The word ‘believe’ is one of the most commonly used in everyday conversation—I believe this or that. In fact, it is so common as to control the thought processes of most people whom I have observed. It seems to be so ordinary as to dominate many people’s life patterns. A classic example is the widespread belief that the Covid-19 vaccine is intrinsically dangerous. So, lets examine the validity of beliefs.
The first thing that must be done is to define the word ‘belief’. A belief is accepting an idea or concept about something as being true without proof— scientific, philosophical, or otherwise. History has shown that, since the inception of record-keeping, beliefs without proofs have been the most destructive forces civilization has ever known . Likely, a book enumerating all the problems created by ‘false beliefs’ would be too heavy for any individual to lift—and those would just be beliefs imposed on their subjects by Kings, Rulers, Religious Hierarchy, and government agencies of all types.
The afore-mentioned address only large segments of society at any given time. What about personal beliefs? There’s a old, but very true, saying that ‘Perception is Reality’. What that means is that anything we ‘believe’ becomes ‘truth’ for us—factually, it may be, and frequently is, totally false. You may say; what difference does it make, and I would say, everything. Just look at some of the myriad of undesirable consequences—here, again, a book listing them all would be voluminous. Lets examine a few.
Interpersonal relationships are wrecked routinely by false beliefs and or/assumptions about someone else. Many of those false concepts may be based on a prejudicial, stereotypical attitude towards another person’s ‘looks’ or ‘peculiar habits’. A major spinoff of such expressed belief is the prejudicing of others such as friends, children, etc., about that person. In another vein, we see the terrible psychological consequences, particularly instilled into little children, by irrational ‘fear beliefs’—those, so afflicted, frequently become permanently disabled in a given sphere of life and have no understanding of why.
In our ever-day lives, on a moment to moment basis, we are required to make judgements based on ‘beliefs’, without knowing whether or not they are true. For instance, how often do you hear someone say ‘they took or didn’t take a certain road or street’ because of ‘such and such’—their reasoning is usually based on past experience and could be considered justified, but it may be false.
Needless to say, it behooves us to be ‘cautious’ in our beliefs. Past experience plus scientific knowledge are likely the two best supporters for ‘realistic belief’.
Historically, belief in a god (God) has caused more turmoil and strife in society than any other singular entity—the reason being, each person’s god was/is different from everyone’s else. How could that be? It is a known fact that every society in recorded history ‘believed’ in a higher power or god. The problem arose because no one could define the essence of that god. Everyone’s god was different—so, they fought, and fought, and fought. Guess what—they’re still fighting.
Just a reminder—there was a time in the foundation of so-called Christianity, the Catholic Church, that failure to accept a particular belief meant certain torture followed by death on a pile of burning wood. For example, the Church proclaimed the earth to be flat—deny that, and you get burned; sex on any elevated structure meant certain burning because the vibrations from such activity might cause the flat earth to topple off its five crocked, wobbly, legs into the netherworld below; failure to accept the earth as ‘the center of the universe’ meant certain incineration (Galileo story); belief that the ‘Holy Land’ belonged to the Church justified the Crusades and the ensuing slaughter of thousands. One of the most bizarre beliefs was in ‘witches’—even the Protestants partook of that one, and brought it to the New World with hanging of witches before the government stopped the practice.
So here we are today in a world filled with hostility generated by a belief in an unidentified god. However, by the ‘Grace of God’, I have been able to irrefutably identify and define the essence of our God once and for all—God is a Perfect Rational Being. That rationality pervades, and makes and keeps perfect, everything in this universe(s). One has to look into the ultimate limits of creation and existence to understand that Perfection—that is Quantum Mechanics (particle physics).
Most people are educated in the basic understanding of chemistry and classical physics— most understand the basic laws of gravity. That is the visible, palpable, world we live in. Those laws are predicable and trustworthy—we have put a human on the moon as an example. Moreover, there are millions, maybe billions, of examples right in our everyday lives which we take for granted—none of that science was known five hundred years ago—peoples lives were regulated by ‘beliefs’, almost all of which were erroneous and based on the pseudo-science of astrology.
So how is it that I can proclaim the essence of God when I can’t even prove God’s existence. Admittedly, I am required to say ‘I believe” there is God, but here is why I’m justified in saying it. In chemistry, we learn the make-up of basic gravid material. We know that atoms are composed of protons, neutron and electrons—we know that atoms react with each other in various ways to form molecules—we know that molecules act and react with each other in various ways to form basic materials—we know that basic materials can be formulated to assist in the creation of all sorts of objects which we may use in various ways in our daily lives. However, what most people don’t know is what the protons and neutrons are made of—therein lies the basis for my, not only believing (accepting) a concept of God , but , more importantly, being able and mandated to define God’s essence. That field of endeavor is known as Quantum mechanics.
We learn in Quantum Mechanics that protons and neutrons are sub-divisible. They are composed of multiple, indivisible, indistinguishable from each of its kind, particles which are perfect in both form and function. Collectively, they are the smallest particles of energy of which everything is made. Since not a single one of them can be created nor destroyed, and since each is perfect in both form and function (meaning it cannot possibly change), each and all exist in eternity. Each is doing, always has done, and always will do exactly what it was designed to do, and do it perfectly. These particles have names such as electron, quark, boson, photon, to name a few. The knowledge of that universal perfection allowed me to see the ‘Real God’—I had/have a realistic scientific basis for my belief.
Not only do I have a realistic basis for my understanding of God’s essence, but I have a clear picture of the Trinity God. I’ll try to paint that picture for you. Before there was time, God existed in what is known as ‘The Singularity’. With his Perfect Intellect, he reflected upon himself and thereby created a perfect mirror image of himself (the Son). Since both exist in eternity, both are living beings. So what choice would two perfect intellects viewing each other have but to love (chose, accept, will) each other. That perpetual loving, accepting, choosing, willing of each other carries the image of its generators—we call that the Holy Spirit—the Will of God.
God visualized the conversion of his energy into all of those tiny particles which make up everything in our vast universe, and they became his reflection, and he says ‘hum’, I love that, I will that. Therefore, in my assessment, I have proclaimed that the Will of God (The Holy Spirit) is indelibly stamped onto every one of those tiny particles—thereby, they are perfect always. The moment God said, “I will that”, time began. Time is a measure of change. The little particles, themselves, never change, but the stuff they make up is constantly changing and in a perfectly ordered fashion. Everything that has ever happened or that ever will happen is the perfect consequence of all the consequences that went before beginning with the Big Bang—the moment God said ‘I Will that”.
You may say, as I did, “where does Jesus fit into that picture?”. It became instantly obvious to me that Jesus, just as we and everything in existence, are mirror images of God. With his super-human intellect, Jesus saw through the psychology of human, animal, plant, and inanimate existences—he recognized the singular evil of selfishness in all—he saw himself as, not only God’s mirror image, but as a ‘sacrificial lamb’ who must die in atonement for that evil. He knew that love (acceptance) by us, not only of God, but of all creation was necessary for peace and happiness. They killed him for that assessment.
Furthermore, and sadly, no one, to date, has listened to Jesus. Each, in turn, has made a mockery of his teaching. They have ignored his only meaningful words, while, at the same time, distorting his other words. Consequently, we have perpetual turmoil—will we ever learn?—seems, likely, not. My two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality spell out that philosophy precisely. You will obtain ‘objective reasons’ for your beliefs in their reading. However, you must read with an open mind which demands that this problem’s solution, and all problem’s solutions, must begin with the source—in this case with a definition of the essence of God. If you cannot define your God’s essence, your god is a myth.