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The Deception of Discovering Oneself

We hear today there is a new truth to follow, and we must become enlightened to do it. We must discover who we are to transform ourselves. Unfortunately, this new knowledge is often a lie, a deception designed to ensnare each of us. A lie because it is based on who we think we are; relying on our own devices to determine our character. It’s all about us.

 

Truth

Truth is changeless and timeless, as it comes from God alone.

 

Every word of God is tested.

He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

Do not add to His words

Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. (Prov. 30:5-6)

 

We at times turn away from truth, because we turn away from Him. If we turn away enough times, for long enough, and go far enoughwe lose truth. We misplace it, and must look for it in order to find it again. When we find it again, we somehow ‘discover’ it. However, the truth was never lost, we were. The question remains then, did we really find the truth? The answer lies only on if we turned again to God. Nothing else. There are a few simple ways to determine if we have recovered the truth.

 

·         Is is about understanding what God wants from us, or what we want from Him?

·         Is it about putting ourselves first or others?

·         Is it about becoming good or becoming what we want?

 

In short, is it about self-fulfillment alone or a self-sacrifice that leads to fulfillment?

 

The Calls to Transform

When someone tells you we must transform somethingeither ourselves, institutions, or characteror—or become enlightened with a new truth ourselves, then be careful because they are likely teaching a perversion of the truth. They are likely asking you to turn from God and toward man. Those advocating such change are chasing after the wind, and end up going wherever that wind takes them. They have no anchor in their words, except whatever ultimate objectives they themselves may have.

 

It doesn’t matter whether the transformation concerns our governance, society, or morality. We talk of abortion as a right to choose. Are we arrogant enough to think ourselves gods? It is no different for other ‘social’ issues such as gay or transgender rights. Are we now creator as well?

 

The above kind of transformation is false. True transformation relies on understanding who we are, our place in creation, and trying to be better tomorrow than we are today. All with God as our source instead of man.

 

It is simple. It is old fashioned. It is cliché, but it is truth.
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Dan WolfMy goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.