The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#77 Trial and Error?                                                                                   May 2, 2010

In medicine, the term “clinical trials” refers to trying out the effectiveness and safety of medications or medical devices on large groups of people so as to monitor their effects, be they negative or positive.  This is also known as the “trial and error” method.  By its definition the trial and error method is used to determine what’s wrong with what you are testing.  If you can eliminate what might be wrong, you should be left with what’s right.

Wind tunnels are used in aircraft development.  They produce turbulence from subsonic to supersonic speeds.  Engineers employ these devices to determine what is wrong with an aircraft design. Again, this is the trial and error method.  If you can eliminate what is wrong with a promising wing design, for example, then what you should eventually arrive at is what is right.  That’s the theory anyway, but there always seems to be that pesky little bit of error that somebody misses, that in the case of  medicine and airplanes, leads to death and destruction.

The very nature of the trial and error method requires those who employ it in medicine or aircraft design, for example, to be extremely skeptical, critical, doubtful and dubious because they are looking for what’s wrong. 

This trial and error method is the most basic way humans develop ideas, inventions, philosophies, products, political and religious systems, etc.  I, for one, highly recommend skepticism, dubiousness, and a very critical eye to anything that originates from the mind of a man or woman or men and women.  After all, the sole basis of its validity is that “there is nothing wrong with it.”  It’s not the very best or perfect. It needs to be improved.  Sixty percent of those tested experienced significant changes in their condition.  There are still issues that need to be addressed.  A new and improved version is coming out soon.  BUT, there’s nothing wrong with it.

On the other hand, I highly recommend learning and learning to apply in life and living a rightly-divided knowledge of God’s Word and Will.  There are no under or oversights to deal with, no issues to resolve, no kinks to work out. 
God’s written Word, the Bible, when it is rightly-divided is simply: TRUE. 

Man has been trying out the trial and error method of living for six thousand years and he’s still in error.  The highest level of his achievement in every category of life is that “there’s nothing wrong with it.” 

On the other hand, God has been asking His people for thousands of years to prove the Truth of His Word in their lives.  That’s not trial and error. That’s trial and Truth. 

Romans 12:2: [emphasis added]
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There it is!  The proof is in the pudding.  But here is a key in the proving.

Hebrew 11:6:
But without faith [believing] it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

When it comes to proving the Truth of what God says, you have to put aside your doubt (which is absolutely mandatory when dealing with that which originates from the mind of man) and actually believe what God says, having confidence that if you do, then what He has promised will occur.

Men and women have been trusting and believing other men and women ever since there were men and women and the proof is in the pudding.  When the ideas, philosophies, grand schemes, and religions of man are held to the test of application in living life the errors become overwhelmingly obvious.  That’s trial and error.

When God’s Word is held to that very same test with genuine believing, the absolute Truth of what He says is exquisitely revealed. 
That’s trial and Truth.

Learning remains an exciting adventure.

©  Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893