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"If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or acquired
a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead."
- Gelett Burgess

The Crucial Role of Discussion
Updated: 01/22/2020

I recently asked an acquaintance of mine if he had the perfect belief system, and was somewhat surprised about his answer in the affirmative. Of course, we weren't talking about the same thing, so let me ask it in a different way. Do you think that every piece or facet of your belief system is perfect? Or is every position on every issue that matters the correct one? Is every dogma and doctrine, that you hold, the truth? Every rational person that I know including myself is going to answer with "No" or some variation like "Hardly" or "I doubt it".

One astute person replied, "If I knew what was wrong with my beliefs, I would change them." Exactly! Except most people are too programmed, or too proud, or too committed to their package, or too apathetic to care, etc. Maybe we can expect God to give us a phone call or vision and point out where we have gone wrong in our thinking? It doesn't work that way. Come to think of it, why doesn't God sit us all down and calmly and effectively tell us the truth and end all the confusion and misery? If you don't know the answer to that question, you may as well stop reading and go and have another beer! So, how CAN we determine how contaminated with falsity we really are?

Currently, we are all in the stew of the human condition, not a good situation. Do we have the courage to come our of denial and face it squarely? Do we know what to do about it, how to overcome our destiny in it? If not, why not engage with another serious truth-seeker, and get some help, some feedback, a different perspective? Especially if that other person is not in denial and is engaged. Honest and sincere people should be able to help each other, but how often does this happen? Almost never in my experience, because we are too involved in defending our belief system rather than challenging it!

Given that we are still mucking around in this world of woe, and given that the J-person said that the God Attitude (Holy Spirit) will lead you into ALL the truth and teach you ALL things, and "You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free",  you would think that we can agree that it is important to know all the truth that matters! How are we ever going to come into unity on everything that matters if we cannot commit to calmly discussing these issues, and gain the benefit of other's knowledge and perspective?

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