Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Compromises and Beliefs

Compromising relating to little belief issues should not bother me because almost everyone has a different belief system than I do. I have learned that people will not always agree with someone completely.

My main compromise on this issue is this: I respect others the right to have their own beliefs. Why? I have discovered that stereotyping is a common problem when debating about beliefs. Stereotyping created by those showing an incorrect judgement of a possibility by making people into stereotypes. Stereotype relating to lifestyle, disabilities, and similar others. Not everyone will believe in God. Not everyone will believe in God the way I do. Compromise does not mean people would have to give up specific beliefs.

I understand biblically that I cannot and basically not allowed to "convict" people to believe as I believe. Because this is God's role.

I am reminded of this quote:
One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others. Oswald Chambers

Today, more so than ever, people are looking for "better" proofs of God. We have the technologies. We have the sciencific knowledge as well intellegence resources we use. Faith is believing there is another dimension to life other than those which can be touched, tasted, seen or felt. There is more to life than that. There is also the realm of the spirit, the invisible spiritual kingdom of God. Biblical faith is this: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1-2).

I am reminded in Romans 1:20 which said, "The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen. God's evidences are so clear that all (everyone who don't believe) are without excuse." Therefore, that's between each creatures and the Creator (God). I believe that each of us, as an individual, have a responsibility before God, to determine what is true about God and also what is false. What is true about God impacts every aspect of our lives. What is true about God -- not what each of us believe is true, but what is actually true -- determines what happens to us after we die.

I question myself this question:
Am I, no matter what kind of belief I have, am I willing to change my mind and believe the truth when I am convicted that I am mistaken? Christian faith is not optimism because it breeds false hope. I believe a Christian should not be either pessimistic or optimistic. If a Christian thinks of their future that caused them to fall back on unreasoning hope. Faith comes as a result of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit Who convicts me to believe. Because only God can quickens my heart to believe. The Holy Spirit is within me because Christ dwells in my heart which Colossians 1:27 reminds me that "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27) which is the burning core of the Christian faith. Faith should not be manipulated to intimidate people with doctrines but rather allow the Holy Spirit to do the work in convicting people's hearts.

1 comment:

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Your insight is simply mamzing.