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Beliefs can Change
Beliefs Can Change
When I think about the way things have turned out in my life I learn from certain experiences. When I was young I worked hard and earned money. That money that I earned was used in many different ways. I was able to provide for myself and to help others. I can not say tht I am completely happy with they way that I used my money to help others though. Why do I say that? Well, it really is a long story but I will give a summerized explaination.
When I was young I was taught to go to church and be a good Christian. I was taught a lot of different things and indoctrinated to uphold certain beliefs. One of those beliefs included giving money to churches. I remember hearing the pastors say that we need to give 10 percent of our earning to the church and that this is an act of “obedience to God”. I was taught that if you did not pay tithes that you were being “disobeidient to God”. The way that I was taught was that it is a commandment from God to give tithes to the church that you attend. I was taught if I really loved God I would go above and beyond tithes and give offerings too. Sometime the preachers would even tell us to pay more than 10 percent.
At the time I did not really question it because I have to admit at the time I looked at pastors and people in positions of authority in church groups as people that were chosen by God to be spokes people for God himself. In other word I really believed these people were being used by God to speak through them. I did not really have a much deeper understanding than that. It was as if I did not think that these people were capable of lying or being deceived themselves. After all, they were anointed “Pastors” and “Church Leaders” right.
As I got older I began to see and hear different things that went on in churches. I would hear of church leaders comitting adultry, lying, and stealing from people ect. Then I studied a bit about Church history and how there were false doctrines taught in churches. Then I started learning about the crusades. Learning these things helped me to be able to consider and question my own beliefs and to question different teachings and people in authority.
Later on I studied the subject of tithes and found that tithes was not even a new testament command. It was rather a doctrine that was made by people in order to get money for various reasons. The extent of these reasons are multitudinous. I could actually spend a lot of time just taking about some of them but that would take a long time.
I learned that tithes had to do with the old testament preisthood. That really helped me because I had one less thing to feel guilty about if I did not pay tithes at church. When I learned the truth about these things I was more relieved that I was angry. However, I do feel that I have a right to be angry but I think that it is of little use to be angry at the people who teach these things because I look at many of those people as just people that are teaching the things that they were taught and believe to be true. In other words they do not know any better. I do think that there are people who do know better and expoit others for their own personal gain in the packaging of the greater good for humanity. I do think that this is a reason to be angry but I do not let that anger consume me.
If you are reading these things that I am saying you my be asking what scriptual text can I use to back up a lot of the information that I am writing about? That is a valid question but I am going to leave it up to the reader to reseearch these things themselves. I am writing these things because they are what is currently on my mind and I want to write about it.
Now that I am older and I have come to a point of my life where I am not fearful to question authority or beliefs that I have been indoctrinated to believe. It has taken a lot of time to come learn how to accept that many of the things that I have been taught are not as accuate as I thought or believed them to be at the time.