Against Orthodoxy! In Praise of Heresy!
G.K. Chesterson said, "When Jones follows his Inner Light, Jones follows Jones." Of course. As with everybody who follows anything. Ask someone why they follow whom they follow. Let's say their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And they will give you the spiel implanted by Orthodoxy, "Blah, Blah, Blah." Ask them who says it is so, and they will give you a long list of saints and prophets and disciples and Blah, Blah, Blah." Ask them who says that what all these people say is so, and they will give you another impressive list of preachers and lay people who declare it to be so. Ask them who says that what all of these witnesses and believers say is so, and they may give you scriptural proof that what they say is so is so. Ask them who says what the proofs say is so is so, and follow this out to the end of the line, asking of everyone they put forth as authorities who know it to be so, how they, themselves, know it is so, and they will say they take it on faith. Ask them how they know the validity of what they take on faith, and they will say, "I know! I know in my heart it is so!" When Jones says he follows his heart, Jones follows Jones. Allowing Jones to be everyone, which Jones is in this regard, it is clear that everyone is the authority of their own declaration of what is authoritative. We are the authority by which we determine what has authority for us. WE are the one! We observe and revere no revealed truth that we do not declare to be worthy of our observance and reverence. We are the sole authority by which we live our life. What we say is so is what we say is so. Which, of course, is the very heart and ground of heresy. God is the God we declare to be God. Who says that God is worthy to be served as God? The people who serve the God they declare to be God! We are self-led, self-guided, self-directed, self-assured... No matter what we say about who said so, we are the ones who say so. Jones always follows his Inner Light. Jones has no choice but to do so.
We cannot help how we see things. We cannot un-see the way we see things. We cannot be talked out of or into the way we see things, not directly, intentionally. But we can be influenced, if not controlled, to see things the way we do. What this amounts to is that we need to stop putting so much stock in the way we see things. It is just the way we see things, and we have to realize that before we take how we see things with such seriousness that we put our lives, or the lives of others, at risk because of how we see. It is irresponsible to allow the way we see things to have an impact on how we treat ourselves and one another. It is only how we see things. Do not take it seriously! It has no necessary connection with how things actually are.