The Power Of Gratitude

The Power Of Gratitude December 24, 2018

There is great power in our words…power to do good and power to do harm, but words of gratitude have a power that keeps on giving.

Words

The saying that “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me” doesn’t appear to be true. I can’t count the number of people that’ve heard words from their parents like, “You’ll never amount to nothing” and “You’re useless.” Sadly, this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Words do matter…very much. They can build other’s up or they can tear other’s down, and in some cases, words have the power of life and death. Words can harm us and hurt us. The power in the tongue can be amazingly good or it can be terribly bad, and it is “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:10). Jesus warned us that “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matt 12:36). Words are of supreme importance, since “by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt 12:37). Believers are commanded to put “away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth” (Col 3:8).

Words of Death

Words can build up or they can tear down, and there’s no shortage of tearing down today, so why not choose to build other’s up with words. Say “Thank you” to someone, even if it’s their job to do it. Thank you goes a long way, and a smile is just as contagious as a “Thank you” is. The Apostle Paul admonishes us to “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph 4:29). If it’s not good for the hearer, it’s good for nothing, however, “if our words give “grace to those who hear,” then its building up one another. Even if there’s disagreement between two people, they don’t have to be disagreeable. They can agree to disagree and leave it at that, but words can hurt and destroy relationships. Our words can get us into trouble too. Jesus said, “that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire” (Matt 5:22). That sounds very much like words matter!

Words of Life

Solomon under stood that “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Prov 16:24). We’ve already read that words can be like poisonous darts and afflict internal injury, but our words are like one-way shots…they cannot be taken back once they’re released, however, words can also be “health to the body.” Timing is very important in knowing what to say and when to say it. There’s a time to speak and a time to be silent. Scriptures say, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” (Prov 25:11), however, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent” (Prov 10:19). Words can save lives by warning others about something, but also there is also eternal life in words, or more specifically, in Jesus’ words. He said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:33). When Jesus’ hard sayings began to thin the crowd of the disciples (John 6:60-66), Jesus asked His own disciples, “Do you want to go away as well” (John 6:67), but the Apostle Peter nailed it in explaining why they weren’t leaving like the others. Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69), so not only do words build up, they can impart eternal life, and those words are found in Scripture.

Thank You

I don’t thank the readers often enough for reading these articles, but I even thank those who are opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15), because even if they don’t believe, they have at least seen and heard the gospel and know what is required (Rom 10:9-13). The Apostle Paul wrote, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Tim 2:1), and all people means, “all people.” And giving thanks is not just family and friends, but “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4:6).

Conclusion

Saying “Thank you” is an easy way to make someone’s day a bit brighter. It has positive effects…I would say, it has a ripple effect, because you may have left them in a better mood than when you first saw them. That’s something we could all use. Our state song in Kansas sings about this, saying, “Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the skies are not cloudy all day.” The skies I can vouch for, but sometimes I hear more discouraging words than positive ones. Pay it forward I say, and say “Thank you” to someone today, and as much as possible, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Col 4:6).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Matthew 22:37

    Thanks for posting on this topic, Pastor. Words do have power. Any psychiatrist can confirm that verbal abuse can be more lasting in its’ damage than physical abuse sometimes.

    Have a great day! This may be my last post. Just wanted to say I admire your perseverance, common sense and humility.

    Have a blessed day!

    • Evermyrtle

      Thank you, for a wonderful message, to a world, not much interested in love, gratitude or compassion, except this good stuff, is coming our way! We, so soon, forget the blessings, that those, who love us pass our way. So many think that they deserve, all the good things, that those who love them, give them, never guessing that it may be time to return some blessings! I believe the term used for that is “greed!” Some never give the greatest gift ever, LOVE to another or to JESUS, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, not even as a second thought!

      Oh yes, verbal abuse can rip your heart out, we should remember that, when we use an unfair spite statement, never realizing how hateful we sound, to those who love us and would die for us!! Words area the greats tool in the world for good or for bad, it can heal better than any medicine, hurt or broken hearts! Usually we will say that the love is returned, but sadly, the conversation does not show any love! The most rationed thing today is “love!”, except for the love that we receive, don’t expect us to extend a lot of love, because “They do not love me” as if that were a legit excuse, or a necessity!

