My car boiled over on the way to work and I had to leave it whilst I wondered what to do. Later that day I called a mobile mechanic who was able to fix it the following day, but very sadly he told me that the part that broke is made of plastic when it should be metal.
Apparently there are many more parts in the heating system that are plastic and sure enough, two weeks later another one broke and I had to get him back again to replace it.
The car is a VW Golf, 9 years old, a car and brand that I thought was high quality. I had forgiven many of its failures in the past but this is the final straw; my bubble burst. The perceived quality of my Golf is due to design and inside the soft touch materials used compared with other makes of similar price. However to remain competitive it seems that VW have cut costs in areas I don’t see, areas that will last under warranty but not much longer. (For example, we’ve replaced the gearbox twice, both times outside warranty).
I know this seems very petty; its just a car after all so let me explain; I thought I knew better. I was a car nut, I have read car magazines ever since I could read. I know (almost) all there is to know about cars, and almost every make and model on sale today. I’m not sure what my fascination has been, but certainly I know quite a lot and had considered myself an enthusiast. Also, the first car I purchased was the first Golf that VW ever made, and I loved it to pieces, so years later when the time came to get a car for our daughter and son the choice seemed obvious.
Now I feel that I’ve been hoodwinked. I believed the hype. Maybe my first Golf was well engineered and high quality but now they only look that way – I’ve been fooled by appearances. What I believed about VW has now changed in light of new information. I thought that they made beautifully designed and engineered cars built to last. Now I think they make well designed cars built to win the beauty contest in the showroom. I had created my beliefs based around facts, but also I realise that I had focused only on good news and had glossed over the bad.
The reason I am making such a big deal of this is that I had a strongly held belief that has turned out to be incorrect. And therefore I question other strongly held beliefs and wonder how many others are also incorrect?
I have strongly held beliefs about God and Jesus Christ. Are they correct? The Golf is just a car I drive and one day I’ll discard, God is my life and I am committed forever. In reality there are many more people in the world who don’t believe what I believe. so based on the weight of numbers I could be wrong. I want t o know the truth – if God is real he will stand up to scrutiny. I am certain that I can question God and question what I believe about God without fear.
I want to know God as he really is, not just as I imagine him to be and not some made up bunch of ideas of my own. I believe God is in heaven and that those who love him and obey his commands will join him there. I believe I understand His commands and I try to obey them.
I don’t want to have my heaven bubble burst when its too late to do anything about it!