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I read a really interesting comment today. It was incredibly insightful and poignant. The comment was made by one horseman43, a nom de plume of one of the comment contributors to an article at a news site I was reading. He writes the following:
“Before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. Supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. He poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded” (John 13:1-5).
It struck me as odd the other day when one of my students had to go look up what the word philosophy means. I stated that philosophy is the conjoining of two words, phileo and sophia, which separate mean “love” and “knowledge, wisdom.” I had written earlier in an article that the problem with today’s youth is a lack of fundamentals of thinking. I went on to say that this foundational problem is one of confusing emotions with values. In yet another article I espoused a belief in the connection between the feminism of society and it’s downfall. The two, I’m convinced, are connected. Applying emotions to circumstance in exchange of factually based reasoning is, particularly, a female trait.
“Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.” – Isaiah 3:12
How many times have you heard the phrase “we need to forgive and forget?” How many times have you heard the axiom, “to forgive is divine?” I wonder, how many of us really understand what the simple principle of forgiveness really is.
I have a friend who’s fallen prey to the most simple, and yet most profound, corruption of faith. It is the idea that God is a genie in a bottle.
For the last few months I’ve had the great privilege of being out in the public in what we shall call a “liberal” environment. I’ve been challenged by people who have some very strange and diverse opinions about life, history, sociology, and… yes… religion. I’ve found that when you’re in the “real” world it’s a very, messy and unruly place. I’m convinced of the reason behind it all. People have no foundation.
I’d like to propose an argument. This is still a working thesis, so the particulars will probably change over time. However, I think it’s an interesting take on something we all intuitively know. It’s also not new (philosophically speaking) but I’m hoping to put a different spin on it for a modern audience as well as for the sake of formalizing it into a solid, unbreakable, logical argument.
When reading the Bible there are a few verses that are challenging to understand. Most of those have to do with prophecy. Often misunderstood and more often misused, these passages of scripture lend themselves to many interpretations. Some would say that the entire Bible lends itself to varied interpretation, but that’s why the scriptures are a harmony. That’s why the proof of the Bible is not in it’s individual passages, but in the consistency of a single message, over time.