      Love and hatred is so close together and so far apart, as well! Both can fill your heart but the result differ greatly!

      • Jack Wellman

        Well said. So much wisdom in your words, Thank you.

      • Matthew 22:37

        Thank you for your comment though I am not sure if you are commending me or the Pastor.

        I am an evangelical believer who knows Jesus is the Savior of the World and strongly disagrees with the eternal torment doctrine which is not to be found in the ancient languages of the Bible but was put there through keyword mistranslations by certain people within the Catholic Church in the Vulgate Translation of the Bible then forced onto Christianity as the only acceptable translation of the scriptures for roughly 14 to 15 hundred years by the Catholic Church.

        If you have questions on it google “God’s Plan for All” and read chapter 15. They also have a free ebook link on this.

        I don’t know why people allow other Christians to get away with constructing a false doctrine of hell when it clearly states Jesus is the Savior of all men. Hell is a word not even mentioned in the ancient texts. They could have translated using Sheol, Gehenna or Tartarus which all have different meanings but someone wanted to thrust this pagan interpretation of hell onto the text so they changed keywords in the Bible early on in Christianity to make it look like only certain people will be saved.

        The Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in exposing and correcting false doctrine.

        Have a blessed day! There is no need to argue it if you can follow the researchers’ points as outlined in Chapter 15.

        But this blog is under constant attack by people who don’t believe who act just like the popes in the Catholic Church trying to tell you what to believe as if you could not reason for yourself or follow the great coverup of the salvation of all by the Catholic Church. The only reason to guilt someone or belittle them constantly is to try to cause them to doubt their own God given intellect so someone else can control them and their thinking.

        Well the Bible says Jesus is the Savior of all men in no uncertain terms.

        So why did some people have to construct an evil place for God to place people in when it is God’s expressed will to save everyone and man is not able to thwart God’s will. Is God really going to let evil people’s wills prevail so they can destroy themselves for forever?

        We need to get the message straight and to get free of the Catholic error once and for all.

        Thanks for reading. Doctrinal corrections require sober Christian research of the scriptures and history and ancient word meanings. In a peaceful place free of all this atheist agitation on here. So I hope you google and read Chapter 15 and give the real truth a hearing for a change.

        • The Greek word “eternal”, sometimes translated “for an age” is used both for “eternal life” and “eternal punishment” (Mat.25:46). If the eternal fire that is prepared for “the devil and his angels” is only for “an age” and therefore limited in duration, then is not “eternal life” limited for “an age” and therefore limited in duration? If the Greek word ” aionion ” is unlimited in duration as in the case of “eternal life”, then is not the punishment unlimited in duration?

          Why would “aionion” be used in the same passage to refer to unlimited duration (eternal life) and in the same sentence be limited in duration (eternal punishment)?

          • Matthew 22:37

            For anyone interested google “The Salvation Conspiracy: How Hell Became Eternal” by
            Ken R. Vincent on the Christian Universalist Association site.

            There are roughly 45 million universalists in the U.S. Unfortunately, most of them rarely speak up. That could be because they intuitively know but haven’t built the historical and scriptural and linguistic case that reveals the truth in more detail.

            Sometimes you know things in your heart first but not everyone knows where to look to get the answers that confirms their belief that runs counter culture to mainstream evangelism’s traditional belief that they gleaned from the Catholic Church’s Latinized Roman perspective not from God’s Hebraic one.

            Perspective is everything. God’s character is everything when you read the Bible.

            So try learning His perspective not some philosophical, politicized perspective that came from the mind of man twisting word meanings in the Bible.

            You can check the word usage/meaning against non-Biblical Greek sources that wrote at that time. Aion does not mean eternal.

            That is why several literal translations of the Bible don’t use eternal in many passages.

