6 Sep 2011

What Do You Truly Believe?

Submitted by Stephen Winters

What do you truly believe? Have you ever heard these following quotations?

"Don't believe everything that you think"

"Don't believe everything that you  (think that you) believe"

These remind us that just because we have a thought or an opinion doesn't make it true. Examine everything to see if it is true. Most important, examine your own thoughts and beliefs to see if there are true.

"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves." 2 Corinthians 13:5

This is not just a one time self-evaluation, but rather it is an ongoing moment-by-moment watching of our thoughts, behaviors and actions. Each moment we should be examining ourselves to see if we are living out the life of God our Father. For example, if we are mistreated, we should not be judging and condemning others. Instead we should be watching ourselves. Are we thinking and responding out of our true selves. Are we showing love in our response?

"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst a spark that creates extraordinary results."
-- UNKNOWN

"It doesn’t matter so much what happens to us but how we react to what happens that counts."

How we respond to adversity shows our true nature. When we go through hard times, we should watch our own thoughts, attitudes and behavior. Our true beliefs are shown by what we think and do.

Much of what people call their beliefs is either their pride or their opinion. We humans are very prideful and think that we are right about everything. This is especially true when it comes to religion. Many people have been killed in the name of religion. Much of what is called religion is just self-centered pride. It can be very destructive. Be careful of what we do in the name of our beliefs.

When you go over to someone's home and they invite you to sit in a chair, do you have to "make a decision to believe" that the chair will hold you up? If you are a normal person, you probably will just sit in the chair without giving it a second thought.

If you have a normal good running automobile, when you get into your car, you don't have to make yourself believe that it will start and take you where you want to go.

These are just natural outflowings of you deep internal belief system. A true belief you don't even have to think about. You just do it. If you wonder what you or someone else truly believes, don't listen to their words or the "professions of faith. But rather examine what they do. What they do is what they truly believe. Their words only carry any value IF they are in agreement with how people live their lives.

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