Trying something very different today for a blog post. A parable of sorts. I don't claim to be a writer. I hope this will be interesting for those who choose to read.
Two citizens of the same community and culture had lived near each other all their lives. Both thought it important to follow God. The culture seemed to support their desires. One decided to accept that everything his leaders taught was true. The other chose to accept and follow only the truth in everything he was taught.
The citizen who chose to accept only truth had to develop various capacities, character, and spiritual gifts, only the Spirit could confirm the truth. This often proved difficult as discernment became necessary, and as the search for truth expanded far beyond his own culture. Yet truth brought light, light brought intelligence, and it grew brighter and brighter until the perfect day. The other citizen was able to relax, go with the mainstream, and trust that if there was something important he needed to know someone would surly tell him. After all, as long as all appeared well in the community, as long as he had the truth there was little reason to be concerned. This freed him to focus on other things. Occasionally some culturally misfit folks came along who seemed to dare to upset things and make afraid, but since they had no authority it didn't matter.
Both citizens lived to a good old age. The one citizen met the Lord during his life who personally ministered to him, he died firm in the hope of a glorious resurrection. The other felt privileged to have seen in person great men of his day, he died firm in the hope that none of his leaders would ever lead him astray. Both citizens left a record for their posterity. Truth lives on, and such experiences and lessons live on as a comfort and source of inspiration for many.
Some folks accept everything they are taught as true, others search for truth in everything they are taught.