “based on spiritual apprehension” which means that belief in religion is supported by fear that something bad will happen to one spiritually if they don’t hold the belief. This is seen in believed and fictional ways when talking about many gods. Greek gods are some that are less believed in, often due to their teachings as “myths”, which makes them sound very made up and fictional. What goes to say that the bible isn’t one huge myth then?

Some things that support that the bible isn’t a myth is that it aligns well with being somewhat accurate to the time period about which it was written. However, the ultimate justification of the belief in the script of the bible is the same reasoning that is used to justify that a Greek Myth about Zeus is true; he will punish you if you don’t have faith. Zeus just chooses to smite people with lightning rather than doom them to hell.

Claiming that there is an afterlife can’t really count as proof since once the human brain is dead, if the soul really does move on to an afterlife no one would ever know for sure, since humans are unable to come back from having died. In addition, most people tend to ignore the fact that it has been proven with tangible evidence and experiments that the human brain develops a persons personality therefore forming their soul in a chemical way which cannot function after death. Due to this, the soul essentially is proven to die with the body of the dying human brain.

My question is this: “Why do so many religious people require tangible evidence and reasoning to believe so many things, but when it comes to religious beliefs, all they need is faith? Why do they just need confidence in a superior being and fear of a terrible fate to believe in a religion without justification?

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