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I talk to a lot of people, some of whom disagree with my beliefs and points of view.  And that's okay; we aren't all going to agree on everything all the time.  But, here's the real issue.  When people disagree, much of the time they do so without regard to any other point of view.  If something doesn't match what they believe, they simply disregard it.  And what's worse, some don't even know why; all they know is it's different than what they are used to.  This can be dangerous because this leads to judging according to our understanding of God's word rather than the word itself.  For example, once someone disagreed with a message I had written and quoted a couple of scriptures to make their point.  However, when they took a second look at them, they apparently realized that the passages they had quoted actually agreed with what I had said... so they deleted them.  In its place, they gave an explanation for their disagreement which was, and I quote, "It's complicated."  This is disingenuous at best, and willful ignorance at worst.  They saw that what I had written was scripturally sound, but they were too stubborn to consider a point of view different than what they were used to.  Don't become unteachable.  Don't become so closed off that you refuse to consider other points of view.  Remember, Israel become unteachable and God had to deal with them harshly because of it.  (See Isaiah 65)  Proverbs 12:15 (NIV) The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

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