Let me explain what I mean by 4.5 billion realities. The word "perceive" means "to attain awarenes or understanding of". It can also mean to "become aware of through the senses, especially to see or observe."
So you can look at "perception" as "your awareness and understanding through what you've seen through your observation.
We've all heard and understand that ten people could observe the exact same activity, yet when time comes to explain what happened during that activity, one will receive ten different explanations.
Many things impact our perceptions. Our beliefs, life history, world view, our past perceptions are just a view. We have perceptions about the events that happen in our lives, all the way down to how one looks at us or speaks to us.
Each of us, 4.5 billion people, will have 4.5 billion realities. We trust things that are real. We depend on things that are real. Our faith depends on the reality of God and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Our whole lives depend on what we determine is real.
If God isn't real to us then our faith wouldn't mean much. If Jesus didn't really die on the cross and resurrected, then our faith would mean even less.
But, our idea of God even depends on our perceptions. We may not even have an idea of God, depending on our perceptions.
For example, if I was raised in an atheistic household, where belief in God was not even considered, then my first perception would be God doesn't exist.
The same would hold true if you were raised in a Christian household. Your perception of God and Jesus, as well as the Holy Spirit would be determined through the lense of our life. What lense are we looking through.
For example, through the lense of the belief that the gifts of the Spirit ceased to be in operation after the apostles died out, anyone who claimed to have a manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit, would be thought to be in error.
If you had the belief that the gifts of the Spirit are still in operation, then your belief is your lense. So if someone told you that the Spirit had manifested a gift of the Spirit through them, we'd possiblIy be excited and ask them how it happened and what the experience was.
So, for that one example of a Spiritual gift manifestation, you'd have two perceptions, based on two differing beliefs, leading to two possible "real" results. One belielf led to the perception that the person was in error. The other belief, led to the perception that what the person experienced was real.
The same holds true, regarding whether we can move forward in faith or stay stuck in fear. Your perceptions will determine whether you move in fear or faith. I've written about these in other articles on this sight. We can make unholy agreements, or be in a state of helplessness that was learned. These are a couple of factors or perceptions that will determine if you walk in faith or fear.
Your beliefs will lead to your perceptions, your perceptions will lead to what you determine is real. Your "reality" will determine whether you remain stuck in fear or move on to faith.