Do you know what you think you know?

The claim is frequently heard at the present time that people who voted ‘leave’ in the Brexit referendum did not know what they were voting for. Or indeed that they were lied to, and so in any case were misinformed. That may or may not be the case, but it is true that with many of life’s decisions it is simply impossible to have the full picture. We’re wise to find out as much as we can and then take the plunge.

When it comes to faith, many non-religious people assume that believers just go with what they’ve been told. Perhaps believers are more gullible or misinformed than the rest of the population. If they knew more, about life, or science or whatever, they would know it is all lies and myths. That is of course entirely possible.

However, a lot of non-religious people, also go with what they’ve been told. They might not actually know very well what they are rejecting, for example the Christian faith. They might not have explored the Bible or Christian beliefs in any depth. They may have not experienced Christian community as it was intended.

So how can you know if there is any truth or meaning in it? Well, you’d need to study it and experience it and try to make up your mind. Ultimately the Christian faith is not merely about ‘belief’, it is about ‘faith’ – what or rather ‘who’ we trust and build our life on. We may never have the full picture before we take the plunge, but there is much to explore. Come and see for yourself.

This article appeared in the February 2019 edition of Gryffe Advertiser


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