People don’t always know…


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Akira Kurosawa recalled from his childhood, “…they told us not to drink the water from one of our neighborhood wells. The reason was that the wall surrounding the well had some kind of strange notation written on it in white chalk. This was supposedly a Korean code indication that the well water had been poisoned. I was flabbergasted. The truth was that the strange notation was a scribble I myself had written. Seeing adults behaving like this, I couldn’t help shaking my head and wondering what human beings are all about.”

People often speak authoritatively on things they know nothing about… Scientists will determine that all philosophy is meaningless.  Philosophers will determine that all love is meaningless.  Lovers will decide that all societies rules are meaningless…  they all think they know, but they don’t.  But people are often swayed when authoritative people speak passionately about something they know nothing about.

I know I know, this applies to people like me too…  Christian preachers too often make cases based on science or cultures they know nothing about.   That’s why it’s really important to always ask the question: “what do you base this on?”  What’s the evidence?  What’s the source?  What’s the text?  What’s the real authority from which we can judge whether or not this is really true?  But don’t just question one side: non-Christians tend to scrutinize Christian viewpoints (which is good), but don’t apply the same rigor to their own viewpoints.  Truth is an equal opportunity scrutinizer…

Yes, this is more work than just blindly believing what you want to believe, or blindly accepting what the people on your team claim is true, but it’s an essential part of building intelligent, relevant, spiritual community…

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