Originally Posted by awakentransform
I think it all boils down to, why believe in something because someone else says it is so? Why look outside ourselves for "the answer?" If there is such a thing, ha ha.
Marktb, there's no need to study religious texts or history books. This isn't the kind of knowing you can derive from intellectual pursuits. No one else will give you "the truth." Unless you have your own experience, you will find yourself either going through life confused and afraid or clinging to someone else's answers for a sense of security.
I recommend that you try some form of meditation. Meditate on your questions and see what kind of answers come to you.
The only problem with that is that you don't know what you don't know. Reading others' works and words and hearing others' thoughts and beliefs can help bridge the gap from what we don't know we don't know to what we know we don't know. Once we know we don't know something, we can begin to formulate a concept to ask good questions about it. Until then it's unapproachable. You know?