“The prophet Daniel serves as an example of how to thrive in a hostile culture. Growing up in ancient Babylon, though he was immersed in the learning of the Chaldeans, “Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1: 8). Because of this, he became a great man of God. Daniel’s resolution must be our resolution. Central to this resolution is viewing our culture through the lens of the Bible, and not the other way around.” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But test everything; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Faith in Christ is not blind submission, but intelligent assent. You cannot follow Christ without the use of your reason. “Try the spirits whether they are of God.”206 Testing requires the use of your mind. God gave you a rational mind to think and to judge, and a free will to accept or reject. Revelation presupposes reason, for it communicates truth to the mind, and this assumes that the mind has the capacity to receive it. In religion, the primary task assigned to reason is your mind’s understanding the revelation of God in Scripture.
Much of what God says you will find to be counter-intuitive: you must honor your parents while forsaking them; you must die in order to live, give in order to receive, etc. This is different, however, from saying that revelation is impossible to believe. Scripture is perfectly consistent within the framework of its presuppositions. It may appear counter-intuitive, but evidence of its validity can be verified for those willing to accept its presuppositions by faith. For example you can verify the reality of Christ in you by opening your heart and inviting Him into your life, even though “Christ in you, the hope of glory” may be a counter¬ intuitive thought.
A lack of comprehension is different from a contradiction. The Bible does not contradict itself, but unless you are willing to believe the incomprehensible, you are destined to live in darkness. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”207
206 I John 4:1
2 Kings 19-21 John 4:1-30 (New King James Version)
2 Kings 19-21
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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