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Is Your Belief a Conscious Choice?

 


Dear Brother Ron

I always wonder, did you choose to believe in whatever god you believe in, or is it that events in your life (experience, ideas, thoughts, discussions etc) have led you to believe as an inescapable result of those events, and you choose to adhere to the religious structure that is built around that god (i.e. religious observances, rituals and so forth)? Can you understand that events in non-believer's lives (or believers in different gods) have led them to whatever conclusions they have come to? nobody "chooses" to believe (I hope).

So, with that in mind, was your belief a conscious choice or just a result of experience?

Tiki


Dear Tiki

I guess my belief is a conscious choice resulting from my experiences. I was raised by staunch Southern Baptist parents. I have always been interested in music and, at the age of 14, I began playing professionally in clubs. The Southern Baptists decided that, since I was playing in (gasp) bars where people were (gasp) dancing and (gasp) drinking, I was not a good Southern Baptist.

Their rejection led me to a journey of discovery where I researched the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita and other religious works. My study lead me to the conclusion they were all talking about different aspects of the same God. I have now formed the Open Gate Ministry, which is open to all who seek a deeper love and understanding of God.

I personally follow the teachings of Jesus, who taught about a loving heavenly Father who has a part for all of us in his eternal plan for the universe. I do not, however, adhere to a dogma of thou-shalt-nots and eternal damnation. Our Father is not an idiot. He is not a homicidal maniac. And He is not bound by our limited understanding of time, space and probability. I spend a lot of time trying to explain to people the difference between the real God and the condensed version served up be most religious organizations.

Hope that helps.

Best always