I have a question for you today. What if a person came back from the dead and told you everything you believed was wrong how would you react?
Would you change the foundations of your belief system and believe in what they say or just go on doing what you have done so far?
Changing your belief system, especially things you've learned from childhood isn't all that easy.
Mostly those who are not so firm in their faith find it easy to change their belief system.
I remember the struggle I had to go through when I had to change mine.
As though that wasn't enough I had to face the trauma of facing the questioning of my family members.
It was a tough phase, I am happy that they did see the truth of what I believe in and went through the process themselves and changed on their own belief systems.
When you delve deep into the Holy scriptures you discover what you seek. Most people including myself never really search. We just read it like we read another book, not questioning what you believe in or why you believe what you believe.
Faith which comes from traditions and upbringing has a lot of superstitions added to it. When you decide to go through the whole act of discovering your personal faith and dig deep into the scripture you tend to ask questions that were never answered before.
Then you read more, delve deeply and figure out the why and wherefores of truth. In the journey of deep discovery you figure out the truth from the tradition, the fact from the fiction, the spiritual from the ritual.
You have the freedom to ask any questions because you know you will find the answers in the text.
The process is hard but when you get there you know why you believe what you believe. It's not because your father or mother or ancestors believed in it. You believe because you figured the truth for yourself.
However, let's assume that you never really went through the whole process of discovering your faith and if someone came from the dead and told you all that you've believed on was a lie, how would you react?
Would you take their word for the truth? Would you question where they came from? Would you look at them as deceivers? Would you go back to search for the truth in your Holy books?
Strangely, what I have noticed is that not many people read their holy books. They learn it by heart, quote it, but never really have a personal revelation of what the scriptures says to them.
In fact where I come from people are not even sure of their holy books. They read mythology while leaving their scriptures to their priests.
Priests interpret them to suit their needs.
So back to my question, what would you do?
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