I have a question I have been wondering about lately.
We all like to defend our own beliefs, even if its not religious nature. Even if its a compare and contrast between our favorite tv shows or favorite books…we still defend our opinions.
Why? Because we all understand everything based on our lived experience. And life has taught us some hard lessons which have, in turn qualified our beliefs. So when someone comes along and says that we are wrong in some belief, in our subconscious mind they are discrediting our very lives.
Do we feel that something bad may happen to us if we dont defend our opinions? No, but if we don’t defend our opinions(unless proven to be wrong, in which case we ought to let humility rule over us), then something bad will happen to us[we become a coward]
Do we fear that if we dont…that we will somehow be reduced to a “dying breed”? We will become a “dying breed” if we don’t. Not like an endangered species but like a wick whose light [Christ]is going out
Do we fear that if the above does indeed happen, that it may somehow risk Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs? namely belongingness? If someome feels fear of losing this then the above has probably already happened
Why do we cling to some opinions and not others? Why does a door latch in only one direction? Because it fits.
Why do we feel so threatened if someone else’s opinions differ from our own? Because our very lives are at stake and we need for our lives to have meaning and purpose.
Why are free-will, formation of opinion, and self-importance so closely laced with fear?Pride! And prides only true fear is humility, which if we sought after it and embraced it we would not be so concerned with defending our own opinions but would rejoice with others in their own faith journey and thus we would not be having this conversation.
Furthermore, why is fear such a strong emotion? Because one of Satan’s greatest weapon against us is fear and so he fools us into dwelling on it.
Why?]Christ said many many times in the scriptures, “do not be afraid”, and we do not listen to him very well. Satan just wants us to do the exact opposite of what Christ tells us
So in conclusion, gain humility to lose our pride to drive out all fear so that we can rejoice with those around us in that common thread of hope which is our salvation.
God bless you and you families!