Like most people, I love when my opinions are reaffirmed by men more articulate and intelligent than myself.
In this case, here is my opinion about the limitation of opinions… expressed by a man with greater clarity of thought than myself. I’ve bolded a few lines to call attention to a few points.
Care should be taken to distinguish between truth and a set of our own opinions about truth. God’s Word is given us that our concepts of truth might be rectified respecting earthly things, and formed respecting heavenly things. We must ever go and keep going to it, lest the prejudices with which we are born and others which we have acquired obscure the light of truth as it is in fact and in God.
One difficulty with most people who would like to be students of God’s Word lies in their impatience to get everything all analyzed to a nicety, labeled and set up in rows on their mental shelves. They want to get their stock of truth in so that they can open up shop and do business. That is not always the most productive method, however; for truth does not always appear in one hundred percent purity. God’s truth is pure – His Word being the truth – but our concepts of it are usually colored more or less by teachers. We incline to look to this teacher and away from that one because this one speaks as though everything were crystal clear and that one says, “This will bear closer investigation,” “Here is a fruitful field for research,” etc.
The ability to discern fractional truths in teachers or groups of believers, to see and to say that “this man’s teaching is valuable and Scriptural on that point but faulty and unsupported on this” has only a heavenly reward in the present time; for certainly there will be no plaudits from men. People like to have their thinking dished out for them, predigested and ready to swallow.
The intimation on the part of a teacher that they should watch what they take into their mouths and that they should chew it well is right annoying, so annoying that they will likely hunt up another chef. People flock to those who speak as oracles, whether it be in politics or religion. Whoever says this man or that teaching is wholly right and the rest are wholly, hopelessly, and irretrievably wrong, will find himself surrounded and supported in very visible manner, but to attempt to judge dispassionately and discriminatingly is to invite loneliness on the human side at least.
F. H. Robison (1885-1932)
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