Where do you draw the line when it comes to new ideas? Would you: read a book presenting a different perspective on life; listen receptively to those you disagree with; consider a reasoned critique of your faith; entertain new facts and their implications?
“We may not know the facts,” John Boykin says, “but there are facts, and they remain, regardless of what we happen to believe them to be.” So why not discover as many of them as we can?
Remember doing Connect the dots pictures as kids? Think of facts as the dots, faith as the lines drawn to connect them and the completed image as a worldview.
What happens when human knowledge explodes and new facts come to light?
You can ignore them because they don’t fit into your current picture or you can expand your paradigm accordingly. You don’t necessarily have to give up your core to increase your circumference.
Of course if you’re convinced all truth is square you will reject the facts that don’t fit, regardless of whether they’re real or not. But what is real? According to Philip K. Dick, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
Here’s the million-dollar question: Does reality shape your faith or the other way around?
* When someone tells you to get real,
they want you to get a reality check
and to stop behaving as though you’re living
in a fantasy world.