The nature of belief fascinates me. The reasons why people believe what they believe occupies much of my middle-of-the-night thinking. Actually, the reasons I believe what I believe occupies that time, but you get the idea.
I think for some simple belief in God is enough. And the phrase “simple belief” is not meant as an insult. I wish I could be that person. Life would certainly be easier. For whatever reason, I have been blessed (or cursed) with a reflective mind. Some would probably say it is my sinful nature at work, and for many years I felt guilty about my doubts, but I gave up that type of guilt long ago.
But I look at the people around me who believe in God and those who are very active in their churches, and I wonder: When they lay their heads down at night, and everything around them is quiet, do they really believe as strongly as they say they do? Or do they just say they believe because they always have and therefore it’s comfortable? Have many of them just gotten to the point that no matter what, believing in belief in God is paramount to actually believing in Him.
Ok, maybe this doesn’t make sense… but to me there is an important distinction. And I think it’s worth a few reflective thoughts.