            The Bible is the Word of God. God breathed. If God calls Christ the Savior of all men not all believers then who are men to come up with a theology that denies that truth.

            God saves each in his own order. Too bad only a very tiny percentage of the population have a Biblical worldview these days because that is God’s perspective. Most people spend more time in school and on the tv or internet or in the pursuit of pleasure than they spend on the scriptures.

            Many Christians abdicate their own priesthood in favor of following a priestly class like the Jews did under the Levites.

            But the children of God are a royal priesthood so why do they have to defer to a man because he attended an institution without him proving his claim linguistically that eternal torment is in the future for some. They don’t. They can act Berean and research into all 3 theological views: eternal torment, annihilationism and universal reconciliation. Why settle for the mainstream view? Martin Luther explained mainstream views can be wrong as have many other people who study scripture and do doctrinal comparisons.

            You have to know the word meaning at time of usage.

            Terms/words can become twisted and misused and abused over time.

            Don’t trust in the false inculcation of the traditional learning of men on this without checking as much as possible on this. Because this has a bearing on God’s character.

            The scriptures were given for everyone to inspect them not for the popes to lock them up in Latin and allow key words to be changed to support their misinterpretation of the Word of God so they could control everyone.

            No the Gospel truth was given to set men free of sin to serve God not stay enslaved to a human pope manufacturing false doctrines to blind men’s minds to the truth through a fear doctrine.

            Perfect love casts out fear.

          • Most universalists are not Evangelicals as you claim to be. They are either Liberal Christians and some are not even Christians but they believe in God. Many of them do not believe in the deity of Christ but Evangelicals do. Evangelical universalists are a tiny minority.

            Your BIG mistake is in thinking that the bible is some Word of God. It’s the same mistake that Evangelicals who believe in hell as eternal punishment make. The bible is the word of barbaric savages who created a very cruel god in their own likeness.

        • Modern biblical scholars (both Catholic and Protestant) do not use the Latin vulgate to translate the bible. They use the original languages of Hebrew and some passages in Aramaic to translate the OT and Greek to translate the NT. Through the use of textual criticism they translate what they consider to be the best MSS of each of the testaments. So, though your argument may have once applied, it no longer applies.

          These scholars are not usually universalists. How can this be? Nowhere does the Hebrew or Aramaic indicate any place of hell as eternal torment, so biblical scholars agree with you on the OT. But they disagree with you on the NT.

          There are 3 positions adopted by NT biblical scholars:

          (1). Hell as eternal punishment. This is the majority view.

          (2). Hell as annihilation. A minority view.

          (3). Universalism. A very tiny minority.

          Do you, as a Christian, know more than the majority of biblical scholars who have studied Greek and apply the best contextual hermeneutical techniques to the study of the NT?

          • Matthew 22:37

            You have forfeited your priesthood but still want to act like a priest interpreting the scriptures and consulting other defrocked priests like Bart Ehrman.

            You have no interest in the scriptures at all except to deny them so why are you attempting to control interpretation?

            You should not argue the scriptures. They exist to be studied.

            You betray your ignorance of them by arguing and asking questions trying to pinpoint another person’s weakness in an attempt to dominate and control them. I guess you engage in the bullying behavior because you are scared and it’s easier to be a bully than admit you are wrong.

            The word meaning at the time of usage determines how something is interpreted.

            It is clear from examining the scriptures that aion has been translated with contradictory meanings so an error has been made by early translators then carried over to modern translators who probably never knew to check the keywords for contradiction or just decided to go along with the group error on the interpretation. Maybe some feared retaliation from the Catholic Church and it’s Inquisition against people it deemed heretics.

            Some like Karl Barth said he could neither confirm or deny that universalism was true.

            But why fence sit?

            Check the ancient word meanings at time of usage.

            The Bible is the Word of God and given by divine inspiration. If it says Jesus is the Savior of all men then why the elaborate charade to deny that fact?

            John the Apostle said in his epistles the Church was under attack in his day. The core doctrine of the victory of Jesus Christ over all of creation was one of their main targets.

