One must be cautious when asking the loaded question, "what do you believe in?" most people will immediately think of doctrinal practices and dogmatic laws when this question is uttered. Fortunately "believing" consists of something much more than doctrine and dogma -- perhaps something much simpler, which makes it hard to comprehend, because we always try to make things harder than they actually are. Belief is a personal view of life. No two people will ever believe the exact same thing. Every belief should, and will, differ in some way. That is why the next question should accordingly be about faith.
What do you have faith in? One can have faith in anything. I have faith that the sun will rise tomorrow. Of course, there may be a sudden unexplained supernova and we will all be evaporated before the non-existant sun rise, but I will still have faith tonight that the sun will rise tomorrow. I have faith in spaghetti.
If you have a theological conversation with a philosophy major, be prepared to answer an entourage of questions, and brace yourself for the realization an hour after the philosopher has left that she never did answer any of your questions.
"What difference does that make?"
"Does that really matter?"
"What really defines a 'being'?"
Many people take church too seriously. It is not neccessarily the institution and the organized structure of a church that is important. A Church is a gathering place for a community, a place for refection as well as celebration and continuity -- yet this still is not what is most important. People should search for contententment within their personal-inner-well-being, this does not explicitly rely on the church. One can find their "beliefs" and "faith" -- or even their own doctrines and dogma -- in the middle of an enchanted forest, or discover it during a difficult midterm exam. One does not specifically need the church. Yet, many can, and do, still go to the church if that is where they personally choose to reside.
And finally (well, not really finally) there is the question of energy. First of all: what is energy? Is it simply E=mc^2 or is there more to it than mass and the speed of light? Can there be energy without mass? I think we can all agree there is some degree of energy associated with thougths and emotions. The real question is: Can we channel and focus our thoughts to bring about a certain hope? is prayer focusing energy and thought to bring about a specific hope?
If you are really concentrating, might you be able to move something with the power of your mind? Our mind is capable of many things that are unfathomable to humankind. The brain is a powerful muscle.
one reoccuring question that appears is the nature of the bible. Should the bible be read literally or figuratively? If the bible is interpreted literally, aren't there so many contradictions that each lesson or message risks becoming moot? Therefore, it makes more sense to read a biblical narrative in a figurative fashion and extract form each message the underlying meaning and personal significance.
The bible never mentions anything about ramen noodles or the consumption of spicy picante beef flavored soup at midnight.