Opinion Can Drive Assertive LIES!
The desire to know, when you actually don’t, is a powerful force in all of us. Peter Scholtes provides some research and observation in his book, The Leader’s Handbook, about opinion.
What is so interesting about his research is it was conducted in the business arena, specifically manufacturing where measurable data is available.
“…as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” – 2 Peter 1:3
What He Found
The chart above illustrates conversations with various people and the “X’s” represent the presentation of the data in the conversations. Each conversation was placed on the chart depending on two items – how well documented the facts were about what they were saying and how convinced they were that it was true.
What they expected to find was, if a person had well documented facts, they would “pound the table” and be assertive about it.
But, what actually found was a significant number of conversations fit into the upper left of the chart. Meaning, people were absolutely convinced about what they were saying, but it was not correct, not true, a lie.
Peter Scholtes concluded, “Without data, opinion prevails. Where opinion prevails, whoever has power is king. The ultimate correlation, therefore, is more likely between assertiveness and clout, not assertiveness and objective truth.”
Are You Doing That?
Do you accept or believe something that has little or no evidence to support it? Do you operate with common statements like “How can we know truth?” Maybe, you believe that truth is how you see it. Or, you think that there are no absolutes.
If so, you are relying primarily on experiences rather than searching for objective data. That type of thinking relies on opinion, leading to confusion and probably sin, because it trusts something other than God.
You might think that believing the Bible is in the realm of opinion. Actually, when you research the evidence, the Bible is completely trustworthy and accurate. Faith is still required, but the facts put the Bible overwhelmingly on the side of fact and truth.
Take the time to research the evidence by reading some great books like Josh McDowell’s Evidence That Demands a Verdict and his latest The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict Fully Updated to Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today.
Faith Is Required in This Life
Faith always plays a part, because that is the structure that God created. That does not mean God hides things that you need to know. In fact, II Peter 1:3 states:
“…as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…”
What you need has been given to you! The problem is we don’t know about it because we are not in the Bible enough.