Wednesday, June 06, 2007

How To Think - Jun 6

The art of a good debate seems to be lost these days. Much of the amateurish techniques applied usually involves the mantra, 'No it's not! No it's not!' to the predictable assortment of personal attacks and false accusations. The proper way to refute an argument is to bring forth corroborative evidence gathered through careful research. It amazes me how few people are willing to argue a position based on these principles. Hearsay, innuendo, half-truths and out and out lies founded on ignorance and broad, sweeping assumptions are the basis for most arguments put forth by your average punter. When you choose Jesus as you Savior, God takes up residence in you. This 'resident' is none other than the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit not only allows you entrance into the Kingdom, it also leads you to all truth and prevents error. Think of it as a divine BS detector. Now as wonderful as God's indwelling is, you still need to train your mind here on earth to guard against deception. From Rapture Ready comes a must-read article offering this critical thinkers checklist:

What do you mean by_______________?
How did you come to that conclusion?
Why do you believe that you are right?
What is the source of your information?
What assumption has led you to that conclusion?
What happens if you are wrong?
Can you give me two sources who disagree with you and explain why?
Why is this significant?
How do I know you are telling me the truth?
What is an alternate explanation for this phenomenon?

As you can see, this is a solid list of questions a discerning thinker must consistently ask themselves. There is no doubt in my mind that most of the majority-held opinions are indeed hopelessly in error. Yes, I know it's difficult to get a vise-like grip on the truth. It requires work and dedication to cut through all the bafflegab and nonsense. Jump to the head of the class and ask Jesus for your salvation today. You have nothing to lose but your foolishness and a new mind and an eternal life to gain. Please don't delay. Your peace of mind awaits.

Johnny Cash

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