Even though our minds posses by nature an insatiable desire to know the truth, there are two tendencies that will weave a veil between ourselves and the truth in short course if we are not careful. Both were articulated beautifully by Francis Bacon and it is my great honor to reflect the light of his understanding in your general direction this morning.
The first is simply this: “Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.” It is complicated by the second: “The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it.” Both present a formidable barrier to seeing things as they really are.
The good news is that no matter how eclipsed the truth might become, it is can never be extinguished by human ignorance or its sister, human arrogance. No matter how far down the rabbit hole you have gone, you can always find your way back to the light if you are patient, humble and inquisitive and honest.
Man has long sought to arrogate to himself the knowledge of all truth, but the truth is not information to be gathered. No man nor any assembly of men, religious or secular, can ever lay claim to the truth. Man can, of course, incline his heart and let his mind be moved by the calm certainty of truth.
The question of the ages is, will he? The question today is, will you?