Why Do We Believe?

It’s been a long, long time since I blogged, so I think it’s time I got back into the swing of things. Let’s start with a deep question, why do we believe?

Why do we believe that a 2000 year old jew lives on in some sort supernatural plane of existence and interacts with us on a daily basis? Why do we believe that there will come a day in the near future when the entire world faces judgement at the hands of the Abrahamic God and only the worthy will be ‘saved’ while the rest will suffer eternally? Why do we believe that there is a life after death?

Often times it’s said that it comes down to where one is born and raised and the pre-existing beliefs of one’s friends and family that defines what we believe. While this certainly tends to shape the flavour of our beliefs, I think the belief itself pertains far more to an internal requirement than any external factors. A lot of people tend to proclaim “well, you have to believe in something, right? Otherwise, what is there to believe in?” This seems to speak to an internal requirement that there be something greater than ourselves to believe in. In my travels and discussions and internal ramblings it seems to me that this is far more indicative of having a belief in something supernatural than merely place of birth and upbringing.

This has only recently become a coherent thought in my head, and it needs time to develop so I may revisit this in the future but I felt it was necessary to get it out there and potentially get feedback from others on it. So, what are your thoughts?



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