Most of you are probably familiar with the film “The Matrix”, in which the principal character discovers that he has lived his whole life in a vast computer program. He is presented with a choice, either to accept the world as it really is, or to simply go back and pretend that nothing ever happened.
For the past few years, I have gradually come to appreciate the beauty of evolution. This was not always the case. As I began to be convinced of the evidence around me, it seemed at first to be a cruel and ugly process which I could not easily reconcile with the faith in which I was nurtured. As a child, I had never had to ask such difficult questions that challenged what I thought about what I believed and this made my own personal journey very slow and difficult. Well, old habits die hard - but in my own particular case, I feel deeply that it was worth it.
Now, here’ s my question: Are some people better off not knowing the truth? Most of my family members are young earth creationists, and they’re very comfortable with their faith. I care about them deeply and don’t want to hurt them, but at the same time it grieves me to see them deceived. Is it really worth it? Wouldn’t it be better to let them accept faulty science and leave it at that?