Thursday, February 18, 2010

At least accept you don't own all the truth?

"It is the mark of an uneducated mind, to be more dogmatic than the subject allows." von Hugel

This quote caught my attention as I dialogued via comments on a blog this week. The subject was on Law and Grace of which I err more on the side of grace than law. My critic got so worked up that they happened to call me 'anti -Christian'. In their eyes I had sold out to the 'other' side by watering down the Gospel. My concern was not that they held different views on how Christianity ought to be fleshed out. The concern was their vehement opposition to my stand. The old cliche comes to mind, "there are none so deaf as those who will not hear." Lets be strong enough in Christ to appreciate none of us have all the answers.


Anonymous said...

Aristotle’s quote “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” has long been a favourite of mine. I’m going to add this one to my list.

To stand convicted of a matter of faith is like walking a hair-breadth-tightrope.

David Barbour said...

I like that. Thank you.

Dion Forster said...

Hey D,

This is so true! I have engaged many persons who have not been willing to consider either my opinion, or the possibility that their opinion may not be infallible!

Do you mind if I reblog and link your post?

Rich blessing!


Dale said...

Key to understanding people is that they are both rational and emmotional beings. Often reason takes second place...

Yours squash buddy

David Barbour said...


Good to hear from you. Enjoy following your blog. Digital voyeurism some may call it?
Reblog at no cost :)


David Barbour said...

Dale Hi,

Yes squash buddy... so many years now!
Trust you are well and filled with the joys of life...