What that is too valuable to dismiss

 What is faith? Can faith give meaning to life? According to the bible in the book of Hebrews, faith is the substance of realizing spiritual reality. Tolstoy argues that faith alone could provide the answer to what a meaningful life supposed to be.  After great observation, Tolstoy has concluded that the reason that people are not completely consumed by their lives and through their difficult circumstances, is because those people had faith. “It is good to gamble on God. Religion gives us a purpose to life and a basis for morality that is too valuable to dismiss lightly. It is a heritage that we may use to build a better civilization and one which we neglect at our own peril.” (Pojman, “Religion Gives Meaning to Life,”30) I will argue in favor of Tolstoy, Pojman, and Fackenheim that faith and religion can provide people with a meaning to life. Leo Tolstoy was a Russian philosopher who was raised as a Christian, who lost his faith in religion when he went to college. He had many accomplishments, wife, and kids. Tolstoy states that faith relates to a person’s inner connection and spiritual search rather their outward social goals and actions. In the movie The Last Station (2009) as Tolstoy gets older he becomes more religious. The last few weeks of Tolstoy he is conflicted on whether he should continue living his life with his wife’s instruction or should he genuinely become Christian. But, he realizes that he achievements aren’t meaning anything to him. In his confession, he expressed faith as progress. Even after all his accomplishments, he realized that it is meaningless to him. That there was no point in them. He found it difficult to answer his own question, which resulted in him believing that nothing had meant to him. Before asking himself this question he found his family and his love for writing sufficiently. Later Tolstoy came to realize that God is the essence of his life. Louis Pojman an American philosopher also argues on how religion gives meaning to life. Pojman believes that “God loves and cares for us… so that we have a deeper motive for morally good actions, including high altruism. We live deeply moral lives, not our fear of hell, but out of deep gratitude to One who loves us and whom we love.” (Pojman, “Religion Give Meaning to Life,” 28) Because he loves us we have a reason to be moral. By being moral we can have “grace and forgiveness-a happy ending for all,” (Pojman, “Religion Give Meaning to Life,” 29) and we can get forgiveness from God. In other words, if we follow all God’s rules and do what we are supposed to do we would get rewarded by having a meaningful life. Emil Fackenheim was a Jewish philosopher who believed that the meaning of life is to follow the order of God. He states “in the eyes of Judaism, whatever meaning life acquires derives from this encounter: The Divine accepts and confirms the human in the moment of meeting. But the meaning conferred upon human life by the Divine-human encounter cannot be understood in terms of some finite human purpose, supposedly more ultimate than the meeting itself… The question of the meaning of life is no longer there. But were it there, it would not have to be answered.” (Fackenheim, “Judaism and the Meaning of Life,” 32)Many people believe that religion is just some way of humans trying to find away to Culp with all that is going on in the world. I believe that Religion and faith are sufficient to give someone a meaningful life if they are willing to true to it. This is where faith comes in you don’t need to have evidence to believe in God, just your faith in him will give you meaning.