Why You Believe What You Believe

I hold certain beliefs. I defend them. I am sometimes blinded by them. I modify them, if I can see that they need modified. I am guided by them. In some ways, I depend on them.

But why do I believe what I believe? Why do any of us believe what we believe? Why do we believe what we believe and not something else?

I don’t see things the same way I did five, ten, twenty years ago. It is likely that I’ll believe differently in a few years. Not because I’m dissatisfied with my present beliefs but because I anticipate that new discovery, new experience, and new voices will continue to shape my ideas, values, and vision.

Before expressing what we believe, I think it’s worth considering why we believe what we believe in the first place. What causes you to believe what you believe about God and all matters divine, eternal, spiritual, and sacred?How would you answer this?

I don’t want to put words in your mouth, but maybe you’d say something like one (or more) of the following…

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Why “Christian” Tells me Nothing About You

How do you know you’re a Christian?

Most obviously, you are probably a Christian if you say you are. Who am I to question your self-definition on something like this?

But many Christians do have some standards for what constitutes really being Christian. I have certainly been asked many “litmus test” questions over the years.

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