"Why Do We Believe What We Believe ...Part 2

Good Morning Fellow Blog and Friends

This Morning we will finish 'why do we believe what we believe part 2. From last week ended discussing what a healthy and unhealthy life looks like. this morning we will conclude this topic beginning with "the Mind".

Our Mind

 •      Our thoughts become our basis for our beliefs

It is important that we learn how to harness the power of our thoughts. Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you in wholesome thinking.2 Peter 3:1.....Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

 •        We need to harness the power of our mind...All thoughts are not good thoughts, in fact many of our thoughts can be based on lies and not truth, causing us to believe things and act on things that bring harm to us rather than good. The things we believe tend to have power over us, either in a positive way or a negative way. If we are able to recognize the difference between good and bad thoughts then we can make right decisions based on any given situation at the time.

But it is hard to make good decisions if our life is consumed with negative thoughts/lies. Negativity breeds more negativity sending us down a path of destruction and oppression if we continue to believe in them.  A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps. Proverbs 14:15;  A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways. Proverbs 21:29;  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11;  Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

           Note:  If we let our thoughts and emotions get carried away they will literally drive us crazy. On the other hand, when we take power over our mind it causes us to live in the present not in the past.

 We cannot live in the present if we are always thinking of the future or dwelling on the past.  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of you minds, and to put on the new self ,created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22

Thoughts are not the same as Emotions... A person’s emotions are the responses to our thoughts.

 •        Its easy to get lost in the emotional response to a thought and lose our focus on reality. The key is to let ourselves feel the emotion but at the same time recognize what is triggering that emotion and learn from it.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  I Peter 5:7.8

Assumptions...What are they?

 An assumption is an unfounded belief. Assumptions are unchallenged, unquestioned and very often untrue.

 Terms that describe assumptions:

 1.       Rumors…(things people are talking about but don’t have a basis for truth)

 2.       wives-tales…(a story of true or fictitious events; a piece of idle or malicious gossip)  

 3.       Prejudices..(an opinion formed before the facts are known)

 4.       Ignorance…(the lack of knowledge)

 5.       Blind-faith…((belief in something without clear direction or knowledge)

 6.       Myths & Legends…Myth (any imaginary person or thing)  Legend (a story handed down for generations and believed to have a historical basis)    

Understanding What we Believe!  We all go through a process every day of balancing what we ‘believe’ this process is called adapting! Whenever we believe in something, accept it as true, right or wrong, we have created something deep within us that was not there before.  When that change takes place how we live life from there on also changes and a new ‘belief’ has been established.

    The problem with Beliefs…Just because we believe something to be true and it seems to be working for us does not mean that it is actually true, correct, fair, or right. That’s the problem with beliefs! They can be good or bad, bring life or death.

Evidence that confirms a belief! The more proof we can find to support our belief the easier it is to believe it.  The more evidence there is to support a belief the easier it is to reject, question, or change that beliefThe more evidence we can find that show’s something isn’t working for us or is working for us the easier it becomes to support that belief or to change it.

 The more established a belief becomes in your mind, the harder it is to question or change that belief.  Once a belief is locked in it becomes a ‘core belief’. Core beliefs are very difficult to change. They are so loaded with logical evidence that nothing can change that deep core belief.

Different levels of Beliefs involve:

 ◘        Rules....“Learning the family rules.” Rules are the most basic form of a belief because to learn a rule we must first ‘believe’ that we have to learn from it!  Example, Take a small child, when they don’t obey the ‘rules’ there are consequences. When they do obey the rules there are ‘rewards’.

 ◘        Opinions and Attitudes....Opinions are like a set of rules but without the evidence to support it. Having an opinion gives us the ability to express ‘our own position on a matter’ or ‘take a stand’ on issues that are important to you or your family.

 ◘        Values and Morals....Values and Morals are like broad very strict rules can be often applied with rigidity.  Our value system is like a set of super rules’.

√      Values include things like honest and ethical behavior.

√     Deep core values can be so important to a person or family that they will risk  

√     Values include things like honest and ethical behavior.

Different levels of Beliefs involve

 ◘        Rules....Learning the family rules.” Rules are the most basic form of a belief because to learn a rule we must first ‘believe’ that we have to learn from it!    Example, Take a small child, when they don’t obey the ‘rules’ there are consequences. When they do obey the rules there are ‘rewards’.

 ◘        Opinions and Attitudes...Opinions are like a set of rules but without the evidence to support it. Having an opinion gives us the ability to express ‘our own position on a matter’ or ‘take a stand’ on issues that are important to you or your family.

◘        Values and Morals

 √       Values and Morals are like broad very strict rules can be often applied with rigidity.

 √       Our value system is like a set of super rules’.

 √       Values include things like honest and ethical behavior.

 √        Deep core values can be so important to a person or family that they will risk  

 √        Values include things like honest and ethical behavior.

 √        Deep core values can be so important to a person or family that they will risk loss of income, relationships, home, and even life if necessary to defend them.

 

Note:  The older the ‘belief’ the less it is questioned and the less likely it is to change  

        Deep core values can be so important to a person or family that they will risk loss of income, relationships, home, and even life if necessary to defend them.

 

Note:  The older the ‘belief’ the less it is questioned and the less likely it is to change  

Core Beliefs

           Core beliefs go the deepest because what we believe ‘deep down inside’ over rides our value system, attitudes and opinions. Core beliefs are seldom questioned even when they are causing enormous problems for the person who holds a particular belief.. Even if we have personal solid evidence of a ‘belief to be untrue’ our core belief will tend to reject that truth.

 

     Why do I believe what I believe?

 •        We need to ask ourselves, “why do I have this belief”?  If the answer is because it makes me feel more secure within myself, then we need to take a deeper look at why we have such a need to feel safe and secure. It’s not that we don’t all want to have/feel secure, but we

 In conclusion

The question is not whether or not “what I believe is true or false” but does what I believe hinder me or help me?

This concludes part 2. next week we will begin lesson 3 called....Recognizing unhealthy Life Patterns. See you next week.

Blessings, Dee