No, I’m actually asking… What do you think?
God’s word is true, yea?
But what about the traditions, influences, and interpretations that people make on that word? Is that necessary true? No… But it’s also not necessarily untrue, as His word holds many mysteries that require some interpretation and usually a more holistic understanding of scripture to do so fairly. Still, when something is not blatantly clear, then it is possible (I would say easy) for people to misunderstand (in earnest; they’re trying their best) or even purposefully misrepresent (for personal or even evil reasons!) the words of scripture.
So I encourage you all to question what you hear and read, even if it’s from someone you deem an authority. The only TRUE authority of all things is God, and He will guide you if you question in earnest. Pray for such guidance and search the scriptures for the truth.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, remember to question your “truths” and you will eventually find the real Truth. If you find the Truth to be in the end what you originally believed then your faith will be strengthened manyfold! If you find it to be other than your original beliefs, then wouldn’t you be glad to find yourself closer to the Truth–God’s truth? For earnest questioning and research, accompanied by the guidance of God sought through prayer, can only result in better understanding and a greater closeness to the Lord.
God is not a god of ignorance, nor does he shun those who wish to increase their knowledge of Him…
The Messiah Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) said “‘If you continue in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'” [John 8:32]
In the Qur’an it is written:
“And among the People of the Scripture is he who, if you entrust him with a great amount [of wealth], he will return it to you. And among them is he who, if you entrust him with a [single] silver coin, he will not return it to you unless you are constantly standing over him [demanding it]. That is because they say, “There is no blame upon us concerning the unlearned.” And they speak untruth about God while they know [it].” [3:75]
So continue in the word, and put not great faith in men–for they are mortal like you and I–and strive not to be among the unlearned.
God bless you all in this season of lent and forevermore :)
I think that this life is like a womb for our souls…
Just as our mother’s womb kept us safe from the outside world until we were physically mature enough to live in it,
So does this life keep us safe from the spiritual world until our souls have matured.
Then what we call death, is really the birth of our spirits…
There are two fundamental governing factors in our universe; even more fundamental than good or evil–as it defines good and evil.
These fundamental factors can be referred to as ORDER and CHAOS.
Order is anything in the world that has stability, that does not destroy itself.
Chaos is a state that cannot exist and so is destroyed until it reaches a state of order.
If something is in a state of chaos it is constantly changing–in essence it is searching for order and will find it, unless the chaos is purposefully perpetuated by and intelligent force (for the natural state of all things is order).
Natural Order is something that is somewhat strait-forward to grasp. It can be studied (observed) directly using scientific methods. Moral Order, however, has proven trickier to grasp, as it is seen by many to be more subjective.
This is where religions come in.
Part of the purpose of religion is to provide a moral framework from which we can base our decisions. Now, this has been used by the enemy in the creation of false religions that provide a moral framework that is NOT in line with Moral ORDER. (Just like Natural Order, Moral Order exists whether we attempt to adhere to/believe in it or not–just as not believing in gravity won’t cause you to fly.) This puts people in a state of Chaos, not or Order and Peace. False religions or extreme/perverted manifestations of true religions will always be characterized by chaos (that is, disharmony, contention/hatred, violence, etc.) because the moral/spiritual chaos that they live in will reflect in their physical lives.
Consider this in your quest for true knowledge and wisdom…
You can know the TRUE (order) from the FALSE (chaos)–even through their clever deception–by this method:
As Yeshua (Jesus) put it:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (Mathew 7:15-20)
Because if you’re smart it’s natural to become arrogant…
And if you’re stupid it’s natural to fall into the ways of the world and subtly be controlled…
And if you’re one and think you’re the other, then you are fool, and in a worse position than either.
True wisdom can found in God’s word.
But they never will be if they keep chasing happiness like a tail.
You know that book/movie “The Secret” that has been taking the world by storm…? Of course you do. They left out one extremely vital truth:
1) Aggregate Consciousness – The effect and power of a collective societies consciousness
There are only 2 basic impulses: LOVE and FEAR. In western society the aggregate consciousness leans heavily on the side of fear. Think news, wars, economy… Politics (Republicans are SCARED the Democrats will win and visa versa)… even Sales Advertising (You’re SCARED you’ll miss the deal)
This presentation is a much watch for the above information, and the progression that each one of these impulses inevitably follows. The falls under the study of Natural Law. (This is not me by the way)
Here’s a short post that foreshadows a much longer exposition on the topic.
Your mind has two side or hemispheres. Each side roughly corresponds to a different kind of thinking:
Left side – Analytical, logical, scientific thinking
Right side – Creative, emotional, moral thinking
The trick is to think with both sides in balance. When one side dominates your thinking process it leads to a certain kind of subtle madness that makes it easy for you to be manipulated by people who better understand the way the mind works.
Here’s a fascinating video that explains this much better than I have:
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… For one man’s selfishness.
Things you never really take the time to consider.
The ability to read and reason. Sight. Color. The ability to remember… To be unique. The forces that hold the universe together. The day and the night. The ability to communicate and create.
It is interesting that all that is physical, originated from the unseen. Thoughts. Forces. Feelings. Dreams. Energy. And of course…
Remember who to be thankful to…
All glory be to God!!
Happy Thanksgiving and God bless everyone!