Anyone who is so foolish to think they know it all is doomed to failure because pride comes before a fall. Anyone so adamant that they refuse to consider any aspect of truth other than what they believe is missing out on the entire learning adventure. Anyone who honestly believes they have “arrived” at the level of complete knowledge needs to go be a professor somewhere.
When the day comes that we refuse to listen or possibly change our belief system, we become rigid and our love grows starts growing cold. We are imperfect creatures who need to keep learning more and more about God, Jesus and life until the day we die.
Long ago when one of these situations arose, I started taking some time to honestly look at what I believed and I why I believed to be true. I am ashamed to confess that in many cases I found out I had simply accepted what someone had taught or shared to be true without working the material myself to see if it were true.
I spent 17 years in a ministry heavily influenced by the teaching of one man. Most of what that man taught was stolen from others and presented as his own. I, like all the other people in the group, blindly just accepted what we were taught as truth and refused to even listen to anyone who taught otherwise.
When I finally broke away from that ministry in 1986, I completely tore down my belief system and started from scratch. Based on just reading the Bible, I discovered that much of what I had been taught was right, but I also discovered much was dead wrong. Within a few years my new belief system was about 50% different then what I had previously.
Based on this information, the fact that I have again changed my thinking another 50% since joining Christian Blog is absolutely astounding. Time and again someone has said something that forced me to confront error or immaturity in my life. After research and meditation I have either accepted this information or rejected it.
I can honestly say that I am more spiritually at peace now than at any time in my life. I do not know all the answers and have no answers when it comes to many things. But, I am convinced that finally in many areas I have the truth and the truth has me.
I pray we never become so rigid in our beliefs that we have no room to change. I pray we never become so adamant in what we believe that we become belligerent. I pray that in all matters we keep a meek and humble heart able and willing to receive the truth as God reveals it to us and are willing to accept it and believe it even if it goes against what we have believed for years. Learning truly is an exciting adventure.