“For the modern world will accept no dogmas upon any authority, but it will accept any dogmas on no authority. Say that a thing is so, according to the Pope or Bible, and it will be dismissed as a superstition without examination. But preface your remark merely with “they say” or, “don’t you know that?” or try (and fail) to remember the name of some professor mentioned in some newspaper; and the keen rationalism of the modern mind will accept every word you say.” -G.K Chesterton in the Superstition of Divorce
Chesterton was a Catholic, which I note I am not. So I have a point of contention, especially when it comes down to what is Biblical doctrine and what is the gospel because of the Catholic belief that the Pope has divine authority (which must be saved for another blog). But the point he made is true. I’ve witnessed it many times. In today’s modern mind nothing is tested to see if it is true and often it is dismissed just because of the person who said it. Instead, people will believe and quote as authoritative and absolute anything they read or see in a blog, newspaper, tv, shows, news, or heard from a friend.
Too quickly we dismiss what people say because of who they are or what they believe, but we must press on to know what they are saying, understand it so well we can articulate it back to them, and then demonstrate where their reasoning or understanding or logic has gone wrong.
Too quickly we accept what people say because it sounds true without ever testing it.
To do any less than test what is said is to disrespect the person and to be lazy about the truth.