The many messages.
Christian or non-Christian – have you ever considered the diversity in the messages that sit under the heading of ‘Christian doctrine’?
I use the term ‘doctrine’ reluctantly – as I’m simply referring to, or have in mind, anything that is offered for consumption that directs us principally to the Bible.
If you search the net at all, you will find all kinds of subject matter dealt with, under the heading of Christian teaching.
I have not made a comprehensive study of this, as for example one would, in the writing of a thesis. So conclusions from a survey is not my intention at all, in this post.
But I’m interested in how the Christian mind-set has changed over the years. Just as society has changed in its mental ‘outlook’, on so many things.
There are some ‘outlooks on life’ that are considered old fashioned, out-of-date, or obsolete.
And so called progress is the raison d’être of an excuse, given to justify mental outlooks that lead to a change, and justify negative behaviour, and acceptance, of what was once – rejected as destructive, unseemly, and sinful.
This change of mind, is a slow almost imperceptible taking on board of things once firmly rejected.
I have no doubt that there is a malevolent spirit at work seducing and deceiving the human race mentally.
But the fact, that it is of a deceptive nature, means the human race is not aware of it. Otherwise they would not be in a state of mental deception, in the first place. To be deceived includes by definition – not being aware.
This is what is referred to in scripture as a
II Corinthians 4/4 – (Bible)
whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
In context, blind means not being able to see – mentally.
So all we can do is consider AT LEAST the possibility of being in a deceived state of being – before we can begin to be set free. If we don’t entertain the possibility – then how can we begin to find the way out of our deception?
But just as the scripture is ‘all-inclusive’ in it’s diagnostically apportioning of deception to all. So it is ‘all-inclusive’ in it’s offer of the means of escape from this deceptive state of being.
It happens to use the term ‘Salvation’ to also include this deliverance from mental blindness.
Jesus Christ is the greatest man who ever lives. He is God but He was man. And He spent His time on earth setting people free from a diverse bunch of ailments, body, soul and spirit.
But to move my train of thought back to my opening statements – referring again to the diversity of messages there are out there, under the general heading of Christian teaching.
Some messages are all about being comforted in an affliction, but are offered to those who do not have Jesus Christ in their lives in the first place.
So the exhortation or instruction given to Christians is understood in a much more limited way, by those who are not.
Then we have teachings on ‘prosperity’, that exclude so much of the Christian Gospel on subjects such as sin and repentance for example.
We could look at many other examples of things written about, but suffice to say the message’s relevance boils down to its applicability to the ‘audience’, listening to – or reading it.
We can give instructions in carpentry to a room full of plumbers, and it will be understood in a limited way. We can expound on the subject of rocket science and fail to engage fully the hearts and minds of Archaeologists.
Who is it that makes up our audience? Who is reading what?
And I suppose the Christians (like myself) who are offering truth to a lost and dying world, are trusting that The Lord Jesus Christ will use what is being said to effect the people of His choosing, in a way He sees fit. Because, of course, it is impossible to arrange our audience.
The truth is, unless we understand that God Himself works and influences the minds of men – we shall be unable to sort what messages should be prioritised from those – that are not as relevant.
In other words if based on the Bible – God Himself takes what is shared and influences you and I, through what is written.
Recognising this, and receiving a REVELATION that it is happening to you is the first big step in having your blinded (mind) – eyes opened.
We have a saying: ‘It is more FELT than TELT’.
Well, having your minds set free, is both the result of being told and the result of realising The Holy Spirit is speaking to you, as you experience His presence.
Think of the multitudinous mental outlooks, even in the comparatively small number of folks who will read this post.
Think of the personality and cultural differences amongst the populations that inhabit the cyberspace on this planet.
Think of your response right now to what you are reading, and how different it is to someone else’s.
Think of how it is immediately dismissed as irrelevant by some minds, imprisoned in deceptive thought, and the believing of lies.
We seem to readily accept the deception idea, in cases of cultic brainwashing when it comes to people deceived into joining, and becoming prisoners to control and manipulation – characteristic of such cults.
But we cannot seem to grasp that to a lesser(?) degree we too are believing lies, and need some help.
There are many diverse Christian messages available on the internet. But it is God Himself who must speak to the individual heart, by using these messages.
No amount of coercion on the part of preacher or teacher will help you unless you are searching for truth yourself.
Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.