The above is neither wrong nor right. It is just a way of meeting life and newness. A limited way.
For instance, every religion has beliefs. Those beliefs will shape up the way we perceive life. A collective perception of life will give the illusion of “rightness.”
A desire that we have may bring an expectation, which needs to be fulfilled. A human tendency is to manipulate the events occurring in “reality” to fit our own beliefs.
That is why, honesty cannot survive along beliefs.
For example, we typically believe that Science is the yardstick for “truth.” We may fail to realize that scientific instruments measuring something are just an extension of our senses and those senses that we possess have a particular way of perceiving “reality.”
That is why, it is said that the only thing that we can “know” is ourselves. That is the ultimate. That knowing takes some “time” to be alone with yourself.
It takes time and patience to peel off the layers of beliefs, traditions and cultural upbringing, which are latent in our personality as a way to meet “reality.”
Let me give another example. This link will show the basic Christian beliefs. This could be for any other religion as well.
All of those beliefs are fine if someone wants to believe in that. However, there is nothing for self-knowledge in those beliefs. That is, there is nothing that I could experience as true in myself. It is just intellectual stuff.
The above holds true for every monotheistic religion. It is about worshiping God and forgetting about “you.”
This is one of the most conflictive items in the conscience of individuality.
“I” forget “myself” to remember and worship what “I” believe to be God. That is the “method” offered by religions to forget “yourself.” To conquer what is believed to be “ego.”
If God is not meant to show you the beauty and potential of who “you” are, then who needs God? 🙂
Another King to worship? Another Queen to be fearful of? Another Lord to serve in His quest to conquer evil?
If you refuse… You are doomed…. for eternity 🙂
Do you see from which beliefs the above come from?
Your belief could be “real” for you, but it will not make a change in your consciousness. You may be able to look at the world and “reality” in a determined way, however. All according to your beliefs.
For instance, I could believe in predestination and time being cyclical and repetitive. This belief will not make the change in consciousness necessary to live a life of fulfillment.
It is merely intellectual information, which is unable to change consciousness; but information that could bring however, intellectual answers for a curious mind or intellectual doubts as well.
When consciousness changes there is openness to see in different ways. A belief merely narrows down the options. Obviously, we could start our own path of Spirituality from a belief, but a belief is just like an eggshell.
It protects you from something, but it does not allow you to grow.
That is why, it could be necessary to break free from the eggshell.
That is if you are ready.