“Figuring things out for yourself is the only freedom anyone really has. Use that freedom.”
– Jean Rasczak, Starship Troopers
We all have the freedom to make our own decisions.
That’s how it is.
That’s how it ought to be.
It’s Biblical and it’s logical.
It’s logical because if you don’t make your own decisions you will allow someone else to make your decisions for you.
No one’s got a corner on truth.
What we’ve all got in common is failure. You either do the best you can to figure things out and solve your conflicts, or you leave it to someone else who also has flaws and faults just like you do.
I hear people say, you have your truth and I have my truth. That’s not really good. It would be better to say you have your flaws and I have mine. Then we each work out our own.
The reason we hold firmly to our own understanding is not that we are right, but that the other guy, who we might want to depend on, might be just as faulty in his thinking as we are.
It’s not that your truth is as good as mine. No, one of us might be right. The question is who? No government official, no priest, no scientist, no doctor has a corner on truth.
Science, religion, and medicine all advance as men challenge the given narrative. Truth is does not prosper when people just go along with their pastor or government official.
This is Biblical too.
The Bible shows people struggling with truth, struggling with understanding, struggling with God himself. The Bible is a great book. The very power and essence of God himself comes through that book. But the Bible ought to affirm our struggle with truth and it should encourage us in our pursuit of God. The Bible is not an end in itself. If your understanding conflicts with what someone shows you in the Bible, check the translation, pursue it deeper. Don’t just take their word for it. Remember, Jesus worst enemies were Bible scholars.
The Bible is personal, it says that we should go into our closet to pray. Everything in the Bible says our spiritual life is personal and private.
I have struggled with religion my whole life. And I’ve had times of learning and growth. But even from my youth I knew that I should not let somebody else tell me what to believe. I have never let someone have that position over me. And neither should you. If you agree, connect up with me and others and let’s discuss it.
I am Bob Singleton
This is Gangs for God