How Strong are your Beliefs?

How Strong are your Beliefs?

Beliefs...we've all got them. Some believe in a Creator but do nothing to learn anything meaningful about him or about what he wants from us.

Some have no belief in anything and take an 'eat drink and be merry' kind of attitude.

Some are atheistic but good humanitarians.

Some go overboard in fundamentalism and end up as unbalanced fanatics.

What should we believe? My personal feeling is that God is the one who invites us into a relationship with him. (John 6:44) We can search for him our whole lives, but unless he finds in us a love of the truth, he will distance himself from us.

How do I know this?

Have a look at the words of the Apostle Paul. After explaining about the corruption of Christianity by apostates who would introduce false teachings, Paul explained,.....[b]"But the lawless one’s presence is according to the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and portents and with every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth that they might be saved. So that is why God lets an operation of error go to them, that they may get to believing the lie, in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness." [/b](2 Thess 2:9-12)

Those who have "a love of the truth" will not accept falsehood dressed up as Christianity and go along with it as if it doesn't matter.

There have been "lies" introduced into Christianity from early times that masquerade as Biblical truth. When people have these false teachings brought to their attention, they have choices. They can abandon them and leave them or they can go along with the crowd who have justified their inclusion and carry on with them. The people who justify false beliefs have no real love of the truth, so God allows "an operation of error (or a strong delusion) so that the lie they have accepted appears to be truth. They actually "take pleasure in unrighteousness" so he lets them be deluded....it is what their heart desires.

Just as an example, the celebration of Christmas and Easter are two of the biggest events on church calendars around the world.

The fact that both of these were not originally Christian celebrations, but paganism adopted into Christianity in early times should make those who are sincere about their beliefs take a second look. A Google search on the origin of both of these celebrations will reveal their pagan roots. Based on the principles brought out in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, we should realize that there can be no fusing of truth with falsehood. Believers and unbelievers cannot share worship together. God demands truth; he will not compete with false gods. (John 4:23, 24)

Paul asked, "For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Be'li?al? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever? And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols?"

The answer is obvious.

He goes on to say, "Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says the LORD, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing, and I will take you in."

We are admonished to separate ourselves from such things. If we want to be "taken in" by God, it is a requirement that we do not touch these spiritually "unclean" things.

Over the years my research revealed that many church teachings were introduced by Catholicism in the early centuries and taken along with the Protestant reformers. These beliefs include the teaching of a triune godhead, immortality of the human soul and a hellfire of torture.

The use of the cross as a religious symbol also antedates Christianity by centuries. We are instructed not to use images of any sort in our worship. Does it not seem weird to make a replica of the instrument used to put someone we love to death and adorn our homes or our bodies or places of worship with it?  If Jesus had been put to death in more modern times, would we have a replica of a gun or a hangman's noose as our religious symbol? Can we see how bizarre that would be?

In 1 Corinthians 1:10, Paul said, "I exhort you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you should all speak in agreement, and that there should not be divisions among you, but that you may be fitly united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.." This is something that is sadly missing among the churches. They claim a unity of sorts but segregate themselves away in their various denominational sects. Agreeing to disagree. All claiming to be saved.

Is that what Christianity was supposed to be?

"But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace" (Psalm 37:11)

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What should we believe? My personal feeling is that God is the one who invites us into a relationship with him. (John 6:44) We can search for him our whole lives, but unless he finds in us a love of the truth, he will distance himself from us.

We should believe the Truth, and without evidence of the Truth we can either have Faith in what we hope is the Truth or we can accumulate evidences that point towards logical and rational beliefs.

How do I know this?

Have a look at the words of the Apostle Paul. After explaining about the corruption of Christianity by apostates who would introduce false teachings, Paul explained,.....[b]"But the lawless one’s presence is according to the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and portents and with every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth that they might be saved. So that is why God lets an operation of error go to them, that they may get to believing the lie, in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness." [/b](2 Thess 2:9-12)

The Abrahamic Satan (ha satan=the Adversary in Hebrew) is a necessary function in this Faith, the Adversary fortifies the Faith. In Luciferianism we refer to this as "Wisdom through Adversity", and it has foundation in the human psyche.

Those who have "a love of the truth" will not accept falsehood dressed up as Christianity and go along with it as if it doesn't matter.

There have been "lies" introduced into Christianity from early times that masquerade as Biblical truth. When people have these false teachings brought to their attention, they have choices. They can abandon them and leave them or they can go along with the crowd who have justified their inclusion and carry on with them. The people who justify false beliefs have no real love of the truth, so God allows "an operation of error (or a strong delusion) so that the lie they have accepted appears to be truth. They actually "take pleasure in unrighteousness" so he lets them be deluded....it is what their heart desires.

Just as an example, the celebration of Christmas and Easter are two of the biggest events on church calendars around the world.

Assuming you have the "Right" Belief System and that everyone else is wrong has been the basis of all the monotheistic religions and in my opinion a terrible cultural disaster because of.

Don't mistake Satan as only the anti-Christian boogeyman created by the Judeo-Christian world. He is much more than that Abrahamic name, Satan has always existed, only under other names and guises, Satan is a powerful and primordial archetype of man's psyche.

This archetype is the reflection of how we perceive ourselves in relation to what we call the "others". Satan is the negative definition of what we believe is human. He is a social and cultural phenomenon and as old as humanity itself. There has always and will always, be essentially two worldviews consisting of oppositions and they are "Us & Them".

