Faith: What people have faith in and why

Hazel McCallion Senior Public School
Mississauga, Ontario

By Alicia B. (Grade 8)

Faith is relying in, or on, someone, or something for the fulfillment of the necessities of life; food, clothing, love, and support. Different people have faith in different things, but why? Why do people place their faith in the things and people they do?

Looking at the motives behind faith has helped me understand why some people act the way they do. Different attitudes and personalities can often be reflected in a person's faith.

The word faith often directs a person's thoughts to religion and even more so to faith in God. Sixty percent of people that I interviewed place their utmost faith in God. This is surprising, considering the fact that only 20% of the people interviewed regularly attend a place of worship. When asked why they believe in God, I was told, "Because we can put our faith in a lot of things, but God is connected to everything," and "God makes sure everything goes according to plan even if it may not be my plan and there is a reason for everything." Another respondent said, "No matter what happens, God will be there even when my friends and family are not."

Others place their trust and faith in people, friends, and sometimes even themselves. "I have faith in myself alone because, if I really want something, I'm the only one who can want it enough to get it for myself and if I rely on others I can never be sure it will really get done," said one girl. People affect the way we act and they can supply another person with almost anything they need if they try hard enough, but in the long run, can other people always be the answer to your problems?

Very few people interviewed had faith in material possessions. This is not to say that this faith doesn't exist. Faith in material possessions can often turn into an obsession and can often end harmfully, sometimes even in murder or suicide. In the end, is it really worth it?

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