I like the analogy of being on a tread mill... it's fitting, because many people suffer when they refuse the constant subconscious call to search for truth (as they would fall on a treadmill if they stopped walking). Still, I also see some goodness in the journey of believing in Jesus as Savior. I do not believe as I did before, but I do see that believing in Jesus was not 100% harmful, but inspired some good also & I respect that in others to an extent.Mysterio448 wrote:I agree with this idea completely. It has long been my belief that truth is not a destination but a journey. Thus one must always be seeking the truth; you can never fully find it. One problem with Christianity is that Christians believe they have found the truth, which means that they have stopped searching. Ceasing to search for the truth is like ceasing to move while on a moving treadmill; forward progress is the only means of stability. The belief that one has found truth is an illusion, causing one to venerate a truth-claim at the expense of the truth.Newme wrote:I believe our beliefs are always subjective to some degree, and ideally, we responsibly choose beliefs that are the most healthy and productive, knowing that to some degree, we are wrong, no matter what we believe.
As you mentioned, "the belief that one has found truth is an illusion" - but that also goes for Atheism or any other group thought that wants to do all the thinking for you. Discovering truth is a life-long process and as we've agreed, we never fully find it... YET... if we allow the knowledge of our ignorance to paralyze us, what good are we for? We must exercise some faith - or trust in what we think, feel and then act on it.
Basically, it comes down to what is functional to believe? What inspires one to do good, even when what is truly good changes with each circumstance and moment? IMO, there are much more serious battles to be fought than the coping method of religion. There are much more dangerous coping methods - like ignorance regarding poverty & other harms, addictions that ruin lives (which arguably is sometimes religiously-oriented). It's about moderation. A study revealed that of 3 groups, 2 did worse in physical healing - those who had NO religious affiliation & those who were VERY involved religiously. The group that did best were those who were moderately involved religiously. Metaphysics, the placebo effect and Jesus teach "as a man thinketh in his heart so is he." Personally, I try to take the good in any book, doctrine, etc.,, and leave the rest.