Proverbs 18:17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the need for other points of view. People naturally believe their opinions are correct. It’s impossible to think something you believe to be true is false. Let’s call your set of beliefs about Christianity your version of Christianity. This version of Christianity is the result of your inherent makeup and experiences. Some beliefs you’ve been taught by your particular church. Some beliefs you’ve decided upon yourself. All of these, over the years, form your unique view of Christianity.

As I said above, each of us believes our view is the correct one. More likely, some of the things we believe are true and some are false. Proverbs 18:17 says, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” When you find yourself criticizing the beliefs of others, ask yourself if you’ve really listened to them and taken time to question your own beliefs. After all, you might be the one who’s mistaken. If you’ve truly done this you have reason to feel confident in your faith, instead of a sort of blind arrogance that says “of course, I’m right.”

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