Why do we believe?

In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe?

Some of the bloggers find this prompt quite boring. it does not appeal to them so much. but I feel it is an interesting prompt which talks about the reason behind our beliefs. every one of us believes in something so it is related to everybody.
What is belief?

Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case, with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty.

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so there is a large difference between truth and belief or should I say belief comes from our ignorance of things. when we are sure about something then there is no point in believing.it becomes a fact and none believes in facts. we believe in the things which are hidden to us and we do not know whether they exist or not. we make our beliefs out of our ignorance.so the things which are unknown to us and fit in the periphery of our knowledge become our beliefs.

for instance, if we ask someone do you believe in God? then his answer will be either no or yes but he will never think about the validity of the question. he will never think that can we believe in God. because he has no idea about God, how it looks like? so due to this ignorance the belief originates.

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suppose an another situation, if we ask a person do you believe in Sun? what do you think will be his response? most probably he will say are you Mad! how can a person believe in the sun? there is no point of believing because it is in front me. I can see it with my eyes. yes, he is right. we can’t believe in the Sun. we need not believe in something which is known to us.

so if we say I believe in sth that proves that we do not know about that thing. and we expect it to be existing. our belief plays an important role. almost all the problems of our lives are the byproduct of our belief system. if we believe in God then it will be very hard for us to hear from someone that God doesn’t exist. though it has nothing to do with the existence of God. if God does not exist then our belief can’t make him exist. and if he does exist then even if the whole world say that he does not exist, his existence can not be changed.

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but this very belief that God exists or not will change our whole life. the lifestyle of the person who believes in god will be completely different from the person who doesn’t believe so. so in my view, we should have the scientific view towards things. rather than believing our focus should on knowing the things. as carl sagan has said, “I do not want to believe, I want to know.”

Daily Prompt: Reason to Believe

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16 thoughts on “Why do we believe?

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  2. This is a good post. Yet I like to challenge the “scientific view”. Science also is working with hypothesis, assuming something and finding some evidence that would support this idea. Knowledge very often is partial. We do not know everything fully.
    I suppose many inventions have been made because somebody stuck to some idea he could not fully prove just experimenting and trying.
    To me in some way hypothesis is synonymous with belief.

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  3. Hello, Dear Christen!
    I agree with you. in almost all the scientific inventions we need to make some hypothesis because nothing is absolute in this world so we need to go to some results by using some other results or by assuming something. but in the science, we do not just assume. after that, we try to know whether the assumption has any practical use or not. and whatever we assume has specific reasons. it may be due to our experience or it will be helpful to our findings.
    in the case of belief, we just believe and do not try to go for the grounds on which we made a particular belief.
    by the “scientific view”, I mean that we should not accept anything blindly. we should apply this in our life. if it holds true then it can be accepted otherwise not.
    thanks for your kind words and feedback.

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    1. Hi Vikram,
      Thanks for your explanations. I like what you say.
      On your post in your diagram you also had an overlapping of Knowledge and belief. I think belief should to be reasonable too. Foolish beliefs can lead to foolish actions.

      By the way some bloggers also have different ideas about belief. Among those who had been following this blogging prompt I found articles dealing with the belief in the own writing skills.

      Again I like your carefully thought out post! All the best to you!

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  4. mrwolfglesga

    Interesting approach! I just wanted to add a thought: some people believe that we should question even what we see, hear, and touch – that the five senses are as deceitful as our own feelings… so in that case, the Sun example might not be as clearcut as we thought… 😉

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  5. yeah, I agree with you. and you know there nothing is absolute so we need to talk in relative terms. and till they believe that it should be questioned, it can’t be proved right. but as they know this they can be considered right.
    thanks for your input 🙂

    love and light ❤
    Vikram 🙂

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    1. Hello, dear friend!
      thanks for the input, much appreciated 🙂
      maybe you are right. and what is think is that belief comes from blind acceptance and trust and faith is the outcomes of our experiences.
      our upbringing and education play a very important role in that.

      love and light ❤
      vikram 🙂

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  6. As a Christian, I believe based on the evidence for Christ’s resurrection (which the apostle Paul lays out in the opening section of 1 Corinthians 15). Would over 500 people willingly die for a lie? And I seriously doubt that many people would experience a mass-hallucination at one time. But then, the Holy Spirit gives me faith through the Word of God. One can’t believe unless the Holy Spirit supplies the faith.

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  7. rationalraj2000

    Good post. Whether you like it or not though, belief is very powerful.You may like to read the book “You will see it when you believe it” by Wayne Dyer.

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    1. I agree, beliefs are powerful but my problem is with blind faith. unless I’m not able to test it in my life it will be lame.

      thanks for the recommendation, I’ll certainly check it out.

      love and light ❤
      Vikram 🙂

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