Our Tiny Perceptions
It seems like a strange and impossible thing. Supposedly rational and competent people, at least people who see themselves as rational and competent, self destruct. Why?
In the last two posts, we have considered the choice God gives us (GOD GIVES US A CHOICE) and the insane behavior that results when we refuse God’s offer of salvation (IF YOU GIVE A MAN ENOUGH ROPE, HE’LL HANG HIMSELF). Here we will consider as best we can why people would choose to behave self-destructively.
In the last post, IF YOU GIVE A MAN ENOUGH ROPE, HE’LL HANG HIMSELF, we received comments that indicated Christians lack respect for the truth. That is not true.
John 4:23-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
scatterwisdom made an observation that some misconstrued.
Thank your for your reply and your time that you obviously expended to answer my question. However, no one really does know and may I suggest when it comes the matter of faith beliefs, it is a mystery and “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” Tom sees the beauty in his beliefs in faith. What do you see in yours I wonder?
In truth, there is a limit to what we can prove. Because our minds are finite, we can only grasp so much information and process it. So we MUST TO PICK AND CHOOSE OUR FACTS and decide what we want to believe. asked john zande if he saw beauty in his beliefs. However tildeb and took ‘s comments to mean he did not respect the truth, but he did not say that. He merely said (here) that “which beliefs are truth is a matter of choice.”
We choose to believe about God what we choose, but that does not make what we believe true. Our choice says how we each define the truth, but we do not know the whole truth. God is infinite and His universe is infinite. How can we know the whole truth about either God or His creation? We can only know God through what our hearts tell us must be true, what the Bible tells us about Him, and the wonder of His creation. We cannot sense God directly, and we see too little of His creation to say we know very much.
Each of has our own restricted point-of-view. We can see, hear, feel, smell, and taste tiny little bits of His creation, and what we each perceive is our reality. Technology and sharing our perceptions with each other allows us to perceive a bit more. Yet no matter what we do what we can perceive and understand is only a tiny portion of what there to be known and understood. Hence, our limited ability to reason must fail us. At some point we must guess at what is important. Then we must trust our heart and choose the truth in which we find the most beauty.
Because each human heart is unique, we each have different loves. Therefore, only some of us will choose to find and believe in the grace and truth that is in the Bible. Should that surprise us? No. Jesus said this would happen.
Matthew 10:34-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
Christ Brings Division
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Other Posts In This Series
- Part 2 => The Problem Of Pride
- Part 3A => Examples Of The Failure Of “Reason” Part A: SEX
- Part 3B => Examples Of The Failure Of “Reason” Part B: STUFF and STATE
- Part 3C => Examples Of The Failure Of “Reason”: SELF