Faith means ‘ religious belief ‘, but also ‘ assumption. ‘
When you say, “I believe it will rain,” you are not saying that in the guaranteed sense, but in the non-religious sense.
The importance of religious faith is especially great for believers themselves.They see believing as a challenge in the light of logic, science and common sense to still hold on to some assertion. They think they are strong in the light of their alleged god. This is how Hindus believe that cows have a divine status. Or Christians that Jesus is awakened from the dead after three days in Middle Eastern temperatren and then fly to heaven.
These are things that you cannot imagine as a believer, but which you must accept as factual.That is problematic and it gives the believer no more intelligent impression, but just a mere impression: why would you believe it now without proof? Why do you need proof for other things, but not for your faith? That’s hard to understand.
Furthermore, believers also commit faith to be morally good.This also means that they start breathing more heavily when someone ‘ falls from his faith. ‘
Faith, has emerged from recent research, is a product of a more complicated society.Small societies did not need gods to put order on business. So God has only come as a political figure (God is ‘ rich ‘, do you know?) when managing small groups began to become difficult. The punishments of the alleged God have come to enforce in people loyalty to the group.
Today we have justice for this.
When we began to form groups of which not all members knew each other, it was necessary that everyone identified themselves with each other.Faith fulfilled the function that countries now fulfill above all. You do not know everyone in the Netherlands, but you assume if you talk to someone you do not know that he believes in democracy, the importance of free market, the individual finds more important than the group and of football likes. Faith fulfills the function that a country fulfills, on a smaller (or more variable) scale. We needed it so that people who didn’t know each other could work together well. (If we know of each other that we follow the same rules it is easier to make appointments quickly.) That people who do not know each other can do things makes us as a mammal unique. No other mammal can do that.
Faith is irrelevant.
What is “faith” anyway?Faith is not knowing something and then an answer to it. It is the lamb laying of our minds.
Superstition is even worse.It is faith in things that cannot even. Gods, astrology, homeopathy, spirits, tarot and the like are covered below.
The only ones who benefit from superstitions are the priests, gurus, stars Wichelers, cards and other impostors who have invented and maintained that nonsense.
I have known people who have benefited greatly from their faith.They admitted the restriction of their faith and I had no problems with it. I myself am agnostic.
This is a broad question and the answer will not be short.
Long ago, people lived as nomads in small groups.For the survival of the group it was very important to convey information to all members to keep the group together. This information was given by parents to children, and it was imperative that the children believed and obeyed their parents. When they said: ‘ ‘ crocodiles are not friendly ‘ ‘, the child obeyed better.
Secondly, it was very important to know your surroundings.This was done in two ways: detecting patterns and going out of the worst. The first means that people were able to distinguish objects, even hidden behind a shrub. Your life was mostly dependent on the fact that that bunch of colors was actually a hungry tiger. The second part, of the worst going out, means that you don’t say: ‘ ‘ That’s a random sound in that shrub ‘ ‘ before a tiger jumps out and eats you up. People tend to connect events (sound in a shrub) with event (Tiger jumps out).
Nowadays people see som random events and effects, and they tend to combine them (rule 3), see a pattern (Rule 2) and pass that pattern on to their children (rule 1).
Faith is actually a side effect of what our breed has kept alive for the past 2 million years.