My secondary goal is to prompt readers to reconsider what they have been taught about the Bible and about the world, and start to question the reliability of their existing beliefs and how they came to believe them. I also try to focus on the methods used to arrive at beliefs. If those methods are unreliable, the beliefs they produce are likely to be false. When these beliefs influence major life decisions, the results can be harm and self-deception.
Perhaps you think you could never be deceived. Is that true? Is there anything you believed as a child that you no longer believe now?
If one day you discovered that your religious beliefs were not true, would you still believe them? Or would you prefer to find out what is true? How would you go about determining which beliefs are true? What method would you use? Could that same method be used by someone from another religion? Would you both arrive at the same beliefs?
The fact is that none of us formed our beliefs in a vacuum, and none of us are perfect logicians. We make mistakes, all the time. None of us should blindly trust in our ability to avoid deception. We can all be deceived, and the easiest person to deceive is ourselves. Therefore we ought to always scrutinise our beliefs and the process by which we formed them. Doubt and questioning become essential tools in the quest for truth and evidence.
“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”
-- Bertrand Russell
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