Some Thoughts on Belief

yodaIn Hebrews 11:1 in the bible it says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Now I have never met Yoda in real life and I am not going to say that I believe that Yoda exists, but the idea contained in the picture to the left is something I do believe in. So the question comes to mind what is belief?

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
– Siddhãrtha Gautama (Buddha)

I have come to know that belief is an action. Belief is something you do. When you truly believe in something you will work to make that idea become a reality. The question does not become if you can believe. Everyone can believe in something. The question becomes is the something I believe good. If you can answer yes to that question there is no doubt in what you should do.

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