Back when I had a real job in the business world, there would be instances of various levels of management unable to make decisions. “If only we had more information.” “We don’t even know what information we’re lacking.” “We need to analyze this in more depth.” “Go back and run the numbers again.” “We can’t make a decision unless we have ALL the information.”
Major decisions would be deferred or defacto killed due to this paralysis by analysis. And more nimble competitors would move in and take our customers, employees, etc. Companies go out of business due to this. (Of course, businesses vary).
The answer in most cases is to make “the decision” with something less than 100% of the facts you’d like to have. A reasonable decision based on a reasonable analysis of the situation.
So what does this have to do with religion? In a nutshell, I see paralyis by analysis all over these forums.
[Exaggeragion mode on:]
“I’ve been seriously examining Catholicism for 39 years. Examined each word in the CCC and analyzed it. Read everything by the ECFs and all the encyclicals, no problems there. But I’ve still got these 20 things that bother me that I need to get resolved before I swim the Tiber. And oh by the way, if these 20 things get resolved sucessfully, I’ll keep looking until I find another 20, then another 20, etc.”
[Exaggeration mode off:]
I’m not suggesting jumping into a new religion based on a whim. But I do suggest that no one has the time to learn 100% of the facts. Or to determine with absolute certainty what are true facts versus made up facts.
But one fact is certain. No one knows how much time they really have at all. Maybe you need to make the decision with a reasonable amount of confidence rather than absolute certainty.
But God bless you for trying – it certainly makes the forum a busy place