Critically Thinking ~ The Superiority Of God’s Truth Over Man’s Opinions

Brent Writes:
I did not write the following article, it is so good I would only muddy the waters concerning this issue.  It was written by Charles Pogue in June of 1996, and published in the “Montana Street Bulletin.” The article‘s content is much needed in the church today, because it stresses our need to critically “think” about God’s truth rather than merely offer our “opinion” in spiritual matters.

 

Charles Pogue Wrote ~
In his autobiography, “The Education of a Wandering Man,” a well-known western novelist, Louis L’Amour, wrote:

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“We do not at present educate people to think, but rather, to have opinions, and that is something altogether different.”

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It certainly is! All that is necessary to have an opinion, is an internal belief with little or inadequate reason for holding it. Or, it could be the case that one is not only taught to have opinion, but even told what opinion he is to hold. That is very common today as well. One thing is certain, holding an opinion is easy and does not demand the presence of a body of overwhelming evidence, and it disregards, even rejects, absolute truth.

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1) Opinions can blind one to truth — When one is taught to have opinions rather than to think, if he hears the truth, he may not accept it over his opinion. He is trained to believe in his opinion, therefore he views truth as just another opinion. While we defend one’s right to his opinion in matters of indifference, we affirm that no one has the right to an opinion when truth is known — man’s opinions are inferior to God’s truth!

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2) Man’s opinions are inferior to God’s truth, because truth requires greater conviction than does opinion — Christians are commanded to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 3). Gamaliel did not believe Christianity was truth, so his counsel was, “let them alone” (Acts 5:38). That did not take any conviction on Gamaliel’s part. The apostles knew they were teaching the truth. Therefore, after being commanded not to speak in the name of Jesus, they continued to teach in the temple daily, and in every house (Acts 5:40,42).

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3) Man’s opinions are inferior to God’s truth, because truth welcomes evidence; opinion fears evidence, or is at best suspicious of it — One who knows that God exists is not apprehensive of the evidence; the evidences concur with the fact. God is! Jesus built His church (Matthew 16:18). It is His body (Ephesians 1:22-23). Christ is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18). There is a body of specific doctrine governing the church (1 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Timothy 1:3; 2 Timothy 4:1-4). Since these matters are a part of a larger body of evidence which proves the church must not change, we say without hesitation, those who would change the church today, are the opponents of truth. Knowing that is true, we state it, extending a warm welcome to all the evidence.

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4) God’s truth is superior to man’s opinions, because man’s opinions are not part of the gospel — The gospel saves (Romans 1:16), opinions do not. Sometimes men hold opinions in areas where they have no right to one. Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Man has no right to an opinion concerning what God’s Word reveals. What God says is truth (John 17:17), and not open to acceptance or rejection on the basis of man’s agreement or disagreement.

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5) Both truth and opinion have the capacity to offend — If truth offends, one must believe and obey it anyway, because truth saves (1 Peter 1:22). If opinion offends, it ought to be dropped, because opinions do not save, but they can cause men to be lost. O, the heartache that would be avoided if all those who support change, would apply both of these principles.

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Without fear of contradiction, one could say that the process of teaching one to have opinions, rather than thinking, is dominate in the church, and a definite hindrance to God’s people. Everyone has an opinion. There is only one body of truth (John 17:17).

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Conclusion:
Unless we revert to educating people to think, and drop the process of teaching them to have opinions, we will never be able to solve one problem. Since we all have the same body of evidence, if people would think, we would come to the same conclusion about every doctrinal issue, and even far more often in those areas that really are matters of opinion. The burden of concession lies with the one who offends his brother’s conscience by what he allows on the basis of his opinion that there is nothing wrong with it. Now, that’s a thought!

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Brent Writes:
I would only add an expression by Chuck Missler, which is:

 

“All of us are subject to the limitations imposed by the presumptions we bring to a topic, and it may be essential to step back from time to time and reestablish a fresh perspective.”   Because –

 

“The only certain barrier to truth is the presumption that you already have it.”

 

bb

“The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast:
the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.”

www.FaithBibleMinistries.com

9 comments

  1. Too often times….I have an opinion…thanks for making me think about this Brent! Enough said! Nonni…

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  2. Me as well, that is the reason I write many times; not for others but to myself.

    “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal” (Romans 2:21) bb

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  3. Well truth is the best way to go in my opinion, smiles.

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  4. lovesthelight · ·

    Hey Rocky, I’m back after a virus incident from the “other” site…. Blessings

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  5. lovesthelight · ·

    5) Both truth and opinion have the capacity to offend — If truth offends, one must believe and obey it anyway, because truth saves (1 Peter 1:22). If opinion offends, it ought to be dropped, because opinions do not save, but they can cause men to be lost. O, the heartache that would be avoided if all those who support change, would apply both of these principles.

    Without fear of contradiction, one could say that the process of teaching one to have opinions, rather than thinking, is dominate in the church, and a definite hindrance to God’s people. Everyone has an opinion. There is only one body of truth (John 17:17).

    AMEN!!! Good post Brent, ty. Blessings

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  6. lovesthelight · ·

    Forget to click notify me every time lol…. I’m on slow dial up, so it helps :)

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  7. Robin,
    Being new to bloging, I am not sure I know what you mean (click notify me every time ?) – I think it is too early in the morning for me. bb

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  8. lovesthelight · ·

    BB, the little boxes below the comment box. One says, “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” Ya must have not noticed them yet. You’re new to bloging!? I would have never known. :) I have just been at it for almost three years now. Have a blessed day in the Lord! An early blessed day lol.

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  9. Thanks, bb

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