It is difficult not to fall into the trap of having pre-conceived ideas about everything under the sun.
In a world of confusion – where black is white, right is wrong, truth has been replaced with half-truths, and lies. When we are bombarded with information (to sort out) per second, per day, who can form any right conclusions?
Next we get ‘False News’.
Many believe the lie, and the lies.
CONFUSION – the Bible says: God is not the author of confusion. (I Cor. 14/33)
There is one who is – though.
He is called the ‘Father of lies’. (John 8/44)
Described as the ‘god of this world’. (II Cor. 4/4)
It’s his job to hide and to keep the world confused, with his hidden influence. (II Cor. 4/2)
To quote a Dob Dylan lyric: speaking of the mind – ‘don’t let an egg get laid in there by something you can’t see…’
And when there is confusion there is every evil work. (James 3/16)
And it will get worse and worse. (II Timothy 3/13)
The dictionary definition of the word ‘preconceived’ is as follows:
tr.v. pre·con·ceived, pre·con·ceiv·ing, pre·con·ceives
To form (an opinion, for example) before possessing full or adequate knowledge or experience.
Full or adequate knowledge or experience – missing.
When it comes to the major truths about life and death, we must come to a place where we will search until we find, if not full, then adequate knowledge about the options, before we can possibly come to the right conclusions.
It is my suggestion, that ‘…people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’ (Hosea 4/6)
Knowledge leads to experience. Sometimes we have experiences first, that lead us to knowledgeable conclusions, or conclusions based on a proper understanding of the experiences we have had.
Burn your finger in the fire, and through the experience you have gained knowledge.
It changes your life from then on, when you see a fire – you do not allow your hands anywhere near it, – because you have learned by experience not to do so.
Likewise if we are told beforehand the right way of things, and we refuse the knowledge, and do not allow a full or adequate perusal of the knowledge that is being given to us, then we shall have a pre-conceived notion about it, and never come to the experience of the knowledge that is being passed on to us.
Preconceived ideas we already have, can prevent us from proper investigation of the truth (or lie) found in the knowledge someone wants to share with us.
Of course the consequences of keeping to our pre-conceived notions, and not taking the time to investigate will vary.
If I decide not to try a strawberry sweet for the rest of my life, that is lack of experiential knowledge that I can get away with.
If I have a preconceived notion about the here and the hereafter and about what is the best and only route to take spiritually, the consequences are eternal.
2 Timothy 3:7
…always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.