            Christians don’t answer to the pope though they do need Bible translators.

            Jesus is the head of the Church not the pope.

            It’s about time people examined the scriptures for themselves.

            If you don’t think to question a core doctrine then you won’t examine the scriptures to see what they reveal will you? Then the pope and/or other men’s thinking can own your head if you allow them to by passive inactivity.

            Don’t you ask another question. You do the research or be quiet.

            I don’t care what or why unbelievers engage in unbelief and you can’t make me care.

            If you are wrong then you are wrong and I am not wasting my time wandering around in your wrongheadedness until you get things straight in your own mind.

          • (1). I don’t rely on Strong or on Vine. You should read a much more scholarly work such as W.F. Arndt and F.W. Gingrich: A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature.

            (2). Let’s say that we only consider Evangelical biblical, textual and exegetical scholars and translators at the top theological institutions. None of them hold that the KJV is based on the now existing best NT Greek manuscripts. It was translated from the textus receptus Greek manuscripts. Since 1611, many manuscripts have been discovered which are considered to be better by the leading textual scholars, whether these scholars are Liberal or Evangelical.

            (3). I didn’t consult Bart Ehrman or other “defrocked ” priests before replying to you above. I picked up my copy of the Greek NT (Nestle-Aland 26th edition) with footnotes on the variant readings in the NT manuscripts and consulted it. Maybe you should do this, or don’t you know any Greek?

            (4). You guessed wrong when you suggest that I am engaging in bullying behaviour. Please provide evidence for your guess, instead of making it up out of thin air.

            (5). The overwhelming majority of NT exegetical scholars think that Gehenna or hell is eternal and that Jesus taught it. A small minority hold to annihilation and an even tinier minority hold to universalism. These exegetical scholars know Greek. They know which are the best available manuscripts. They know how words were used at the time they were written in the NT and in other early Christian literature. They also study the literary forms, any oral forms, the structure of various passages, how the first hearers are likely to have responded to what was written, the historical, political economic, social and religious setting of each passage. They look at these in their contexts. So don’t try to tell me they are ignorant and that you know better.

          • Matthew 22:37

            Goodbye. Leaving and may not return and you are being put back on blog because I am not reading your elitist nonsense serving your confirmation bias any more.

            I don’t have to.

            I don’t care what school or credentialsl someone claiming to be a scholar holds who advances eternal torment as a fate for some men.

            They don’t control and have no right to change word meanings at the time of usage.

            If you were an honest seeker you would have consulted the universalist for the details of the keyword mistranslations.

            But you are not a seeker. You are busy almost every day trying to make a case against the existence of God when you aren’t attacking His character.

            I don’t want to read your filth any more. Find someone else to dump your complaints on.

            “Atheist” who came up with that pretentious garbage appellation? It is not a Biblical term. You are either an unbeliever or a reprobate according to the Bible which are just spiritually blind men.

            Don’t presume to explain anything to me on the Bible, Mr. Spritually Dead Man Determined to Stay Dead in Your Sins.

            I am not even sure you haven’t passed the point of repentance permanently. You act like you have.

            So why do I want to exchange ideas with an unrepentant sinner determined to stay that way?

            Please start acting like a rational man and avoid me. Trolling is for idiots.

          • What a load of pretentious nonsense on your part! You are so far “up yourself”, but claim to be an Evangelical, yet claim that the majority of Evangelical scholars are wrong. They may well be wrong, and very probably are, on their doctrine of verbal-plenary inspiration of the bible. Yet, they are right on their interpretation of hell. The bible teaches it. My difference is with them and you, is that I do not think that a group of ancient, ignorant and barbaric savages who wrote the bible and created god in their own likeness can be ANY word of any god.

            You are accusing Jack Wellman, and others who believe in hell as eternal punishment, of not being “honest seekers” because they don’t “consult the universalists for the details of keyword mistranslations”. Well many of us have consulted the Tentmaker website.

