I asked a young man if he was studying for his high school exams and he answered, “I don’t need to. They just ask my opinion.” I was quite sure that the opinion had to be based on some material he had learned in class, but apparently he did not think so. His logic would be good enough. I cannot tell you what the result of the exam was though I would guess he failed.
This got me thinking about how we approach our faith. Many of us simply assume that our opinion is right even if scripture says contrary. We tend to read only what supports our opinion. We are all sinners but are forgiven yet we justify our continued sinning.
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
Don’t let your opinion overshadow truth.