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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

IS YOUR BELIEF A PERSONALITY DISORDER?

It easy to say that you believe in God or a Supreme Being. It is more difficult to actually try to understand what you mean when you say that. What does it mean when you say that you believe in a Supreme Being? If you care to analyse yourself (honestly and objectively) you will find that we often go through life saying things to ourselves that we do not fully understand. These things we do not understand, we repeat to others and they in turn repeat to others.

Through this process, what was never understood becomes a "reality" held by many. Since it is held by many, it then becomes accepted as the "reality" or the "truth". It then becomes even more difficult to analyse the belief or thought objectively because subjective factors tend to block critical thinking. Example, the person who told you about "believing" is someone you love or your parents or your friends or someone you or society regard as "knowledgeable" or "good person". All these subjective factors may be formidable obstacles in the search for "truth" unless you are focused only on letting your research unfold itself - whatever the results.

The sentence 'I believe in God". Is it simply a sentence? Is it simply a "feeling"? Is it simply something that you feel "right to say" and uncomfortable if you do not say it? Do you know what it entails when you say that?

Let us say you strongly believe that drinking more than 2 pints of water will make you dizzy. Most probably, you may abstain from drinking that amount. But what does believe in God make you abstain from? And how did you come to believe that drinking that amount of water will make you dizzy? Was it a personal experience? Did you validate the experience though research, inquiry and thinking?

What if you believed that you are fat when actually you are thin and thus you abstain from food until you become bulimic? Doctors say this is a personality disorder. Such beliefs can cause damage to self and to others. Unvalidated beliefs may be dangerous.

What about your belief in a Supreme being? Does that cause personality disorder in you such that you lose all sense of rationality, and common sense? To answer this question, if you want to, you have to examine your belief - what is it founded on, what does it do to you, why you believe, how does that belief manifest in reality and so on.

Just sharing. What do you think?

PEACE .

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many people believe in "God".But whether the "GOD" is 'g' or "G", it varies from person to person. A non Muslim who believe that the legenda hero "Kuan Kong" as "God" may not exactly mean to be "G" to the Muslim. Likewise for other practitioner of Tao for example who worship say "Wang Mu Nian-Nian' may believe it to be "G" instead of "g".

How would they communicate with "God" in their prayer for example if there are many "gs" at the altar. Are they supposed to cite all the "gs" or only God as they so believe of ONLY ONE GOD!

Would this believe also a personality disorder or sheer ignorant or just stupid ?

caleb said...

bro,

many say they believe in God without thinking what they are saying. Maybe this is also why many who say they believe in God behave in "ungodly ways.

Good wake-up article for those who take it seriously.

thanks bro!

Anonymous said...

and your answer would be...

Jahamy said...

niasara,

you are asking who?..:)

Anonymous said...

am asking YOU,abg Jay : )...cepat jawab!!!

Anonymous said...

Sara la....sepuluh kali orang dah pesan !!! niasara...niasara.

Jahamy said...

Sara, sara, sara,

apa soalan nya?

jon pour do care said...

Salam Bro. Jay,

I think believe in GOD is the most simplest form of beiieve ! It is just that certain parties (reasons best known to them !)likes to complicate things.

To really show how you believe in GOD is simple and it goes like this:-

Most Muslims know the 'ASMA UL HUSNA' where you have the MAHA PENGASIH, MAHA PEMURAH, MAHA ADIL AND ETC. To show that you beiieve in GOD, you be all that minus the MAHA e.g. if MAHA PEMURAH, BE THE PEMURAH, PEMGASIH, ADIL AND ETC. Then to really 'endorse' your believe in GOD, make this world a better place to live for all ! ( including cats & dogs, birds & bees, kerbaus buffaloes, all la !)

Sonang bah itu ! kan..kan..kan...
SALAM.