            “Atheist” is not in the bible as you say. This does not make it a useless word, as you imply (“pretentious garbage appellation”.). It simply means “without theism”. Just because a word is not used in the bible doesn’t mean it is useless. After all, the word “Trinity” or Triune God is not used in the bible either. So are you saying that this concept is a “worthless appellation”?

    • Jack Wellman

      I need this reminder daily. Thank you.

      • Matthew 22:37

        Thank you so much for all your caring work, Pastor.

        I hope you will research into universal reconciliation. I believe eternal torment to be a false doctrine
        forced onto Christianity.

        quote from ID Williamson’s The Nature of Salvation:

        I may remark, in passing, that GOD is the Savior of no more than he saves or will save. If ten men are in danger of upsetting a boat, and I go out to save them, you could not call me the savior of ten, unless I saved them. If you saw me launch out for their relief, and knew perfectly well that I would save them, you could with propriety call me the savior of the ten, even before the work was actually done. But if it should turn out, in the end, that I should save but five, then it would prove, that you were mistaken in saying that I was the savior of the ten. So here, God is not the Savior of a soul more than he actually saves. True, that work is not yet accomplished. But the apostle knew that he had engaged in the work, and that he could not fail of success, and therefore he called him the Savior of all men. But should it turn out, in the end, that God should save but a part, then would it be proved that the apostle was wrong, when he called him the “Savior of all men.”

        I know it is said, that God OFFERS salvation to all, but it should be remembered that an OFFER of salvation is one thing, and SALVATION ITSELF is another. If I offer to save a man who is drowning, THAT does not save him, neither does it make me his savior from death. God may offer salvation to man, but that does not save him, neither does it make God his Savior. He is the Savior only of as many as he saves. Should any man dispute this, I ask him to go forward to the future world, and as he looks down into that dismal hell, in which he believes, and beholds the multitude of its hopeless inhabitants, let him tell me, if he will, in what sense God is their Savior? It matters not what may have been OFFERED them, what have they RECEIVED? is the question on which your answer must depend. I care not what MEANS may have been put in operation for their salvation. If these means were not EFFECTUAL, and they are not saved, then God is not their SAVIOR, and the apostle labored and suffered reproach for a trust, that was vain and futile in the extreme.-end quote

        Many have written on the keyword translation errors forced onto Western Christianity by the Vulgate version of the Bible which the Catholic hierarchy decreed to be the only bible a believer could consult.
        The word hell is not in the original texts but Sheol, Gehenna and Tartarus are. Each have a different meaning.

        Hell is not mentioned in the Old Testament. In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve were warned that they would surely die. Hell was never mentioned as a possibility for them or any of their descendants.

        The first mention of hell is in Matthew 5. Why are we to take that passage literally? It seems most don’t because there are no one handed or one eyed people lining the pews of churches.

        There are many people pointing out the misinterpretation of the scriptures these days and the theological doctrinal error. I hope you look into it.

        There is no reason to believe the Catholic Church and the Roman Emperor Justinian were not wrong on communicating this error.

  • Gratitude is something very important and ennobles those who practice it. If we are thankful to others for the kindness that they show to us and others and express this both in word and deed, we will all be better people.

    There is no need to give thanks to imaginary beings to live a life full of thanksgiving, though it may help some people. But if we restrict this thanks to some imaginary God alone we will not make any impact on our communities. However, if we thank other people for their words of kindness and uplift we are more likely to have an affect for good in our societies.

    The Christian people who read this blog should know that they cannot love God whom they have not seen, unless they love their sister and brother whom they have seen. This implies doing practical good as well as words of thankfulness.

  • Matthew 22:37

    From now on Mr. Arthur consider all my responses to any posts you make to me as tl;dr.

    That means “too long; didn’t read” in Internet jargon.

    You never turned to Jesus to have the veil removed. Perhaps, you never made a proper repentance to be in the heart state needed to have the veil removed and it could be there is more than one veil and that is why we read God’s revelation as given in the Bible over and over to have more veils removed from our hearts and minds.

