I’ve been thinking about the lack of generalÂ discerningÂ and wondering how we teach ourselves and other to beÂ discerning.
We have greater access to information and more information than we have ever had, but information and wisdom or information andÂ decrementÂ are not the same thing. Â Too much information may actually be aÂ detrimentalÂ to decision making and discernment.
The booming science of decision making has shown that more information can lead to objectively poorer choices, and to choices that people come to regret. It has shown that an unconscious system guides many of our decisions, and that it can be sidelined by too much information. And it has shown that decisions requiring creativity benefit from letting the problem incubate below the level of awareness–something that becomes ever-more difficult when information never stops arriving.
Most of true discernment comes fromÂ inculcating biblical truth in such a way that it is not independent ideas in a pool of nothing.
Integrated interconnected truth well processed with intentional “so what” questions enabling the truth to be actively lived. Â That will lead toÂ decrement.
Everyone should want to learn and the church should be passionate about teaching discernment by focusing on practical biblical learning not information dump.