Understanding how we arrive at our assumptions is as important as the assumptions themselves. Assumptions are created by the programming that has molded our lives and our current way of thinking. The source of an assumption is discovered when we understand the influences that were at work in our lives at the time the assumption was formed, accepted, and believed. The influencers that formed our assumptions are our upbringing, the social setting of our life, and the sorrows of the betrayals we experienced.
The most dangerous assumptions are assumptions carried by others that we blindly believe without examination as to their veracity. These assumptions become the ticket for admission into various social and religious groups that demand a single thread of thinking that aligns with the assumptions held by the group.
Some will not take the time to examine the assumptions in their lives, assumptions they were given early on in life, and those they picked up along the way. This is done to their spiritual peril.
Apostle Paul wrote, “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths” (II Timothy 4:3-4).
Undiscerned assumptions are the myths we chase after believing them to be right at the expense of truth. We can too easily gather teachers of these myths whose words scratch the itch of our undiscerning ears. Our only insurance against such things is found in the truth of Scripture, even when that truth runs contrary to the myth-infested world of spiritual compromise.
Just before issuing his warning to Timothy, Paul set up that warning by saying “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching” (vs. 2). Paul did not use assumptions to correct, rebuke, and encourage people. He used God’s Word.
The coming time that Paul mentioned is upon us. This is a time not favorable to speaking or teaching the truth. To follow our own desires will lead us to places where our assumptions are only confirmed, not challenged. That is a dangerous place to find oneself.