    In any case, I do not control your heart state nor can I read it like God can. I only know the book of Titus says the disciples were told to deliver the Gospel message twice then shake the sand from their feet and move on if the message was not accepted.

    I believe you have heard the Gospel many times as you attended seminary school and now claim to reject God’s revelation as coming from Him. Now you are busy reading rogue bible students who appear to have fallen away from God into darkness and confusion like Bart Ehrman and recommending them to others.

    Now you want to communicate your disobedience and error to me and try to bring to my attention to the thinking of other people who may have made evil value judgments against God in their hearts that contribute to their staying spiritually unenlightened.

    It is up to me to guard my heart and help God keep it enlightened. Apparently you did not and so now have fallen away.

    So pray to God on it.

    All that turn to Jesus have the veil removed.

    I am only now looking to share the Gospel with those people ready to receive Him who do not express condemnatory sentiments about Him and who do not try to manipulate me into accepting their condemnation of Him.

    There is no reason to argue unless one party doesn’t have his heart right with God and I believe defending the Gospel doesn’t require continuous argument with someone who vehemently rejects it.

    They have a heart issue if they refuse to recognize that Jesus is the image of God.

    I can’t violate human boundaries to force recognition on someone willing to stay unenlightened. That wouldn’t be polite.

    I hope you understand and find another sparring partner.

    Have a blessed day!

    • Do you want to rant and rave about your own theological opinions without anyone challenging them? It seems that way. You have no idea about mainstream biblical and theological scholarship, do you? Yet, you wish to pontificate “from on high” and be a protestant pope, don’t you?

      • Matthew 22:37

        Last posts above. I have a vision weakness and can’t spend any more time on the Net reading long arguments even if I wanted to.

        Besides you never know who’s lying on the Net.

        A deist calling me a cowardly anti-intellectual a few weeks back was the last straw. I am an anti-intellectual when he hasn’t even read the Bible?

        Who is going to be the greatest and most important intellectual to read if not God?

        Thomas Paine or God to read? I will take God every time.

        Too bad so few people read Him and make a serious personal attempt to try to understand Him.

        Be careful of the people who claim to know it all and that includes some scholars. Some teachers don’t know the ancient languages so why are they reinforcing hell doctrine without checking ancient word meanings? And people are lazy. When you challenge their doctrinal views they are too lazy to research them or to test them or go back and refine them. So look for the hard working detailed scholarship. The people who aren’t too afraid to research and tell the truth. That have no fear of man. That don’t regard the traditions of men. That’s how you take the road less travelled and avoid scriptural error.

        Perfect love casts out fear.

        The truth is brave.

        Goodbye.

        • I am so sorry to hear that your vision is so weak. Is there any way that the doctors can heal it? I hope so.

          Peace, well-being and wholeness to you and I hope that you get well soon.

        • Seminary teachers know the original languages Many, so-called, bible teachers in group bible studies in their local churches don’t know Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, so your statement would apply to them .

        • Well, I agree that the “hell” doctrine is a real problem for the church. It makes the God of compassion, healing-mercy and loving-kindness out to be a moral monster.

        • Love “casts out fear”. Compassion, healing-mercy and loving-kindness are qualities that ennoble and empower human beings to love one another and to love their enemies as well. Didn’t Jesus tell his disciples to be compassionate (kind) even as your Father in heaven is compassionate, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked?

  • Matthew 22:37

    Lots of trolls on this site. I changed my mind and replied to Arthur in this thread about why arguing is a lot of hooey and it now says “detected as spam”.

    Well it is not spam.

    So here is the post again so as not to be denied my freedom of speech. I have been trying to get the false doctrine of eternal torment corrected by getting the word out to Christians but keep running into the more militantly minded atheists online trying to force their will on me. Trying to force me to disbelieve.

    But God is the greatest thinker. No mental lightweight He. So why do the unbelievers keep trying to turn Christians into mental lightweights? Trying to get them to abdicate the spiritual mind of Christ that Christ builds in His true followers and become like them? A doer of God’s will is no mental lightweight is he?

