Exploring the Definition of Belief

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Variables of Belief

The definition of belief can take on variables, which ultimately lead down different paths that may resolve into many significant meanings.

Belief is ubiquitous within its confines, which can cause confusion when it comes to the semantics of the term itself.

By definition, belief comes in two common forms. One is with objectivity, and the other without. An object is defined as something that has shape and form, or alternatively, can be understood as something of use, or purpose.

Firstly, I will try to tackle the objective definition in terms of what one may believe and why. The famous saying, “I will believe it, when I see it,” is the common phrase when doubting something, but when we see it with our mind’s eye, the doubt, or misunderstanding changes to something that is more tangible. This means that what we understand or discern, is a fact within objective parameters.


Rational Conclusions

The obtained knowledge can be a positive, or negative assertion from a repeatable occurrence that we see, taste, hear, smell, or touch. This gives credence to the statement, “without a doubt.” This leads to proof, which establishes something as "truth." The state of the matter is concluded because of the "truth" of the matter; therefore, a rational conclusion would lead to a belief, without a doubt, of the matter in question.


What a lot of debates and arguments are on is the “state of the matter,” pardon the pun.

Wonderful World (song)

I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world


Bob Thiele, George David Weiss


Wonderful World (poem)

I can see

Trees and grass,

The sun and sky;

I can taste

Chocolate ice cream,

Apple pie;

I can hear

Music, laughter,

Words you said;

I can smell

Perfume, flowers,

Baking bread;

I can touch

Silk and velvet,

A baby's skin;

What a wonderful

World I'm in!

Eva Grant

The Sixth Sense

Secondly, to believe something subjectively takes on a quite different perspective, which is the belief in something that may not be seen, proven, or disproved. This is a belief in something that we cannot absolutely prove. This is where the term faith takes an active role with a belief. This is a belief that there is a higher knowledge, purpose, or deity, which may give one a reason or purpose for existing. Although there is no tangible proof, the result of faith may give meaning, purpose, perspective and resolve, etc… to the mysteries of life.

Faith in God could be considered this way:


"Although we cannot absolutely prove God's existence, He absolutely proves Himself to us apart from our own free will to believe in the evidence of Him."

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we do not see. - 2 Corinthians 5:7

To believe, is to be confident that something does exist. To exist, in essence, is to believe that something has being. Being is something that is made of matter, or the essence of something that is not.

Purpose

What we believe in will reveal our purpose, or lack of, for life. Purpose will give credence and loyalty to a belief. As we walk through life, the paradigms of our beliefs are often put to the test, and challenged by others. The trust and confidence in our belief system may become stronger, or weaker depending on the internal and external influences put upon it.

How can we be assured that what we believe in is actually valid and true?

We can believe in only the existing ideas as only having validity, or be open to seeking purpose beyond them. Without real tangible proof, faith will enter into a belief system. Faith comes from personal experience, and the conviction of the belief comes from pondering and reasoning it out in our minds. This is where credence is given to a certain belief system. Many stake their own claim, stance, or influence to that.

Certainly, if the mind accepts it, and is also transformed by that belief, does proving it stay relevant to appeasing an opposing perspective?

God of Wonders (a song)

Lord of all creation

Of water, earth, and sky
The heavens are Your tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on High

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of heaven and earth

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
And as I stumble through the darkness
I will call Your name by night

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth

Early in the morning

I will celebrate the light
And as I stumble through the darkness
I will call your name by night

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares your majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth ~ Chris Tomlin


Believe in God Spray
Believe in God Spray

The Battle of Belief

The battle of belief is about the credibility of it. This credit comes from the perceptions of man through personal experience. One can give credit to a belief as trustworthy and notable, or not. Although something may seem trustworthy, it is only one factor of many factors to be weighed out.

Our belief system often has a reliance on something other than our own selves. If one had no reliance on anything, that person would be quite unique and unreliable. Reliance, in essence, is trusting in the real, original source of the belief to attain the objective. If there is no source, how can there be an objective?

Everyone has a faith, or belief in something, but it is only through their own faith, or lack thereof that justifies the belief system. Is it true then that, “The end justifies the means”?

What we ultimately encounter in life, will bring out our own objective proof of who we really are, based on what we believe. It encompasses our own reality as it appears, or thought of to be. Belief is attained in what we observe and comprehend, what we observe and don’t comprehend, and what we don’t observe, but comprehend.

Belief simply put, is limited to the confines we put on the very term itself, or will change if we are open to it.

For example, one may want to believe in something more, but prejudice and bitterness may hinder them from "seeing" the truth by the result of buying these type of items in the ad above.

Egoism
Egoism
Hedonism
Hedonism
Materialism
Materialism
Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism
Idealism
Idealism

Causation

What is the causation of belief when physicalism construes, sciences are insolent toward each other, and the phenomenal and supernatural are minimized? There is so much ambiguity in the very word of belief.

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Belief could be considered having faith, or not, in something objective, or not.

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“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. - John 6:44

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"...there is no conceivable experiment which could decide between materialism [i.e., type-identity theory] and epiphenomenalism" (Smart (1958), p. 156)

Seeking truth...
Seeking truth...

"Belief is being faithful and true by seeking a higher truth, which is by letting the One who is Faithful and True, by grace, add the capital "T" to Truth, thereby changing belief to its truest definition."

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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Wow, excellent writing, love the poems and songs.


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PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Thanks Mike,

I am glad you liked it. God bless you my friend.

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