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Sunday, January 19, 2014

On Sense and Sensibility

Which do you believe more: (a) What your hear? (b) What your see? (c) What you want? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1388).

As so many questions in the Serendipity Bible, this question quickly cuts to the chase. For what we believe is most profoundly influenced not by our senses but by what we make of our senses—our processed perceptions (or as the southern character says, “Don't tell me what you see, tell me what you observe”). It seems to me that all life is much like a Rorschach test in which we distinctly remember what captures us. I heard an atheist today say that as a youngster he was regularly taught crap in chapel. I don't doubt what he says for a moment. He surely heard some foul shit from the pulpit. However, other students in chapel have long forgotten the fallacious statements made there and remember the other things said that have served them well and guided their lives.

We are extremely selective in our remembrances based upon the sense we have made and the values we have placed upon what we have sensed experientially. That is, what we want profoundly influences what we make of our environment. For me personally, this is very much what my faith is all about. Since I want the fruit of the Spirit, I readily understand that spiritual fruit as key to productivity and happiness and a linchpin of all life and true success. I am perfectly willing to concede that there have been multiple impressions made upon me during my lifetime, any of which could have taken root if I had been susceptible to them—some I'm certain would have been detrimental to my welfare. Luckily, by the grace of God, despite some crap now and then, the essentials of the Gospel sounded to my hearing like good sense—like the preferred path.

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