    Doesn’t a person have a right to determine his own identity? Why should a Christian renege on his spiritual identity in Christ for some lightweight argument coming from the fallen mind of man?

    Isn’t one of God’s major points to get spiritually enlightened? Which necessarily involves a change in the human heart and mind.

    Do we all have to engage in vain self serving human chitchat and forget that? Or pander to other people’s ego when trying to determine the truth? How do you arrive at the truth pandering to human ego or bias? Didn’t you just bias the truth distorting it?

    Here’s the post:

    Detected as spam Thanks, we’ll work on getting this corrected.
    I have been on my own personal spiritual evangelical crusade to save the most hardened unbelievers for close to 15 years. All the while I was concerned with breaking the problem of spiritual blindness and I always tried to learn from the spiritually brightest so I could understand and help unbelievers relieve their own spiritual darkness but all the spiritually dark ever did was fight or persecute me.
    Persecution is inevitable in a spiritually dark world where the unbelievers are fighting to stay in the dark in their own hearts and minds.
    You have been told over and over that I have already had exposure to all the arguments and they never changed me one whit.
    But you want to act like a control freak and force your disbelief onto me. That and your doubt through argumentation. As if it were something a person should want. Giving up the highest form of enlightenment which is spiritual enlightenment to return to human darkmindedness.
    You even act like an unenlightened cad trying to force your skepticism on people while pretentiously acting like you know the Bible better than them but you are spiritually blind.
    Imo spiritual blindness is just theological laziness. Skepticism is mental laziness, too. A skeptic just gropes for an argument that will reinforce his own willful spiritual blindness. Most unbelievers never examine the evidence of history. Many Christians are theologically lazy, too but not dishonest enough to demand the evidence then refuse to inspect it or replace God’s evidential truth with some theory (theories) that came from the imperfect mind of man.
    Why did logic evolve? Because man’s reasoning capability is not perfect and can be corrupted.
    I don’t have a theologically lazy passive mind. I actually approve and consent of Christ building the mind of Christ in me using the scriptures. Of course, I suffer from some spiritual blindness we all do but I always exerted my will to try and learn from the best and brightest theological minds. From people who actually cooperate with God to cease from sinning.
    Sinning will darken your mind so why embrace the arguments of people determined to stay mentally dark so they can serve questionable heart motives?
    God may have said to tell unbelievers the Gospel but He never said to be like one or likeminded with them. He tells us to be like Him. To be His kind of people.
    If you want to stay base minded then associate only with the baseminded and keep ruling the spiritually advanced and enlightened people out by erroneously classifying them as crazy.
    But the skeptics are the theologically lazy ones who accept man’s assumptions in the place of genuine seeking and allowing spiritual growth and transformation to occur.
    How many lazy armchair skeptics are there who reject biblical archaeology without examining it or consulting the expert on it, the archaeologist? Lots.
    How many theologically lazy people and that includes Christians who never validated the Bible with history? Lots.
    You can know things in your heart or you can dismiss things in your heart and then you can take the next ultimate step of confirming or denying by genuinely seeking the truth. Not necessarily evidence either. The truth. Love is truth for some people. But where is the physical evidence of love. That evidence is most powerfully understood subjectively. Even some objective events have to be processed subjectively.
    You lazy internet skeptic troll arguers and sometimes haters who are blind to the subjective processing of the objective and who never seek like an archaeologist does are not going to be allowed to dim the light of Christ in my heart.
    I know you have a heart issue and are intellectually lazy because you sought through confirmation bias ways to dismiss God without understanding His perspective first and by cavalierly dismissing both human history and archaeological history.
    I don’t dismiss God for lightweight thinkers. I need every ounce of light from God that I can get to navigate in a dark world. A world that is dark because so many rejected enlightenment and refused to allow God to build the mind of Christ in themselves.
    Don’t bother responding. Arguments are just lightweight mental gymnastics. Try actually seeking for a change and see if you have the right attitude if God doesn’t enlighten you.
    Matthew 22:37