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I HAVE DECIDED TO DO IT.
I’ve been praying about this for a while, the need to add something to the word “Christian” in order to differentiate between a real “Follower of Christ”, and someone who simply wants to be a “good person”. Jesus’s call to be a good person was the words, “Follow me.”
Several weeks ago I was in a Half Price bookstore looking for a book by Leonard Sweet, but in the process of this I stumbled upon a book by Dick Staub. I was unfamiliar with him, but his last name was so close to Sweet that his book was right there too, and it caught my eye. The title caught my eye. “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters”. Right away I thought, “Oh no, something trying to mix New Age with Christianity, but because I do like the Star Wars analogy, I just had to take a peek. Much to my surprise I was impressed with what I thought I saw and just had to bring it home and give close inspection. Since beginning to read it, I can hardly put it down!
Here is a key to the heart of this book and an example of what I’m talking about: > “This book was born during a conversation with a young man named Ed, who described to me his desire to go deeper in his spiritual life as well as his uncertainty about how to make that happen. We had just seen the latest installment of the Star Wars prequels, so I restated his issue in that context: “It’s like you want to be a ‘Jedi Christian’ and my generation didn’t produce a Yoda.” (Looking For A Yoda – Page xix) Part of the Introduction.
Boy do I feel like I can identify with that statement, and maybe you do too. Most of what I have learned I feel like I was forced to learn on my own while fighting every step of the way until I finally got there. Because of that, it took a whole lot longer than it should have. The book had my attention already.
Now realize when I stumbled on this book, I had already been writing my “More than a Christian” articles. I was looking for a word to attach to Christian, but did not know what? Holiness Christian? We all know the downfalls of that reference, I hope. Remnant Christians? Now that’s a worn out term lacking any newness. But here was this guy, Dick Staub, writing incredible stuff and calling it Jedi Christian. (Hhmmm. I don’t know. Maybe?)
For me, there was something else needed. That word, Jedi, needed to mean something besides Star Wars in my mind, so I started playing with acronyms, or a mantra of sorts. Here is what I am currently settled on:
Jesus Every Day Intense!
Judge Every Day Inspired!
Now there is much I can say about these two acronyms, but for now lets leave it at this> If you make it a goal to have Jesus intense every day, then in the end of that day you will be able to > Judge every day inspired! Now that is what J.E.D.I. Christianity has become to me. It has challenged and inspired me! The more I have said it, the more it is what my mind sees when I say Jedi!
So…here’s the deal. My series of “More than a Christian” now evolves into “J.E.D.I. CHRISTIANITY”. This series will fit very well with my Real Life story of “Do You Have Your Gotham?” I will be quoting many things from Mr. Staub’s book, and I highly recommend his book. I will also be mixing it with whatever God gives me, such as the : Judge Every Day Inspired and Jesus Every Day Intense.
Bottom line is…I want to hear God. I want to be inspired. I want to grow in Christ. I want to have a fresh fire. And I hope you want all these things too. I do not find today’s Christian inspiring. So I’m looking for a different picture and I think Mr. Staub has something here. So I am going to recommend it, share it, add my own mix to it and offer it to whosoeverwill. I hope you enjoy and grow thereby. I hope these words meet a spiritual hunger in you too. No longer inspired by the typical Christian and hungry for something more. “May the Lord of the Force be with us all.”
In “Playing Your Cards Right” #3, we talked about, as Christians, we should believe we have supernatural cards in our hand, but how do you play them? Where has the power gone? Has it leaked away? You might want to read series #3 again, along with this one, to refresh your memory, however, let me give you a quote from Star Wars, as an aid in teaching todays lesson:
“The Jedi seeks to master the use of the Force, to be suffused with and fueled by this potent energy that surrounds us and penetrates us and binds the galaxy together.” (Quote may not be exact or complete.) I believe it was Obi-Wan Kenobi who was teaching Skywalker at this time.
I see Hollywood movies all the time that are so close to the truth and yet the true path is perverted just enough to destroy your hand! “The Matrix” was another movie, so closely paralleling the truth, but still on a wrong track. Many times our eyes are actually opened to something because of shows such as these, and if we are a seeker, we just might end up finding the truth, and if you want to be the Christian who plays a better and more powerful hand, here is what you need to know to fix Obi-Wan’s teaching.
