Challenging One’s Own Worldview
by Luke Nix
Something that I have noticed a lot in society today: people hold positions and swear that they never question or challenge their views (many believe that is a sign of how strongly they hold them). Unfortunately, for many of these people, you can easily believe that. Many of these same people are afraid that if they challenge their view, that they will find that it may not be the best or it may not even be true. I knew many Christians as I grew up who were like this. They tended to accuse others of not having “faith” because they questioned or challenged a Christianity (see my post “Is ‘Blind Faith’ Biblical” for my answer to these people).
Unfortunately, there is quite a danger in this attitude, whether Christian or not. I have always believed that sticking with the truth is more important than sticking with an ideal. I mean, what is the point of sticking with an ideal if it doesn’t reflect reality (is not true)? If I were to hold to something that had nothing to back it up, I would be delusional and in denial. Also, if I were to be attempting to convince someone that my delusional view was correct, and that person just happened to be familiar with the “facts” of what I was attempting to defend, my view would easily be destroyed by that person familiar with the facts. This would lead to them questioning my credibility and maybe even dismissing my credibility altogether.
It is best to discard those wrong beliefs for beliefs more in line with the facts. When you hold beliefs in line with the facts, skeptics are less likely to immediately dismiss your beliefs or claims in the future. They may still dismiss your them because the skeptic is emotionally committed to another view, but the dismissal will not be on the merits of your claims (see the Psychology Class Series).
This brings me to my first reason why someone should be willing to challenge their own views. If one holds to a false view wholeheartedly, then when the time comes that that view is not just challenged, but defeated, it may cause a major complex. First, the person starts to question everything (not so bad); second, when truth is found, the person finds it difficult to accept…
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