Isiah 26:V3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Botheis wrote from his prison cell “The human soul, in essence, enjoys its highest freedom when it remains in contemplation of God’s Mind.” I find this a noble sentiment. Under a more intense light, it’s reality is revealed as less than noble. It anchors itself in the “contemplation God’s Mind” not in the study of the Word of God. We can contemplate weekly, daily, hourly, or by the minute, however, we must read, keep watch and study the Word of God, and have faith in Jesus Christ to deliver on his word. Isiah 40:28 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”
Joseph Piper stated argument is “rational discussion only”. This arguments limits who defines rational, as well as what is rational, but implies limits to what is, or, is not rational. Therefore his places limit’s on his theoretical precepts as true freedom, by setting limits of argument as “rational discussion only”. This is only sophist in and of itself.
Isiah 27: V5 “Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.” “If truth is stranger than fiction” as the old saying goes would not the very concept of “rational discussion only” place limits on your ability to understand the truth, and also to comprehend the meaning of the truth. Today we hear the sophist speaking and their words are theoretical, limited by “rational discussion only” in their unbelief of God. Joseph Piper seems to feel that this limitation is what frees people.
Yet it is the irrational, that God demands you accept. The irrational belief that faith is the truest form of freedom. Faith in the irrational. Therefore discussion is impossible simply because by limiting yourself to the precept of “rational discussion only”, you have deleted half of all thoughts and precepts of men. You may contemplate “God’s Mind”. Though it seems more logical to have faith in the Word of God and follow the commandments of God. Caring not if the discussion is rational but if the discussion is how to follow the Word of God and the truth of what God commands us to do.
We live in a world lying to itself daily because it refuses to believe that “Truth is stranger than fiction”. From Joseph Pipers book Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power, he quotes Karl Jasper’s; “one day it may become inevitable to dress truth itself in propaganda just so it will reach people’s ears.” Rather a distributing comment, on a seemingly Orwellian view of a society that limits itself to rational conversations. By limiting the conversion to the rational, all human beings on earth should stop praying to any god they believe in because it is simply a part of the irrational thought process of faith. For Jesus Christ did not ask people to believe the rational, he preached and showed the power to do the irrational. He preached, love your enemies. Is that “rational discussion only”? No military commander on earth would tell his government to love his enemy. Jesus Christ did not heal with rational discussion of what treatments to use to do his healing. No, he spoke the Word and it was done.
The sophist speaks with forked tongue. What is rational in man’s mind about, “sell all you have and give it to those more needy”. What is rational about healing with the Word. Rational thought is for every day living. Rational thought is limited to behavior that does not offend God. Does not do harm he because it can.
“Truth is stranger than fiction”, this old saying reveals more truth about our reality than all the “rational discussion” that could every take place on the planet. This question begs you to examine the very idea of rational thought. The question is stated unequivocally that what you refuse to believe is truth. It furthermore states clearly that what you do believe is fiction, a lie. Thus when you hear college professors or teachers saying comments like “We are not going to talk about anything supernatural”, they are limiting their true freedom. They embrace theoretical as the highest form of freedom yet will not apply the axiom, “Truth is stranger than fiction” to human reality because they cannot move beyond the limits of “rational discussion” and contemplation. Merriam-Webster definition of contemplation: “concentration on spiritual things as a form of private devotion; a state of mystical awareness of God’s being.” Though noble on the face of it, underlying is the lack of study of the Word, lack of watching, seeking to live the life daily. Ask yourself should be living life or in contemplation. Should you be trying to live the life of a believer in the Word daily? Should you be following the commandments or contemplating Gods Mind. Why do you think you can understand the Creators Mind. Should you be watching for the return or contemplating the mind of God.
If as Plato said, Sophist “fabricate a fictitious reality”, and “Truth is stranger than fiction.” When you hear Mr. Pope Francis say. “fundamentalist are violent even if they don’t commit violence”. This is exactly what Plato meant. Mr. Pope Francis fabricated a fictitious reality and all the world “wonders after the beast.”
So much contemplation and so little belief. So much contemplation and to little following of the Word of God. So much contemplation and so few watching, studying and having faith in the words of Jesus Christ.
Isiah 29:15 “Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?”
Educated Ignorance is the down fall of humanity.
Isiah 29: 17 “Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
22 Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
23 But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.
24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
The Words of the Creator are here for all to read. People may say the Bible is a fairy tale, however it is an enduring tale that has lived as long as man. Yet no other book has lived and breathed into the souls of men the very reality of “the breath of life” from the creator himself.
You look around your cannot see, you perk your ears, yet you cannot hear. You feel nothing because you cannot accept. You only accept the smell of rot that seeps into you nostrils and you believe this is God. The rot that is in you mind, that make it so you turn the Word upside down and call it truth and turn from God.
Isiah: 40:28 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”
Our prayers must be to the Creator. All glory must be given to the Creator. Though the Son of Man we seek our salvation through the righteousness of the Creator of all.
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