You recognize this bondage when you are challenged to climb that beautiful free hill at which point the religious folks, especially those most dear to you; start hindering you. Fear is usually the culprit. For no reason they would rather remain on the beaten path of yesterday. The convenience of theological structures also binds. Even though you know that the truth frees, yet…
All are proud of having a vision. A vision of freedom is like a beautiful sunny mountain peak; free air and endless views without any restrictions; and yet they remain in the shadows of their valleys. They even explain their bondage with reasons they themselves do not understand. Bondage is weak and weakens the weak even more. Freedom makes you bold like a lion. But the bound up flees when no one is pursuing.
WHEN OLD BELIEFS GIVE WAY
“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Different forms of fear occur only when something old is about to give way to something new; like old theories that must give way to something insightful and more intelligent. Like a web-weaving spider fear creeps up on anyone introduced to the new, that fear—when permitted—will paralyze all natural senses of cognizance. Then we ask intelligently, ‘why would you let yourself slide back into your lazy boy chair?’ What is so special about laziness, fear and mediocrity?
We want to buy quality and quantity but cheaper even for nothing. When we transfer that mentality to priceless things like freedom, higher education, mental, physical and spiritual health we turn back to Neanderthals. We confuse the natural laws of creation; you do not get something for nothing. You only get nothing for nothing. You get air for nothing, but can you sell air? Yes you can. You can harness air and fill a tank. The air is free, but the tank has a price; plus the labor and time spent on making it available to you. So it is with God’s creation. The things to which you pay no attention are presented to you with materials, labor and time costs. If you refuse because it costs too much, you refuse education and higher IQ.
It is inevitable. Old beliefs will have to give way to new beliefs, but what’s a belief? The answer lies in examination of our language. By saying ‘I believe’ you express supposition as well as acceptance of something being true or false. You believe that someone tells the truth or you believe that someone lies, it all depends on your thought processes as well as that hunch we call intuition. No one is being asked to fully believe someone or something purely on impressionable basis.
Jesus was impressing people tilting scales in either direction. But He also said that no one could come to Him unless the Father draws him or her. He also said that to some it is given to know and yet to others it is not. Some understand others do not, some accept while others waver.
The more information you receive and are willing to examine so much more faith you receive, until the time when faith stops playing any role for the actual solid and intelligent knowledge has replaced it. This knowledge eventually turns into facts, which makes one wise. If that is not the case then the wise is a fool because the knowledge was false and the given information was filled with seeds of folly. Only a fool believes something foolish because fools go for the cheap, quick and easy. Fools are not interested in education, especially when they have to pay a price for it; however small. When it comes to investing, fools have a hard time parting with money. Vision eludes them, but why, because they see a hard road ahead of them and the price seems overinflated.
Most would like to be free but the price is too steep. Most would like to stand on that sunny mountain peak, breathe that crisp air, and see the ends of the earth, but for free. Some would rather have costly operations, be cut up with scalpels with many blood transfusions than accept a simple healing procedure. One such example is gallbladder stones, which can be easily eliminated with Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate), olive oil and grapefruit. This knowledge has to be believed, but faith without works is dead; therefore one must do it and not only believe.
In the House of Commons there are arguments that sway some one way; and then there may be stronger arguments that take that initial sway away. New and better arguments might even erase any previously accepted beliefs. This belief business is really shaky and quite changeable. It is like the sail. When wind dies down your sailboat rests.
Something old will have to give way to something new, but if there is not the will to change then the gradual decay leading to death will have its way.