Lately I’ve taken some time to reflect on a few things pertaining to this thing we call ‘life’, and it struck me that I think a lot of us (at least in the Western World), are chasing an illusion of it (albeit fed to us by ‘society’ from the day of our births), that does not really exist.
What do I mean by that?
Somewhere along the line, we were taught (whether consciously or subconsciously), that we have the power to dictate every aspect of our lives or how they will go – our goals, ambitions, successes, relationships…that all are within our ‘infinite’ power to direct and construct. As if life itself is merely a puppet whose strings are being pulled by us; as if we’re the ones in ultimate control. If we just follow certain rules, then ABCD will happen. I think this one of the greatest delusions of contemporary culture and modern society.
It has sometimes irked me, over the past few months, to see and hear fantastically snide and superior displays of behaviour, by Christians against other Christians due to a difference of Biblical opinion, lifestyle opinion, or opinion full stop.
The reason why these displays have annoyed me is that they overwhelmingly have failed to take into account or be sensitive to the different spiritual levels each individual is at. It would appear in some cases the sole objective is to make the intended target feel like a raging bull in a Spanish bull pit; indignant with fury at being provoked, unaware of the impending slaughter and death that awaits it. I use this analogy because when these ‘differences’ are handled inappropriately, it can lead to spiritual death in some people via bitterness, resentment and a corrupted opinion of Christians and Christianity. It is almost as if there is an unwritten code that goes by the heading ‘The Christian’s Version Of Christianity’ the two most important laws which encapsulate every other law being: