I often have posted questions but is it right for me to ask strangers (and follow) their advice? I am really confused. I do not know who I am asking these questions so I feel awkward at times.
I hope I didn’t offend anyone.
Our acceptance or non-acceptance of a religious opinion should be based primarily on the strength of the arguments provided in favor of that opinion rather than our acquaintance with the person giving that opinion. I do acknowledge that a personal contact with the person giving the opinion can sometimes enhance one’s confidence in his opinions, yet the ultimate criterion in accepting or rejecting religious opinions should be the strengths and/or the weaknesses of the arguments provided in favor of that opinion.
In view of the foregoing, I consider it perfectly normal for people to send their religious queries to others and then to accept and follow or to reject and discard their religious opinions on the basis of their arguments. However, even after taking a decision – whether of acceptance or of rejection – regarding a religious opinion, we should continually guard against conceit and complacency and keep our hearts and minds open for all future information that may come our way and, thereby, guide us closer to the right path.
I hope this helps.
March 5, 2003