In the beginning of ancient man, the people formed beliefs and opinions of how things were. They had no proofs and no foundation for their beliefs but still they adhered to them and these un proven beliefs and opinions were pasted down from generation to generation until finally the people accepted them as factual…Without any proof.
Believe means to ‘have confidence in something without absolute proof that it is true’ Believe means to ‘assume’ and that means to ‘take for granted or without proof.’
When you believe something, you are believing it for one of three reasons. First you have ‘evidence.’ Evidence though is not always as it appears. Take the evidence of a flat earth. After thousands of years of the wrong belief, taking for granted, without proof that the earth was flat, the belief was proven incorrect. The earth was never flat. There was at that time no proof the earth was round, so mankind believed what the evidence showed them…a flat earth.
That means that evidence is not what you should base your beliefs on. You base your beliefs on the proof of something. Until there is proof, there is only opinions and beliefs and those opinions and beliefs are…without absolute proof that it is true.
The second reason you believe something is ‘tradition.’ Tradition is ‘ the handing down of beliefs, from generation to generation'…again in most cases with no proof.
The third reason you believe something is true is ‘authority‘. Authority means the ‘power or right to direct the thoughts of others.’ Since someone with ‘authority’ tells you something is true, it must be true. That means you will be believing the opinions and beliefs of those who supposedly due to certain credentials in front of in back of their names have proof….but do they? Or do they just have evidence?
The scientific minds hold their beliefs, their opinions and hold their reality based on how they have interpreted things. Your reality then is not yours, but is that which has been handed down from generation to generation of beliefs and opinions all the way to your present now.
So today mankind lives his reality from the beliefs of those before him. A belief is a ' mental agreement' that what you have been told about everything is FACTUAL.
Have you just sort of cruised though life accepting and living the beliefs of generation after generation of beliefs about the external reality, never dreaming that external means a, ‘phenomenon’ and a phenomenon is, ‘that which appears real to the senses, but is not real’.
Why do you believe the way YOU do? Do you have evidence or proof that what you believe is true?