Why do we believe as we do?
We all hold a conviction that our personal brand of doctrine is the definitive truth of God. Each of us, in our varying forms of dogma thinks that we have correctly understood the intentions of God. But is that the truth? Why are we so sure?
In reality we believe what we desire and choose to believe when it is personally suitable for us to believe it, regardless of the subject matter. Therefore there is an intention or idea formed of some incentive or inducement, which is the reason, the cause, or the basis of our desire to choose our belief.
In general people have a belief in God as it was taught to them by some authority figure they deem important and knowledgeable. As such they hold the perception that this “belief’ is normal and it is the desire to be within the boundaries of familiarity and normalcy that they continue in that belief. Most will rationalize any contrary information presented to conform within their currently held beliefs and never openly consider that they could be wrong.
But what if we had been born in a different country? Doesn’t it stand to reason that if we had been born in India that our belief would be in the Dharmic religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism or Sikhism? Or, if we had been born in Africa or a country of the Middle East that our belief could have been that of a Muslim? Some will immediately rationalize this notion with thoughts of fate and predestination, choosing to believe that they were chosen, elected, to be a member of their faith by the predetermination of God. Others will ponder this notion with a troubled mind and search for a reason why this logic is in error.
Could the answer simply be that God is the God of all nations and the God of all religions? The truth is that all major religions have remarkably similar tenets. The two most common being the concepts of devotion to the Supreme Being and the fair and equitable regard for your neighbor. The tenets of the Golden Rule and Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself are not in ideology exclusive to the Christian faith. This commonality in religions can only exist as the cause of two reasons. Either, it is man’s inherent nature to create and develop a communal religious concept or it is the universal will of one creator.
In the gospel of Thomas, Jesus says, “Let the one seeking not stop seeking until he finds. And when he finds he will marvel, and marveling he will reign, and reigning he will rest.”
To know the greater truth is our destiny as a child of God. The inner spirit that we possess, the spirit which is the essence of God, our connection and lineage to God, has inherently known this greater truth since the moment we were born.
As a child, what discrimination, contempt and condemnation did we hold? These are traits that develop as we grow into the world and absorb the negative environment around us. As a child we knew God’s truth, as an adult we learned the ways of the corporeal nature of man and believed them to be truth.
When Jesus spoke the words, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”, what did he imply? There is a deeper meaning of these words. In becoming as little children we must return to that state where we have no prejudice, no discrimination, no condemnation, contempt or judgment against others.
This word is filled with billions of believers living in various regions who have dogmatic beliefs in hundreds of religious precepts or divisions thereof. I must ask the question why a Creator, whether or not a benevolent being, would allow so many opposing views, unless there is a universal truth, a greater spiritual truth that exists. Perhaps each of these religions that we are indoctrinated into is merely the introduction to a quest to find a deeper spirituality. I believe that religious doctrine is the beginning of the awareness that God exists and is up to us thereafter to step out into a spiritual journey to find the greater truth of God.