This is a major principal in Christianity, and one you can expect Hollywood will never get right. It is also the reason this blog site carries the title and theme of “It is the Broken Wings that Soar”. For the Christian, the Force has a Master, and we do not “master” it, but we seek for the Lord of the Force, Jesus, to master “US”. BIG WHOPPING DIFFERENCE!!! We seek to yield, surrender, like the sail of a boat catching the Wind and empowering us by the Holy Spirit to move, breathe, and have our being in Him. We are disciples of the Wind, and the Wind carries us, we do not command or master the Wind. He is PILOT, I am CO-PILOT. If you master being mastered, you can play a very powerful hand.
“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:27-28)
Do not seek to master or be the boss of the Holy Spirit, God’s Force in our life. Our prayer should be every day > “HOLY SPIRIT, MASTER ME.”
I have considered starting a Star Wars Series based on a book written by Dick Staub: “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters” So far, this has been a very interesting book. If anyone would like to read such a series, please leave a comment.
So…with a sincere heart full of love for God, pray this prayer every day and play a powerful hand: HOLY SPIRIT, MASTER ME.”
I just can’t seem to get the MockingJay out of my mind.
WE MUST REMEMBER HOW SHE STARTED.
She did not want to be a part of the games. She dreaded it, feared it, as any normal person would, but love for her little sister drove her to leap into those games like a protective mother bear!
She was not aware of the gift she had to “move people”. And a movement is inspired, they find their fire, while she is simply trying to survive and save her sister.
But as I said before, saving her sister is costing her a terrible price in her body, mind, emotions, and soul. True sacrificial love will cost us. It might even cause you to live in a $120,000 house, (or less), rather than a 10 million dollar house, simply because people are in great need all around you.
She did not see herself a hero, and maybe you do not see yourself that way either, but what gifts might God have placed in you, that will only shine when great pressure has been applied? Katnis wants to save her sister, could we save a town, a city?
We talk about eagles a lot on this site, and maybe you don’t see yourself ever being an eagle living in the high places of God, but what about the raven? I love the raven. I even chose to use that particular bird in my story of “Flapless – The Little Bird that Couldn’t”. You might notice that the MockingJay warrior outfit also looks very ravenish. (Is that a word?)
I consider the raven to be “a bird for hard times”. The raven stands out 3 times in the Bible. Noah chose the raven when conditions were to chaotic for the dove. The raven chose to endure what the dove chose not to. (The Holy Spirit does seek proper conditions in its temples. Hint.) Also, the raven was called upon by God to feed the prophet Elijah during very hard times. Jesus spoke of the raven when talking about not being attached to material things, but seek first the kingdom of God.
Could you be a MockingJay? Could you be so driven to save someone that you enter the heroic? Could you be a bird for hard times?
I think Hollywood is so ignorant of spiritual things that it sometimes produces the prophetic and does not even realize. I think the MockingJay is one of those shows. In December of 2015 we have a new Star Wars coming, but right now we still have the MockingJay. Let us not ignore the handwriting on the wall!
What might happen if you dared to target a mission for God and seek to save that target? Could you be ravenish, a bird for hard times? In America many of God’s children are too busy working hard to “avoid hard times”. There is a certain honor in that. We are to meet the needs of our family and one of those great needs is to show them true love. True love will raise a healthy child, and enable them to endure many things.
If you choose the path of the MockingJay, perhaps you will suffer greatly, perhaps you will be scarred for life, but those wounds and scars will glow like gold in the eyes of the people you have helped. Think about it.
Added Note: Speaking of Momma Grizzlies…could Sarah Palin rise to be a MockingJay if she chooses to? Katnis does not become President, but she sure does cause a lot of changes from her warrior ministry. I see a potential parallel here, but it would cost her greatly, endanger her family, require a great price. Pray about it Sarah.
The MOCKINGJAY movie may come a little too close to reality for some people’s taste. In our day of “self-serving leadership”, instead of “self-sacrificing”, we want our heroes to end up rich, fat, sassy, and happy. However, Christ showed us true leadership involves paying a high price of dedication, love, and many sacrifices.
I had already read the book and was hoping the movie would stay true to the author. I think for the most part it did. The movie fails to show how much Katnis was struggling with mental, physical, and emotional scars. They give you a glimpse of it at the very start of the show, but then she seems to pull herself together much quicker than in the book. Part I has set the stage for what is an extremely high action and intense Part II. I think Part II will deliver everything it promises.
