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Tales Of Poets And Sages

Tales Of Poets And Sages

Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?

I remember the first time I was asked that question. Go ahead and read it a couple more times. It’s not easy to digest. Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? When disaster strikes, do you find yourself clinging to or questioning your beliefs? Do you know what you are living for, or are you making it up as you go along? When it comes down to it, most of us are hypocrites – people who believe one thing intellectually and believe another thing practically. The man who believes in a personal and all-seeing God shouldn’t struggle with personal addictions when he is “alone” any more than he would when his wife and kids are home.

I think that there are a few reasons for this common hypocrisy. The first is, of course, that some beliefs demand more that we can give. Some people suddenly throw in the towel after spending years trying to be good enough to enter Heaven. The stress of devotion forced a wedge between what they do and what they mean to do. Sometimes, beliefs are simply impractical. I am always fascinated when I meet someone who preaches that humanity is a worthless accident and still gives to charity. The existentialism is impractical day-to-day, so they live according to common law even though they don’t know why. Of course, a lot of us may not know our own beliefs well enough to understand why the examples I gave are problematic. This leads us to the fourth reason for common hypocrisy.

Simply put, many of us don’t believe what we say we believe because we just don’t care. Let’s be honest, how many books on worldview have you read before you came here? If you have avoided arguments about truth so far, then there is little I can do to raise your opinion of it. This is why I want to start our journey here. I want to look at the benefits of belief. I think that we can figure out what truth claim will give us the most fulfillment without having to use any word that ends with -ology. Once this first adventure ends, then perhaps we will have the stamina required to speak like sages. Until then, welcome to the Tales of the Poet.

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