It depends on why you accept the truth. People who pretend to accept the truth and aren’t truly saved accept it because it gets them some temporal personal advantage. For example if it gets them a political position or positive reputation with other people or even a marriage. They bail on the truth when the advantage disappears.
People who truly accept the truth accept it because it is true. Sometimes they will even accept it at great personal disadvantage - there are probably very few fake believers in Communist China. Why? Because it is against the law.
Think about Lee Strobel and his wall, if you’ve ever seen the Case for Christ movie. He was convinced the Gospel was true. Not convenient, but true. Not a good idea, but real.
(I’ll give you that running my faith through the fiery furnace of trials gave me like 5000% more spiritual confidence in God and his word and my salvation, heh, though. That’s part of the point of the book of Job, showing us that - but I still don’t want anyone to have to go through what I did to be assured of their salvation! So yeah.)
And now, the @Miss_K pride test, which I approve for accuracy. It intensely reminds me of an old friend who had a pride problem. Sometimes I think I fall into his role on here - actually every similarity between him and @Sierepica_Fuzzywalker, including the fact that both of our names are hard to pronounce, rings a bell. Ding.
I tend not to be. Actually, it’s the people older than me who “correct” my ideas by lying to me that tend to annoy me. Or the people who don’t even listen to my ideas and proceed to insult me. Or the people who think that they are entitled to tell me what to do without any good reason other than their selfish benefit at my expense.
I tend to be that person who wants to forward and encourage other people’s contributions, especially those younger than me who older people might not recognize. However, I had a problem last week where some young people didn’t recognize what I needed to accomplish a particular task - someone brought in some brilliant drawings for how they wanted a website to look and I never got them because they didn’t think I needed them. That really made me want to jump through the roof, because the drawings were so good I thought that they were familiar with UI/UX Design. Apparently not. Even though it wasn’t even their fault and I knew it was mine for not communicating clearly, I still was angry and wanted to fly through the roof with frustration.
I think the area of website design is probably where this tends to surface. That’s because if my idea was incorrect, I have to start all over again, which results in delays and more pressure and all-nighters and panic attacks. So much fun and excitement!
Other people tend to not understand this, which is why I decided to bail on the web design field for a career.
Depends on why they think I’m wrong. Sometimes I really am wrong and I’m happy when other people point it out. I like having different perspectives on things too.
If it is my work, my effort, and my reputation on the line is when I tend to snap. I should leave my progress and my reputation in the hands of the Lord as per Psalm 46:11, now shouldn’t I?
But if people are slamming me, trying to shut me down and stop my work for the Gospel because they believe it’s wrong - when people question my decisions and try to control my actions, I respond negatively to that. Or when they try to attack me, lower my grades, etc.
Nope. I believe that I am, officially, a prideful person. Thanks for pointing that out, and I have much to work on. Aside from my glorious problems with authority figures and my bafflement over truth acceptance. So: thank you for the insight, and do remember that no one is infallible, especially not me. And rebukes and contributions are always welcome.
Unless we’re designing a website, in which case we are just going to do everything my way and everything will be so much better than the alternative. And it will get done on time, too. Yeah.