17th century French philosopher Rene Descartes said, “ If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” If he’s right, seeking the truth about Jesus might require mentally distancing ourselves from everything we’ve been programmed to believe and instead becoming open to discovering the true Kingdom of God.
These are very powerful words to me. I am just the type of person who questions everything. They were spoken in the source post relating to being a Christian but they also apply to most other areas of our lives. I want to have an understanding of everything that I proclaim that is foundational to my life. That includes my religion, my citizenship, and my personal philosophies that drive my life.
I think it is very important to not take foundational issues for granted. You can’t just take whatever talking head you listen to for granted. We all have our own list of things that we want to believe because it makes us feel better about ourselves, is easier than an alternative, or gives us something we think is missing from our lives. To me doubting something means asking questions about it. It means becoming knowledgable in what you believe. It means being able to intelligently and rationally counter those who might disagree with you.
It has been a long time since I have seen this quote from Descartes. I am glad to run across it again.