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The End of Reason — Post by Michael J. Findley

A tangle of cables and wires in Shanghai, China

A tangle of cables and wires in Shanghai, China

Knowledge increases about fifteen percent per year. This flood of information and the ability to access this information has resulted in an almost complete breakdown in the ability to reason. There is more information available today than any time in earth’s history, but what do we do with that information? No one has ever been able to know all the information available to them during their lifetime. But you can, if you so choose, find more information on any subject than anyone could at any time in history.

This has not resulted in greater understanding. People are neither better informed than previous generations, nor are they more grateful for what they have. Instead, the universal attitude is, “Since I can look it up why do I need to remember anything?” With instant access to information, nothing is important enough to study. The two foundations of reason, ‘Is the information true?’ and ‘Is it significant?” are routinely ignored.

Reality has been replaced with a continuous Alice In Wonderland existence where all that is important is ‘am I happy?’ People who do not get what they want immediately throw tantrums. These tantrums include assaulting and killing people who do not gratify their lusts instantly. Instant gratification turns everyone into a god or goddess. No one should be allowed to stand in the way of a deity attempting to gratify her lusts. Give her what she wants immediately or face her wrath.

As Solomon warned us, there is nothing new under the sun.

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Love Does Not Mean “Give it to Me Now!”

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Anyone who has ever had children, worked with children, been around children or seen children is very familiar with the expression “he won’t share with me.” Hence the equally familiar response: “Share does not mean, ‘Give it to me now.’”

That same sentiment is also applied to love. We are absolutely drowning in advertisements telling us to buy something for someone to show or prove that we love them. That something might be jewelry (for her), a vehicle (for him) or a toy (for anyone). It might be something as large as a house or as small and insignificant as a box of candy.

Debt does not matter. Just give it to me. Why wait for marriage? Just give it to me. Need or purpose does not matter. I want it and if you love me, then just give it to me.
But this has nothing to do with love. Love is patient and kind. But more importantly, the very definition of love is to give someone what is best for them. And that requires knowing something about a person. Like giving a garment that does not fit is a gift a person cannot use.

Love understands a person well enough to know what is best for them. And usually that will require some waiting. But with some people, love might include encouraging or perhaps even prodding. We often do not know what we are capable of until we push ourselves. And that push, though often unwanted, is frequently an act of love

Love never fails. But when we are thinking of ourselves first, we are not loving. Love means giving what is best for the other person. Even when they do not want it.

Just as a humorous aside, here is a link to a Huffington Post article to help you shop for the billionaire on your gift list:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/03/christmas-rich-gift-guide_n_4376622.html

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How Can I Become A Christian? Part Two: God and Money

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A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?”  But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

(Luke 18:18-27)

Jesus knew the true condition of this man, that he had made riches His religion. Elsewhere He says “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” (Matthew 6:24)

In the case of the rich young ruler it was actual riches but the attitude of serving money doesn’t require that you have much money.

People pressure us constantly for money. In the OT Law we are required to give money to God in the form of tithes, sacrifices, and gifts to others such as alms to the poor.

Becoming a Christian means loving the Lord our God with all we have.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

(Matthew 22:36-40)

Putting money first is a sin which separates us from God.

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.  Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”

(Mark 12:41-44)

God is interested in our heart attitude, not how much money we have or make.

“You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

(Matthew 6:30b-33)

To become a Christian does not mean that we will instantly become full adult believers and have the right attitude toward money in every aspect of our lives. But like the rich young ruler, it does mean that money can symbolize accepting or rejecting the Lord.

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