I have been accused at many times in my life of being a “know-it-all.” I have been criticized by others who say that I think I am “never wrong.”
Socrates said “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” Will Durant said “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” The more I learn about the world, the more I realize that I don’t know or understand. I know what I know, but I also know that there are tons of things I don’t know. Example: I just replaced my water heater. I called it a “hot water heater,” and someone I know corrected me. He said, “There’s no such thing as a ‘hot water heater.’ It’s just a ‘water heater.'” I acknowledged that I had it wrong, and I have to keep correcting myself now.
I am wrong about things as much as other people are. I am not perfect in any way, and I do not mean to give the impression that I am perfect, or even better than other people. All of that being said, when I learn something, I try not to forget it. I believe that there are certain things in this world that are absolutes, things that are always true. Two plus two always equals four. Diamonds are hard. Jesus Christ died for my sins. And that brings up another topic: my fallibility versus the infallibility of God. I believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, and that means that if the Bible teaches something clearly, it’s something that does not change. Ever.
There are things the Bible is clear on: Salvation is by faith alone, and not by works. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Adam was the first man. God created the world in six days. There are other things that I believe the Bible teaches are right and wrong: be loving to others. Don’t disrespect your parents. Nothing in your life should be as important as God. Murder is wrong.
When I hold a position on something that isn’t mentioned in the Bible, I will allow that I can be (and frequently am) wrong. I don’t like being wrong, so I try hard to make sure that when I say something, I have verification. If I’m not sure about something, I say so.
However, when I hold a position on something that is clearly taught in the Bible, I refuse to give way. Abortion is murder. The “reproductive rights” of women are not more important than the right of that baby to live. Homosexuality is wrong. Moses said so, Paul said so, John said so, and more importantly, God said so. I don’t waver on things that God says are so.
If you don’t like the fact that I refuse to budge on things God says are true, then I do apologize, but I’m still not budging. I know I am wrong about some things, but God is going to have to be the one to tell me I’m wrong about the things He has said.
And before you accuse me of refusing to admit I’m ever wrong, maybe you should take a look in the mirror. You might disagree with something I say, but why does that give you the right to accuse me of “not admitting I’m wrong” when maybe it’s YOU that are wrong?
For instance, if you believe that abortion is perfectly acceptable, and you attack me because I fight against abortion, then we are on opposite sides of the issue. I think I’m right, and you think you’re right. That’s it. But people argue with me when I don’t agree with them, and they tell me I “always have to be right.” Well, don’t THEY have the same attitude about that issue?
I’m just trying to live my life for God and do what is right. I mess up frequently. But God picks me back up and helps me find my way again. Will people still disagree with me? Yes. Will I lose friends because of my stand? Yes. Jesus said in Matthew 10:34, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” The following verses go on to say that if your family disagrees with God, you should stick with God. And that’s where I stand.