A View Protected
Discernment is not simply differentiating between right and wrong; but includes the awareness to know the difference between right and almost right. (Adapted from ~ C.H. Spurgeon)
There seems to be an enormous segment of the Jewish/Messianic Netzarim/Israel even Christian societies that ignore a truth presented in favor of the not quite right; even direct error held as absolute truth. Whether called Confirmation Bias, Cognitive Dissonance or Belief Perseverance it is the Passive Aggressive form of outright aggression aimed at anything that threatens ‘A View Protected’.
Ever wonder why others resist the Truth? And ‘ban’ others without the due process of investigation?
“It’s not what we don’t know that gets us into trouble – its what we know for sure; that just ain’t so” – Mark Twain
“The Lies We Tell Ourselves – Cognitive-dissonance is just one of many biases that work in our everyday lives. We don’t like to believe that we may be wrong, so we may limit our intake of new information or thinking about things in ways that don’t fit within our pre-existing beliefs. Psychologists call this “confirmation bias.”
We also don’t like to second-guess our choices, even if later they are proven wrong or unwise. By second-guessing ourselves, we suggest we may not be as wise or as right as we’ve led ourselves to believe. This may lead us to commit to a particular course of action and become insensitive to and reject alternative, perhaps better, courses that come to light. That’s why many people seek to avoid or minimize regret in their lives, and seek “closure” — imposing a definitive end to an event or relationship. It reduces the possibility of future cognitive dissonance.”
Dissonance has several meanings, all related to conflict or incongruity:
Dissonance – lack of agreement; especially : inconsistency between the **beliefs** one holds or between one’s actions and one’s beliefs
Cognitive Dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. When inconsistency (dissonance) is experienced, individuals largely become psychologically distressed.
1] “The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance”
(Be it severing contact, discussion or relationship via various means avoidance, silence, ignoring, hiding, distance, banning, court order, etc.)
dissonance ie inconsistency / consonance ie agreement
2] “When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and **information** (including Truthful) which would likely increase the dissonance”
Very much like 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. (Not to mention honest/correct truthful choices).
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**”.
Let’s be clear – this includes many issues including the honest humility needed to study and verify the validation of the New Covenant Melkizedeq standing and the Melkizedeq Priesthood renewal and primacy (Heb.7:11-12)
Particularly egregious (very bad and easily noticed) for 1 identifying as a ‘believer’ – this showcases an unwillingness to be humble and repent embracing better or more complete truth; even worse a willingness to defend, and at that by any means. (See – https://torahwithoutrabbinics.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/i-doh-wanna/)
“It’s easier to fool the 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.
A ‘ready’ mind is not a closed/calcified mind. Rather than to defend and dis-fellowship; Acts 17:11 is the model all ‘believers’ are called to. Similar to 2Tim.2:15
You have a choice – Do you want to appear right or Do you want to be right? To be right requires Effort, Acceptance and Honest Humility.
Choose Wisely Jos.24:15