When thinking of faith and a person’s beliefs can be difficult to think about. Thinking of faith causes risks and can ultimately change what a person believes in. In a lot of ways any religious faith will require a blind faith. Faith requires you to believe in what you do not see, and what you do not know. The definition of faith is “believing in God or any other religious doctrine; faith also is based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Faith is in other words is believing in what your heart and mind says over basing everything that you believe on of facts.
Many people have mixed emotions about this question because faith is something that you have to trust and believe in with all your heart. Many times people will question their faith when a tragic event happens in their life such as death or illness. When someone begins to think about and question their beliefs in times when they need faith the most they stray from what they believe in looking for something else to fill the hole that is left. In many instances many people will run away from God and all that they have ever believed in because they are going through trouble in their life and will question why is he putting them through all that is happening. In other times of need many people will run to God in prayer, and rely solely on all that they believe in. In times of need there are the people who will trust that God is handling everything that they are going through. These people will not question or over think about their faith because they know that God has a plan for everything, and knows that he is a healer. Many people believe in that no matter what they are going through they know that God is always by their side and gives them the courage and faith to continue fighting for what they love the most, such as those who are fighting cancer they believe that God has created many doctors, nurses, and cures to fight the illness. People who are going through losing a loved one will run and question why God took away a loved one, and others will know that God had a reason to take away the ones we love if it is to bring a broken family back together. Thinking can pose a risk to a person’s beliefs but God gave us all brains so that we can think for ourselves, and believe what we want to believe. If God wanted us all to believe in one thing he would have us all set to believe that way, but God wants us to learn and to be open minded to everything, and everyone we meet.
Blind faith requires being able to read what you believe. We have the Bible and it explains and gives us factual stories to believe, but when you trust in God you don’t see him but you know by his amazing creations that he is there. Take a cancer patient for example one who has had cancer multiple times in their lives but has always believe in their faith, and trusted God would heal them. It is a miracle to think about the patient is trusting in God that he has healed them multiple times before that he will continue to help them recover. Blind faith is believing in what you don’t always see. The miracle of the cancer patient recovering, and being healthy is and example because the patient put their trust in God even though they can not see him they know that God is there with all their doctors, and nurses that are performing their surgeries or the treatments that they have to go through. Even though someone cannot see God if they believe with all their heart that God is their Lord and Savior they will have faith that he can lead them through any of troubles in their lives. Christianity does require blind faith, and the courage to believe in what they cannot see.
I wrote about the topic of faith because in my life I have faced many conflicts that have tested my faith and the faith of those that I love. My mother has had cancer four times and has just recently finished her last round of radiation. She has had multiple surgeries and has spent countless hours in the hospital. Through all of the times that my mom was sick her faith remained strong. During this time I began to lose faith because I felt that all this has happened to my mother and continued to happen to her I began to question my faith and continuously asked God why this was happening to her. I began to realize that questioning my faith and what I have always believed in would not help anything. My faith is so much stronger now than it was before because God works in mysterious ways through the trials in your life to teach you and strengthen your faith I him.
In the three articles that I found that relate to my topic of faith they all discuss faith and the role that it plays when it comes to cancer patients and their caregivers. Cancer can cause much stress on the patient as well as those who help to take care of them. This can cause their spiritual well being to decrease and their faith to dwindle. There are many positive and negatives to faith and the reality of cancer, but there are many supporters that believe if your faith is strong then you can get through anything that you face.
Thinking can pose a risk to a person’s beliefs but if they trust in what they believe they can handle anything that comes in their way. No matter what troubles a person may be going through if they have the courage to “step out of the boat” and trust that God will lead them to stable ground then their faith is stronger than anything that could try to break it. Blind faith and believing in what you cannot see requires you to, but God shows his work in many ways, and he may not be visible but if a person looks at the world around them the can see all of God’s work in the making. My reason for writing about this is that I have always found it fascinating how troubles that you face in your life can change your faith and if you will run to God in times when you need strength.
Adams, Rebecca N. Mosher, Catherine E. Cannady, Rachel S. Lucette, Aurelie, Kim, Youngmee. Caregiving experiences predict changes in spiritual well-being among family caregivers of cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology. Oct2014, Vol. 23 Issue 10, p1178-1184. 7p.
The article discusses a survey that many family caregivers of cancer patients took that asks about the experience and what impact it has on their lives. They discuss that it can have a major impact on their self esteem, family support, impact on finances, and the impact that it has on their schedule. Being a caregiver is described as a full time job, it can also make a huge impact on one’s spiritual well being. The studies show that many caregivers sometimes need an intervention to help cope with the stress that can come with having a loved one with cancer.
Salsman, John M. Garcia, Sofia F. Lai, Jin-Shei, Cella, David. Have a little faith: measuring the impact of illness on positive and negative aspects of faith.
Psycho-Oncology. Dec2012, Vol. 21 Issue 12, p1357-1361. 5p. 2 Charts.
This article discusses a survey that was taken on 509 cancer survivors. This survey was used to try to test the positive and negative outcomes that cancer has on its patients. There are questions about faith on the survey and how faith was impacted during the time of illness. They discussed the faith and concept of it as spirituality.
Johannessen-Henry, Christine Tind Deltour, Isabelle Bidstrup, Pernille Envold Dalton, Susanne Oksbjerg Johansen, Christoffer. Associations between faith, distress and mental adjustment – a Danish survivorship study. Acta Oncologica. Feb2013, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p364-371. 8p.
This article discussed the faith and its role in the lives of cancer patients. Cancer can positively or negatively impact faith of a patient. It was recorded the higher spiritual well being of a person can help relive the amounts of distress. The major difficulty faced was with the feeling of bewilderment and anxiety. Faith is positively and negatively associated with distress and mental adjustment to what the patient is facing.