The last person to know that his beliefs contradict truth is the one who stubbornly holds to his ego over the truth that would set him free.
II Timothy 4:1-4 [NASB] “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
What is the most effective method for disseminating truth in such a way that it both enlightens the open-minded and pierces the stubborn resistance of those who are closed, yet claim they are open?
In face to face interactions, I am usually pretty intuitive at meeting a person on his/her level of ability and understanding, but in a blog scenario there is really not much to go on, except through extended conversation with the same individuals over a very long period of time. Even after several months of blogging an intense 10,000 to 14,000 words per week average, I am just now beginning to understand my parameters for effective writing in this strange online world. Ironically though, this online world is the same as the world of our physical everyday, but with a twist.
It facilitates the ego even more than the physical people world around us. We say what we want to say and if we ever feel threatened we just click away to something else. But this is how we really are on in the inside: we want to do what we want to do, believe what we want to believe, and say what we want to say, without any repercussions and without taking any responsibility for our actions; but then arrogantly blame everyone else for their indiscretions, warranted or unwarranted, as if we stand blameless. That’s human nature in a nutshell. The ego remains the same whether online or off; we just mask it better offline because we are in closer proximity to each other. Either way, people are people regardless of the arena in which they interact. They use big buzzwords as cover for their ignorance, complimentary language to get someone off their back, and refuse to answer hard-hitting questions because either they don’t feel like it or they know that their argument doesn’t hold water.
The bottom line, the ego sucks! Most people I encounter and I do mean most, even those individuals whom I have really grown to trust in many areas, sometimes refuse to face truth. I have learned that when push comes to shove, most people are so vested in their position that they refuse to give it up under any circumstance, even when they sense that it contradicts the truth at hand.
To put it bluntly, I respect an open-minded atheist over an ego-minded Christian any day of the week, if he has carefully, albeit errantly, thought through his position to the best of his ability. All God asks of us is that we do our best with the tools and resources we have available, but when I encounter a Christian, of all people, who chooses his ego over truth – just because giving up his position on certain beliefs makes him “look bad” or in someway makes him appear incompetent – I feel nothing short of rage.
It is one thing to be willing but not yet able to understand the truth before me; it is quite another to have that ability but yet arrogantly turn the other way. I could not count the times I have spent hours of researching and writing in order to bear out the truth at hand – even in which case the resultant truth negates what I naturally want to believe – only for some self-proclaimed purveyor of truth to briefly skim over it, categorically discount it, and then reply to me as if there is no basis whatsoever for my conclusions. I have no problem with someone proving my argument or conclusions invalid (or even to raise concern about an assertion that undercuts or weakens my position). That is certainly welcome because it helps me solidify my understanding of truth, but when someone flat refuses to give it an honest read (knowing it would call their position or belief into question), and then – in the name of truth – essentially tells me that my position is rubbish, I lose all respect for their ability to discern any truth, let alone the truth of scripture, and rarely does that respect ever return.
I say all this to say; my presentation of truth for the most part falls on deaf ears, especially with those who are most Biblically educated and those who are most indoctrinated –
whether Christian, atheist, or otherwise.
The last person to know that his beliefs contradict truth is the one who stubbornly holds to his ego over the truth that would set him free. If I proclaim I love truth; if I proclaim that my beliefs are rooted in truth; and if then someone presents to me an argument that casts doubt on my beliefs, yet I refuse to give that argument an honest and thorough look, then I hate the very truth that will someday destroy me along with my putrid ego.
Is it truly false, or is your ego lying to you yet again, and again! Truth always, inevitably wins, and in the end it isn’t your religion, it isn’t your intellect, it isn’t your church, or pastor, or the elders in your church that will save you, not even your precious “in the name of truth” beliefs. If your idea of truth rejects the Bible in any way, you will not ever see God except to hear him say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”