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In What Do You Believe? (3)

you’re free to believe what you choose to believe, but not to interfere with others who might not share your beliefs

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Jim Cathcart is a long time professional speaker; the author of 19 books on achievement, business strategy, and selling; and a leader in the field of personal and executive development. Here is Part 3 of his article on the power of our beliefs and belief systems:

Everybody maintains some kind of belief system which signifies what is good and right, versus what is bad and wrong. All belief systems have their “sins”– that for which you are condemned for doing or for not doing.

Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and many other religions organized around the teachings of great thinkers and philosophers. The difference between Christianity and other religions is that Christ is accepted as God in the flesh, whereas the other gurus were great teachers and guides without being considered the deity.

A Force for Good

More people have been inspired by Christianity to do more good for others and to become responsible citizens, of any country, than by any other religion. Haters of Christianity will immediately challenge this assertion by pointing out bad acts by Christians through history, and there certainly are some: The Crusades, the Inquisition, and corrupt regimes publicly identified with the church.

Those who caused great harm in the name of Christianity clearly were not Christians, despite using it as their cover. (Remember, Satan is the Great Deceiver. Not a horned monster with a tail, not some ogre, but an entity who seems entirely admirable at first.)

All religions are abused by some people who use the respective religion as their cover, and much pain has been caused in this way. That doesn’t mean one should reject all belief systems. Reject the hypocrites, not the faithful.

The reflexive deflection, “Yeah, well, your guy did bad things too!” is called “extra-punitive.” It means blaming others or blaming circumstances. “Intra-punitive” is taking the blame upon yourself. In any case, don’t focus on blame. Focus on right versus wrong and fix whatever requires it. Offer your apology, correct your behavior, and move on.

Correction yes, punishment no. Remove the threat, repay the debt, make things better, and get over it. Note: This doesn’t apply to the behavior and deeds of dangerous, deranged criminals and sociopaths. They must be segregated from others to avoid further harm. Still, don’t punish them, simply block their ability to do harm.

Focus on What is Right

The historic belief systems comprised of evil doers includes Nazi-ism, Fascism, and Marxism. Such belief systems resulted in the murder, internment, and starvation of multi-millions of people, exterminated by the few who were able to take control, while led astray by the charismatic leaders who guided them.

A recent tactic by evil doers is to perpetrate behaviors that they claim to loath. For example, “Antifa” claims to be anti-fascist, while their actions are totally fascist. Over the past several years abundant video proof is available.

One true indicator as to whether your belief system is valid and just is to look at the faces of your compatriots. If they are wearing hoods and masks, chances are good you are with the bad guys. If they are spewing hatred, destroying property, and hurting people, you’re with the bad guys.

If they contend that, “My outrage is so great that it justifies taking what you have, destroying property, and hurting people” …run from them! No matter what their intention might be, their actions speak louder.

Intentions and Actions

We’ve established that everyone has a religion and you ought to know what yours happens to be. If you don’t, then you are blindly following others. You are a serf until you precisely define your own beliefs and declare your freedom.

The Leftist religions each are based on an underlying assumption: How you feel is more important than what you do. Leftists, however, do not view you merely by your actions. They manage to find harm in what you do. “You said he; you didn’t say he or she. Therefore you must be a white male, closet sexist. Now we know the real you!”

Characteristically, they judge themselves only by their intentions. If they didn’t mean to do harm, but in fact did much harm, that’s okay to them, because they didn’t mean to do harm. The Right’s view is that your actions are what count the most.

In a courtroom video available on YouTube, recorded years ago, the late George Floyd had been caught hijacking a woman’s car and injuring her in the process. He told the judge it wasn’t his fault. It was because she resisted, and he needed her car. He said she shouldn’t have resisted. Floyd’s father sat in the gallery and shook his head in shame.

Freedom for All, Not Merely for Some

Clearly, I’m Christian. I believe in the forgiveness of sins, the chance to improve oneself, and the existence of a Loving Creator who intentionally gave me life. I do not feel compelled to make you believe what I do. Indeed, you’re free to think and believe what you choose to think and believe. You certainly are not free to interfere with others who might not share your beliefs. If you have well-grounded assertions, then openly and honestly debate the issue. Be convincing and prove your case. Otherwise, please go your own way.

Without trampling on the rights of other people, we all deserve the freedom to make our own choices about how we shall live.

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Reducing Stress Through Prayer, and More

Taking a few minutes out of a hectic day can spell the difference between frenzy and tranquility

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Prayer has been an effective method for soothing the soul since people first believed in God. For some people, the payoff comes with sitting still, and being quiet. Many feel a direct connection with God which, in itself, is calming. Those who attend a place of worship every Sunday find that praying with others is comforting. Reverence to God, fellowship, and familiar chants and hymns can all aid in reducing stress and bringing inner contentment.

