Do You Ever Change Your Belief?

Do I believe or know that (some) roses are red? :-)

Do I believe or know that (some) roses are red? :-)

I was at a 4th of July Picnic recently and participated in a discussion about what beliefs are and whether a person should change what s/he believes. We weren’t long into the “discussion” before the topic of religion came to the forefront. Immediately, the discussion became more of an argument or debate. It seemed that the discussion of religion evoked a strong emotional response from almost everyone. This was especially true when I asked the question, “Do you ever change your belief?

So, how would you answer the question? I don’t know about you, but I immediately said yes, of course I have and will change my belief. The instant I said that, there was an unbelievable response and not all of it was positive. There were some, especially those who admitted they are religious, that said they believed what their religion “said” and they would never change their belief(s). One person even said that he no longer believed what his religion taught, but he still believed it. Frankly, I found that statement to be really confusing.

So, if you really think your belief is not true, then why would you not change it? If you really believe something is true, then why would you want to change that belief? In fact, if you really believe something is true, then how can you possibly change that belief without being untrue to yourself? Wouldn’t you end up betraying yourself?

Socrates supposedly said, “be true to yourself.” As much as possible, I try to follow that “motto.” What we believe should not be fixed. We must be true to ourselves or end up living outside of reality. History is filled with examples of people not willing to change their beliefs in order to make what they believe fit reality. Examples like the “world is flat” and “the holocaust didn’t happen” come to my mind immediately.

I know some people have very deep and fundamental beliefs that they profess they would die for. Often times, these beliefs have to do with fighting for country, family or religion. In general, I am not talking about these types of core beliefs, since though we never know for sure, they usually can only be verified during “battle.” Having stated that, many of our beliefs are not matters of life and death, per se, with so much depending upon the beliefs. I use to believe in Santa Claus as a real live person who had the “gift” of being able to ride in a sleigh pulled by reindeers and deliver gifts to every home in the world. I no longer believe in a Santa Claus that has that ability. I changed by belief!

Dream and Belief, are they related?

Dream and Belief, are they related?

In summary, I think most of our beliefs must be assessed like any other part of our thinking. If a belief is working for us by empowering us to be better people, then leave it alone. If it isn’t, then change the belief. There are many examples in history that reflect people who had beliefs that led to great success. Use those as a starting point and create a set of beliefs that makes you a better person. Simple, yes. Easy, no.

I “believe” a comment is in order. :-)grab-small-r21

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4 Responses to Do You Ever Change Your Belief?

  1. katie says:

    Belief is a argument.Now read that backwards.It is very true, I belive in a greater power weather it be science. Now i understand science isn’t a greater power but isn’t it really. When i say greater power the first thing to come to mind is gods. Such as budda but higher power means incontrable.I nor u can control science but we can contorl gods. Such as if i made up a god named Joe im sure eventually if i wrote a book and built churches and spoke my opinoins i could have people prasieing “Joe” .
    So really we do contorl our gods. I honestly looked into the big bang “theory”. It makes sense of how the earth was made but how were humans made?Electrons and protons and whatchamacallit…tons.See think about this maybe theres a alternate universe and earth is the hell of that universe.So we died, on that earth and messed up and now we are in hell but we dont know it.Also if god only let christians into heaven how full would hell be? For all you extreame belivers in only one thing. All you closed minded people put that in your cup and drink it. ;>)
    <3,
    Katie

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