“One of our problems is that very few of us have developed any distinctive personal life. Everything about us seems to be secondhand, even our emotions. In many cases we have to rely on secondhand information in order to function. I accept the word of a physician, a scientist, a farmer, on trust. I do not like to do this. I have to because they possess vital knowledge of living of which I am ignorant. Secondhand information concerning the state of my kidneys, the effects, of cholesterol, and the raising of chickens, I can live with. But when it comes to questions of meaning, purpose, and death, secondhand information will not do. I cannot survive on a secondhand faith in a secondhand God. There has to be a personal word, a unique confrontation, if I am to come alive.” – Alan Jones Journey into Christ (New York: Seabury Press, 1977) pp. 91-92
It is so true that in so many areas of life we are living off of secondhand information rather than what it is we have discovered on our own journey. Most of this I would have to say for myself would just be the effort it takes in coming to my own realizations about such questions. The lack of effort put in, is simply laziness. Yet in the end, if we are to have a true faith it must come not from just what we’ve been taught to believe, but rather what we have ourselves investigated to find as truth.