So Many Opinions, So Little Thought

Nutrition and fitness comprise some of the areas I study regularly.

Now I could develop this line of thought into the gap of knowing and doing, but I’ll save that.

Last night while listening to my favorite health podcast (The Model Health show), I was struck by how this degreed Ob/Gyn being interviewed departed from science to give an emotional justification for some of her ideas. (Note: I like the show, but as with everything you have to listen with your brain as well as your heart.)

It seems for every 2 certified nutritionists, there are 3 opinions. Maybe more.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t continue to listen and read in the field. It just means I take in information and think about it and consider it along with other information I’ve taken in. That’s the “TP” of the Myers-Briggs scale (I’m an ENTP, fyi).

During a Bible study once many years ago, someone with strong political opinions loosely based on the Bible exclaimed, “It’s all there in black and white. How can anyone dispute this?”

I thought (but I hope didn’t say out loud), “You can gather a dozen scholars with multiple Ph.D.s in a room (you can literally with books) and the likelihood of 13 opinions is high.”

Does that mean you stop reading the Bible?

No, of course not.

It just means to not go through the Bible looking for verses you agree with and (mostly) remembering them. It means reading with an open heart and mind to see how God is speaking to you. And using discernment to reflect upon the context both within the paragraph or letter you’re reading and within the long tradition of the church.

Sometimes you can read the passage 50 times before a glimmer of understanding happens.

And read a longer passage. If Paul, read at least an entire chapter, if not the entire letter. I’m betting that had men read certain passages in their entirety rather than pulling out a particular verse, women and other people would have been spared much grief over the last 2,000 years.

We are responsible for coming to our own understanding. As we approach the end of a year, it is an ideal time to reflect on this year and to decide what kind of person we wish to be next year. How about one who grows in discernment and understanding, and whose daily life reflects that?

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