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Part 7: Central Beliefs vs. Professed Beliefs

    Posted by Admin on November 24, 2009

One of the biggest challenges for individuals and leaders in the spiritual life is to realize the difference between our what are our actual central governing worldview beliefs vs, what we say we belief or what we merely assent to, intellectually.

That challenge is the topic of a recent Musing by Klaus.

Sit with this observation:

"We need to make a distinction between what we say our central beliefs are and what we actually do. Consider Peter’s brave statement at the Last Supper of his dying loyalty to Jesus (Lk. 22:31-33) and comparing it with his three-time denial of Jesus in the high priest’s courtyard (Lk. 22:54-62). We can say one thing, and do something totally opposite. In some cases our professed beliefs have little relation to our central beliefs—which determine how we actually live. Note this analogy: we have a perception of ourselves—an idealized image without faults—that is in contrast with reality (we do have blind spots and faults hidden to us but may be obvious to others). Likewise, our perception of our beliefs (i.e., professed beliefs, what we say we believe) may be in partial contrast with our actual central beliefs (which also may be hidden from us but may be obvious to others by our words and actions)."

What do you think empowers profession or mere intellectual assent, especially if to have beliefs, and most notably, central governing worldview beliefs, reveals a readiness to act?
Is profession or mere assent a form of procrastination?

If spirtual disciplines are merely applied to what we profess or assent to is the net result mere behaviorial modifcation and not real, deep, interior transformation?

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