Week 22 – 2012
“There are many obstacles to truth, and none of us escape their influence. To come to the knowledge of truth is often a painful experience. Deep-seated traditions blind our eyes. They must be cut away like cataracts. Longstanding prejudices obstruct the flow of truth and must be purged like malignant tumors. The doctrines of men attach themselves to our minds and hold us in their bondage as through they were the doctrines of God. Such chains are not easily broken.
I think we err and block the entrance of truth when we fail to recognize the possibility of our own misconceptions. This is the everlasting pitfall of mortal man. Surely the wise man was on key when he wrote, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes.” (Prov. 21:2)
Think for a moment of two New Testament stalwarts, Paul and Peter. Both of these men were hard-nosed dogmatists. And each of them had experiences wherein, in spite of their positive persuasion and dedication, they had to undergo the painful process of being brought into line with truth.”–R.L. Brandt