This Week in Church: Believing and Collectives

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

I think that church can teach things that are beneficial to everyone, whether or not we believe in church-related things.

This week in church we talked about believing.

We talked about the concept of belief not being a concrete knowing, but more of an active thing where you move towards a certain thing. How belief does not need to be the absence of doubt, and it's more like believing into something than just believing in something.

This week in church we talked about the collective "I."

There are some situations where we are not just an individual, but part of a collective, and then we get to draw strength from the collective when we need it. For example, when we say "I believe" in the Apostle's Creed, we are stepping into a long line of people in a tradition who have said these words - a collective "I."

It's like the dynamic between couples or good families: sometimes one person might be struggling, sick, or not firm in their convictions, and the others can pick it up for them.

These two concepts combined give you the ability to say, "I don't really know what I believe right now, but I want to move in that direction, can you help carry me with your belief?"

That's kind of neat.

This week in church we talked about limiting beliefs.

What beliefs do we have that are limiting us? Can we see what it's like to trade them in for other, broader beliefs that give us more freedom?


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