It’s official. The first weekend of October, Gabe (also GabrielPeter.com) will be coming down to do a concert. I will get more information out as the time approaches, in case any of you would like to hear him.
He asked if we had a place for him to stay, and I said we had some nice dog houses in the back yard that aren’t being used. Steve said we could put them all together and make a suite. And there’s a water hose nearby for showers.
I had a bunch of thoughts running through my head. I thought I better write them down.
Normally I do not jump on people with both feet on somebody else’s Xanga, but I did Wednesday night on Gabe’s site. I don’t want to be seen as somebody who flames, but there’s a blogger that likes to come and argue with Gabe, just for the sake of argument. He has no real point to make, except that he will disagree with everything anybody says. He sees it as a game. He said it’s fun. He fancies himself a really intelligent person. He might have the IQ, but he doesn’t have the wisdom. Being smart and being wise, are two entirely different things. If you are smart, you will seek wisdom.
Ps 111:10…The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. NIV
You cannot follow the teachings of the world, and be wise. Even if you claim to be Christian, but cling to the teachings of the world, you will not be wise. You must stick to the word of God, to be wise. You can’t step off into the teachings of the world that try to show there is no God. Evolution is one of those teachings. Yes, there are slight changes sometimes in our DNA. But an ape will never become a human. A fish will never be a bird.
Gen 1:25…God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. NIV
But if a person rejects the idea of God, that forms their world view. That’s just common sense.
Humans are born into sin. They are born into a world where Satan is the prince. Satan’s desire is for people to never believe in God. If we were all born already believing in God, and giving Him his rightful place, Satan wouldn’t even bother with us. There would be no point because he could not cause anyone to go to hell. He’d be wasting his time. He might be able to make us trip up, and get less rewards from God, but what really would be the point in that? The reason he desires to trip Christians up now, is because it ruins their witness to others. It keeps us from taking others to Heaven with us.
A world view is not formed immediately. It is formed after years of living. A tiny newborn doesn’t have a world view. But a tiny newborn is born into sin and the rejecton of God. It comes first, naturally. If Satan can cause that child not to believe in God as he is growing up, that unbelief will color his view of the world.
By the same token, if parents raise their child to know God’s word, that will form their world view. It’s why we are told to teach our children God’s word every chance we get:
Deut 6:6-9….6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. NIV
I use to talk with another person on Xanga, who had been one of Beth’s friends for a few years. He is a law student, with some pretty definite political and religious ideas. He use to argue with me about everything under the sun. Around the time of the election, he got quite overbearing with his arguments. He was not content to have his own opinions…he wanted to make me have the same opinions. And he kept arguing with me to that end. I don’t mind someone sharing their opinions. It’s trying to force others to believe the same way that irks me. I finally let him know I was extremely tired of his browbeating. He finally left my blog and never came back. I hated to see it come to that, but if he had only backed off, and allowed other to have the right to their own opinions, it would not have happened.
People who only want to argue, and have no important point to make, are not sticking around to learn anything. They are only sticking around to argue. It’s a game…a game that does stop others from learning, because they get tired of it and don’t come back. Those argumentative people tend to think they know it all, and don’t have anything to learn from others. (And oh, my goodness…newly graduated engineers are some of the worst!)
Very young people can often teach things to others. They many times have good things to offer. But when they are the type of person that thinks they already know it all, they are only annoying. Vast sums of knowledge does not just enter a person’s head when they turn 18, or when they graduate from high school or college.
Sometimes they need to just sit back and learn. They need to listen to those who have lived longer and studied more. They would do very well to delve deeply into God’s word.
Job 13:5….5 If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom. NIV
Prov 1:7…The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. NIV