Some of us seem to have a gift of discernment. Others of us have to work at developing this faculty. I would like to share some ideas on how we can learn to be more discerning. Some of these ideas may surprise you. Consider these: 1). Don't spend a lot of time on TV. (Most of it is a waste of time). Hours of TV makes for lazy thinking. Why should we let a "boob tube" do our thinking for us? 2). Consider the grid for your thinking. (I doubt if there are many (any?) truly independent thinkers). Our reasoning is the product of our family and friends, our education, our life experiences, our reading, the media, etc. or we can reason based on God's eternal Truth in the Bible. What do you honestly think is the most reliable, your thoughts or what God has to say? 3). Filter all incoming data as if you are a skeptic. Ask questions in your mind: Is it true? Who says so? Why? How do they know? Is it logical? Is it factual? What reasons are given? Am I responding based on solid evidence or only emotion? 4). Read and learn on both sides of an issue. However, check all against Scripture. Avail yourself of well thought out material from men and women that God has equipped and used but again, let me say, check it against the Word of God. That is the only source of absolute Truth! Yes, that statement can be substantiated by a careful and intense study of what God has revealed. Selah! Keep in mind that the Bible has been severely attacked over centuries and yet the Bible remains unscathed and the critics come and go. Ron
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (Lit. God-breathed) and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (II Timothy 3:16-17).