Where Do Peoples’ Religious Beliefs Come From?

There is often a difference between what people say they believe about God and what they actually do believe about God deep in their hearts.  When asked about their religious beliefs, most people will respond with the things they have been told they are supposed to believe.  But actually, their true beliefs may be very different.  People have difficulty admitting they don’t really believe what they have been told they should believe, even to themselves.

So where do peoples’ true religious beliefs come from?  If they don’t come from what they’ve been told they’re supposed to believe, where do they come from?

In this episode, we consider where our true religious beliefs come from.  We get there in a roundabout way, though.  First, we consider something that is very popular in Christianity today, the effort to make Christianity relevant to peoples’ lives.  That is probably the most widespread trend in Christianity today.

Then we consider something related to that, the question of how Christianity became not relevant to peoples’ lives.  What happened to make Christianity so not-relevant that so much time and energy is expended trying to make it relevant?

We find the answer to that question in the way many modern Christians look at the Bible.  The way many modern Christians look at the Bible leads to a certain picture of God.  It is that picture of God which makes Christianity seem so not-relevant to peoples’ lives.

Then, we look at how all that is tied in with how peoples’ true religious beliefs are formed.  By going about it in this roundabout way, we are able to come to an understanding of how our true religious beliefs are formed, not the beliefs we say we have, but the beliefs we really do have, deep in our hearts.

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