Closing Our Minds on Truth
“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”
Truth should never be sacrificed for the sake of peace, and such is the prevailing attitude of many. As I was studying for a test this semester in one of my management courses, two words leapt off the page at me: “religious preference.” Religion, it appears, has become as much a preference as pulp or no pulp. To be fair, I understand the necessity of treating religion as such in the management cotext of an organization, but many have adopted this mindset outside of such a context. Beliefs are a dime a zillion in the syncretic West. Frankly I’ve come to a point in my life where I don’t care what anyone “believes” anymore. Neither should anyone care what I believe. I only care about what’s true. What I believe doesn’t affect truth, so the quest for objective truth isn’t me doing some soul searching, but letting truth govern how I see everything. Christianity is not a preference. It’s not something that might work for me but doesn’t work for others. It’s a claim to truth. When the Gospels record the Resurrection of Jesus, they are making a truth claim. Thus the question becomes: “Is it true? Did that happen?” And if so, belief isn’t your concern anymore. Your concern is what to do with what has proven to be true.
This is why I love the Chesterton quote above. I get frustrated with people who are so chronically open-minded that they hesitate to make ANY claim of truth. Allowing anything and everything to be fair game is just plain silly. It is illogical and unreasonable. A great example of this is those bumper stickers that have the logos of several of the world’s religions and say something like “One Path, Many Roads.” I’d challenge anyone to call me closed-minded for saying that that is absolutely ridiculous. Truth is intolerant of falsehood. It is mutually exclusive. Because of this, not all religions can be true. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. It is anything but admirable to open your mind if your definition of an open mind is a refusal to believe that any one belief can be correct. We must close our minds on truth.