Philosophical Baloney

by Feb 1, 2019Devotional5 comments

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident.

Friedrich Nietzsche stated, “They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.”
Everyone has a philosophy. Even if you believe in nothing, that belief is a philosophy. I’ve had a few philosophical discussions over the last few weeks. Every other day I was running into people who had strong and varying views of what they claimed the truth was. The deeper the explanations of belief these people expounded on, the muddier the waters got. They seemed to be talking about God, but it was vague. As my friend Scott says, “What is said in vagueness, stays in vagueness.” 1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
All I could hear was a whole lot of syncretism going on. There was an amalgamation of different religions being put into the blender of supposed thoughtfulness and the mixture was coming out frothy in explanation and insipid in taste. A patchwork of cherry-picked theories to suit their own spiritual agendas was their foundational cornerstone of belief. They seemed to be making it up as they went along. Fickle interpretations did abound in speech and thought, plus they had no problem gainsaying God’s clear instructions or God Himself.
One of the trains of thought was that Jesus came to teach us how to save ourselves. This implied there was no need for the blood of Jesus that takes away the sins of man, nor the need for Jesus as a personal saviour. All we have to do is save ourselves by looking to Jesus as an example of virtue and learning to be the same through attained consciousness. Really? How can I save myself without a saviour taking residence within my soul of which is of a fallen nature and must be reborn?
How can I become born again as a new man or a new creation entirely without God setting and fulfilling the conditions of my salvation? 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! How can I do this myself, within my own godless abilities? If it were possible to save myself, then why would God have sent Jesus to the torturous cross?
Was the Crucifixion just something for pseudo-philosophers to draw examples of self-righteous tips on how to save yourself? No! The Crucifixion was a serious plan the Godhead hid in Christ to save mankind from himself and eternal death! I can only be saved through Christ and not of myself. The only thing that is of my own volition is my personal choice of receiving God’s gift of Jesus as my saviour. Even within my own choice of accepting that Jesus Christ is Lord, it is still the Lord who saved me and not myself.
Another discussion that was presented as deep profoundness was that the whole Bible was only a spiritual example to draw inspiration from and not to be taken literally. I thought to myself, “Would they feel that way about the commandment Thou shall not murder if they were being confronted by an axe murderer?” I am sure at that moment they would want the pragmatic reality of that biblical law to be real and honoured as literal. Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, because they are unprofitable and worthless.
We live in a world that has offered a smorgasbord of philosophical thought and has supplied the false teachers that dispense the rhetoric that goes with the said philosophy. Truth is truth. There are some who claim that there are many truths, but Jesus was the only one to say, “He is the truth.” Jesus did not say I will show you a way or path to truth, or there is a truth to follow, or you might like this truth if it is convenient with your belief. No saints. He said, “He is the way, truth, and life.” John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.
Syncretism seems to be the religious flavour of choice these days. Take the best and most convenient feel-goods from different religions and make your own to suit a personal lifestyle whether God approves or not. After all, when you are saving yourself anything goes because it is personally chosen for the satisfaction of the moment. The upshot is their foundations of truth erodes with whatever is trending at that point in history, and a syncretist person rewrites his or her own convenient belief to act on along the way. Living in those shifting thoughts is living in absolute uncertainty and the absence of God Himself, even though the word god is thrown around. Prov. 14:12 There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Living in this philosophical quicksand will not last.

      God’s grace, however, will last for an eternity. Let God save us from ourselves and our so-called intellectualism. It may not be eloquent in words by calling a belief philosophical baloney, but that is what it is. When you look up how baloney is made, you get this answer. Usually contains afterthoughts of the meat industry – organs, trimmings, end pieces and so on. All I can say is, “Yuck.” That is what I was hearing while these people philosophized with all their afterthoughts and so on. Jesus is Lord and not an afterthought. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
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  1. Jami

    Thank you 😊 I am writing again! Your writing is a blessing to me as well!

  2. sirnorm1

    I think Paul was wrestling with the same anxiousness that was in the streets he walked through, because of all the beliefs that were prevalent in his time of ministry. The amount of gods and sub cultures he ran into daily came out in his statement to the Athenians. Acts 17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
    I think the uncertainty and anxiousness of heart is the first line of battle we come up against when walking in Christ. We end up in a position of having to declare our faith in Christ, and the enemy of our soul spews out reasons for doubt at a machine-gun speed. We hear all the elaborate explanations from a multitude of people as to why people believe whatever they want to believe and our faith is challenged to find the certainty and peace we have in Christ. We just have to redeclare the Lordship of Jesus so to speak to reestablish the Lordship of Christ in our heart. It truly is a living faith that we walk in. Paul's answer to overcoming the anxiousness was – pray through the anxious event till peace returns to our heart. Phil.4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    It sure is nice hearing from you miss Jami. I hope God give you the strength to write your blog again. I enjoy reading it. You are a blessing. May God's face shine on you and give you the desires of your heart.

  3. Jami

    Amen x infinity! John 14:6 gives me peace, but hearing those other theories reminds me of why our world is still so anxious.

  4. sirnorm1

    I read somewhere that common sense was so rare these days, that it should be classified as a super power.
    I think believing anything helps people cope with life for a while until they stop and actually think.

  5. Anonymous

    Thank you Norm for putting in words all the nonsense that people are coming out with… I ran into the same baloney recently. People don’t know what they are talking about – they believe anything!


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