It`s easy to agree, but it is somehow impolite to disagree. It doesn’t always appear enjoyable to tear off the outer layer of things and see what’s real. It’s difficult to ask hard questions.
By hard questions I mean probing deeper, not just always accepting information and letting it be true, because what if it’s not? What if, for example, you read a good Christian book that had a lot of valuable points in it. You read a point that makes you look twice, you feel a nagging sense that you want to examine further, but of course it’s fine, so you accept it. But the writer of that book is still human. That person is not perfect. What if you just accepted something false? If something sounds wrong to you don’t ignore that feeling, think about it. It won’t hurt you to look into it.
Sometimes facing reality is hard. You just want to push it aside, you’ll think about it later, not now, it’s not the right time. This is not always a bad thing to do, but most often it is.
So when you read something, or hear something, by all means, I give you permission to ask questions. Ask yourself questions about this blog post! One way to understand something better is by challenging it, thinking about it. I really started learning this last year when, for school, we read Defeating Darwinism, by Phillip Johnson. I would definitely suggest reading it.
When we ask ourselves these things our perspective changes. By not simply accepting what is placed before us, we understand the topic we agree with because we know why we agree with them in the first place. We can discuss them easily. We appreciate trustworthy sources. We learn to thrive in the Truth and thirst for good wholesome things, to face it and even enjoy it.
‘In this box are all the word I know.’ he said,’ Most of them you will never need, some you will use constantly, but with them you may ask all the questions which have never been answered and answer all the questions which have never been asked. All the great books of the past and all the ones yet to come are made with these words. With them there is no obstacle you cannot overcome. All you must learn to do is use them well and in the right places.’
The Phantom Tollbooth