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?