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How Does Your Belief of a Higher Being Affect Your Life?

Updated: Feb 6, 2023

Written by Vivienne Juan, Associate Elect Partner

Belief in a higher being?! I would have laughed in your face a year ago (in fact, if I did, I am deeply sorry). The main way I see that belief in a higher being has affected my life is helping me to see the selfishness of my subjectivity, and this one-minute clip from the Christian Response Forum featuring J. Warner Wallace explains it pretty succinctly:



Here's the crux of it — I've lived my life till now (and yeah, still now; I'm working on it, okay?) in a way where, at the end of the day, as long as I was “happy" and felt “good", then whatever I said or did or thought was okay. Except that feelings of happiness and goodness always seem to fluctuate, right?


Having a High Standard

So really, “go with the flow” is just a nice way of hiding from myself the reality that I actually had no standards. By my “logic”, I'd have robbed a bank or stabbed a man if it pleased me to do so! I did what I wanted and called it good — threw my dart and drew the bullseye under it, after the fact.


In practice, it meant selling myself stories that justified actions and minimised consequences, when all the while, the reality of cause and effect meant that all I was really doing was delaying my inevitable demise.


Believing in God means that I now submit to the knowledge that there is something bigger than my body. That I'm not a law unto myself, that just like gravity, other objective and timeless natural laws and principles apply to me.


That I'm accountable to more than myself… Which is a huge responsibility, and inconvenient to say the least! Certainly inconvenient to the ‘old infant' in me that was used to wanton hedonistic reckless abandon.


We Need Help to Follow Through

Since that inconvenienced old infant in me had reigned for so long, there was no way I could take on the responsibility of striving to live the highest human ideal life on my own. How could such an imperfect person hope to hit that target?


In order to cultivate a deeper connection with Christ, I’ve also had to pay attention to my community, ensuring the people I surround myself with are the kind that aims to hold themselves and each other accountable to our mutual vision and ambitious goal of bringing forth the Kingdom of God.


The Humility in Accepting Failure

Am I pursuing pleasure, or am I principle-centred? Am I serving myself, or am I serving God’s higher purpose? Believing in a higher being means actually aiming at something, which also means learning to be okay when you fail to hit it perfectly, or when you completely miss the target altogether.


It's not a golden ticket through some pearly gates or whatever, but it sure is teaching me integrity, to name but one of the humbling lessons that I've no doubt will continue.


 


 

If this helps you in any way, or piques your curiosity, let me ask you this: Where do objective morals come from? Are human rights even real?! I've written another blog about this (yes, it's more about my understanding of a higher being), and I'd love to know what you think!


What is your Christian Response?

Have you ever asked yourself… Why are you Christian? Why do you believe what you believe, and how does it affect your life? How ought it to? At Lighthouse Global, we have launched an initiative called the Christian Response Forum, designed to answer these questions and more, in order to empower Christians to overcome the barriers to their potential. If you would like to learn how to build value in your life, while alleviating the suffering of children in desperate need, please join us, and register your interest here.



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I love this article thank you Vivienne. It definitely makes me ask myself questions that I haven't for a while or if at all and encourages me to ask more and consider. Embarrassing to say but my standards were always at the forefront of my life not Gods at all, thankfully that's changing and appreciating that higher standard. Seeing it, being it and living it to the best of my ability.

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Daniel Schmitz
Daniel Schmitz
01 apr 2022

Thanks a lot Viv for this article! I resonate a lot to what you shared and looking at my journey I also came more from ‘Does it even matter if I believe in a higher power or not?’. Though I recognise how living from a paradigm of ‘My Truth’ leads to all sorts of struggles and the more I looked into it the more I recognised how hubristic it is and how much I make it about myself. Through logical reasoning I also came to Christianity and as J Warner Wallace said: Is it easy to be Christian? No! It is a high standard and it is hard but also fulfilling. The biggest motivation for me to look into this…

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Vivienne
Vivienne
17 apr 2022
Risposta a

So true, the more we acknowledge and accept a higher power outside of ourselves, the more we grow the ability to open up to things and people beyond ourselves, from a loving place of empathy rather than in judgement or selfishness. We learn to treat each other better, especially our young and innocent children x

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Jai Singh
Jai Singh
31 mar 2022

I appreciate how real J Warner Wallace is in this clip saying Christians will be called out as hypocrites sooner or later. Personally I stumble and struggle to live up to these values.

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zach54
zach54
31 mar 2022

I found this article really powerful! Something that really hit me in what you shared was how you compared ‘going with the flow’ with ‘having no standards’ for your life, being accountable to yourself and not seeing responsibility to something greater than you. I relate to your experiences and realisations a lot, thank you for sharing!

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James Mills
James Mills
31 mar 2022
Risposta a

Cheers Zach!

That also really stood out to me that 'going with the flow' means to have no standards. The more I look at why I have or haven't believed in an ultimate power, the more I learn about the darker and more selfish parts of my ego. There's so much evidence for the existence of God, but if the whole notion of that is not convenient, then it's amazing the kind of stories we'll tell ourselves.

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jatindersingh4
jatindersingh4
31 mar 2022

Thanks Viv - I really resonate with the “being a law unto myself” and justifying my actions. As someone who was an uneducated agnostic learning about the proof of the Bible and the resurrection of Christ was the start of a journey whereby I have many fluctuations but I am also very glad of learning more about the reality of Christ and God and knowing that there is a higher being that lives me.

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