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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Truth Wednesday - "Philosophy " submitted by Anne Morgan from "The Truth Project"

Truth Wednesday
" Philosophy" submitted by Anne Morgan from "The Truth Project"

Philosophical Truth



Philosophy. We’ve all heard the term. Maybe even used it ourselves. But what is philosophy? Simply put it is the quest to discover ultimate reality.



But who decides what is the true ultimate reality.



Colossians 2:8 says "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."



For the Christian it would seem obvious that Christ IS the ultimate source of reality. Wouldn’t it? Before being quick to answer, remember, the book of Colossians was written by Paul to the CHURCH of Colossi. He was writing to fellow believers when he admonished them to be careful that THEY weren’t taken captive.



Captivity happens subtly. And it happens to us every day. The primary tool used is "assumptions". Assumptions are caught and bought without discerning the truth in the underlying statements. For example the images the media uses to sell products. They want to sell a car, so they use good looking, fit, models to display it. The "assumption" we make is that if we buy this car we’ll look good. Ever notice that magazines targeting teens always have acne free, skinny models on the covers? The assumption our teens make is that in order to be beautiful they have to be thin and blemish free.



The same is true when it comes to our theology. We hear a popular preacher say that "God wants you to be happy." And we believe it. It sounds good. God is a God of Love. Why wouldn’t He want us to be happy. So we buy into it, expecting to be happy all the time. And when life is hard and trials come, we wonder "Why is God doing this? He mustn’t love me." When the truth is God never promised happiness, He promised joy. There’s a difference.



It is God’s truth...about beauty, joy, trials, love, life, everything you can name...that give us the ability to live in the here and now. The philosophy of the world is hollow.



Leonardo DiVinci believed he could find the universal truths in math, science, and art. He wound up despondent and depressed because he couldn’t find the answers he was seeking.



God is the answer to all the questions we have. He has revealed Himself to us through His general revelation (through creation) and His specific revelation (His Word.) Do we listen to what He is telling us? Or are we tossed about by every wave of ear tickling doctrine we hear?



An extensive Christian poll recently discovered that only 9% of people that called themselves "born again believers" actually held a biblical world view - believing that what God says IS the FINAL authority. 91%, when asked specific questions, leaned towards the side of ethics, rather than God’s morality. Morality, does not change. It stands true to what is right and holy. Ethics, on the other hand, change with any situation. It shouldn’t be that way. God and His Word never change, but we’ve bought into the lie that we have to conform to this world.



What percentage do you fall in?



This week’s challenge - "Is an act right because God said it? Or is it right because God knew it was right and told us about it?" (This question was posed by Plato 400 years before Christ was born)



Last weeks challenge - I have to admit that several times I caught myself this week failing to live like I what I believe is really real. The biggest is in the area of self condemnation. When I mess up, I have a hard time forgiving myself. This is definitely an area I need to work on.



Next week - Anthropology - Who is Man?

2 ***COMMENT HERE***:

Tonya said...

because God knew it was right and told us about it?

JJ said...

well if God said it was right..then it has to be right.

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