A little while ago I read a book titled The Wisdom of Crowds that talks about how, in a crowd, there are people with all types of different thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Their ideas go from one extreme to the other, but when you let everyone express their views and beliefs and take an average of all the beliefs, the final outcome is very on target.
True beliefs are the things that you do, not the things that you say (unless they are both the same). For example, a person can say, " I believe that you can carry a man on your back as you walk across Niagra falls on a tight rope." But then that person is asked, "Will you be the person who is carried on the tightrope walker's back?"
Over the years I've heard much said about how important is to believe the "foundational" beliefs. Here is an example1.
Many times an "attack of Satan" is nothing more that the consequences of our own poor choices or inappropriate behavior.
How many times have seen good Christian people make a decision and then pray to God to "make it work out" or "bless this ." without ever investigating and check out the possible consequence of their desired...
So many parents are struggle nowadays with raising their children. Children are a real test of the parent's beliefs. If the parents' belief system is off center, then the children will go way off track.