Believing Truth

What exactly does it mean to “believe”? Who determines what is and isn’t right? Why is it not up to a person to come up with their own set of rights and wrongs? How do we confirm what is believed to be truth?

These are questions that have pestered me over the years in my fight to determine truth. Determining truth is not easy. Truth to one person is a lie to another. There are rules and regulations set forth by the government to ensure order. As time changes, ideas change along with culture which causes a shift in the minds of many on what truth is. These laws are constantly changing, which is why there are amendments. With the power to change the law, it brings the ability to change humanity’s version of “truth”.

“We have a right to believe whatever we want,
but not everything we believe is right.” 
― Ravi Zacharias

How I’ve come to determine truth

I grew up believing in God and raised in a sheltered church environment. Occasionally, I would let the rebel out and do things I knew a “church girl” shouldn’t do thanks to curiosity. The Samoan culture I grew up around always acknowledged God in every event and occasion so I was use to being surrounded by the belief in God. Once I moved to Utah for school, it was a completely different environment from the one I was use to. I was use to a place where God came first in everything and going to a secular-ish school completely changed my entire mindset.

I realized there were other “truths” out there that influenced what I believed was right. For example, I started believing drunkenness was OK as long as I wasn’t hurting anyone. I accepted the idea of “do what makes you happy” as my ultimate truth. Eventually it wasn’t working out and I revamped my definition of “truth” to “a relationship with God (the Christian one) makes you happy”.

Instead of binding myself to religious laws I saw as truth, I learned to live in the freedom of love which comes from Jesus. So far, it hasn’t proved me wrong. I believe in the message of the grace of God shown through Jesus’ death on the cross. Although this may be right to me, it may be a completely different story for you. What do you believe is right? How does your version of truth influence what you believe to be right?

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Started Out At Blogger, Now I’m Here

Its been a while since I’ve actually had my own personal blog. I had an account at blogger that I quickly lost interest of only because I got caught up with running a business and other shenanigans. I always purposed to go back to blogging, but it never happened until now.

I recently started teaching media and realized how can I teach about blogging when I’m unfaithful to my own blog.  Since my blogger account is a devotional blog, I decided why not try WordPress and restart my blogging adventure since it uses the same format & design as Edublogs which I’m currently using for my media classes.

It’s nearly 12 AM Sunday and here I am restarting my blogging journey. I’m literally putting into action “there’s no better time than the present” because I should be halfway through my sleeping journey right now so I don’t go on one in church. I guess you could say this is my journal for all the world to read and be inspired or let down by. Thanks for reading and prepare to be amused…or not.

BTW. If you want to view my old blog, here’s the link: http://www.samoansword.blogspot.com