Having faith is having an opinion and believing in it. I have faith in the Cajun Queen's (A restaurant in Charlotte, NC) ability to deliver a plate of crawfish etouffee to perfection. In other words, in my opinion the crawfish etouffee at the Cajun Queen is perfect. Faith is always in an opinion, if it were in a fact, it wouldn't be faith. It would be recognition of the correctness of the fact. We don't have faith in gravity, and we know when the tide goes out it will come back in. We don't have faith in the tidal charts. We know they are valid and can be counted on. And we really cannot say that we love God when God will send us to hell if we don't love God. And we really cannot say that God loves us (unconditionally, it is usually said), if God will send us to hell if we don't love God (That is a big condition). Having faith is holding opinions that are founded on other peoples' opinions. It is a circle that can be maintained only by saying "If you believe it, your experience will confirm that it is so." Astrology, horoscopes, black magic and superstitions are grounded on the same declaration. Believing makes it so. But, the people who believe have to believe because they believe that without faith in their opinion, there is nothing to hold them up, provide a moral base for their life and give them a reason for living. They are afraid to not believe what they believe. I say they need to test their faith in believing by seeing what else they could believe that would provide them with a foundation for life. Why do they take on faith what they take on faith and not something else instead? For instance, in my opinion it matters how we live. I have faith in my opinion, and am validated by the millions of people who share my faith through the ages. I believe it matters how we live and I have a "plan of salvation," if you will, for putting that into effect, which has also been in existence from more than 1,000 years BCE (The Buddha lived from 563 to 483 +/- BCE, and Taoism was going around 1,000 BCE, and Yoga and Hinduism existed before that). It comes down to doing the right thing at the right time in the right place and in the right way, no matter what-- with no personal gain in mind. Just doing what needs to be done, when, where and how it needs to be done, for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, in each situation as it arises. That is as solid a foundation for life as there is, without having to have an elaborate structure of doctrines and theology to hold it in place. We all have to have some grounding, guiding, orienting, comforting, consoling opinion to help us along the way. What's yours?