Belief in God
Monotheistic religions play a major role in today’s U.S. society, with about 70 percent of Americans identifying as Christian, nearly 2 percent as Jewish and 0.9 percent as Muslim.
Monotheism means the belief in one God. And while these religions have standards of morality, commandments and several stories of important prophets and figures, the main focus is faith in an almighty God. God is believed to have created the universe, including people and the continuance of time, according to catholic.org.
Sixty-three percent of Americans say they are absolutely certain in their belief in God and 20 percent are “fairly certain,” according to Pew.
While belief in God is the cornerstone of the religions dominating American society, believing in an almighty powerful being who created everything we know and love can be difficult, especially given scientific facts and theories that contradict these versions of the universe’s conception.
So how do you wage believing in God and believing in science and other facts of the world?
Most who are raised religiously are taught that God exists, and then as they grow older, are exposed to new ideas and facts that make that reality seem more unlikely than the teacher made it sound in Sunday School.
About 5 percent of Americans say they are not at all certain of their belief in God, Pew results show, and perhaps this is the crux of the importance of faith.
Faith is often regarded as a synonym for religion, but it is more the foundation of practicing a religion. Faith is defined as trust or confidence in someone or something. To believe in God, you have to have faith in the being and the power of that being.
Faith, while strong, isn’t always unwavering. And faith in one thing doesn’t have to mean denial of another.
In his final book, “Brief Answers to Big Questions,” physicist Stephen Hawking said there is no possibility of God in the universe. This finding is based on a lifetime of Hawking’s work dealing with the very foundations of our reality.
That’s a lot of evidence to try and refute with some biblical texts.
And maybe you don’t have to.
Faith in God should represent more than just a timeline of the universe. It’s natural to have questions and doubts about the details of this being. Male or female? What’s the range of their work and power? What level of control does God have in my own life?
These are questions we can find answers for in research, our own spiritual journeys and, sometimes, we won’t find the answers at all. For some, that can be a deal breaker on the existence of God, which is understandable.
But for others, they can still navigate faith through these questions. Having faith in God doesn’t mean the other explanations of reality don’t exist. It can just mean applying what your God means to how you choose to live your life, treat people and pursue your spirituality.