A couple weeks ago I went to dinner with friends. In the Restaurant we went to they had this interesting water feature at the entry, it looked like perfect little streams of water falling from the ceiling into this small pool. Very nicely done.
My architecture/design background told me that what we were seeing was not the complete story, I knew that water could not be controlled to fall that distance in a uniform manner. I looked around at my friends and they were all looking at the water feature, they were impressed, they were having a nice experience, they were enjoying watching the water, they were impressed with this small bit of magic in front of them.
I ruined it for them.
I pointed out that what they were actually seeing was small clear plastic rods with water gently flowing down around the rods. They reached out their hands and gently touch the rods and I watched the small joy of their amazement and the experience of wonder slip away as they touched the truth.
I wanted them to know the truth. I shared the truth and it took a little bit of magic out of their day.
Is this religion?
Is this atheism?
Is truth actually important? Or is perception only important? The Bible seems to think truth is of the utmost importance.
Is scrutinizing the Bible as truth important for a Christian?
Should we question or just be present in the magical experience and enjoy it and not ruin it for others?