Sometimes we need to ‘suspend judgment’.
Personal ‘judgments’, however official they may sound, are usually nothing more than our own preconceived notions, half-baked personal convictions, and junk that other people have told us is true.
I grew up believing that faith in God was nothing more than wishful fantasy that couldn’t hold up to the evidences of science and philosophy. I held these ‘judgments’ until I met a seriously smart, analytical, and accomplished philosopher who knew the intimate and intricate worlds of science and philosophy… but was also a committed Christian!
His name is Dr. Roy Clouser, Philosphy Professor at The College of New Jersey and author of two incredible books: The Myth of Religious Neutrality, and Knowing with the Heart. I first stepped into his class in the fall of 1995.
I mention him because I had the opportunity to visit with him over lunch today. We’ve kept in touch over the last bunch of years. His influence on my faith life has been super-important because it was his life and work that invited me to ‘suspend judgment’ and consider God. When I gave up my allegiances to my preconceived notions, half-baked convictions, and things which I was ‘told’ to believe… I was able to see the truth about God.
Ever since those days I have been on a journey of discovery and service, truth and hope, and love and faith… and it all started with ‘suspending judgment’ long enough to see God.
I am confident that God will reveal God’s self to those who earnestly seek to know God. By far my favorite Scripture teaching on this subject is Matthew 7:7-8:
Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened