29 Aug 2014
When those who are born again discover the life they had always dreamed of
Subtly influential atmosphere
The world since the garden of Eden is different. How long did man experience the bliss of that adventure and immense excitement and wonder in life, no one knows? But while Christians understand, in theory that Jesus came to restore to us what was lost, it may or may not ever materialize more then a Bible study curriculum and sentimental mind relax relaxers. But Jesus not only said that He came to bring life (John 10:10), but that He was life(John 14:6)! So where is the disconnect? Why are there non-Christians out there that are living in more of a state of freedom then born-again Christians? I’ll say this, it’s not Jesus fault.
Belief and Imagination
Some of the most powerful business models are those that include reaching beyond one’s comfort level, and growth as a result of pain. If what a person believes determines how far they will let themselves grow, rising the threshold will enable a greater potential for freedom in their life. Why is imagination something that supposedly only artists have anyway? What about imaginative accountants, industriously imaginative plumbers, excited theologians, or teachers? Why does only a small margin of society get to claim vibrant color in their profession/lifestyle?
I have come to discover something over that past several years that was refreshing to me – not everything outside of Jesus is explicitly evil incarnate. While there are some dumb, lazy, and morally unwise choices made, there is also a lot of wisdom that has been discovered too. And there is a surprising amount of intelligence in the lot that does not yet claim Jesus as Lord, while the irony is that not choosing Jesus is not very rational, there is still a lot of lesser intelligent discussion out there. Much scientific application leading to technology that powers much of the modern ways of our world today is spear-headed by those who are not necessarily “working for God”, but those who love what they do. Why can’t Christians love what they do as a means of loving God. Why do they have to be mutually exclusive?
I am all for Iconoclasm, since it makes people analyze what prior innovative giants have come up with. But especially in Christianity, where reason has really been pushed to, at best, a low second place. It is not enough to say that choosing Jesus is the wisest decision in the world, because a person still hasn’t given the reason why! It is the same as justifying walking off a cliff with logical reasons. Something can still be logically wrong, just as something can be morally right, and still delivered terribly. I am opening up to the prospect of bringing of controversial questions with Christians, and see if their God-given gift of reasoning is turned on and fully functional. It is really a shame to see Christian emotionalism alive and well today, and gives credence to why those outside of Christianity are mocking it.
When a child see’s something he wants, he doesn’t stop to think whether he should, he simply determines if he could. He’s not contemplating moral and social ramifications. Honestly, a child is closer to eternity in terms of making decisions that are life-giving. He is living out of a state of desire that is a raw, untamed power. His eyes are full, and rippling with curiosity. He is in a state of wonder of what would life be like with that new toy? Christians, in making a parallel, can also see their dreams out in front of them, and reach for it. But, like in the child’s case, the adult supervising will try to prohibit the child from doing something that the adult foresees as having a bad consequence. But Christian’s should have only one “supervisor” they should be listening to. And while the advice of friends and family is good to consider, a person is in control of their own life, and they will face the consequences of what they do or do not go after.