Long time ago, people depended on faith when they became ill. Now we depend on doctors and medicine to get well. Long time ago we depended on God to feed our families. Now we depend on the government. Long time ago we depended on God to protect our families from evil. Now we depend on the law. Long time ago we depended on God to protect our properties and life, now we depend on insurance. The list goes on and on.
We have lost our connection to God. We do not depend on God to protect us from the perils of life. We lock our doors at night; we don’t let our children play outside without adult supervision, and many of us have firearms to protect our homes. We do not have faith that God will protect us.
If we do not have faith in God, do the criminals have fear of God’s wrath? Do they believe in God? They commit crimes, and get away with it. And if they are so unlucky to get caught, they are released due to the overcrowded conditions in our jails. They have no fear of a God that they cannot see or hear.
It is this lack of belief or faith in God, that most of the world goes through life. It is the material possessions of the modern society that give us a false security replacing our belief in God. It is only when suffering befalls us that we look past these possessions, and seek a higher being to help us.
It is this acknowledgement of God, which is the first step in having faith in God. Some will learn to have complete faith in God, while others will continue to attain materialistic possessions to back up their insecure faith in God. But materialist possessions are ethereal and fleeting. When they are gone, one is lost in this complex universe.