I’m just gonna say it loud and proud: baby formula is NASTY! After having to experiment with several different types for our kids, I can confirm that this claim is, in fact, one of the few universal truths (well, this guy at least agrees).
I can’t count how many times-while eating a deliciously marinated and grilled piece of meat-I’ve explained to my oblivious infant children that the only reason they suck that stuff down like it’s liquid gold is because they have not been exposed to the myriad superior options.
Of course, my boys grew out of the formula phase eventually (thank God, ‘cuz that stuff’s expensive); they’ll take a burger-or even broccoli-over Enfamil every time now. But what we as human adults often don’t grow out of-to our own detriment-is an overly eager acceptance of flawed or even nasty beliefs because we’re not exposed to better options out there. This can happen when people feel like believing something and therefore ignore what their minds know to be more valid options. Or it can happen when a trusted “authority” makes their opinion seem more correct by purposely excluding better-supported opposing views.
Such a method of hoping you drink the formula because you’ve been denied the real food is not infrequently seen in discussions of faith, and it’s very manipulative. A person with both popularity and a message that is emotionally comfortable to accept can easily deceive many people without providing ample or accurate evidence for his message and without including counterpoints that would quickly render that message false.
During the years of research that went into Healing Hereafter, I came across many very successful examples of such exclusive formula-feeding. Then when I sent out the manuscript to be critiqued by PhD-level academic theologians, I was even encouraged by one to avoid sharing opposing views, as it’s “not the best way to advance your own argument.” And these people are teaching college and graduate students!
I absolutely disagree. It’s irresponsible and harmful to artificially strengthen a position by hoping you or others don’t consider viewpoints that have been left out (Click to tweet). It’s up to you to avoid maintaining a belief regardless of how easily it’s invalidated by counterarguments. But if you desire to seek what is most likely to be true-even if it requires changing some beliefs-from others, demand from them the respect of relevant alternatives. It is neither honest nor fair for these “authorities” to exclude them and hope the formula tastes good enough for its nastiness to be ignored. You will be far more secure in your beliefs about God and his words if you know both why you believe what you do and why it’s more valid than your other options.
You’ll find that Healing Hereafter is packed with both of these “why’s,” as I want you to be as doubtless and excited about God’s explanation of himself and his plans as I am. And hey, it’s a free and direct download! It’s easy to be deceived, but you don’t like formula any more than I do, so come explore the variety of food about God and his hereafter that we’re given to find together which truly tastes the very best!