Freedom and Opinions

Well, yes. I’m all for free speech. And blogging is good for it. People can express their opinions, get things off their chests blah blah blah.

Trouble is, I’m getting the impression that some people believe their opinion is sacrosanct. To challenge it is to violate some holy law which must be punished.

The reason I have a problem here is that I happen to believe that all opinions have weight, and that weight is determined by the veracity of the information it is based upon. Needless to say, some opinions can be found to be very light indeed upon inspection. Consequently, it is my opinion that all opinions should be subject to fires of enquiry. What is left standing is then worth something of value. Unfortunately not everyone agrees. Some believe that the quantity and volume of opinion is what matters.

As I have mentioned before, Jesus did not come full of grace and opinions. He did not tell the pharisees in John 8 that they will have an opinion, and this opinion will set them free. He spoke of truth.

There is a story behind this little comment, but we need not go there. Just to say, for what it is worth, that truth matters above all opinions.

That’s my opinion.

Freedom and Opinions

4 thoughts on “Freedom and Opinions

  1. James Leverton says:

    I completely agree.
    However, in this day and age its hard to find a definition of truth.
    Of course, the Bible is truth yet many give the impression today that the only truth is that truth isn’t to be found in the bible.
    I guess you could say the same about human rights and how the whole idea has been twisted so that it is only ones own rights that matter and never responsibility…
    …argh, I could go on but I won’t! perhaps a return to blogging might be in order

  2. Nathaniel Macrae says:

    Stephen, can I ask what motivated you to post this? As a (daily) reader, it seems as though you are responding to a provocation.

  3. Stephen says:

    Hi Nat,
    I would rather not mention the details. Let’s say it has to do with Christians taking on a moral cause, doing so under the guise of freedom of speech, and that then becoming the controling factor at the expense of the truth.

    For some reason some Christians believe that freedom of speech is a God-given right in all cases. I don’t see that in scripture. Our mandate is to fearlessly proclaim the truth alone. God gives us that right. In this respect, Christians ought to be qualitatively different from the world which only seems to care about who shouts loudest. Some Christians have fallen into this trap.

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