Belief Systems are some of the most powerful and deadly things to ever exist.
They caused loving parents to poison their babies in
Jonestown. They caused parents
place the lives of their children and themselves in a deadly situation in Waco.
Millions of Americans witnessed the actions of those who believed it was
God's will to fly jet airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York on
September 11, 2001.
Even though the above examples were the results of
different Religious Belief Systems, they also shared something in common:
"Blind recourse to texts embraced as literal truth" and "the injunction to follow the commandments of God before anything else"
-- sound familiar?
How powerful are these beliefs?
The Biblical Heritage Center understands the
importance of belief systems and the role they play in our lives. They serve as the foundations for our security, the basis for
our values and way of life, and the standards to which we turn when faced with
important decisions. They are
primary factors in forming the way we see the world, our realities, the way we
relate to one another -- and even the laws that we pass to govern our country.
They are the primary generators that produce trust, distrust, love, and
hatred between people and peoples.
Fear, ignorance, incomplete or false
information, and the intentional suppression of conflicting or contradicting
information by those in authority are the bricks and mortar from which these
deadly Religious Belief Systems are built.
They are literally mental prisons, but most of the inmates do not
We can no longer ignore the potential
danger of unchecked Religious Belief Systems, which hide behind the phrase --
"it's God will." Religious
Belief Systems can be evaluated and tested -- anyone can learn how to do this if
they have access to factual information.
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