But the point is we see so many of our leaders today that bare no resemblance to the leaders we had of the past when our country was truly great. Their eyes are more on money than what is true and right. Their eyes are more on what will make them fat, sassy, and happy, rather than your best interest. How did we get here? We can see it in every walk of life, entertainment, politicians, big business, but worst of all… our pulpits across the face of this nation.
The pulpits have always been a “rudder” to steer a great ship, and our Pastor’s are the ones who have their hand upon that rudder. So I ask, where is America going today? A post-Christian nation? Why? Jesus was the ultimate example of self-sacrificial love. If we should see an example of that anywhere, it should be from the pulpits of our Churches. From our Pastor’s who claim to be examples of Christ. Then perhaps there would be more people wanting to follow such an example of true leadership.
I think when the entire MOCKINGJAY package, (all 4 movies), have been delivered, we will look back on the entire package and see that this is a very powerful story with a very powerful message for our time. I expect Part II to be “heavy” also, but you will be so on the edge of your seat from the intense action that you will know it was worth it, and a good taste of reality is what we need. That’s my humble opinion anyway. 🙂
Staying with our comic book subject for one more article, I’ll never forget when I saw the first “Thor” movie. I went to it not really expecting to like it very much because I was never a Thor fan as a young man. I didn’t care for superheroes who were too “super”. I never read Superman. I wanted heroes who were really risking something. Ironman had a bad heart and his suit had limited power. He came close to death many times. I liked guys like Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, Hawkeye, and so forth. But Thor was just a little too super for me.
Now fast-forward a few decades and the child has matured in his Christianity. He goes to see a movie about “Thor”, because it just looks like a fun show, but not expecting anything significant. Boy, was I surprised! I was very aware of a scripture in Jeremiah 23, verse 29, where God’s Word says: “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord: and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
When Odin, Thor’s father, stripped him of his hammer and flung it out into space, because Thor was a self-centered ego-driven idiot, no longer worthy; that whole scene went all through me. And everything that followed, because he was now weak like an ordinary man. I pictured what God’s Word means to me, and how without it, I am stripped to stand against Satan as an ordinary man. I watched Thor as he wrestled with this breaking process his father had put him in. I felt like I was living that movie, and when he could not lift Mjornl (I’m probably spelling that wrong, sorry.), but when he discovered he could no longer handle the precious hammer that had been his life? His heart broke within. It was so powerful! I was there imagining that same pain!
I thought about if I had to live without the powerful promises of God, as found in my Bible? I would be utterly lost. I would see no meaning to life, no reason to fight hard against evil, after all, everything dies and turns to dust! What is pleasure, happiness, good deeds, love, joy, or anything, if it all ends in broken defeat, and I don’t even remember I ever lived? What meaning or purpose would anything have? In a few years I’m dead and don’t exist anymore? In the end nothing matters? All is death and decay? All is darkness and nothingness!
I now have a poster hanging in my den that shows Thor holding his hammer up. For me, the picture is not about Thor, but it is about that precious hammer he is able to hold in his hands and fight evil with. The hammer that makes him not an ordinary man living an ordinary life. That picture inspires me. It is a picture of my Bible, God’s precious Word to me.
When the giant robot sent Thor’s broken body flying through the air, and as he lie there dying, but a much different man, and that hammer that no one could move, finally began to move? I was in tears. When it went streaking through the sky racing to Thor’s aid? I was in tears. When Thor then stood up, a humble warrior worthy of the hammer, and he took Mjornl and defeated the enemy? I was in tears. And when his girl asked him if this is what he normally looked like? I was not only in tears, but I was so happy that there is a future, and life does not end in death and decay.
I now have a few special pictures of Thor and his Hammer taped in some of my journals. For me, it’s all about that hammer, God’s Word to me. I’m very picky about the artwork in the pictures I choose. 75% of comics do not meet my standard, and I don’t buy them.
I’ll share one more comic book character. He is not as easy to find. He does not have his own comic, and when you subtract 75% due to art, I am very limited, but I have a few. When I see him I think of the spiritual armor, and God’s Word, the Sword of the Spirit, all listed in Ephesians. This character is the “Silver Samurai”. When I tape a picture into a journal, it does not matter what the character may have been doing in the comic. All that matters is what that picture means to me when I look at it combined with whatever is going on in my journal. Even “silver” itself, has meaning in scripture.
Okay, that is two examples of how a very few comic book heroes affect me. I was never so surprised when I found myself deeply touched, and in tears at a Thor movie. I walked out of that theater feeling like I had gotten a lot for my money that day. So far I’ve only had one other Christian share that superheroes affected him when growing up also, and I know that man to be above average in his faith. Maybe a Batman, or Captain America had something to do with that? I don’t know, but I know I want to be one of God’s warriors, not just a ‘citizen’ of heaven, enjoying the benefits while others do the heavy lifting. As God’s children we all should desire the heroic, to be eagles, not sparrows. I see that in certain comics. I grew up with that and it has never left me.
Scripture says there is nothing evil in and of itself. It all depends on what we do with it. Some people use a gun to save and protect, or provide food. Others use it to steal, or commit murder. God looks at our heart, and that is one more reason why He alone can be judge. Amen.
Dan heard his wife coming in with the groceries. He was still locked away in his den and did not want to leave. Something was beginning to turn inside, and he could not stop now. He decided he should let Cathy know.
Coming out of the room just in time to grab a bag as she fought with the front door, “Hey, Honey, let me help you.” And so he carried in the rest of the groceries while she started putting it away. He gave his wife a big hug and said, “You’ve got keys, gas, and a car. Do whatever you feel like doing. Don’t worry about me. Take the kids and see a movie, go shopping, stay home and watch tv and eat junk food, I don’t care, but I’m locked away on a mission with God. Okay?”
So he gave her another big hug and said, “I love you, and I’ll see you tomorrow.” The whole process had taken fifteen minutes of time, but now he was locked in for good. Nothing short of an emergency was bringing him out of this room. He reminded himself… “A new creation of people…a spiritual house…to offer up spiritual sacrifices…?”
He tried to comprehend what this meant, “That means when I accepted Christ, I was ‘transported’?” He liked the word transported, because that was the way he felt. He had been picked up and immediately changed…transported… transformed…and dropped into something much bigger than he realized. He was dropped into something…supernatural! And no longer expected to live a “normal” life. But what was this bigger thing he could be living? How was he supposed to live in it? How had he failed to see the supernatural side of his Christianity? The scriptures plainly revealed that he was God-made, and everything in his life was expected to be God-made, but if a stamp were put on him today, he would have to admit that it would say: “Made in the U.S.A.!” Sure, he was successful in the eyes of the world, but what of God?
Dan was getting the idea that these “spiritual sacrifices”, spoken of in First Peter, were a doorway to this higher living, and yet he did not practice them. His prayer life was shallow and irregular at best. Worship? Only in Church on Sundays, and his mind often drifted even then. Deep study in God’s word, followed by faith-filled application? Who are we kidding? It was time to be honest before God. His life was man-made in every way, except for a belief in Christ that saved him, and gave him a future in heaven, but he was beginning to think he would just barely make it through the gate.
So God had birthed through Abraham the coming promise of a Savior born of a woman, and then slowly worked his plan through the Children of Israel all those years, just so there could eventually be a race of people born, who were actually indwelt with the presence of God, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, able to offer up spiritual sacrifices. And these sacrifices were powerful beyond any measurement man could imagine!
Dan decided he was ready for the next point. It only took a few paragraphs, when the teacher went to the woman of Samaria, and the encounter she had with Jesus at the well, in John chapter four. This woman belonged to the ten lost tribes of Israel. They were considered lost because they had intermarried with so many Gentiles that they were no longer a pure bloodline. When the Israel nation split under the reign of Rehoboam, he did not want his people traveling to Jerusalem to worship in their temple, which was the one true temple established by God. Nonetheless, he set up places of worship within their own lands, and now this Samaritan woman wanted Jesus to tell her which mountain was the correct place to worship? The mountain in which her fathers worshipped, or in Jerusalem, where the pure bloodline, the ones who looked down on them, where they said they were to worship. “I perceive that you are a prophet,” the woman had said. “Tell me, Jesus, our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Once again, Jesus had an answer that was different from all the above, because that which had been a picture of something coming, was now being replaced by that very thing! A new dimension was opening for those willing to step through and be transported into something supernatural and powerful!
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.” (vrs23) “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (vrs 24) “God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Israel had never offered up one spiritual sacrifice in all those sheep, goats, calves and etc. they had slain! But now “Dan” could! And for the most part, Dan had not! How had he failed to value so great a gift? How had he neglected and took for granted a treasure from heaven, worth more than all the gold of Solomon? He was a guilty priest. He felt shame and fear gripping his heart as he thought about these things. He did not even know how to operate in this powerful priesthood, this dimension he had been transported into, but he made a promise to himself, and to God, that before this night was over, he would!
Yesterday I saw a movie called, “The Maze Runner”. So, taking a little break from our short story, “The Encounter”, I have a thought or two to share.
I suppose I was affected by a dream a lady at Church had. She shared the details just this week, and then I saw this movie. In her dream she saw a pool of water that was boxed in by four cement walls. Her and a friend were inside the four walls and could see the pool was full of snakes! However, in the dream, the lady warned her friend that it was not the snakes they could see that was the danger, it was the snakes they could not see. And then she said they needed to call for the men, the snake killers. I might add that eagles are known for being snake killers. Very fitting for this site.
So yesterday I’m setting there enjoying this movie of a bunch of youth trapped inside four, very tall cement walls, and to escape the cement walls they had to run a maze while surviving monsters. Not only that, but these youth are being used and deceived on a grand scale. A perfect picture of today!
There has been a lot of talk about how the Church is completely losing the younger generation. Statistics show that more and more “youth” are walking away from a Bible faith in Christ. And is it any wonder? Look at the cookie-cutter, brain-washing, sin-flooding culture we now live in, in America! Talk about being trapped and overwhelmed! Our school systems, Universities, media, Hollywood, role models, and the list goes on and on.
It’s like our youth are trapped within huge cement walls of deception, and in order to escape, not only do they have to figure out how to beat the maze, but they get attacked by monsters while attempting to do so! Only a few chosen ones even try, most are too busy just trying to abide by the rules in the box! One day they will learn it has all been manipulation and lies, but will they discover this soon enough?
Eagles are snake killers, and they live in the high places. I have made important changes to this site in order to be one of those high places. If you know any youth willing to read something of a religious nature, you might hook them up to this site. *Note the new blog address.* theencounter01.wordpress.com
“The Maze Runner” was interesting and exciting, and who knows where the story will go from here, but we have a generation of youth getting more lost in a devilish maze every day. We need some Maze Runners who can light the way! And we need some eagles who soar and don’t flap! Sparrows are not snake killers; Eagles are. We have an addicted society. Addicted to sins of every nature. Our youth can’t get free unless some snakes die in the process. A lukewarm and limp-wristed Church simply won’t get the job done. If you’re going to reach young people, you better be real.
A SENSE OF MISSION. EVER HAD ONE?
Our quote for today from the book “Divergent” comes from chapter 37 and page 469 and 470. Trise surprises herself as she lays her life on the line to save others and defeat Erudite. She realizes she has taken on what is probably a suicide mission and did not even realize she was doing it, until she was already committed, and that is the way it can be with a real mission that grips your heart.
Today I am combining this article on Divergent along with the mission I have undertaken to develop a “Prayer School” in Indianapolis. This room used to be our living room and it was in bad shape from too much abuse. Now it is becoming “Prayer School”, and I have not even gone back to work yet, as I am trying my best to get this up and running before I do.
IS THERE SACRIFICE INVOLVED? OF COURSE THERE IS. IT WOULDN’T BE MUCH OF A MISSION WITHOUT SACRIFICE.
But here is our two quotes from DIVERGENT: > “If I go up into the building, I probably won’t come back down. The best I can hope for is to destroy the simulation before someone kills me. When did I decide on this suicide mission? Why wasn’t it more difficult?”
WHY WASN’T IT MORE DIFFICULT?
I love that question because it reveals how a vision, mission, or need can so grip you that your heart leaps in without even asking permission. All I have been able to think about since getting this vision for a Prayer School is the mission. I am consumed by it. New drywall has been hung where needed. All walls have new paint, including the ceiling. I now have the hardwood floor laid but not yet fastened down. Soon I will be starting on trim work. It has been a big job and it’s still not done. The entry way needs new flooring also, and the fire pit area needs a privacy fence put up. I can’t afford to hire any of this done, so if this is to be, then I got to do it. We are in Faith Forward Motion and steadily progressing.
