Life assessment consists of asking questions like, what part of my life is going well and what is not? What is moving forward and what is remaining stagnate? To what degree am I seeing positive things happen in my life? What beliefs with which I grew up are impacting my life in a negative way? Much of this has to do with your source of belief. Since this primarily is a Christian blog this includes many religious teachings and and ways in which you were raised. Did your parents make you attend church? Did anyone quote Bible verses to correct behavior, or to justify the behavior of someone else? Were you ever required to memorize Bible verses for some kind of “contest” at Sunday school, like it was just a rote activity with no meaning attached?
The problems are that some denominations teach things not found in the Bible. Many Christians are biblically illiterate, take verses out of context, or do not know how to properly interpret scripture. This can result in legalism, the belief that if you are a Christian you should or should not do certain things. This all adds to confusion. Then there are those who do not believe that any part of the Bible can be taken literally. False cults and human philosophies can come in to fill the void.
Building block number 1 is that a person’s beliefs must be built on a divinely-inspired source of truth. It must be above all church tradition or programmed denominational teaching. It must be the one and only source by which all other belief systems are evaluated. The Bible is a trusted manuscript for living one’s life as God intended and for one’s eternal salvation. It is absolute truth. The evidence supporting divine inspiration is overwhelming. It should be your “textbook for life.” However, it must be interpreted in accordance with principles of proper biblical interpretation, not just by human opinions.
Foundational scripture passages:
Psalm 119:105 says that the Bible “is a lamp to my feet, a light unto my path.”
In II Timothy 3:16 we read, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”
II Peter 1:20-21 tells us, “But know this, first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
- If you choose to not have the Bible as your source of truth, then what is your source and how credible is it? What kind of positive results is it bringing in your life?
- What are the possible different sources of “truth” and morality and how trustworthy are they?
- Do you believe the Bible to be inspired? Why or why not?
- What beliefs have influenced your thinking the most? Home, school, religion, or a combination of these?
- If the Bible is your source, make one Bible reading goal this month. This is plenty to chew on for this month. Do an honest evaluation of your life in the area of your beliefs and how they have affected your life. I welcome your comments as to how this has helped you.