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How Faith Influences Life And Its Path

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How Faith Influences Life and its Path
Throughout the world, faith is an influential bond between mortal and immortal, which strengthens and fulfills one’s aspirations in life. I fully believe that one’s belief is important to their lifestyle, morals and experiences to enhance a connection with their God(s). Some people may ask, “How does faith affect one’s path?” and Shulman (2014) argues that Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs could not reach some of even the basic levels without faith. Most of these levels require a sense of self-security that one could possibly reach without faith, but it would be difficult without. She also argues that, “religion also addresses our need to respect and be ...view middle of the document...

There is what the right and ritual stand for” (Martel 48). He wanted to stand for religion and connect it with his passion of writing. I link the prominent usage of the Bible and biblical allusion to the expansive knowledge and grandeur of the Bible’s teachings. Being the best selling book of all time, some may question the Bible’s accuracy, but there is still a lack of proof to show its inaccuracy.
One would be considered biased if they didn’t show both sides though. In Hallquist’s study, he wondered why atheists find the Bible unreliable (2012). Hallquist believes that the reason non-believers question the validity of the Bible is the lack of 100% fact. Due to the time period of the Bible, a lack of professional documentation may be the reason why. Some believe that the Bible’s letters and authors are reliable enough to be considered professionally documented.
So why use the Bible as an allusion to books? The Bible has played a major role throughout the years not only for its popularity, but also its diversity. The Bible has been printed in almost every language known and popularized, including Braille (Buttafuoco 2013). Also, the passion behind the book holds a prestigious background. Some territories have banned the book for a multitude of reasons, yet people still hold the book as contraband and a necessity for their faith. Buttafuoco states that, “People have died torturous deaths simply to gain access to this book” and “it would be impossible to be indifferent to it [the Bible]” (2013). If someone is willing to die for the Bible, then the book is worthy of being “the book of books”. This would clearly explain why books focus on biblical allusions within novels. Buttafuoco argues that the book is the root of freedom, but how free are we?
An Omniscient God and Free Will
During my research I had stumbled across a Ted conversation about God and if he is all knowing, do we as a society have free will. This would ultimately determine our path in life and our influences. Haacke seemed to essentially ask do we have control, or are we predestined by God at the start (2013). However, God is all knowing not all controlling, and God helps determine one’s path, but doesn’t manipulate the person’s path through life. “If God is omniscient that does not mean God based religions are all omniscient. It is like that you know the sun will rise in the morning and that does not mean you have control of the sun rising” (Haacke 2013). I had come to the conclusion that only when one’s eyes are opened to God, do they let him help determine their path.
In Huxley’s “Brave New World” (1932), John the savage argues saying, “I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin” (p. 240). John’s point clearly states that faith and freedom are a necessity to any society (especially an extremist society such as the World State). Similar to the Garden of Eden, sin is a must, but...

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