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Do you believe?

Do you BELIEVE?

As per English dictionary, the word ‘Believe’ means:

  • to accept or regard (something) as true
  • to accept the truth of what is said by (someone)
  • to have faith, confidence and trust

The antonyms would be:

  • to reject or disregard (something) as true
  • to dispute, deny or distrust what is said by (someone)

The ‘Acceptance of a truth’ is used to define the word ‘belief’. A truth is a collection of statements considered as a fact/reality. The decision to believe in this fact is called faith. We have different beliefs or ideologies because we each decide what is the truth or the right way of doing things. The only way to be sure or prove that a fact is the absolute truth is when it can defend itself by its own existence. An absolute truth leaves no room for doubt for doubt is a form of unbelief. 99% truth is still falsity and not an absolute truth.

When Copernicus(1543) came with his statement that the sun was the center of the universe, he was ridiculed and ignored by those who had a Ptolemaic belief. For 2000 years, Aristotle, wise men and philosophers believed in an Earth-centered universe. The belief that Aristotle had could not change the fact that the earth was revolving around the sun. What a deception it was when the teachers of geocentrism discovered that they got it all wrong!

Heliocentrism is nowadays a fact that no one can disprove. Those who consider it false are considered fools.

If I ask a child: Do you believe that the Sun is the center of the universe? He will honestly say that he does not understand anything of what I am talking about. He never thought about it and is unable to say yes or no, unless he can verify by himself.

I have not been to outer space to verify with my eyes whether the sun is really the center of the universe and yet I believe like billions of humans in the sun-centered universe. If I really cared and wanted to be sure of this fact, I could still use the same observations that Copernicus made and find out by myself why Mars occasionally appeared to move backward with respect to the stars before moving forward again. It was not because billions of people believed in geocentrism that it made it true. It is also not because billions of people believe in heliocentrism that it makes it true, that would be ad-populum. The truth was over Aristotle head but in his head he conceived false beliefs out of ignorance. Though he was intelligent he did not behave like a child who would have acknowledged he did not have the answer .

It is prideful to say that a belief is false without examining it and it is imprudent to believe in something without verifying whether there is an absolute truth behind.

Jesus made statements that appealed to verify whether these were absolute truths or not. His declarations were serious and ignoring or believing them without careful examination would have both eternal implications.

Jesus claimed to be the Truth and not a truth among others. He said He was the way to God and not just another way. He claimed He was the life and not just another life giving source.

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” John 14:6

Jesus was radical when He said that those who do not believe in Him are already judged for their unbelief. After Jesus healed the man born blind, He asked:

Do you believe in the Son of Man?”The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” John 9:35

Jesus clearly said that the sin of the world is unbelief. “The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me”. John 16:9

The bible says:

There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.” John 3:18-20

All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:10-13

 

 

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