It had been a long day and the journey home on public transport just added to the length of it all. As I sat on the train waiting for the doors to close so that we could continue our journey a woman walked in and found a seat opposite mine. She was wearing a singlet top with just one word across the front of it …. believe.
Believe in what? The top didn’t say but it looked like some kind of sportswear so I was guessing something like, “believe in yourself” or “believe and you can achieve”.
I’m hoping that the woman knew what she was believing but I wonder if there is anything inherently worthy in the simple act of believing? Is the value of believing in having a belief of some kind or in the subject of that belief?
It’s not the first time I’ve seen the word ‘believe’ on its own as if it’s an end in itself. It seems to be considered that there is virtue in the simple act of belief but surely some beliefs are disturbing or even dangerous.
Is being sincere in some kind of belief enough or are some beliefs more helpful than others?
Sincerity in the belief that some races are better and more deserving than others doesn’t make racism any less abhorrent. Believing that you can ignore the needs of others while you climb the ‘ladder of success’ doesn’t make that belief right or respectable.
Belief on its own might give temporary comfort but belief that is backed up by truth is a great foundation on which to build. Don’t tell me you believe. Tell me what you believe.
I believe in Jesus. The Jesus that walked this earth. Fully God. Fully man. I believe that those who take the time to fully investigate the Jesus of the Bible, rather than the Jesus of popular opinion, will find someone they can believe too.
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