What takes place in the mind of the average person when confronted with a Scripture statement contrary to his own belief? The average mind reacts in this manner: Whatever he has been taught, or has heard or read, and is the accepted belief of his church, he has ASSUMED to be true. It has become rooted in his mind as if it were true fact. It has become fixed, lodged hard and fast in his mind. It – what he already believes, not necessarily what God says – is the fixed concept by which he approaches anything on this subject. His own conviction, erroneous though it may be, is his starting point for considering any Scripture on the subject – his approach – the very basis by which he seeks to understand or explain the Scripture. It never will occur to him that his belief – his definition of some Scripture doctrine – could be wrong. He has firmly assumed whatever concept he may hold to be true. His mind, therefore, will seek to understand the Scripture according to his erroneous belief, but never to question or harmonize his belief according to the Scriptures as he is certain he already knows what the Bible teaches on the subject at hand. If he is unable to square the Scripture with his own belief, then he does one of two things: Either he tries to interpret the Scripture according to his own idea, or his mind becomes confused, and he simply forgets it – changes the subject, dismisses this Scripture from his mind and thinking. In other words, he is spiritually blinded to seeing the truth on this point. Perhaps it is impossible for him to even see the truth. He has accepted one of the fables to which God said, through Paul, the world would be turned. It simply cannot seem to occur to his mind that what he has so carelessly accepted could be wrong.
One is aided and assisted in maintaining their erroneous beliefs when they consider that the overwhelming majority of professing Christians are in total agreement with them in their understanding of some Bible doctrine. “Surely, all these good, decent, highly educated people can’t be wrong,” they think. That is WHY Mormons remain Mormons, Roman Catholics remain Roman Catholics, and Baptists remain Baptists! By and large people just don’t change their thinking and beliefs once they have associated themselves with a given church or denomination. Their beliefs are then continuously reinforced as being correct and scriptural when they hear those beliefs expounded and proclaimed again and again week in and week out, year in and year out. That’s WHY a young Amish fellow is still in the Amish camp when his hair has turned to silver.
Think on these things, PLEASE!