Having a belief gives us a focus and helps with self-esteem and confidence issues to a certain extent. They keep us grounded, give us a sense of purpose, a sense of being and help us to continue to stay focused, but that’s not the problem.
The problem is that non-believers (those who don’t have our beliefs) may begin to interfere with our beliefs, in a way that can potentially cause conflict. Non-believers generally have little tolerance for those who believe and in doing so, they become judgmental, instead of being accepting of others’ beliefs.
It is generally accepted that we’re different and will hold different beliefs. That is what makes us unique and that makes it acceptable. What isn’t acceptable is thinking we know, not understanding, being intolerant and then standing in judgment on other people’s beliefs.
We can bring our own thinking into any equation, but it’s not okay to have an attitude of being judgmental, which comes across as arrogance and has a connotation of passing harsh judgments in a condescending way that belittles those with their beliefs.
It has always been accepted that people will have their opinions and will therefore make judgments, but we should never be judgmental in our attitude towards others. Whatever our beliefs, judging others just isn’t acceptable.