Hey everyone, I am doing a faith study survey. I welcome everyone to participate regardless of your beliefs, because that’s exactly what I want to know is your beliefs. I am wanting to hear about your personal faith experiences. I’m not looking to be convinced of anything, so please don’t try to “sell” me your beliefs. This is also not a “whose beliefs are better” debate. You can message me your answers, or you may comment below. For those that read the responses, please do not reply or comment on them out of respect for each other’s personal stories. If you would like to participate, this is the information I am looking for:
Note: Since the word “faith” is used a lot, this is my definition of it.
Faith- a strongly held belief or theory; belief in a god or in the doctrines of a religion
Faith Affiliate: Please label the religion or faith/beliefs that you practice (even if you have no religion.)
Personal Background: Were you brought up into this faith belief as a child? How did you come to the point that you are today with your faith/beliefs?
Core Beliefs: What is at the center of your faith and what you believe? (Respond how you feel lead.)
Source for Strengthening Faith: What practices do you do to stay strong in your faith/beliefs? What keeps you motivated? What gives you hope in life?
Doubts: Do you have any doubts in your faith/beliefs? What causes them? (This is not seen as a sign of weak faith/beliefs, rather as growth or a deepening.)
How We Came to Existence: How do you think the Earth and the Universe came into existence? How do you think humankind began?
Thoughts About an Afterlife: Do you believe in an afterlife, and if so what do believe it will be like?
Research: To what extent have you researched or tested your faith? (ex. asked others, talked with leaders, read books, studied in a school, experiments)
Involvement in Community: What is your personal involvement in your local or national community? How does your faith/beliefs play a role in this?
Political Views: What party would you affiliate with if any? How active are you in voting locally or nationally? How does your faith/beliefs play a role in this?
Additional Comments: Feel free to add anything else you feel is important about your faith/beliefs that I did not list. (ex. conversion stories, other testimonies that impacted your beliefs.)