And isn't it a fact that beliefs have an influence over us regardless of the facts?
I'm not trying to argue with you, though. Because in a large degree I happen to agree with you. I simply choose a bit of a different way to "interpret the big picture messages"; which for me means that we must be very careful and considerate when choosing what we believe, and why.
To re-use an overly-used cliche, our choice of what we believe, how we come to that belief, and how we live honestly & consistently by those beliefs, seems to be the main "fruits" by which we are known & "judged". All others claims for "fruitness" seem to be just "noise" and "color commentary" along the way.
The thought that you've triggered while I'm waiting here hungry while my wife takes a shower before we go out to lunch.