Jo Royal encourages people to think for themselves

Basingstoke Gazette: Thought for the Week Thought for the Week

CHOCOLATE tastes horrible! What if you had been told this when you were younger. Would you have accepted it, and never actually tried it? I doubt it. We are smart enough to taste and see for ourselves, aren’t we?

And yet, we often accept other people’s word on things far more important and life-changing than chocolate. I did when I was younger. I was told God wasn’t real and just accepted it. And that was that until something happened years later that encouraged me to consider it for myself. And when I did, I realised how foolish I had been to accept someone else’s opinion on the reality of God.

In Psalm 34:8, we are told to ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’. We can never gain a true understanding of God unless we ‘taste’ and ‘see’ for ourselves. If you are living under the shadow of other people's words and opinions, whether it's regarding your abilities, character, options, or, most importantly, the reality and goodness of God, can I encourage you today to begin to work it out for yourself. Your life is too important not to.

Taste and see that the Lord is good!

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8:00pm Sun 11 May 14

stevemac1970 says...

What a very cleverly put together article. I think I may use this as part of a sermon one Sunday.
What a very cleverly put together article. I think I may use this as part of a sermon one Sunday. stevemac1970
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9:20am Mon 12 May 14

laurence86 says...

Did I miss the memo? Has our Gazette turned into a religious propaganda platform? Please Basingstoke Gazette can we have some thought for the weeks that actually relate to local issues that we face!
Did I miss the memo? Has our Gazette turned into a religious propaganda platform? Please Basingstoke Gazette can we have some thought for the weeks that actually relate to local issues that we face! laurence86
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11:08am Mon 12 May 14

JJ38JJ says...

"I realised how foolish I had been to accept someone else’s opinion on the reality of God." Surely that's the basis of virtually all organised religions? I would have thought indoctrination was far more prevalent amongst those with a faith rather than those without. In fact the people I know who would consider themselves atheist are far more likely to let their kids make their own mind up than those that are religious.
"I realised how foolish I had been to accept someone else’s opinion on the reality of God." Surely that's the basis of virtually all organised religions? I would have thought indoctrination was far more prevalent amongst those with a faith rather than those without. In fact the people I know who would consider themselves atheist are far more likely to let their kids make their own mind up than those that are religious. JJ38JJ
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2:26pm Tue 13 May 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
"I realised how foolish I had been to accept someone else’s opinion on the reality of God." Surely that's the basis of virtually all organised religions? I would have thought indoctrination was far more prevalent amongst those with a faith rather than those without. In fact the people I know who would consider themselves atheist are far more likely to let their kids make their own mind up than those that are religious.
You are right JJ38JJ. Nearly all religions ask us to believe the word of some long dead person that a God like figure exists. Then there are present day converts who claim they have had some 'Road to Damascus' experience that has convinced them that God does exist. There are far too many religious fanatics but nowhere near enough fanatical athiests. Most athiest I know are happy to live and let live and do not see the point of denying the existence of God. If belief in God helps people cope with their lives that is great, but unfortunately too many believers are not happy unless they are trying to convert the rest of us.
Regarding The Gazette having a 'Thought for the Week': I see nothing wrong with this provided the contributors are represntative of our society. They should come from a mix of religious and non-religions backgrounds.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: "I realised how foolish I had been to accept someone else’s opinion on the reality of God." Surely that's the basis of virtually all organised religions? I would have thought indoctrination was far more prevalent amongst those with a faith rather than those without. In fact the people I know who would consider themselves atheist are far more likely to let their kids make their own mind up than those that are religious.[/p][/quote]You are right JJ38JJ. Nearly all religions ask us to believe the word of some long dead person that a God like figure exists. Then there are present day converts who claim they have had some 'Road to Damascus' experience that has convinced them that God does exist. There are far too many religious fanatics but nowhere near enough fanatical athiests. Most athiest I know are happy to live and let live and do not see the point of denying the existence of God. If belief in God helps people cope with their lives that is great, but unfortunately too many believers are not happy unless they are trying to convert the rest of us. Regarding The Gazette having a 'Thought for the Week': I see nothing wrong with this provided the contributors are represntative of our society. They should come from a mix of religious and non-religions backgrounds. Sam_Walker123456
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11:22am Thu 15 May 14

Buster Preciation says...

I reckon JJ's and Sam's comments above would be very good thoughts for the week in their own right.
I reckon JJ's and Sam's comments above would be very good thoughts for the week in their own right. Buster Preciation
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