A radio program I heard told me that eating beef was the most destructive thing a guy can do to the environment. This is allegedly based on the amount of land area it takes to raise and feed a cow.
At the end of the discussion, it turns out that three of the four people who conducted the study were vegetarians.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean their findings were wrong, but it sure does make a guy more skeptical!
I was reading a book written by economists about finding the truth.
These guys have gotten in trouble in the past because their facts often buck up against what people believe is true.
One of their tips for finding the truth is that you need to set aside your beliefs and just look at the data.
In other words, you can’t come with a hope that you’ll get a desired answer, because that will skew your objectivity. You can’t have a dog in the fight, cuz if you do, you’ll root for your dog.
Seems to me the same would hold true for finding right doctrine.
Undoubtedly it’s a horrible thing to tell Christians to “set aside your beliefs.” But I honestly believe that’s the best way to go about it.
If you already know that Once Saved Always Saved is true, when you read the Bible you will only notice verses that buck up your side. If you think OSAS is false, you will only see those verses that prove it’s false.
If a guy truly wanted to think about the issue and find out what the Bible says, his best option is to forsake all leanings and go read the Book and find out.
Easier said than done.
Setting aside a belief might terrify you. Going through the process of admitting you don’t know can be scary. You might even get labeled a heretic, or worse, for admitting you “don’t know” right now.
Personally thinking about what you personally believe is hugely important though. The more you take others word for it, or fight for your party, the less truth you are likely to hold in the end.