Ever tried to convince a person of something that is so clear to you yet they “Just don’t get it?” You make logical arguments, reason with them, and present multiple examples of something… yet they still won’t/can’t either see it or agree with the premise. It is as plain as the nose on someone’s face, yet they continue to reject what you’re presenting. Why is that? Consider…
First, a quote from Ayn Rand; “Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them.” Leave them alone.” For some it doesn’t matter how powerful your argument is, they will simply refuse to submit to an opposing view. Just because something makes sense to you does not mean another person will be persuaded by your arguments or presentation. Present your side of an issue, but forget trying to argue them into agreeing with you. As a friend once said, “They haven’t made a stick big enough to beat up ignorance.” Sad, but true.
Second, The more subjective a belief is held, the less likely a person is to change. The more objective a person is, they more readily they’ll change when presented solid information to change their mind. People of this bent will say, “I just know in my heart that what I believe is true regardless of what you say or present.” Trying to get this person to change their mind is like arguing with a brick wall.
Next, the condition of a person’s heart/mind determines what they believe. This is affirmed in Titus 1:15, “To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.” If a person is untrustworthy, they see others as untrustworthy. If a person is a liar, they will believe all others lie. If a person can be trusted, they will trust others. THUS, recognize the condition of person’s heart is key when it comes to accepting any truth.
Last, unless God reveals a truth to a person they cannot believe it. Whether the issue is the Gospel, doctrinal point, or anything else for that matter… ultimately God is the one who gives a person understanding and wisdom. This does not mean truth is not presented… with passion… often, it simply means that there is a God element to understanding. And thus the need for prayer for God to open human hearts to understand.
Amen! Good word today! Also, love the quote form Ayn Rand!