Are we Mistaken, Fooled by our Limited Cognition

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 GOD gave and gives us enough knowledge in order to live a righteous life every day

John 1:1 ESV 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

If you are a Christian and thus accept The Holy Bible as the truth of GOD it should become clear to you that we humans are limited in our abilities. Sure we can acknowledge that some humans have discovered much about existence, are able to pass on knowledge and achieve some marvelous things yet, these achievements are but a small part out of the infinite knowledge and ability of GOD.

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I for one am humbled by the awareness that GOD grants us just what we need when we need it; I am grateful; I strive to be obedient; I seek GOD’s will for me. I know no matter what I think GOD is the source of  all things.

Proverbs 3:5ESV 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

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Medical science has expanded and is expanding how the human brain works though it is a daunting challenge.  What seems to be what reality is and what we perceive it to be confounds our common perceptions – even this idea boggles the mind. What can we trust about what we think reality is? If an atom in nature is mostly empty space; the cosmos is enormously vast; our senses limited: then the world as we see it is only what GOD allows us to experience.

In our finite sphere of  existence  we grope along through life hoping for the best

Isaiah 55:8 ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

We can make mistakes; we can assume erroneously; we can make a wrong choice. Why?  GOD is omniscient we are not; GOD has infinite knowledge we do not; GOD is in control we are not.

So Yes My Understanding is Limited

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My understanding is limited by my ability to perceive; my ability to sense; my ability to acquire information. I can reassemble things into what may appear to be something new and call it a creation but, I know that I have not really created anything new when I do that.  What I believe today may change tomorrow in many things but not when it comes to GOD and Jesus Christ.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 ESV

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

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God grants us skill and tools and above all, fellowship with others (especially Christians) to combine our efforts and increase our chances for success.

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We are not meant to be alone . . . and when you accept Jesus you never will be . .

Hebrews 13:5 ESV 

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Do You Go Any Which Way the Wind Blows You?

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In politics and diplomacy you may get away with being of a plastic mind but in many other aspects of life this will not work.

Most people agree attempting to legislate moral issues is a futile exercise and can drain resources from areas of threats to society that are of a more menacing nature. Yes some of these moral issues that seem not to be as destructive to society still have far reaching consequences; set a stage for hypocrisy and may even lead some people on a path to self destruction.  The generation in charge of society can make a positive difference without creating so called laws of morality: what seems to affect the young the most (my own observation from my own life’s experience) are double standards, sliding scales and overt hypocrisy. This is most often has a negative affect because an immoral act may lead the young astray even if there is no formal legal recourse in a society.  Of course these negative responses can only occur if the young people have been presented with GOD’s moral standard and then encouraged to adhere to it but then, the adults that taught them right from wrong are observed to live openly with a disregard for the high ideals they claim to accept.  When I was young I embraced all these ideals but fell quickly into confusion upon entering the world of the adults where a wink, a “we really do it this way” or “this is the way it’s done now” dominated the society. What can be done to make a correction? First present GOD’s Standard accurately and second, demonstrate that it is possible to do a better job in living by it.

Romans 12:2 ESV 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Are you like the tide coming and going

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Are you tossed to and fro by the waves

Are you driven by whatever force is close at hand never caring whether it is right or wrong ; moral or immoral; constructive or destructive?

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James 1:6-8 ESV

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

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We know we have a sin nature even if we have become a Christian and must strive to be obedient to GOD; live a life becoming more Christ-Like every day.

 

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Does the wind guide you? Providing easy answers, “going along to get along” or keeping you ignorant of the standards of GOD? This kind of life will leave you aimless and with a weak testimony concerning our Christian Faith.

James 5:12 ESV

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

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Are you in the end uncertain of everything?

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

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What is Love

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A Wonderful Feeling That Lasts Forever?

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N0; a nice sentiment but only GOD has a forever kind of love . Sure it is a wonderful feeling to love and be loved at an emotional level. As part of the way humans select mates and procreate does not have to meet our notion of romantic love however.  The following Wikipedia gives a nice overview of the topic and how we as a society have come to view a romantic relationship and what we have come to expect from one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_(love)

Before I go any further I must emphasize the Unconditional Love GOD has for us is the ultimate standard for us to strive for.

 

The notion of romantic love that predominantly has revolved around the relationship between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation, is an added benefit that helps people survive the hardships of life and furnishes continuity to one’s lifetime. When the biblical story of Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah) reaches the point when they in old age have their son named Isaac, I believe they had remained together for the many years she was without child because their Love for each other was the glue that cemented their relationship.

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Genesis 21:2 ESV

And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.

When Isaac came of age and it was his time to marry and start a family though, there was the element of arrangement about his marriage that trumped his personal feelings of love for Rebekah; he seemed to fall in love with  her upon meeting her.  Since he needed her father’s permission to wed he wound up working for his father in law for forty years before he was given permission to marry her. He had to marry her sisters and work for his father in law in order to earn that right: that certainly indicates that he had a great love for Rebekah in my opinion despite the practical and business aspects of marriage.

 

Genesis 25:20 ESV 

And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.

So what is a young christian man or woman to do when the time comes for them to wed and begin a family?

 

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First pray, second be well versed in the standards of GOD from GOD’s WORD and, diligently seek the council of mature Christians when considering this question.

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THe short answer:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

The long answer:

1 Corinthians 7:1-40 ESV

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. …

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The Power of Belief

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Does the power of “belief” make things possible?

In this climate of extensive knowledge, numerous explorations into what is humanly possible and proven usefulness of technology, could a simple thing like belief enable accomplishment or the lack thereof foil it? (Wow a long sentence huh?) The powers of suggestion, perceptions and belief have been considered for thousands of years.  Battles have been won or lost because participants held a perception critical to the outcomes. New discoveries have been made because someone sought them no matter what the perceived chances were in accomplishing the discovery.

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Jesus walked upon the water . . . .

Peter did for a moment . . .

Matthew 14:27-31 ESV

 

There is a famous quote attributed to Jesus that illustrates the power of Belief without ambiguity:

Matthew 17:20 ESV 

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

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Rome moved this mountain in Spain  for useful metals – images from pixabay.com

 

 

 

 

God has gifted humans with intelligence, wisdom and skills . . .

Christians have been behind many things that have been a benefit for humanity – visit this link for more information:  http://www.cmf.org.uk/resources/publications/content/?context=article&id=827

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Some people have demonstrated their gifts in magnificent ways . . . 

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

On a more personal level have you had prayers answered; of course yes: sometimes the answer is yes, maybe, wait or no (all are valid answers).

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I do not lay claim that the best I have acquired, achieved or accomplished in my lifetime is my doing but, what good things I have benefitted from clearly has come from GOD – of this I am sure.

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I believe the most self centered and egotistical person will one day discover the source of creativity, skill, good fortune and achievement, ultimately has come from GOD.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (a favorite verse)

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If you trust GOD you will see that GOD demonstrates Love for us in many ways . . .

 

Matthew 7:11 ESV 

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

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