June 19, 2009
“‘I’m afraid I’m a practical man,’ said
the doctor with gruff humor, ‘and I don’t bother much
about religion and philosophy.’
‘You’ll never be a practical man till you do.’ said
- G. K. Chesterton
Theology. Philosophy. Doctrine. Belief systems. World views. To
many people, such words define irrelevancies. “Life,” they
say, “is about work and money and relationships and all the
rest of it. I don’t have time for all that pie-in-the-sky
But the fact is, until we understand what we believe and why we
believe it, none of the rest of life makes sense. Consider: what
you believe determines …
- Your choice of career and your attitude
toward your job.
- Your desire for and your use of money.
- Your words, actions, and attitudes in all your relationships.
And the list goes on. The fact is, everything
in life that you think, say, or do is based upon your theological
or philosophical belief system. Read that again, slowly. Now, can you really say
that thinking through what you believe is irrelevant? When what
you believe determines all the subsequent nitty-gritty of life … how
you act in it, and how you respond to it?
Are you going to go through life like a puppet on strings, not
knowing why you do all that you do? Or are you going to choose
carefully what you believe, so that you know exactly and for all
time why you then choose to do all that you do and say and think?
well do you know your own theological or philosophical belief
system? Why do you do the things you do, say the things you say,
and think the things you think?
- Is your belief system your own,
or have you simply accepted a belief system handed to you by
your family, your church, or your society?
- If you have accepted someone else’s belief system
without truly making it your own, take the time to examine it
carefully: Is it a good and true belief system, supporting godly principles?
If so, make the decision to purposefully take it as your own.
Is it a belief system that is riddled with falsehoods, supporting
worldly principles? If so, you will need to spend serious time
and effort renouncing the lies and distortions and replacing
them with God’s truth.