.. you're absolutely correct! Our thoughts and beliefs can be altered by people, places and things, especially in moments of turmoil ..<quoted text>I might understand why you feel this way. But, see if from this perspective, please and if you will.
Many people are addicted to nicotine and desire to quit smoking cigarettes. One of the most common methods, they're told, is to find an alternative that causes them to focus on something other than. Well, this same method applies to sin.
Imagine you were, say, a thief. And you stole, not because you believed it necessary for survival, but because you just did. Then, you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, but you find yourself constantly battling the temptation to steal. What do you do?
Like the nicotine addict, you need to, first, find an alternative that causes you to focus on something other than. In my opinion, prayer is the first step.
Prayer, first of all, is conversating with "God." And while you're conversating with "God," you're most likely not thinking of stealing as much, if not at all, any more. And as you're praying, you should ask for strength while bringing to remembrance all the laws that explain why stealing is wrong and all the verses that instruct us as to how to properly love one another. Then, I suggest you continue praying until the temptation is finally gone, even if for just that moment. It's only a matter of time, though, that you'll rarely be tempted to steal anything any more, as it's a habit, or even just a personal desire, that you broke away from. Then, you'll notice at one time or another, that even if you do get tempted to steal again, the temptation won't last very long, nor will the desire to steal be as strong as when you used to steal all the time.
The whole point is to recondition our thoughts and emotions. If we can train our thoughts and emotions to mirror the righteousness that's prescribed in the bible, it's only a matter of time before our actions, reaction, and speech, follow suit.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
.. in those moments, we are open to change, spiritual awakenings. A wise teacher will let you find your own truth, someone prosthelytizing wants you to find their truth ..