"If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or
a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead."
The Crucial Role of Discussion
I recently asked an acquaintance of mine if he had the perfect belief
system, and was somewhat surprised about his answer in the affirmative. Of
course, we weren't talking about the same thing, so let me ask it in a
different way. Do you think that every piece or facet of your belief system
is perfect? Or is every position on every issue that matters the correct
one? Is every dogma and doctrine, that you hold, the truth? Every rational
person that I know including myself is going to answer with "No" or some
variation like "Hardly" or "I doubt it".
One astute person replied, "If I knew what was wrong with my beliefs, I would change
them." Exactly! Except most people are too programmed, or too proud, or too
committed to their package, or too apathetic to care, etc. Can we expect God
to give us a phone call and point out where we have gone wrong in our thinking?
It doesn't work that way. How can we determine how contaminated with falsity we
Currently, we are all in the stew of the human condition, not a good
situation. Do we have the courage to come our of denial and face it
squarely? Do we know what to do about it, how to overcome our destiny in it?
If not, why not engage with another serious truth-seeker,
and get some help, some feedback, a different perspective? Especially if
that other person is not in denial and is engaged. Honest and sincere people
should be able to help each other, but how often does this happen? Almost
never in my experience, because we are too involved in defending our belief
system rather than challenging it!
Given that we are still mucking around
in this world of woe, and given that the J-person said that the God Attitude
(Holy Spirit) will lead you into ALL the truth and teach you ALL things, and
"You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free", you would
think that we can agree that it is important to know all the truth that
matters! How are we ever going to come into unity on everything that matters
if we cannot commit to calmly discussing these issues, and gain the benefit
of other's knowledge and perspective?