We take other men’s knowledge and opinions upon trust. (Montaigne, 16th-century French philosopher)

Montaigne regards that fact as “an idle and superficial leaning.” Why? Because, as he notes, “We must make it our own.” We can’t conduct our lives on the basis of what other people have learned or experienced. From another perspective, in matters of faith, we can’t come to God on what someone else believes. It’s necessary for us to trust God ourselves to have his blessing.

There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith (Romans 3:30).