“Are you willing to listen with an open mind?” That is what you commonly hear when someone is getting ready to dump garbage in it–or worse, something oozing from the tail’s-end of a bull. I don’t know who it was that said it, but they are right. What these persons want to do is change your mind to their way of thinking. Is a “changed mind” a bad thing? It is not necessarily a bad thing.
Nevertheless, it occurs to me that it is better to have a teachable mind. A teachable mind is a mind that listens and hears an argument and uses reason to find the truth. It really is about the truth. It is a wise man (or woman) who, when they discover new information; new truth embraces and applies that truth to the situation at hand. A person that “opens their mind” to a “garbage dump” is a fool. That is, what is being “dumped” already fits their fallacious presuppositions. Now everyone had presuppositions, but that is the point isn’t it. Is it truth or lie—is it fact or fiction; reality or mere ideology?
In this milieu many echo Pilate’s conundrum, “What is truth?” Truth is that which is consistent with reality. It is not a matter of opinion, it is not a matter of “which books you read.” No, truth is not relative. Truth is the truth whether you believe it or not!
A very, very wise man, named Solomon, once said:
The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: . . . The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments. (Ecclesiastes 12: 11-13; NASB).
In other words, at the end of the day, the Truth is the truth, whether we believe Him or not.