Sumerian and Akkadian tablets concur this worldview from the earliest known writings, the ancient Egyptian word for an Egyptian meant "human", the Greek word for non-Greeks was "barbaroi". The Jewish Essenes called non-Essenes "ha satan" (adversary), Zoroastrianism set forth the dualistic "good" (what we believe in) and "evil" (what they believe in).

"A society does not simply discover its others, it fabricates them, by selecting, isolating, and emphasizing as aspect of another people's life, and making it symbolize their difference" - William Scott Green (Professor of the history of religion - ancient Judaism, biblical studies, and the theory of religion).

So, who is this Satan? He is who you are not!



The fact that both of these were not originally Christian celebrations, but paganism adopted into Christianity in early times should make those who are sincere about their beliefs take a second look. A Google search on the origin of both of these celebrations will reveal their pagan roots. Based on the principles brought out in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, we should realize that there can be no fusing of truth with falsehood. Believers and unbelievers cannot share worship together. God demands truth; he will not compete with false gods. (John 4:23, 24)

Paul asked, "For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Be'li?al? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever? And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols?"

The answer is obvious.

He goes on to say, "Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says the LORD, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing, and I will take you in."

We are admonished to separate ourselves from such things. If we want to be "taken in" by God, it is a requirement that we do not touch these spiritually "unclean" things.

A smart move (which you have done here) is indeed to separate what can be considered the "true" teachings of Christ from the Roman Church's attempts at assimilating the Pagan rites into Christianity, that was obviously a ploy to control the masses.

Frederick Nietzsche understood man's wiil to power. In place of Dualism, nature is seen as an interpretation that is no longer subordinate to God or a deity higher than the Self. The will to power is now the main driving force in humans: Achievement, ambition, the striving to reach the highest possible position in life. This can be witnessed over and over throughout history, and particularly in religion where Man ostracizes his fellow man for not believing the same cosmological faith structure.

Over the years my research revealed that many church teachings were introduced by Catholicism in the early centuries and taken along with the Protestant reformers. These beliefs include the teaching of a triune godhead, immortality of the human soul and a hellfire of torture.

The use of the cross as a religious symbol also antedates Christianity by centuries. We are instructed not to use images of any sort in our worship. Does it not seem weird to make a replica of the instrument used to put someone we love to death and adorn our homes or our bodies or places of worship with it?  If Jesus had been put to death in more modern times, would we have a replica of a gun or a hangman's noose as our religious symbol? Can we see how bizarre that would be?

In 1 Corinthians 1:10, Paul said, "I exhort you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you should all speak in agreement, and that there should not be divisions among you, but that you may be fitly united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.." This is something that is sadly missing among the churches. They claim a unity of sorts but segregate themselves away in their various denominational sects. Agreeing to disagree. All claiming to be saved.

Is that what Christianity was supposed to be?

Religions, Beliefs Systems, Faiths, etc. all function in association with Symbology. Christianity is no different. The question, which you have put forth, is . . . is the current symbolism really what 'we' want to put out there? Is there a better set of imagery that agrees with current Faith?

I agree, the crucifixion is a horrible archetypal image to instil into anyone's mind.

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The bible teaches that there should be one lord and one faith.   There are many denominations that have sprung out of one book, the bible. All of them have the basic belief in a Christ,and that belief will save them from the consequences of sin. Many of these believers have such a strong faith that their specific belief is so correct that they have given their life for that belief. So which belief is correct? Can they all be correct? Did the very Christ that came into the world to save us all be alright with anyone who just confesses his name? Can a Muslim who dies for his faith be correct? Is it possible for a person to believe in his religion enough to die for it and it still being a false faith? Can there be one correct Christian denomination and the rest be false? Yet those that. Believe in a lesser or false one condemned to hell because they don't have all the  pieces of the gospel ?  Looking forward to some answers.

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I think there are some way where we can unite different religions in the world right?

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Fatboys, all of your questions have an answer in Bible. You know that the bible contains His holy words right? So, we should consult bible in answering your questions. And its because its GOD who will tell whose He really recognize and whom He called as HIS own? Just like the ancient ISRAEL whom He called but in the end, they were not become good, and GOD punished them too.

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Fatboys, all of your questions have an answer in Bible. You know that the bible contains His holy words right? So, we should consult bible in answering your questions. And its because its GOD who will tell whose He really recognize and whom He called as HIS own? Just like the ancient ISRAEL whom He called but in the end, they were not become good, and GOD punished them too.

But for me, I hope there is a way for us to make the different religions to be united as one right? And I think in some way, some people already did it. I mean there's a group in Japan called "IAM Group Limited Yokohama Japan" which they helped different types of people, different races, religions or sects.

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We are not alone. There is something out there bigger than ourselves. Where will you go after you die? What do you believe and why do you believe it? What is the point of having a mind if you never change it? Here's a surprisingly unsurprising statistic: Everyone dies sooner or later; there is no escaping it and you will be dead for longer than you are alive. This suggests that eternity might be worth more than a passing thought.

Are you ready for the inevitable? There is no need to be fearful of that inevitable moment, so long as you are prepared and as long as you are not taking comfort in something that sounds nice but is really just positive but wishful thinking. Make your life journey count, consider your eternal destination. Just believing in a lie wont make it truth, no matter how much you want it or how appealing that lie is. It is better to know the truth than to live in the delusion of a lie. No one likes being deceived, but in a world of political correctness, acceptance and anything goes, it is easy to side-step the truth of reality. What REALLY is true?

Can we just make up our own truth and say "well that is true for you, but my truth is something else"? Surely we can't all be right, especially when there are so many contradictory beliefs and top world religions out there.