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The Truth About Reality

Romans 12:2  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Did the Age of Reason, rescue the world from superstition or further mankind’s captivity within this physical world?

The problem with superstition was not that people believed something to be real when it was not.  More to the point, the problem was failing to apply Biblical truth within spiritual reality; this was the case in the Salem Witch Trials.  The societal pendulum swings, and countless others have since endured atrocities within asylums at the hands of (in its day) modern science.  Today, few are concerned about being identified as a witch, however, being identified as insane, now that will make your hair stand on end!

So the Modern Era of "actuality" challenged spiritual reality, but not spiritual truth.  Understand, something can be a real truth or a real lie, but there is no such thing as an unreal truth or an unreal lie. When the blight of superstition was classified as unreal, it cast a shadow over all things spiritual and the “truth” as well.  Today, in the Postmodern Era, we have personalized realities, thus truth is now being held captive by individual opinion.  

I wonder, was this by accident or could it have been orchestrated?   And by whom?

And Rick I always wonder why this era is called Post-Modern.  I think with all of the technology that we've created over the past 30 years, this should be called the Pre-Modern era.  The words "Modern" and "Current" seem to carry similar meanings and I think we're all confused as to where things are headed in terms of technology.  Isn't it that every generation seems to think that it's the most advanced and that we can't get any more advanced?  That's the way I feel right now - Ipods can hold 5,000+ songs and you can watch videos on this handheld device.  GPS technology is available to common consumers.  Health care technological advancements are creating "wonders of healing" through machinery and fine-tuned lasers.  

All that is being said to this end - No wonder we hold truth captive by our individual opinion.  Advanced technology can heal us like never before (medical advances), can lead us even when don't know where we're going (GPS), and can allow us to hear music anywhere we feel like listening to it (Ipod).  

Each of these technologies can shape our personalized realities if we utilize them, and it can take away from our reliance on God.


I agree with your comment,  “Each of these technologies can shape our personalized realities if we utilize them, and it can take away from our reliance on God.”

Likewise, in 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  Technology, like personal wealth, can improve the decor within our personal kingdom.  

You and I both know that neither money nor technology is the problem, but rather the “love of money” or the “love of technology.”  Technology translates into power, and never in the history of man has technology been in the hands of so many.  

Both can easily fill a place in the heart intended for God.

Rick, sorry I've been a little slow in responding at times.  I'm potentially coming down there in a couple of weeks and we need to have a good conversation on that Saturday morning at the plant over some coffee.  

I whole-heartedly agree with your comment of both can fill the place of God in the heart of man.  

Even though money and technology are present in the physical realm, I do think it can be seen as a form of spiritual warfare - man is more and more curious about how far they can go into the world of new technology.  

Example to follow:

I saw on the news the other day that a New Zealand company has finally started to mass-produce a  personal jet pack for marketing to the general public (general public with some cash to burn that is) -  

It's crazy to think how much time and MONEY has gone into the R&D of this jetpack and how much could have been used for the greater good or to serve others.  

Can you imagine if someone had the list of buyers for the jet pack and someone from a local newstation interviewed the guy and asked the following question - "So you're going to spend around $100,000 on this jet pack that you don't have to have a license to fly and you can't get it insured...why not put that money to better use like funding a local homeless shelter or giving to missionary work overseas?"

I bet his response would be, because "Now I can fly and you can't really put a price on that."

It's frustrating at times because I am guilty of similar (less than jet-pack) technology desires.  Occasionally I think nice cars would be great to own if I had the money and I'd love to have a flat screen tv with surround sound etc.  I'm not there with either of those yet because I don't have the MONEY.  

Maybe if God graces me with extra disposable money through my efforts at work, or otherwise, I won't be a hypocrite and forget who's money it really is - God's.  

The love of money is the root of all evil, and Satan's army is getting stronger and stronger the more we desire it before God.

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If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. --C. S. Lewis