Blind and Stupid

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  1. SaggyWoman

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    Sometimes, to have true faith in God, does it require us to be blind and stupid to the ways of the world, or to the ways of common sense?
     
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    What exactly are you talking about, Saggy?
     
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    I thought she was talking about me! [​IMG]

    Saggy, if I understand what you're asking, we don't have to be blind and stupid; we may have to ignore the world, and just set our eyes/sight on God.

    The other side of the token is, you don't have to experience the world in order to be able to determine what we should stay away from.
     
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    When we exercise our faith, we don't always see or know all that we need to. We just have to know that is what God wants us to do. And it may seem stupid. Or blind on our part. For a while, anyway.
     
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    That I agree with, Saggy.

    That I have experienced myself.
     
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    Neither. It requires a keen sense of trust in the living God who will do what He says He will do.
     
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    "Blind and stupid to the ways of the world":
    I don't think so; remember how the Lord Jesus said, "Be ye wise as serpents, but gentle as doves." Now here I think of the first mention of a serpent in scripture:
    "Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made." Gen. 3:1. We cannot know and rebuke the ways of the world, if we do not know what the ways of the world are, any more than can we now what is wrong with, lets say, Mormon teaching, if we do not know what they teach.

    "...or to the ways of common sense?"
    I would submmit here that God's way, His word, and a biblical world view IS common sense and it is the world in general, and the lost in particular, that has departed from common sense.
    "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20
     
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    This is the summation of it all.
     
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    I need understanding, I need wisdom. Everyday, I need these things more and more.

    I must be very wise to the ways of the World. I've had so many bad attitudes in the past. The perplexing thing is, that I felt right. Only God's words have changed my attitudes. The attitudes in the World feel and sound right, but they all led me into the wilderness. I have countless examples...

    Common sense is something different to me. I compare it to wisdom that cries aloud in the street.
    Common sense is something I really need. It's the kind of sense (or thinking or reasoning) that like wisdom from above is: ...first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without variance, without hypocrisy.

    Just thinking,

    Dave [​IMG]
     
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    It depends. Sometimes acting upon the Holy Spirit requires a literal leap of faith. At other times, it involves simple common sense.
     
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    We must be as little children trusting in the Lord! However we must not be blind and was certainly must not be stupid!!
     
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    Perhaps several of you missed her explanation when I asked her what she meant. She meant that we can SEEM blind and stupid to the world...

    and with that I fully agree. For the ways of the cross are foolishness to them that are perishing, etc.
     
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    BLIND and STUPID are decisively pejorative terms! I'd imagine that lost people will certainly sling a few condescending terms our way - but I think it is wrong-headed to relish such things! Too many Christians are smugly proud of being "simple" - and ignorant of "that scholarly nonsense". That's not the example I want my kids to see!!
     

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