how do you define your philosophy?

28 02 2006

An interesting quote I came across :

As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation — or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused into a single, solid weight: self doubt, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind’s wings should have grown.

Do you know what you believe? And why? And do you really know, or do you just speculate and hope what you know is true?

There is Truth out there, regardless of what some people say. And you can find it. God wants us to find what life is all about, for us to find our purpose. The question is : do we really care about finding the Truth? So many people these days make up their own beliefs, combining various sources (perhaps subconsciously) into what they think is true, and that is dangerous. These people end up living a lie, and they will answer to God for what they believe. And let me say this — the Truth is the Truth, regardless of what you or anyone else believes. Just because you may not like some of the Truth or if it doesn’t fit with your beliefs, that doesn’t make the Truth any different.

We need to be careful where we get our info, because there are so many opinions out there that aren’t right. There are even people who might mean well and yet be wrong. But there are people who really know what they’re talking about and know the Truth, and we should learn what we can. And of course we should seek an encounter with God because He knows what our life is about, since He created us!

What we believe determines how we live our life, and we’ll each have to answer to God for what we did with our life. So it’s not something to take lightly…




2 responses

28 02 2006
Robert Mays

I am in total agreement. Recently I had a chance to sit and talk with Josh McDowell. Being one of the most profound apologist of the Christian faith, he had a great concern about the state of Christians today. (note that he did not say the state of Christianity. God is in charge of His church and it will always be wonderful.) He said that too many people state to believe the Bible and yet do not have any basis as to why they believe it. Not to say that the Bible is insuffiecient as evidence, but to say that the Bible is to be known and known about. The Bible is God’s Word and that’s why we believe it, but how do we know that it is God’s Word? That is what he means. Base your life on the Word of God, but make sure that you believe that every word is the actual Word of God. I believe beyond belief that the Holy Bible is God’s Word, and I know why now. For more info, see, “Evidence that demands a verdict,” by Josh McDowell.

28 02 2006

FYI, the quote is actually from Ayn Rand, who I don’t agree with in almost every way. It shows that even with good intentions of sifting through the world’s various philosophies, one can be misled. That’s why we must be very careful in seeking after the Truth, not settling for what is comfortable or what seems to make sense at first glance…

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