Getting Ahead: ‘Seeing is believing’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

From my earliest memories of childhood I can recall people saying; “seeing is believing.” But is that true today?

Almost all of us now carry a powerful micro-processor in our pocket or purse; our cell phones. That was science fiction when I was a boy. The first phones I remember didn’t even have a dial. You picked it up and after hearing a ring, an operator would ask you what number you wished to call. The numbers had a name and a three letter identifier which you would give to the operator who would then connect your call.

Now we even have smart phones which have video capabilities. You can watch thousands of videos on YouTube which can be posted by anyone. This is where I ask: “Is seeing believing?” We would all agree that it is very easy to photo shop a video or picture. So it follows that seeing is not believing.

The same thing is happening with what we hear. There was a time when almost everything we heard was truth. Now, can we even believe what we hear? People are twisting stories to fit their narrative and we can only wonder if what we are being told is right.

If seeing is not believing and what we are told is twisted to fit a narrative, how can we ever know the truth? Is it really that important to make an effort to seek out the truth or should we just believe what we see and hear because we like the message in it? The Bible, which is the absolute source of truth says; “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Therefore if we do not know the truth, we are in bondage to what we see and hear. So could it be that lies produce bondage and truth produces freedom? How important is that?

These are the everyday issues that we look into at the Gathering Place every Sunday morning at 10:30 and Wednesday evening at 7.


John Pfeifer

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer