It’s a simple word. A view point. An opinion.
Everyone’s entitled to their own perspective. I am pretty passionate about my perspectives on issues. Some wholeheartedly agree with my perspectives while others vehemently disagree with them. That’s fair. I like to think that my perspective is true and accurate and based not on my own selfish intentions but from wisdom. I imagine everyone thinks that.
The question is, where does the wisdom come from that leads you to your perspective? The answer to that question is pivotal to the basis of your perspective.
Have you ever asked yourself why you believe the things you do? This is where it gets sticky and uncomfortable. When our perspectives are based solely on our own mind, motivated by our “feelings” derived from environmental, social and cultural influences, our family and friends, and/or even ingrained habits without ever gathering true facts and exploring all sides of an issue, then it’s time to re-evaluate the validity of our perspective.
Here’s the thing about truth. Your truth may or may not be the real truth. It may only be an opinion. An opinion is defined as: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. While truth is defined as: that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Again, I imagine everyone believes that their perspective is the absolute truth but this is very false.
In order for me to consider another perspective, I must be cognizant of the resources which were used to form the perspective and if it can be substantiated. I cannot do this unless I openly listen to and consider the other perspective. It’s difficult to change our perspective when we firmly believe in something so passionately because we are convinced our truth is, in fact, the truth.
At times, I am truly enlightened and a new truth is revealed ultimately changing my perspective. Other times, I find that the perspective was only formed by manipulating truth in order to pursue one’s own selfish desires.
Should we realize that our perspective was incorrect, and the new facts that we were once unaware of but are now privy to have been verified, the next step is admitting our error. And, if we admit that we were wrong, then it would or, at least, should prompt us to change our behavior or lifestyle. That change may require a change in friends, environment, morals and desires. That is when we find ourselves rebelling against the truth because we want to stay where we are and keep doing what we’re doing. It’s easier to bend the truth for our benefit than to submit to the truth and change who we are and the life we live.
Here in the 21st century, truth is left open to everyone’s personal interpretation in order to meet our own personal desires. There is no longer an absolute moral standard. The truth is now whatever someone wants it to be. It is cleverly spun and twisted, redefined, and manipulated to prove a point and win a case. This is not only done with great delusion but accepted with great delusion.
Have you noticed that whenever the truth is twisted and redefined, it is usually done purely out of selfish motives by the very one attempting to twist the truth? Let’s be honest, no one ever changes the truth to bring unpleasant consequences to themselves. The truth that is beneficial to us remains unchanged. But the truth that prohibits us from our fleshly desires requires manipulating.
Many cultural issues are based under an umbrella of these newly revised truths. We have become desensitized by this culture’s need, regardless of its content by completely eliminating facts, to accomplish our desire to “do as thou wilt.” (Please Google that quote. A link is below to further inform you about this quote and Edward Alexander Crowley who is primarily known for his occult writings and teachings and founded the religion of Thelema.) This is contrary to everything God has commanded from us. His desire is for us to do His will and not our own.
Unbeknownst to many people, there is a real reason for all this delusion. Bible believing Christians call it Spiritual Warfare. The world has fallen under Satan’s strong delusion. His work is effortless as we’ve become numb to matters that once shocked us and screamed at our conscience. We remain stifled so as not to be labeled a bigot or a hater, and therefore, too few are left to make a change this world desperately needs.
Some great resources on the delusion of this world:
1. GOTQUESTIONS.ORG has a great article, “Why is God going to send a strong delusion in the end times?” http://www.gotquestions.org/strong-delusion.html
2. Grace To You’s website, http://www.gty.org/resources/bible-qna/BQ012413/how-will-god-judge-the-world-with-spiritual-delusion, explains: “How Will God Judge the World With Spiritual Delusion?”
3. Jesus-is-savor.com provides information on “Do as thou wilt’ and Edward Alexander Crowley, who is primarily known for his occult writings and teachings and founded the religion of Thelema. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Wicca%20&%20Witchcraft/aleister_crowley.htm
4. And of course, my source for all things, the Bible. A simple gauge in which to discern whether or not God condones or opposes an issue is, if the world is for it, God is against it.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
1 Corinthians 3:18
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.