3 Good Reasons to Question What You Believe
by Luke Nix
Many people like to ask questions, and not just basic questions that get us through day-to-day life, but questions that go beyond our basic routines. Questions that examine who we are, why we are here, from where have we come. Questions that are on all our minds, but many fear to ask. Some are afraid they may discover something they do not like; some are afraid they may offend another’s answers to the same questions; some do not believe the questions can be answered with any level of confidence; and some do not believe that such questions are even legitimate to ask. Unfortunately, those fears often prevent people from asking the deeper questions, and they either struggle quietly with them or ignore them altogether.
When confronted with deep questions, we are forced to reexamine what we ultimately believe. Often they cause doubt about what we have held dear and what we have dedicated our lives to. These challenges are difficult to overcome, and many times understanding the reasons why truly wrestling with the deeper questions is preferable to not doing so will go a long way to help us overcome our reluctance to enter the struggle. Today I want to discuss three reasons why it is important that every person questions what they believe.
1. You Could Be Wrong!
This is the reason that seems to be the most obvious, yet it is responsible for the most reluctance. Who really likes to be wrong about things? As kids we get in trouble for doing what is wrong; as students get receive lower grades when we get a question wrong; as adults we are reprimanded at work and may even lose our jobs over being wrong. But these are merely effects that can last a relatively short amount of time. As kids we learn to do what is right; as students we learn the correct answers, and as employees we learn what is expected. However, when we are wrong about the deeper questions, it can cast horrible shadows on our lives. If we have lived our lives with a wrong worldview, we could see that we have wasted our lives- an implication that becomes worse with age. We could see that we have led many others down the same wrong path, including our children, friends, and students.
Questioning what we believe necessarily involves the possibility that we be wrong about these deeper questions, thus the implications described are real possibilities. None of us like this possibility, and it keeps many of us from questioning what we believe. However, if we do not question what we believe, we may continue down the same path of wasting our lives to something false and continuing to push what is wrong onto those we love. What is done is done. But if it is wrong, we should not be so emotionally attached to our past that we prefer to continue with what is wrong. It is better that we make a change to begin no longer wasting our lives (even if we only have a few more) and begin teaching what is right (even if we may only affect a few people compared to before) than it is to continue to add to the problem. If we treasure truth over error and desire to communicate truth rather than error, then we have good reason to not be afraid of being wrong and to question what we believe…