I am hopeful that you would be blessed by the principle that you’ll read in this blog post. The principle that I would expound upon not just useful in evaluating theological claims, but it could also be applied in our day-to-day activities – may it be businesses, health, relationships, and so on.
Most of us, if not all, think that we are trustworthy. Most of us easily trust people especially if they are nice to us. The mutual trust that we get from and give to other people is one of our main longings in this life.
Though that is the case, I think that trusting others easily is a little bit scary. This would give the person whom we trust the privilege to just say anything – even though it’s not supported with solid facts and truth. If our decisions are based on these unwarranted statements then the effects could be devastating.
Allow me to give a hypothetical example.
A notable financial analyst claimed that stock prices will go higher for the next six months because of the projects that were approved by the company’s CEO. When traders and investors gained this knowledge, they bought the stocks for the hopes of selling at a higher price in the future. These traders and investors were expecting a favorable price change because of the decision made by the CEO that would favorably affect the stock price if the projects were successful. By means of this information, interested parties bought the stocks not knowing that the projects approved by the CEO have harmful ramifications on the health of the consumers who would purchase the products that are related to the projects. Consequently, there’s also high probability that the company could be sued because of this. Worst of all, this could lead to the declaration of the bankruptcy of the company. It would seem that interested parties who bought the stocks literally gave their money away. These unfavorable consequences stemmed in the failure to investigate the company’s projects.
Most of us base our decisions on the information that are relayed to us by people. Our tendency is just to rely on these statements without scrutinizing whether these statements are true or false. This tendency is more likely to take place when the source of the information is credible. I don’t mean to say that we should investigate all claims because it’d be inefficient. What I mean is for us to investigate the claims that would be used in making decisions. For our day to day choices essentially and partly govern the direction of our lives.
Having said those, it’s best to follow the examples of the Bereans. We’d have a glimpse of the Bereans in the Bible. It’s found in Acts Chapter 17 verses 10 to 15. For your reference, kindly see the passage below:
The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men. But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then immediately the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.
I just want to apply the Berean principle as it relates to Sunday services and I hope you’d still bear with me. 🙂
Just like the Bereans, let us listen with great eagerness the claims made by faithful ministers but let us not also immediately accept those claims to be true even if it’s heard from godly ministers. Let us scrutinize and thoroughly study the Bible daily to see whether things are so. This should be done in order for us to have the opportunity to duly substantiate the claims made and for us to have the opportunity to corroborate it with valid supporting evidences. Failure to apply this principle might lead us to accept any statements from trusted ministers. Consequently, we might apply principles in our lives that shouldn’t be used in the first place or we might base our decisions on statements that are not duly substantiated.
I really appreciate that you’ve finished reading this blog post.
God bless. 🙂
Soli Deo Gloria