Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Our Need to Believe

"You get to choose in what and you get to choose how much you will believe or how little. You are already a universe of belief. Whether you believe in science or Buddha or Jesus or Oprah or yourself, you believe in something. While you may have thought yourself above the need to believe, you're just like the rest of us.

"You get to pick what you believe in, but you have no say over your need to believe. You shouldn't really need to make sense of life to enjoy it, but there it is every day nagging at you.

"Believing as an intellectual exercise is dificult enough, but our need to believe goes much deeper than that. The Enlightenment changed what it means to believe. To believe can mean nothing more than to agree with data. When Jesus spoke of believing, he meant something very different. To believe is to wrap your soul around something. To believe in God has to do with trusting. What you believe in is what you trust in and, more important, who you trust." ~ Erwin McManus, Soul Cravings

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