My wife and I just had a long conversation debating core beliefs with some “visitors” from a religious organization. Personally, I love to debate. Primarily because a core belief in your life that has never been tested, probably isn’t very strong and will not pass the “whatever can be shaken, will be” test. It is VERY important that everything you believe in life (the what) has a strong backbone (the why). I’ve found that there are a number of ways we can test ourselves to be sure we are speaking from what we KNOW and not just second-hand ideas and philosophies.
One test is… are we embellishing our points with a lot of words and decorations to create a facade of assurance. If we are really completely convinced of a truth, we will not need to “make it more believable” with our words.
Another test is… Can you remain silent and hear the opposition out? Ignoring the opposition by sticking our fingers in our ears and going “la la la, can’t hear you” is a good indicator of insecurity as well.
Once we are free from becoming offended, we can see clearly to isolate the heart of the disagreement. When the heart is isolated, we can begin to debate the why. Then, as Paul said “…if on some point we think differently, this too He(the Spirit) will show us”. The beauty of the LIVING Word (that implies more than just written concepts on pages) is that it is Spirit and can be activated in us to “guide us in all Truth”.
Well, that’s all for now. There is more bouncing around inside but I have to get to a meeting.