Some of us want to be perceived as being very knowledgeable. We want others to look up to us with all our wisdom. We do not have all of the answers but go ahead in life thinking we do.
I believe we should always be keenly aware of the fact that there are things that we believe to be true that are not. When we have an attitude that says we may be wrong it allows us to remain in a state of teach ability. When I am teachable I will be able to grow and expand my knowledge.
There is a lot of false teaching that exists in the Christian faith. How do I know that? It is because much of the teaching is controversial. If it was all true we would all believe the same thing. It is not all true and we must learn to distinguish between what is true and what is a lie.
I must say that most of the time those that teach the Bible actually believe what they teach. That does not make what they teach true. It does make it more believable, however, because the person teaching it does so with conviction. Whenever we teach something with conviction we will be more convincing. This is how people become deceived. They listen to someone with a charismatic personality. They are lured to believe that charisma is an automatic qualifier of truth.
Having charisma does not automatically make someone qualified to know the truth. We teach our convictions. If I have a conviction that something is true and I am charismatic, I will have the ability to make people believe me. Unfortunately, I may not know the truth and people believe me anyhow.
Do not let yourself believe something just because someone says it is so. Some people want to believe things so badly that they convince themselves that it is true.