. . . or the Mechanics of Belief
Spiritually speaking, I think its wrong to tell people what to believe. Not only is it wrong, it’s a covert manipulative attempt in making disciples of your own views. I say covert, because I don’t think we want to dupe people like that.
You can not believe something you don’t see in your mind. Your beliefs are dictated by your perspectives. So are your emotions. By that I am suggesting that your beliefs and emotions are so inextricably connected, they are like the two blades of a pair of scissors cutting through the fabric of your life.
How you cut through your day depends on the condition of your scissor. The cut line on that fabric will bear the residual of your beliefs and emotions. The manner in which we treat people betrays our perspective.
Faith and belief are not the same. Faith is a tangible connection with something hoped for and possessing the evidence of something I can’t see. Belief is centered in what you can mentally see.
Why are our perspectives so powerful and what fuels them? Why are we so sure of our own rightness? Why are we so quick to dismiss the testimonies of others just because it does not confirm us in some way?
Paradigms are the mental archetypes that shape our perspective. Paradigms begin taking form in us while we’re very young. Another way of saying this would be “we are what we think” at least as far we are concerned. These mental archetypes create a lens through which we see ourselves and the world around us.
Let me know what you think.