Is Humility Tied to Truth?
by Daniel Hannon
Several years ago, I had a conversation with a friend who said something that has stuck with me ever since. It’s funny, I don’t even remember when or where it was or exactly what we were talking about; I only remember one particular thing that was said to me in that conversation: “I don’t like being told that I am wrong.”
Now why would I remember that so vividly? The idea itself is not really that unusual. Who likes to be told that they are wrong? I know I don’t. Ask my wife. For good or for ill, it seems to be a part of our human nature; we like the feeling that we are right and don’t like feeling or being told that we are wrong.
I think these words have stayed with me because I see in them the seeds for a non-rational bias that many hold against considering the truth claims of Christianity. What I mean is, even before they might consider any intellectual questions, there seem to be emotional and/or psychological barriers that make Christianity a “dead option” for them.
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Well, one of the central claims of Christianity is that we’ve got it wrong morally. In other words, we all do things that–in light of God’s moral law–make us guilty and therefore wrong in the worst sort of way. But it’s not just that we are wrong; it’s that we are bad. We are sinful. We’re not as bad as we could be, but that badness has touched every part of us. We are stained by our own sinfulness with no way to get right by ourselves. So, for someone who doesn’t like to be told that they are wrong, this is not welcome news. Oftentimes, it is rejected out of hand.
And this is the problem and my point…
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