Of all the elements that make up who you are faith is at the very core. Faith is hard to define. To make a difficult task even harder, your faith is constantly under attack. This attack is not from the outside world, but from within yourself.
Faith is about what you believe to be an absolute truth. For some faith is a concrete set of beliefs that they can prove either mathematically, or scientifically. This group will point to faith based on empirical evidence. For instance, the idea that if you add 1+1 I will get 2 is a form of empirical evidence.
It is easy to have faith in things that are empirically proven. Of course we can spend an eternity discussing the ability to logically prove data, it is important to remember that logic is often absent empirical evidence. Logic is a form of faith. Logic is the faith that you have formed a perfect argument for or against something. Logical thinking often requires a divergence from empirical evidence. No matter how small this divergence may be it destroys the use of empirical evidence in your argument. In fact, the further you diverge from empirical evidence the closer you are drawn to rationalization. Rationalization is logic absent reason. So how do you have faith in something that can not be empirically proven?
Faith based thought requires faith in the abstract. For instance; Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all have a deity that is the focal point of their faith. Humanism has its roots in humans, most commonly the individual, as the focal point. Both the belief of humanism and a deity based faith are not based on empirical evidence. Faith has no concrete proof.
Although it is easy to empirically prove that human exists; it is equally easy to prove the fallibility of human logic. On the other hand, a deity is considered infallible; it is impossible to empirically prove the deity’s existence. This is where real faith resides.
I can not empirically prove that God exists, but I have faith in God. Although all of the evidence I have is anecdotal; it is a preponderance of this evidence that makes the difference. Some may see this anecdotal evidence and call it happenstance. However, this is not a logical argument. Happenstance relies on randomness, and if you have worked with numbers for any time at all, you realize there is no such thing as a random event.
My faith is tested nearly every day. Most, if not all are based on complex situations that combine in a way that calls me question my faith. Although these situations may cause me to question my faith, I am the one that is ultimately having the discussion.
These questions may cause you to lose your faith completely, or merely cause a temporary internal conflict, but you must have the discussion. These discussions have made my faith more powerful, and has brought to me peace through confidence that I am ultimately not alone as I navigate the trials of this world.
Your faith is the core of you. Without it you are very alone in this world forced to face the slings and arrows alone. That is no way to live your life. Though the trials may be long and tough, even insurmountable, that is when faith matters the most. It will sustain you, make you free, and allow you to be as happy as you can be in this cruel and unforgiving world. Keep the faith.