Cognitive Dissonance
Today on Relentless Truth, John continues in Colossians as the Apostle Paul discusses unity, false teaching and how to walk by faith.
▼ Show Notes

John discusses cognitive dissonance in this episode of Relentless Truth. This denial of cause and effect is a psychological phenomenon that impacts most of us. It involves the embracing of two contradictory beliefs at the same time.


We know that exercise is good for us, and yet many people struggle to exercise regularly. Similarly, we are often dissonant with respect to diet. Dissonance is a phenomenon that impacts almost everyone through various issues and disciplines. An extreme version of dissonance occurs in the narcissist, the person who is self-focused and self-reliant.

The most concerning issue that is indicative of dissonance is the denial of God. Dissonance creates tension in relationships. It can surface in avoiding situations that remind us of dissonance, undermining evidence of the dissonance, and finally, belittling the impact of dissonance. Many people do this with respect to God. They tend to reject God by refusing to acknowledge truth.

Our Struggle with Dissonance

We struggle as humans with thinking logically in our decision making. We assign value rather selfishly. In fact, dissonance is among the primary reasons we don’t embrace change.

As Christians, we struggle with the apparent dissonance between faith and reason. We don’t move away from one as we move toward the other. The truth of the Gospel is incredibly logical. There is also dissonance in God’s sovereignty and man’s volition. John explains cognitive dissonance in the context of biblical truth in this powerful episode of Relentless Truth.

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“Cognitive dissonance involves embracing two contradictory beliefs at the same time.”

John Warren