ANSWERS: 10
  • Yes, before believing you question, after believing you question, but at some time all questions are resolved within yourself. Then you may question others, but keep in-mind that each of us must arrive at what we believe in alone.
  • no i dont agree.
  • I definitely agree. I see beliefs as very fluid things - they depend on both the world around us and beyond. It is only sensible that when new evidence comes to light regarding these beliefs that we re-evaluate our positions, otherwise how can we ensure that they are accurate? If you're going to address other individuals' beliefs and challenge them then you would want them to adopt an open minded attitude to the matter otherwise these attempts would be entirely fruitless (as someone who has closed their mind to other views isn't likely to change their own). If you are to question other people's beliefs effectively then you need to understand the nature in which they hold these beliefs. Once you realise the value placed on personal views on such matters by others is equal to those of your own then it's logical that such beliefs should be evaluated in the same manner. Since evaluation involves the critical analysis and breaking down of such beliefs one needs to be willing to apply the same to themselves. If this isn't done the arguments you use when challenging other individuals' beliefs could be easily reversed and even though you may not accept the validity of this, it still exposes a fundamental flaw in your argument where you cannot apply the same logic to your own views. Open mindedness is vitally important in debates regarding beliefs. A wise person recognises the constant need to learn. If you approach a situation with your own beliefs set in stone then your opponent in the matter is not going to readily accept your points since you will not even listen to theirs. If, however, one can approach this situation in a way which can make it a learning experience for all parties involved then you're far more likely to be able to put your points across effectively. I personally believe that we should always be prepared to question and challenge our own beliefs, no matter whether one feels the need to address other people's. No one should ever reach the point where they think 'I don't need to know any more'. As humans we'll only ever have a limited understanding of our reality and to reject any further knowledge by assuming one's own view on something is completely correct without any chance of inaccuracy, is to limit this further.
  • Spot on!
  • I don't.
  • Your free to question anything and everything that you see and hear about on this planet regardless of your own belief system or the fact that you question it or not. Thoughts like these try to reign in "thought", but we should be expounding on platitudes which are telling us to question everything.
  • I think its great when someone can question their beliefs to grow as a person, but just because they can question their own beliefs, I still don't think that gives them the right to protrude into others' faiths. Great question though!
  • I believe in order to truly have faith, first you must have doubt about them. Once you've come to understand your beliefs and why you believe them, then and only then can it be called faith. Otherwise it's just blindly following other peoples ideals, really, for no reason other then they told you to. "None are more hopelessly enslaved then those who falsely believe the are free." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • No. Some beliefs don't change, not matter how many times it's questioned. That doesn't mean that you can't question someone else's belief about the same thing.

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