“To believe or disbelieve?”
State or act of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing
The mental rejection of something as untrue
As one author states it:
Beliefs are deeply held truths about life. Beliefs are one’s thoughts about some aspect of life, the way it is or the way it should be. Think of beliefs as long term perspectives about life…about all of life and not just one’s own life.
Regardless of where you come down on either position, notice that one decision is active while the other is passive. One requires discovery and the other is simply rejection with or without due diligence.
Decisions and fundamental beliefs are closely linked. They also are predictive of future decisions. Your pattern as a believer or a disbeliever should be easy to track over a relatively short time. This is certainly not scientific or certifiable, but food for decisioning thought.
Why do preambles, declarations or statutes begin with “I Believe In”… rather than “I Disbelieve In?” Again, one can easily see that the belief position is active while disbelief is basically passive.
The point in all this is to illuminate the two positions to the degree of polar separation (there is little middle ground here). In the research for this post, we were surprised that the topics of belief verses disbelief were so limited. One would think that with all the availability of information, this topic would be front and center…especially today. Worth considering?
The American’s Creed
“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
Belief Question: Substitute the word “disbelief” for belief. It will quickly define one’s position on this subject.
So again, which is the higher decision?
As always…you decide.