A Meditation on Faith: Ulterior Motives

Before I embrace (or reject) any idea, belief, or moral stance I should ask myself:

Do I have a vested interest in adopting one position over another?

… recognizing that my body, mind, and spirit are easily hijacked by self-serving desires: convenience, comfort, rescue, self-preservation, abdication, vicarious forgiveness, or rejection of responsibility… to name but a few.

… recognizing that the truth matters, even if it hurts.

… recognizing that a belief is not true because it benefits the believer in me…

… recognizing that any worldview that demands little of me should be scrutinized with more skepticism and vigor than a worldview that demands much.

Next Meditation: Self-Awareness

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