We are all products of our individual conditioning. As children we were either compliant with the wishes from our parents or we rebelled. In either case, through fitting-in or through reaction, our belief system was shaped by traditions, parental instructions, and our reactions to things we disagreed with. As we mature, we generally try to find and maintain a point of balance or a happy medium in our beliefs. Buddhists usually tend to be Buddhist because their parents were Buddhists. Catholics generally tend to be Catholic because their parents were Catholic. Atheists usually tend to be atheist because their parents are atheists. Protestants generally tend to be Protestant because their parents were Protestant. Jews usually tend to be Jewish because their parents were Jewish, either with or without the bloodline. The same is true of all religions. Few in number are the people who break free of their childhood conditioning.
Creativity will not be taught as a course of study because it involves thinking outside the box. And, every college, university, and school has a box and most of them expect their participants to stay in that box. When people get out of their box, there is great conflict. Year after year, schools receive more and more tax money. However, maybe the tax money should be cut off until they stop squeezing the participants into their boxes. The learning received is substandard (evolution, man-made global warming, political correctness, acceptance of perverted life styles, etc). In addition to this, there are college courses that are created just to use as filler, not as electives but as mandatory, even though they are not vital. For example, in the 1970’s at Florida International University, people trying for a degree in Computer Science were required to take Calculus, even though computer programmers make use of calculus about as often as grasshoppers use video games.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you…” (Hosea 4:6).
Most people, particularly young people, are in a loop intellectually, going to the same places and getting the same misinformation over and over. A person who is deceived generally does not know he is deceived. What you don’t know, you don’t know, you don’t know. Otherwise, you would turn aside and attempt to know it. Agnostics are people who celebrate the fact that they do not know. Gnostics, on the other hand, are people who do know. This is not to be confused with the Gnostics who look to secret knowledge and hocus pocus as being their salvation. The process of discovery involves the activities: search, experiment, learn, connect the dots, and then, what? Believe? No. Think? No. Hypothesize? No. The final step is to know. As long as you believe in universal relativism you will never come to really know the truth about any subject.
What is truth? Particularly, what is spiritual truth? That exists as the most important truth. Christ, speaking to his Father, said, “…your word is truth” (John 17:17). It’s fundamentally not very complicated. It is we humans who complicate things.
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