ON PAGE 470 TRISE ADDS THESE DETAILS: > “My head pounds. I haven’t eaten; I haven’t slept; I haven’t sobbed or screamed or even paused for a moment.”
EVER BEEN THERE? Usually a mission is also a “burden”. In the movie “Freedom Writers”, the dad tells his school teacher daughter that she has been “blessed with a burden”, and he said he envied her for that.
Yes, a burden that burns in your belly like a mission can be a blessing. Passion, vision, purpose, a sense of something greater than yourself; I consider all these things to be a blessing. A life that has never known such things, and never paid a personal price for such things, is a life greatly lacking.
I thank God for this “Prayer School” burden and vision. On page 476 Trise remembers that her dad used to say: There is power in self-sacrifice. Jesus showed us that power and set our example. His love and power still lives today.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END?
Actually I have two more books to read! And I am really glad because I am very much enjoying this story! I must say the final pages of this book gave me some really good material to ponder and write about. For one, I am actually daring to believe there is a Christian message to this story! And I love the way it simply slowly evolves into the plot without arousing too much attention, but yet there it is, values, ideas, and words that line up with the Bible.
As we write our last few articles on this book, I would like to continue using certain quotes that I find very interesting and thought-provoking. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a story that triggers contemplation. It causes me to stop reading for a minute, and chase that thought down a rabbit trail where the author is not currently going, but I NEED to further pursue this thought! I love it, and it gives me things to write about, not only here, but in my own journals that I read over and over again. So here is the quote I want to start with today.
CHAPTER 35 PAGE 441 (In my book.) > “Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again.”
Wow, is that not true and very sad at the same time? And yet, is it not the reality we all must learn to live in? This is where we live. There is no other place to go, and this is the reality of where we live. Of course, that does not mean we have to become the way the “world as a whole” is. We can be DIVERGENT. We can choose a better way.
Just because the world “outside” of us may be one way, does not mean the world “inside” of us must be that way.
A STRUGGLE? For sure. I’m not saying it is always easy, but it is always right! Are we strong enough to take up such a challenge? To be divergent in a good way? Planet earth is certainly a battle between good and evil, but which side are you on? Tris found herself in a world turning upside down as she watched her friends rising from their beds as ZOMBIES! But she still had her right mind to be able to choose!
Tris rises from her bed to follow the ZOMBIES and discovers the horrible plot of another evil person who wants to have more power, and she does not care who she has to use of kill in her path to do so! It was very hard to put the book down during this time. My mind pictured the whole battle as Tris struggled to survive and yet somehow stop this evil horror and try to save her loved ones who were dropping like flies! Her mother dies trying to save her, Tobias has been taken over by the enemy, and her whole faction, both of them, are in grave danger! Tris even found herself in a room ready to be drowned! Wow! How does a person stay focused when you feel like you are stuck in a nightmare and you are not dreaming?
QUOTE: CHAPTER 35 PAGE 441 > “Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thoughts that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled.”
Of course, as humans, we all are DIVERGENT. God made us that way. We have minds capable of thinking through and making right choices. So the question actually becomes, WHO IS RIGHT?
JESUS SAID: IT IS THE TRUTH THAT SETS US FREE.
No one is free when they are deceived. No one is free when they know the truth but still choose to live in the lie.
For me, the very first question I need an answer to is: AM I A SPIRIT BEING, OR JUST FLESH AND BLOOD, AN ANIMAL.
THE BIBLE SAYS I AM A SPIRIT BEING.
Now if you think about it, if that is what is TRUE, and JESUS said it is, then we all have the choice to just fall in line with the way the world wants us to think, or we can decide to live a life based on being a spirit being who will one day enter an eternity we know very little about, UNLESS the BIBLE is exactly what it claims to be.
I am totally convinced the Bible is exactly what it claims to be. I AM DIVERGENT. I do not follow the herd mentality of this world. I am in the minority. I am greatly out numbered. Peer pressure is always against me. But I see the direction this world is going. A one-world government shall arise just like the Bible says. I will likely be a Public Enemy #1 someday. I can identify with this book I have enjoyed. I have much more to write about the final pages of this book, but for now I think we have enough to think about.