It’s been another busy week and today has felt like a long day. So once again, rather than attempting to write a coherent post, I’ll just offer you a few random thoughts as the weekend looms. (Perhaps this could become a regular Friday feature…)
1. Many people are dissatisfied with the world they inhabit, but the one thing they won’t consider changing is their thinking. Given that our state of contentment or otherwise is largely driven by how we think about the world, this seems odd. It’s so easy for us to become trapped inside our own rigid mental constructs. What starts off as a search for security often ends up as a mental prison.
2. The mainstream media are increasingly unreliable as a source of accurate information about what’s going on in the world. Unfortunately, many people still believe what they are fed to the extent that anyone telling a different story is likely to be shouted down and mocked. It seems we in the supposedly enlightened modern western world are conditioned to believe whatever we’re told and prefer to pursue mindless entertainment rather than make the effort of thinking for ourselves.
3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: how we interpret scripture is the fundamental question (whether voiced or not) in any discussion about God. People need to realise that there is no such thing as an objective reading of the text. As such, comments like “The Bible clearly says…” are pretty much meaningless. We are all biblical interpreters, whether we’re aware of it or not.
4. However good you thought God was, He’s infinitely better. If your definition of God’s goodness doesn’t even pass the test of what would generally be considered good in a human being, you need to change it.
That’s it, I’ve got no more. The weekend is upon us. Have at it.
[ Image: H. Michael Karshis ]