Religion is a basis of people’s life, which means it influences all other things in life. As religion is based on firm faith, it sets values and lifestyles of believers. On the other hand, if the doubt overwhelms the faith, it becomes nothing because there is no way to prove the belief in scientific and logical ways. Faith, as a basis of knowledge, has both strong and weak side in matters of appealing people with knowledge.
Faith is a trust that somebody will do what has been promised and religion is the major example of using faith as a basis. One of the strengths of using faith is that the people become certain about the knowledge, which leads to devotion. Believers never doubt about their belief and they don’t hesitate to devote themselves into the harsh situations such as missionary or terrorism. Saint Paul was a great missionary who spread Christianity in Europe and died as a martyr. Although he once prosecuted Christians as a Jewish, he changed his mind to dedicate himself to Christianity after he got to believe the existence of God.
After believers become certain of their faith, their lifestyles aren’t distracted by external circumstances. Whenever the outside forces urge them to change their religion and threaten them to death, believers resist to them and don’t give up their faith. People who immigrated to the new land, which is North America, immigrated because they wanted religious freedom. Instead of changing their lifestyles and faith, they found another breakthrough to keep their religion. The reason they don’t get afraid of the threats is estimated that people believe in afterlife and rewards. In case of Christianity and Muslim, people believe they would get rewarded and go to heaven if they devote to the faith. Buddhism also claims that people will incarnate into a better figure as a reward.
Faith in religion justifies and rises over the world, which indicates that everyone is equal in front of god. This idea has worked strong on some religions such as Buddhism and Christianity in some countries that has firm ranks of people. The main reason that Buddhism could become a nation-wide religion was that it equalized everyone in India. Christianity also prevailed in Korea, which had absolute ranks. Rank is a most sensitive issue as the rank defined the jobs and even the whole life of people, and it was a huge advance for those people to get chances to live a new life.
While there are a lot of strengths, faith has a theoretical problem. Faith can’t be proved whether it is true or not; unable to check with our eyes. Most of the events which prove that the faith is true do exist, however these can’t be scientifically or logically proven. In Bible, Jesus has fed more than five thousand people with only five breads and two fish; which is a miracle. Some people believe in Jesus, but some might not believe this event. Solidity of faith depends on capacity of each person. The more they are certain about their faith the more they would take it seriously those events as a truth.
Another weakness of faith is that it is so vulnerable to doubts. The opinions of atheists and other people with different religion would distract the conviction. As a sequence, believers would become to the state of uncertainty and deny their faith. Jehovah’s witnesses lure people by asking Christians some ambiguous phrases of Bible to paraphrase in detailed words; to make them confused with doubts. At first, Christians don’t care about those retorted paraphrases; however they got to be dubious of the subtle phrases that Jehovah’s witnesses had said.
Science is a pack of variety of hypothesis which is based on the faith. To develop new fields of science, scientists require faith that they would find out the truth by incessant experiments. If the scientists contain faith of their hypothesis and ideas, they can enlarge their fields of exploration. Mysterious science is rampant these days and these are possible due to the rigid belief of ideas that something special would exist. After many years, new science would widen the chance to comfort the future life.
Unlike the bright future of the faith-based science exploration, it has an empirical limitation in that science is consisted of hypothesis. Hypothesis is an observation and exploration that is believed to be the truth: not the absolute truth. In biochemistry, the chemical structure and behavior of a living thing, atomic theory is the foundation of all theories and logics. Even though the atomic theory is accepted as a formula through many scientists, it is still a hypothesis; opened possibilities to be wrong. Unless the theory is accurate, the whole arrangements of biochemistry things would be false.
Faith works as a basis of knowledge in many areas such as religion and science. Faith assures people to set up devotion and firmness. After they become certain, faith builds a certain lifestyle and any harsh situations can’t distract them. All those ideas become worthless unless believers get confused of other’s comments that cause doubt. As faith can’t be checked in eyes and by scientific and logical realms, people easily get lost. Without any assurance and determination, even trivial extensions of common ideas are hard to be accomplished. While keeping the faith for long spell is challenging, cultivation of faith is required in order to fulfill and achieve fresh and creative ideas as there is no one can trust as much as themselves do.