When your beliefs get bowled over by the truth!

"Bowling for Truth" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Bowling for Truth” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Ya. The cartoon you see here is based on one I did almost 10 years ago. I like this one better.

So… this pretty much happened to me. And still is.

We tend to believe our thoughts. It’s very difficult to let this be challenged.

I know some will say that I perceive the ball to be truth, but that too can be entirely subjective, amounting to falsehood. They say the thing about deception is you don’t know you’re being deceived. You get to the point where a lie is believed to be true.

I used to think it was just particular beliefs that would be bowled over and knocked down and cleaned away. But no. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is belief itself that is being challenged.

So that only forces me further to examine my thoughts. Test them. Question them. The axe to the root kind of thing.

Not easy. But necessary.

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3 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    lol! My beliefs just got knocked down by ‘questions’… no truth was needed. 😉

  2. I think questions are vehicles of truth.

  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    I think giving up on “truth” is important.
    The “truth” Christians (and other folks speak about) is silly.
    Not the truths they claim (though those are silly too), but the very notion of truth they speak of is silly.
    I agree with you David — or I think I do.
    Beliefism is the thought that there is such thing as right belief that wins heaven. And “right belief” is “right belief in the truth” — and “the truth” is right belief. It is circular nonsense.

    As I write all over my blog, the big problem is that we don’t understand ourselves, our own minds, how and why we act. We are under the illusion of huge control, certainty and solidity.

    Now when it comes to cooking , working, and all the other stuff, life is more simple, but when it comes to right belief or truth, things get sloppy.

    “Truth” is an abstraction — and as in all abstraction, they lack solidity, they are contrived, they are packed with agenda. So we need to throw away most uses of “truth” as they float around in religious circles.

    So, David, I agree with you about the silliness of faith and belief. The next step is “truth”.

    All those continue into a person’s life after rejecting their old religion — they are the last ghosts of the silliness of their religious self-deception. Sure, they may be useful, but they are only that — not substantial.

    Sorry, waxing too philosophical

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