As J.W. Apps once said, "A belief is what we accept as truth".Defending this claim, forces one to redefine the way that he or she views personal belief.This statement holds a universal meaning, in that it defines all beliefs as truth.
In all of our ‘isms’, whether they are religious-isms or philosophical-isms, there are “truths” that someone has once written down.Because someone we think is smarter than us has previously established them, we accept them as truth.Perhaps, these truths do become reality to us, but until that time they are merely dogma.Some particular examples can be found in science.One knows that scientific facts are valid truths when they are seen in demonstration and therefore, they believe them to be true.This proves Apps' statement to be false. In order to provide validity to this statement and make it defendable, its contents must be rearranged-"A truth is what we accept as a belief."For some people, blindly believing in something that is not a part of their physical reality or hasn't been physically proven as a truth, is impossible.
Therefore, to them, this statement must be switched around. On the other hand, those with extraordinary faith, and spirituality do not find it difficult to accept a belief as truth-this is the way that Apps viewed beliefs and truths.Such people, for example would fall under the category of Christians, Catholics, Buddhists, Muslims, Monks, etc.
Such faith does not require truth, in the physical world, but merely trust.These people trust themselves and their inclinations to what they "believe" to be true, unlike those who demand facts and hard evidence of a certain aspect. But, no matter what form the truth is in, it is still believed in.
One cannot say that something is true, and not believe it, unless they are lying to themselves.Such an act would show his or her incongruence, and lack of confidence in the..