Lesson: What Do You Believe?

There are many "stories" around us.  Which ones are believable to you?
  * Ma Tsu: a girl standing on the beach holding a light for her father, and became a goddess of fertility
  * Reincarnation: when a person dies, he will be given a potion to forget the past life, and depending on his behavior, he may become a higher level animal or lower one.

Are they believable to you?  Why or why not?

Where do these stories come from?
  * efforts to explain things
  * fill spiritual voids
  * establish means of influence and control
  * efforts to get people to believe

What are your basis of evaluating the "believability" of these things?
 1. conformity to existing knowledge or logic
 2. conformity to social traditions
 3. result can be reproduced or derived

Are they are always reliable?  Do you agree with all of them?  Are these the only rules?  Can something still be wrong even if they meet all the criteria?

Now let's turn to stories in the Bible:
  * The parting of Red Sea
  * The stopping of the sun during the times of Joshua
  * Resurrection of Jesus

What makes these stories any different?  Do you think a non-Christian will see any difference in them?

Is it OK to want to find the Truth?  Should we take in everything in the Bible without a bit of thinking?  What is really afraid of examinations, truth or lies?

If there are things in the Bible that cannot be explained with simple logic, do we discount them or ignore them?  What should we do?

What is faith?  Is it blindly accepting everything, or believing those that are found to be consistent with everything in the Bible?  How do you know what to believe?

Fallacy of many Christians: never thinking, told to believe in something but never trying to find out what they are

*** Ignorance is not faith; it is the lack of understanding for something that you pretend to believe.  How to believe in something that you do not know?

Are there things that we may never know or understand?  How do we deal with them?

This lesson was developed by George Huang.  Got a question or want to publish this lesson?  E-mail me.

Last updated: 2/20/2000