All humans have opinions. Religion, family life, politics, the best foods and the definition of wealth are among the categories in which we form opinions. The basis of good opinions is a wide array of good facts—information to support our beliefs. Sadly enough, it has also been said that the fewer the facts an opinionated person has, the stronger the opinion—and that is a problem. Our opinions can interfere with the acceptance of truth that would impact our beliefs.
Jonah, who was at first opinionated, learned that God understood how the people of Nineveh were lacking facts and information, and He felt sorry for them (Jonah 4:11 Jonah 4:11And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
American King James Version×). These people lived evil lives but did not know any better. When they turned from their evil ways, God blessed them by relenting from the disaster that was to come (Jonah 3:10 Jonah 3:10And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them; and he did it not.
American King James Version×). Nineveh is the account of one city that recognized the facts of its wrongdoing and strove mightily to change. Facts should support our opinions. Having a strong opinion is not wrong if those facts are from the Bible, the Word of truth.