1 Thessalonians 5:21:
21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.
The above quoted scripture is one i find very instructive and hold very dearly too. A lot of us hold on to certain beliefs just becos we were born into it and made to believe it is the "truth". For the christians amongst us we hold unto the bible as the gospel truth, our muslims counterperts hold on to their quoran whilst our atheist friends hold on faithfully to their delusions. But the question be asked who amongst us can say that he as scrutinized his/her belief system and understands it 100%? As the above captioned verse states how many of us have put our beliefs to test and understood it before dogmatically holding on to it as truth? I am a christian and as i understand christianity better i would be makng more references to the christian belief system as i progress on this thread. As a believer i took time out to study, scrutinize and criticise by belief system and today i believe i am better off for it and have a better understanding than someone who just beliefs becos he is afraid of going to hell or he wants to make heaven. My studies took me back to study the history of christianity, the history of the bible, the make up of the various books of the bible. The effects of translation errors on doctrine [some of these errors are deliberate] The use of bible concordance to understand the bible better, why christ really came and his true gospel, our purpose in life and our future in the cosmos. The studies are endless and continous but i believe studying with a critical out of the box mind set is crucial for us to be able to truely understand and hence justify whatever we believe in and i encourage others to do same. My findings have reformed and defined my understanding of christianity as opposed to popular church version and i truely pray we all come to the understanding of the truth one day which really is out in the open if we truelly want to find it.