What does filtering life mean? My goal for these articles is to filter life through the Bible. This would include culture, education, politics, and any other observations that I think are relevant. The perspective is mine and nobody else. I will not be catering to religious sacred cows.
The following verses will help to provide perspective to my thinking.
God is NOT The Author of Confusion
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Since God is NOT the author of confusion then remember that Satan is the master of sowing discord.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
In the natural, we can see other people but the battle is spiritual because it is supernatural. Satan is our enemy that utilizes division, disinformation, and lying. The Devil operates in two ways: pleasure and pressure. If he cannot receive our worship then he wants us to focus on ourselves.
Pressure could manifest itself as loneliness, disease, financial burdens, family abuses, spousal abuses, alcohol, drugs, etc. Pleasure would include adulation, friendship, wealth, sex, alcohol, drugs, etc.
The Tension of Life
The tension of our lives comes from Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I believe that in these two verses is the thesis statement for the Bible. The entire Bible from Genesis to Revelations is about God’s thoughts and ways versus Man’s thoughts and ways. From Adam to Saul to Solomon to Jesus to Paul, this tension exists. And not only is it the tension of the Bible, but it’s the tension in a believer’s life. There is money on the table, nobody is around, and nobody will know if I took it. Temptations surround us every day. We cannot avoid temptation but we can choose how to respond to temptations.
Fortunately, we have a Mediator, Jesus, who was tempted in all ways like us but did not sin.
My articles will be written to enlighten and inform. I seek topics that interest me and that have a seam. The seam is my unique view that is not prevalent. It doesn’t mean that the idea is always original but I will present it in my style.
My voracious reading over the topic spectrum can hopefully provide a grounded, sensible, and balanced product. I am open to feedback and discussion but will not argue or respond to anger. Let me know if there is a subject that you would like for me to explore.