Monday, August 24, 2009

Step by Step

Wow. It's been awhile. Last publish was back in December.

So I guess it's about time.

I wanted to share with you my thoughts on how people arrive at their ideas.

It struck me that no matter how different people get idea-wise--how they approach ideas or their own leanings--it's because there are thousands, if not millions, of steps to that point.

It's like taking a step in a random direction, and then seeing where you are in relation to everyone else. After thousands of steps, you may not be in the same zip code as other people.

The steps aren't random though. Each idea that you take in actually builds upon the previous ones.

However, it's not just random ideas so much as it is the people behind the ideas. If you really get down to brass tacks, you will find that people don't follow ideas, they follow people.

And when people follow other people, it becomes a lot less random.

People all start out at the same place. As they get older they become introduced to different sources of information, which in turn varies where they go.

Christians are attacked because of their ideas, when it's pretty obvious there's a path from where they were to where they are. There is a progression that led them to where they are, and leading them to where they're going.

These attacks do not make sense. If how people think is governed by what information is introduced to them, then why are Christian ideas considered invalid?

More information is available from God. God Himself is another source of information--information you can't get from any person, any group of people, any groupthink.

And it's not like we're trying to hide it from everyone else--we're actually commanded to share what we know about God.

But how many times are we struck down or labeled because of what we're trying to say? People get their ideas from other people--so what's wrong with these ideas?

Is this information somehow wrong? How can someone who thinks God doesn't exist confirm whether an idea about God is wrong? It's impossible.

Think about it. There is a completely different source of information out there, but some will refuse to explore the option.

Maybe what God says flies in the face of how they want to live their life.

But is that really an excuse to not pursue God?


There is no such thing as true relativism. If there were, people wouldn't care about what Christians had to say. It would just be a bunch of words. But continually, there are foul words about what we believe.

But something about what we're saying hurts. And it's just words. We can't make you feel guilt, or conviction or anything else about your life. Anything you feel in response to what we say, that's coming from inside.