Ever wonder why others resist the Truth?
It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled —
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all **readiness of mind**, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
v.s. Belief Perseverance
“Belief perseverance is the tendency to cling to ideas even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. This resistance might cause people to hold onto any sort of belief or opinion when the belief is shown to be unfounded or has even proved to be completely untrue. In some cases, this delusion can provide the self-belief needed to face new challenges, but belief perseverance also can prevent the honest appraisal needed for making good decisions.
People face and dismiss contradictory evidence on a daily basis. For instance, if a man who believes that he is a good driver receives a ticket, he might reasonably feel that this single incident does not prove anything about his overall ability. If, however, a man who has caused three traffic accidents in a month believes that he is a good driver, it probably can be said that belief perseverance is at work.
Research into belief perseverance has identified three categories of belief that might be involved. Self-impressions might understate or overstate actual qualities or abilities in the individual. Social impressions relate to specific individuals and qualities these people possess. Naive theories are impressions of the way the world works, including social groups and stereotypes, **religious tenets**, home remedies and expectations of the future”.
“Once we have decided that we believe something, we will tend to keep on believing it, even in the face of disconfirming evidence. **Particularly if other people know of our belief, it can be embarrassing to climb down from our previous assertions**.
**It is also difficult to remove a belief which has been woven into a wider web of belief, without disturbing those other beliefs**”.