If you do not know why you believe what you claim to believe, how can you know if you truly believe it?
It is impossible to give an honest answer regarding personal beliefs until you clarify those beliefs within yourself.
Every decision we make originates from our belief system. If that belief system has no solid foundation the decisions will be erratic and, quite often, detrimental.
Sadly, 9 out of 10 individuals cannot give logical reasons for why they believe certain views: even with serious issues like politics, marriage, or parenting. Yet when you consider that our individual beliefs hold the key to where we spend eternity, you would think the average person would do more than a cursory investigation or copy what other people say: or worse, leave it to chance.
I believe the adage “you cannot be true to others until you’re true to yourself.” Therefore, if I am going to claim a belief in something, I’m going to know why I believe it.
Since my belief on where I’m going to spend eternity touches every area of my life, I’ve chosen to begin this blog to expound on the thousands of bits of information and personal experiences which brought me to my belief in God.
This is the second time I have begun this journey. My previous journals were lost during the move to a new state. However, I recall the satisfaction gleaned from introspection. The illumination of truly knowing oneself through surety of thought gives you a sense of security. And when you observe the irrational insecurities (that most of society is burdened with) begin to dissolve within you; it is akin to a natural high.
I encourage anyone with the strength to face yourself openly and honestly to begin your own personal journey of introspection: especially if you are a Christian, or thinking about becoming one. The difference between saying you believe and knowing why you believe is like night and day. And the sense of knowing oneself is truly worth the effort.
Furthermore, God’s word tells us in 1st Peter 3:15 to “…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you.” — When you know yourself, you can answer.
Enjoy the journey.
.© JW Thomas