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Replacing assumptions with spiritual precision

From the May 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Assumptions. What’s behind them, and why do we make them? Almost every day we draw conclusions based on what we accept as true, on what we’re certain will happen, without proof. Usually they grow out of things we’ve seen or heard previously and just don’t bother to question anymore. 

Some assumptions are safe enough—such as a friend’s happy “hello” on the phone showing he’s in a good state of mind. But others are limiting, even disheartening, and they pour into human thought daily, wrapped in authoritative-sounding language through the media. A couple of examples :

If we leave assumptions like these unchecked and unquestioned, we can get pulled into blindly accepting them, and so arrive at conclusions that are not only inaccurate, but invalid. However, there’s a unique kind of perceptive thinking that’s available to all of us and that lifts us permanently above limiting assumptions: spiritual insight. Spiritual insight is a God-given quality we need to cultivate if we’re going to discern what’s true and make a lasting, healing difference in our world. 

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