Don’t believe what you’re told. See for yourself!

"Over the Wall" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Over the Wall” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I believed what I was told for quite a while. That’s fine. Even necessary. Until I became an adult and had to know for myself.

You know, in the churches I grew up in I was told about the Bereans in Acts 17:11 who checked the scriptures for themselves to see whether Paul was telling the truth or not. That verse was used to encourage us to read the scriptures diligently. But this was all under the assumption that we would indeed come to the same conclusion as our teacher.

But what if we didn’t? What if we decided to know for ourselves?

That decision in my life took some courage.

It meant, like this cartoon depicts, distinguishing myself from others; finding tools to help me discover; making myself vulnerable, visible, and obvious; seeing for myself; eventually making a declaration for the sake of others; and exposing myself to criticism but sometimes applause.

There is beauty beyond the walls of our perception!

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One Reply to “Don’t believe what you’re told. See for yourself!”

  1. The terrifying thing is when we genuinely explore the scriptures outside of our own prejudices and what we’re taught – and we found our own grasp of the scriptures wanting, or worse, WRONG. Thus, many of us love to stay behind the wall, not daring to look over.

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