Ok, enough with that. Again, that is probably not the thought the original saying was truly meant to communicate, but it is the way I have always taken it. I have recently been thinking about some of the beliefs on which I stand, and how it is so difficult sometimes to continue standing for them when the contrary winds of the philosophies of this world are constantly blowing in my face. It seems like wherever I take a stand (based on faith, but not necessarily "blind faith"), there are always people there waiting to challenge me in that area.
Then, this morning, I find a question presented on Facebook, "How are we supposed to know what to believe?" I think it is impossible to answer that to anyone's liking. If you say "the Bible!" someone will no doubt counter with "that is what you believe, but why should anyone else believe it?". You could say "that is why we have parents and teachers," but we all understand that basing our beliefs solely on what our parents and teachers taught us would mean we are believing things just because others have told us they are true. You could say "just trust your gut," but then that would mean we are probably just believing something because we feel like it benefits us to believe it--and that surely doesn't make something the "right thing to believe."
You see, everyone believes all sorts of things primarily because someone they trust (a parent, a teacher, etc.) told them it was true, or because they just want to believe it because it is appealing to them... The question is which of those beliefs are we willing to let go and which ones will we stand by no matter what? As we grow older, we want to know which beliefs we are simply holding on to just because we were taught that they are true and which beliefs we are holding on to just because we think it benefits us most, and we want to know if we have been misguided. After all, our parents taught us there was a Santa Clause and a Tooth Fairy. What if we find out other beliefs we possess are wrong?
I believe in the Bible because 1) I was taught when I was young that it was the Word of God and it was true, and because 2) It satisfies me. Over time, I have learned to rely on the Bible more and more because I have put it to the test in many ways and have found that it works for me. Not only that, I have watched others who believe it and follow what it says, and I find that it works for them, too. I didn't necessarily just "choose to believe it," and my belief in the Bible has certainly been challenged many times, but it has become the standard for all my faith and practice and the source I rely on to answer any of life's questions that are thrown at me.
When I see people flip flop on the beliefs they once held so strongly, I must conclude that either they never completely believed what they claimed to have believed or that they are guilty of "falling for anything." It would be foolish to "stand" for something just for the sake of standing, but it would be even more foolish to leave our strongest convictions just because others disagree with them and present a good case against them. I have found that a strong case can be made for just about any belief out there if the person making the case is convincing enough, and there are some people out there that will believe anything (did you know there are people who still believe the Earth is flat?).
Unless you are the type that will "fall for anything," you are going to form some beliefs that you are not willing to leave. That is not necessarily bad. Some will vehemently disagree with your beliefs, but you are going to stand on them even if you can't completely explain why. You will probably spend a lot of time trying to defend those beliefs and get others to believe them, too. After all, you really believe them! But on those other things, the things you are not willing to devote your time and effort and perhaps even stake your life, be flexible! Let others fight over those things. You need to spend your efforts on the things in which you believe the strongest.
I'll give you a list of some of my strongest beliefs:
1. I believe we all exist (more specifically, we exist for a reason. I believe that reason is God)
2. I believe God wants to be recognized by us and appreciated for Who He is--The Supreme Creator of all things!
3. I believe in order for Him to be recognized by us, He chose to reveal Himself to us "generally" (through His creation itself), and "specifically" (angels, visions, etc. to the prophets of the Old Testament; Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and special miracles in the New Testament, and through the completed Bible we have today)
4. I believe God created everyone equal in value (we don't have the right to take a life, steal from another person, cause them unnecessary harm, etc)
5. I believe we will stand before God some day and give an account of what we have done with the revelation He has given to us (Jesus Christ and the Bible).
6. I believe those who reject God and His revelation to us (Jesus Christ and the Bible) will be eternally punished
7. I believe those who recognize God by accepting His revelation to us (Jesus Christ and the Bible) will be blessed for all eternity with Him in indescribable joy and bliss.
Where do you stand?