Inner Formation of the Heart
Part 11: Principle #6--Central Beliefs Not Affected by Immediate Decisions
We are not the only one’s that affect the change of our central beliefs. God’s mysterious working in our lives is a key part of this formation process. Also, our relationships and our community (and their central beliefs) have an important part to play. So if we add into this mix God’s role and our community’s (and culture’s) role, and we remind ourselves about the nature of central beliefs—that these are fairly stable and settled—we can recognize that we cannot change them by ourselves, instantly, by just deciding to. It is more complex.
Furthermore, when we ponder this matter we realize that we would not want to have the power to change our central beliefs just by a decision of our will at any given moment. If we had such power, then we would know we had created that belief, and it would not necessarily be a belief that matched reality. The transformation process into Christlikeness, supervised by God, involves conforming our central beliefs, over time, to match REALITY, not just to fit our whims or what we feel like at the moment.
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