It’s Saturday in the a.m.—-anything can happen!
At 56, life is a cliché. Am I being hyperbolic? Is there any originality out there? Hopefully so, but I hope to not bore you as an old hack might. Regardless, my point is coming.
My dad retired at 55; one of my roommates retired, at the age of 54, last Friday. I’m 56 and both of my employers are downsizing, so, I will lose the lion’s portion of my income. But, maybe the loss is only illusory. Maybe cold hard cash is a manifestation of a now defunct dream?
Nonetheless, I believe that FAITH is substance. What does that make me? And how do I pick up that grand old shield of faith? Because it looks like I will need it – NOW! Or, shouldn’t I express it in this manner: now. J
Or, perhaps I need to take a chill pill and wait and see what the Man Upstairs does. I think I’ll schedule an appointment with Him. Then, we’ll proceed with care.
Thesis: the mind of man is depraved. But first, let’s define our terms. J What exactly is depravity? What do we mean when we use the phrase, “the mind of man”? Perhaps, a better wording would be “the human mind” or “the mind of a human.” Regardless, before we can make any progress, we should answer these basic questions.
First: what is “the human mind”? Initially we should make a distinction between an animal’s mind and a human’s mind. A zoologist might object at this point. But it is common knowledge that an ape cannot speak English nor learn algebra nor utilize html. If I were to address an ape, however, he/she would surprise my by at least giving a tacit response unlike, for example, what my roommate might do, for he displays the traits of a simpleton. He is effectually stupider than your average baboon. But, his case, of course, is the exception rather than the rule – that humans are superior to the average animal, be it an ape or aardvark.
A classic definition of the mind: “The intellectual or rational faculty in man; the understanding; the intellect; the power that conceives, judges, or reasons; also, the entire spiritual nature; the soul; — often in distinction from the body” (http://www.brainyquote.com/words/mi/mind190241.html).
Another definition of the word, mind, is as follows: “That which thinks, reasons, perceives, wills, and feels. The mind now appears in no way separate from the brain. In neuroscience, there is no duality. . .” (http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=25284 ).
Descartes states: “Cogito ergo sum.” In English: I think, therefore I am. Descartes’ statement has become the rationalist’s mantra. In short, he teaches me that Reason is the foundational metaphysical reality. Because I am a thinking man, I am rational. Because I meditate, I am a man. Because I mull over things, I am human. Because I reflect, I am real. Because I deliberate, I am defined. Because I am defined means that my existence makes sense. And maybe for some, because I make sense then, others may understand me. Consequently, a world of rhetoric is not necessarily a world of bull-shit. Not that bull-shit is so bad; one may use it for fertilizer. J
What is depravity? The definition from The Free Dictionary: “the state or an instance of moral corruption.” A helpful legal definition: “Depravity of mind refers to the state of mind which is contrary to justice, honesty or morality. Depravity of mind is a condition where there is a deviation or departure from the ordinary standards of honest, good morals, justice, or ethics as to be shocking to the moral sense of the society. Depravity of mind can also be described as an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a person owes to another, or to a community” (http://definitions.uslegal.com/d/depravity-of-mind/ ). Nikolaus Karl Günther Nakszyński, a German actor who died in 1991, remarks, ““One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real” (http://en.thinkexist.com/). So much for depravity, its existence appears to be self-evident, even for the stupidest simpleton.
Suffice it to say that our thesis seems solid, at least for the moment. Are there any takers? Responses, rejoinders, retorts, reactions, replies, etc. would be appreciated.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has understood the mind [d] of the LORD,
or instructed him as his counselor?
14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge
or showed him the path of understanding?
15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
In today’s Oswald Chamber’s reading, I found myself up against a familiar brick wall, so to speak. Not that faith can’t launch me over, but, here is where my walk comes to a halt many times. Oswald states: “Our Lord does not mean that life will be free from external perplexities, but that just as He knew the Father’s heart and mind, so by the baptism of the Holy Ghost He can lift us into the heavenly places where He can reveal the counsels of God to us.” Now I get it, in my head and I want it in my heart, but I’m not sure how He works this thing out in an individual’s everyday work-a-day world. Do u follow my drift? Let my place this in your court: How does God lift u into the heavenlies? How do u hear the “counsels of God” while in the heavenlies? I’m not trying to intellectualize this question. It’s not really open to analysis. Perhaps someone out there in Blogland can give some feedback? 🙂
Here is the link 2 today’s devotional: http://www.myutmost.org/05/0529.html
to that church in Ephesus? “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (Rev. 2: 5). He say, I need to do some backtracking. What did consequently. You’d think that after all these years, I’d have it down, but, apparently, I’m shittier than ever, so to speak, individualsHow did Jesus treat people? How did He relate to them? I need to see for myself how the son of God related to
Churchanity versus Christianity. With all the “churches” in Abilene, TX, it is rare to hear anyone inviting someone to Christ. It’s always church-church-church…. I think, at least, in Abilene we’ve got the “cart before the horse.”