If you haven’t prayed in a while, in addition to the religious aspects, the stress reduction can be magnificent. Even if you never attend a formal prayer service, informal prayer, by your bedside, in a comfortable chair, or somewhere in nature can work as well. Some of the most accomplished and admirable people who have ever walked this earth have been deeply religious and have found great comfort in prayer.

Other Options

In our rush-rush society, your ability to take a few minutes out of a hectic day can spell the difference between frenzy and tranquility. The majority of stress we experience is a result of the daily deluge of information and communication we come in contact with on top of the amount of tasks we need to accomplish. If you have been experiencing severe stress, it might mean the difference between a long life and a shortened one.

People have long used drugs (prescribed and otherwise!) and medications to achieve certain effects. I’m not knocking all of these substances – some of them probably live up to their mystique; however, there is no need to engage in drugs, considering there are so many other ways to effectively reduce stress.

Amidst the flurry of reports from medical researchers, many people also rely on a glass or two of wine each day to relax. If this is your habit, and it works for you, you’re probably on reasonably safe ground. The latest research, however, paints a less rosy picture about wine’s beneficial effects. I’m concerned, as well, about the long-term effects of having two glasses of wine, 365 days a year, for 10 or 20 years.

Change for Real

It often seems like people around you are enamored by some techniques such as meditation or yoga, but in reality, most people who practice these or other techniques do so only a handful of times. Then, they revert back to what they did previously.

The changes that you implement need to come without too much pain, to be subtle, even natural and easy. Otherwise, you probably won’t stick with them. Lasting and effective change can come from small incremental change. So, keep in mind that not every technique will strike your fancy. Enough of them will fit your lifestyle, and will work for you enough of the time for you to stay with them and to ultimately exercise control in ways that you have always wanted.

Talking to Someone

The mere act of talking to someone about issues confronting you can be stress reducing, and certainly more effective than mentally stewing over things alone. In The Psychological Society, author Martin L. Gross concluded that “the modern industry of psychology in America was no more effective in treating patients than witch doctors in Africa were in treating people who came to them.”

The key was whether or not the patient believed that the doctor had healing powers. Hence, if you believe that a witch doctor can help you, then a witch doctor can be as effective as a psychiatrist. A trusted friend or relative, with whom you can discuss your problems, can be equally effective.

The idea of talking to someone about what is stressing you is not so much that you will find a solution then and there, but that the mere physical act of discussing the stressor moves you closer to resolution, perhaps using one of the techniques discussed in this article.

Using Humor

Throughout the ages, humor has also been a primary tool in helping to reduce stress. Don’t discount the power of humor before trying it. If it’s been a while, or forever, since you’ve engaged in humor to reduce stress, you’re in for a treat. I’m not talking about jokes or side-splitting belly laughs, but rather a gleeful, playful acceptance of the inane and absurd situations that you encounter, and as a business owner you have your share of them.

The ability to laugh at yourself or to laugh at your situation might spell the fundamental difference between those who show resilience in the face of hard times, and those who face nervous breakdowns.

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It’s On! American Freedom Tour Launches Oct. 9th!

It is time for conservatives to go on offense! Join Donald Trump Jr, Dinesh D’Souza, Kayleigh McAnany and PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener Oct 9th!

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I think we all agree that it’s time for conservatives to go on OFFENSE!

PolitiCrossing founder, Chris Widener, is announcing the launch of the American Freedom Tour, featuring Donald Trump Jr, Dinesh D’Souza, Kayleigh McAnany, Sheriff David Clarke and many more in Jacksonville, Florida Oct 9th! The American Freedom Tour already has a number of dates scheduled throughout the country. Be sure to check out their website to see the cities and buy your tickets by clicking RIGHT HERE.

For the last five years, conservatives have been told how bad they are. They’ve been told how bad America is. They’ve been called horrible names. They’ve been called xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, racist, and every other malicious name, some of which can’t even be written for a family audience. The American freedom Tour is gone to set that straight! We have watched our cities destroyed and burned to the ground. We have seen our historical monuments torn down. At the American Freedom Tour, we are going to loudly proclaim that America is the greatest country on the face of the earth! This is a pro-America, pro-freedom, pro-family, pro-faith, and pro-capitalism event. We are going to take the message of the greatness of America across our country in city after city. Do not miss this event! For all the information and to buy your tickets, click HERE.

“Conservatives are tired of being on the sidelines and being told they can’t be part of the game,” Widener said. “They are tired of being told how bad America is. The American Freedom Tour is designed to celebrate America and how great our country is. We are going to take this tour all over America to declare that we will not let go of the American Dream! We are going to promote conservative ideals in each and every city we go to, because conservative ideas are what will save America from the growing tyranny that we face each and every day.”

So, bring your family and friends and come celebrate America with us in a city near you with America’s top conservative thinkers, media personalities, authors, speakers and politicians! Check out the full schedule HERE!

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