Religion; Discovering The Belief System that Bears The Truth

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Religion; Discovering The Belief System that Bears The Truth

 

The idea of a God, creator or supreme deity has been around for a long time. Humans have been debating on the validity of a Supreme Being who is the creator. Multiple cultures have different views on the idea of a deity. For example, the West often refer to the Christian God when talking about a deity, though his character can differ from person to person. In other cultures like Hinduism, there are many deities. Due to the diversity of views of a supreme being, most of these beliefs have formed belief systems under an umbrella term called religion. Religion is belief in a superhuman governing power, but it can also mean an interest pursued with great devotion. The reoccurring theme in all religions is that there is a belief in something.

 

In the modern age, debates on God's existence continue birthing multiple views of God, especially in the West and East. We have categories like naturalists, atheists, agnostics e.t.c all refuting the idea of a deity. An interesting fact is that all are using a belief system, and therefore all count as religions. From the belief of "I believe in God/gods" or " I don't believe in God/gods"  to "life is meaningless" is still a belief, with a belief system and values in its subsets. One cannot lack a belief in anything. The reason for acknowledging this fact is to establish a truth that humans cannot function without a belief system. Why? is the vital question here. 

 

A belief system is a laid out set of codes or canons that together form a conceptual framework used to judge whether something is good or evil. The direct answer to why humans need a belief system is because humans have consciousness, and consciousness is the ability to distinguish between what is good or evil. So what religions offer are mostly a conceptual framework, a shortcut for viewing and experiencing the world. A shortcut is essential as the discovery process, from scratch, can be long and tedious. One can lose themselves along the way, especially without a true guiding force to propel one to the ultimate truth.

 

Alright, but there are a variety of religions out there, so why the collisions in belief? It stems from two categories, discovery or dictation. A need to dictate drives the belief that one can give meaning and purpose to things, and this is how we create. In discovery, however, the driver is that one discovers meaning and purpose with the help of a guide, and it is how we create. The fascinating thing is that all belief systems cannot be created from nothing but derived from a central point. Variety is a product of dictation resulting from infringement on the central belief system when not guided by a selfless nature. 

 

Meaning and purpose of every single thing exists and has information about things existence. The information can be discovered and used fully the way it is, or it can be altered, used differently from what it means. For there to be infringement, there has to be the information first. Dictating is infringing on already existing meaning and purpose (information). Consequently, there is a belief system that holds the truth. The central one which all other dictated belief systems stem from. 

 

The belief system is enduring as it is the truth and a constant that will appear throughout every place and time. Since it is the truth, it will spring up continuously even when forgotten as it is part of existence. Its meaning and purpose are kept by a constant in existence, awaiting discovery. Dictated belief systems are the result of the infringement of the belief system that holds the truth. The truthful belief system will encourage a selfless discovery nature to ensure you do not infringe your or others meaning and purpose. 

 

So amongst all the current belief systems, which holds the truth? If you truly desire the truth, then you have the first prerequisite. You cannot find what you do not seek. With such a desire, you can objectively look at the current belief system you use as your conceptual framework and check whether it promotes a selfless nature that does not infringe on the meaning and purpose of anything or anyone. 

Belief systems will take you to where you want to be, what you desire. So it boils down to individual choice. Depending on what you are looking for, you and you alone will pick which belief structure to use. Now, there is an argument here, what about those born and encultured in a set belief system? The same holds for them though it will be more challenging, daunting and painful, as some pre-existing beliefs may break. Breaking with the truth is better, as it in itself will heal to completion. It’s a matter of what you truly desire. If it is the truth you seek, then you shall find it.

 

Another thing you can also look at is the results of accepting such a belief system. The true belief system will promote a selfless, enduring nature within yourself when you faithfully practice its values. It encourages selflessness that not only moves you but others whom you impact towards good. It breaks a "me" versus "them" mentality within the self-killing division and strife. It will not promote impatience, bitterness, malice, resentment, anger, arrogance or hubris within yourself. And will allow you to see the meaning and purpose of others around you. It brings about a restorative, transformative and enduring element in its structure if applied to completion.

 

There are many belief systems out there, some very old and others seemingly new. The old ones often are accompanied by not only texts but by rituals and stories. The stories show the success or failure of people in following and adhering to that belief system. These texts can be hard to read because the stories have a context that includes the writing period. The value and importance of such stories stem from the simple fact that they have endured this long. They have something to say of significance and value, as of any historical text.

 

To understand such texts, one should not read with preconceived notions of what they should tell or teach you. Going with such a notion already means that you are selfish in your intentions. One should not assume that the people who wrote those texts were primitive or barbaric in any way. Such an assumption can lead to arrogance and hubris, which are enemies of discovery. The questions that should guide you are; what are these texts trying to show, tell and teach me? Do the lessons give me something enduring? Can it promote a selfless nature within me? 

 

The true belief system among the dictated ones is discoverable once you realize that the truth is the most vital thing in existence. It is not from the masses, but for the masses; for every single individual. The truth exists in the fabric of existence, and its nature is not to elude anyone. But one has to be humble and accept that one’s knowledge is limited; I do not know everything, to move towards the truth. It means coming to terms with how little you know about everything, not excluding yourself. 

 

Discovery is a beautiful process that will always lead you to the truth. Truths are sometimes hard to take in as they challenge not only your thinking but your perception of reality itself. Truths require departing from groups and schemas that drive thinking patterns. It requires rejecting dictation and avoiding falling into the traps of selfishness. They will test your mind but free you in the process as the intricacies of reality reveal themselves to you.