ost people don’t realize that a belief in a thing and ignorance is one in the same! To believe in something simply means that you aren’t sure, but you place your faith in that thing anyway. Take this scenario for example: Some one asks you, “Have you seen Bobby?”, and you say, “I BELIEVE I saw him in the store!” You “believe”, but you don’t “know”. And that goes for a belief in GOD, the DEVIL, Angels, Jesus, and the likes. In most cases we place our beliefs in religion because that’s what we’ve been taught all our lives, or when we were younger we were scared into believing these things. Now we have carried these belief’s with us into adulthood, and then scare and/or teach our children these same convictions. Nevertheless, we carry these beliefs as luggage for the rest of our lives, and we don’t dare question them! We don’t question these beliefs because we were equally scare into believing that questioning belief’s means questioning GOD, and questioning GOD meant being placed in a fiery pit “forever and ever Amen”. This is what most of us have been taught, and if not this it was something similar in theory.
The legal definition for Belief isn’t far from the above, but the only definition that I could find that was unbias (meaning non religious) was in Blacks Law Dictionary. This is because most dictionaries are usually made by some one with a religious background, while Black’s Law Dictionary is a dictionary bounded by law. According to this dictionary, belief means..
- A conviction of the truth of a proposition, existing subjectively in the mind, and induced by argument, persuasion, or proof addressed to the judgment.
- A conclusion arrived at from external sources after weighing probability.
- A conviction of the mind, arising not from actual perception or knowledge, but by way of inference, or from evidence received or information devired from others.
- ..an assurance gained by evidence from other persons.
- ..necessarily based on at least assumed facts.
According to definition number one, belief is something of the mind (or imagination), meaning a propossion, that is normally placed there by an argument or persuasion that is addressed as proof. But this argument is not an actual fact! By way of definition number two you can see that belief is also a conclusion that you come to by weighing probability, but probability still isn’t fact. Saying that something “probably will be” isn’t to say that it “will be”, because the word “probably and probability” shows that you aren’t sure! Definitions three and four are on in the same in that they show you belief also comes from heresy or word of mouth, and not from actual evidence of a things and situations actually existing. And finally , definition number four shows you that belief is basically an assumption, and from the definitions above you can see why. Now all of this brings to mind that saying.. “When you assume (ass-u-me) you make an ass out of you and not me!”
Now because belief is not based on fact, but persuasion of heresy (words) and arguments, it is safe to say that BELIEF IS IGNORANCE. While the basis of ignorance is to ignore [the facts], the basis of belief is sometimes equally so. I say this because most people who live by the school of belief tend to not care about any evidence you bring them, if it isn’t found in their Bible, Qur’an, Torah and so on they will just ignore actual proof.
The word “truth” does not always mean reality, and can sometimes be mixed up with the word “fact”. For example, the world being flat was once thought to be true, but it is now a fact that the world is an “imperfect sphere”. Black’s Law Dictionary has this to say about “truth”..
- An agreement of thought and reality
- an eventual verification
- a consistency of thought with itself
Definition number one tell you that truth can be something that is unanimously agreed upon, even it that thing isn’t a fact it can be a agreed to be true. The second definition shows that truth can be based on hopes, dreams, or eventual verification, and this sounds a lot like belief to me! Now definition number three seem s to be the one that most us humans fall victim to, because it deals with us keeping ignorance alive by teaching it over and over again. Thus keeping ignorant thoughts alive by repeating them, but never looking to do research and prove them.
Facts, on the other hand, must be proven with evidence to substantiate a things existence, and this is the opposite of belief and religious convictions. Black’s Law Dictionary say..
- A thing done; an action performed or an incident transpiring; an event or circumstance; an actual occurrence; and actual happening in time or space or an event mental or physical; that which has been taken place.
- A fact is either a state of things, that is, an existence, or a motion, that is, and event.
- The quality of being actual; actual existence or occurrence.
Here, by all three definitions, you can see that before a thing or situation can be said factual there must be some evidence that this thing or happening ever existed, and hearsay or one sided references don’t count in this case. So stories that can only be found in one cultures book don’t count as evidence, and that is the case of the Torah-Bible and in-part the Koranic Stories. What is meant by this is the stories of Moshe (Moses), Abrawham (Abraham), Yashu’a (Jesus) and so forth can only be found in the Bible as proof. No other neighboring cultures have records of these stories except them, with the exceptions of the partial stories they themselves plagiarized from other cultures.
As far as truth, belief and fact goes, these definitions do not only suite religious beliefs, but also life as a whole. In these days and times we are in need a “school of thought” that recognizes and respects these definitions for what they are, and one that people will be able to apply to their lives.
Nuwaubu is an attempt to do so by definition, for Nuwaubu is the science of sound right reasoning. Nuwaubu teaches that truth can only be tested by experience, evidence and reason, and only then can a thing be weighed and then trusted. Truth Is Truth Once It Has Been Weighed By Facts, Thus Before A Thing Can Be True It Has Be Tested. Things must stand the test of scrutiny before becoming a part of the teachings of Nuwaubu, and that’s why we are taught to question and learn as much as GODLY possible. I say to truely strive for perfection, one must not only gather facts, but also apply and teach them to the youth. In this way humanity as a whole will heal itself of its weakness, and then the true GODDESS/GOD in us all will come back to save us and bring salvation!