When growing in holiness, forming our minds according to reality is of the utmost importance. This is where making sure what we put into our minds does not hinder the truth. Jesus is the Truth and God is the ultimate source of reality and existence (Ex 1 & 2). Science itself gets its reality and all its conclusions from God in His creation.
There are many different realities or kinds of truths. There are scientific truths, emotional truths, common sense, and moral truths. We need to make sure our moral understanding is according to moral truth. But isn’t that just another way of controlling people? Actually, it is the opposite. If you were to take away the religious aspect of morals, you would end up with a human understanding for right living. It would be without the use of Divine Revelation. Many times we do not need the Bible to figure out what ought to be done. It does not take rocket science to tell us that it would be bad for society to kill its own innocent people. It does not take long to figure out that if everybody felt okay with stealing from everybody else, this would be bad for society. If it was okay to lie to anybody it would hinder the development of a just society. This is just common sense.
Some people deny there is such a thing as truth. They might think all reality is based on emotions. This is what our culture bases much of its decisions on. Just in this past year, there has been quite a controversy about allowing men who want to use the women’s bathroom to do so. The men will cry and say they feel insecure about going to a men’s bathroom. So society wants to allow them to use the women’s bathroom. They ignore the safety of the women who need to use the same bathroom. Emotions are typically used by people who want to take advantage of others. A sales person wants you to feel joy or calm when you use their product. A politician wants to you feel angry when you see their opponent. They want to play on your emotions to get you to choose what they want you to choose. Most psychologists know that when a person makes a decision based on their emotions, they are almost guaranteed that it is a bad decision with negative consequences. Emotions hinder us from any kind of truth and goodness when decisions are based upon them.
We need to make sure our moral decisions are based upon truth. How do we do this? First, use common sense. If it has negative consequences, don’t do it. Second, find out what the church teaches. If it opposes what the Catholic Church teaches, don’t do it. The Catholic Church gave us the Bible to reference, as well as the Pope and magisterium with the Sacred Traditions.
So often I see people living an immoral life and suffering from it. They have been so brainwashed into believing Christianity and/or Catholicism is the “Big Bad Wolf” that they will not even listen to its reason. In fact, they will run from the answers they seek. They do not see that it is the Church that has the answers. It is a perpetual life of suffering and emptiness. Our culture conditions people to not listen to faith. It prejudices them to close their ears, lest they hear and closes their eyes lest they see and understand and Jesus heal them (Mt 13:15). It’s a sad story. Truth keeps us from such suffering and offers a life of joy with Jesus. Fill your mind with Truth and you will never regret it. It will be your guiding star to your happy destiny.