When it comes to God and spiritual matters, there is a big difference between knowing something and believing something. Most do not realize that what they think they know is only a belief. This explains why there are so many religions and beliefs. Let’s face it. What do we really know? Is there a way to tell the difference in what we know as opposed to what we merely believe?
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to knowing and believing something. Whatever is known is able to be proven; whereby, a mere belief cannot be proven. If a belief can become known, then it is more than a belief. Beliefs give a person a false feeling of knowing. It becomes a substitute for knowing. Beliefs allow a person a cover for not knowing.
Beliefs are blind faith. Take for example a person born blind, how would he/she know for sure that light or colors are real without seeing it for his/her self. Those with eye sight know that light and colors exist. We can even be blinded by our beliefs or held prisoners by them.
Look at the statement; “The Bible is the Word of God and is infallible.” Is this something that we know or something we believe? What about God? Do we know for sure that God exists or is it just something that we believe? Can the existence of God be proven so that we can know for sure? Without being able to prove it, God could be an abstract idea, a concept, a thought, a word, an image, or a projection of the mind.
Does this help to understand the situation theists and atheists are in? A theist is one who believes there is a God. An atheist is one who believes there is no God. Can one prove their point to the other? They both cannot be right; but try telling either one of them that they are wrong.
As I stated earlier; this should help us to see why we have so many religions and beliefs. Hopefully, this will allow us to be more understanding of the other person’s beliefs.
Just things to think about and keep in mind.
Published by Willie Starks