he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of
God. 28And we know that all things work
together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose. (Rom 8:)
The church was established by God to help us, and to provide for us a
place where Christians can meet to help themselves and one another. The
church is an organization of people who, for one reason or another,
have felt a need to be a part of something worthwhile, where they can
contribute to society in a favorable way, thus causing themselves to
feel better about themselves. The church is a place where people of
higher quality, those who recognize that truth is taught at the church
they attend, and at that church (or denomination) only, thus causing a
recognition that all those who are not of the same faith and beliefs
are ignorant and doomed to hell. The church is a place where people
gather to refresh themselves and enjoy the association of others of
like interests. The church is a family of people who watch out for each
other, who help one another in their time of need, and who care for
those in their church. The church is a place where a person can go in
order to gain a "feel good" experience. And, oh yes, The church is a
place where people gather to hear sermons, pray, and sing songs.
Have I pretty well described the church as you see it? Did I miss
Yes, I did. I did
miss something. I missed God's
view of His Church.
For God hath not given
us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8Be
not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his
prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel
according to the power of
God; 9Who hath saved us, and called us
with an holy calling, not according to our works, but
according to his own purpose and grace, which was given
us in Christ Jesus before the world began, (2Tim 1:)
he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the
mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according
to the will of
God. 28And we know that all
things work together for good to them that love God, to
them who are the called according to his
purpose. (Rom 8:)
the children being not yet born, neither
having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God
according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places
in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in
him before the foundation of the world, that we should
be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having
predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to
himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6To the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In
whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace; 8Wherein
he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having
made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to
his good pleasure which he hath purposed
in himself: 10That in the
dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one
all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;
even in him: 11In
whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who worketh all things
after the counsel of his own will: 12That we
should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In
whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the
word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye
believed, ye were sealed with that holy
Spirit of promise, 14Which
is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased
possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Eph 1:)
I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given
unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8Unto
me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that
I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9And
to make all men see what is
the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world
hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10To
the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11According
to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
12In whom we have boldness and access with
confidence by the faith of him. (Eph 3:)
MAN BEARING A WATER POT
came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. 8And
he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we
may eat. 9And they said unto him, Where wilt
thou that we prepare? 10And he said unto them,
Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you,
bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth
in. 11And ye shall say unto the goodman of the
house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I
shall eat the passover with my disciples? 12And
he shall show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. 13And
they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the
passover. (Luke 22:)
You've heard this story so often you can probably quote it by heart.
And I highly suspect that just about every time you heard this story,
by whoever was telling it, was added this commentary:
"There is no reason to
believe anything but that Jesus had made prior arrangements with this
innkeeper at an earlier time. He, the innkeeper, was very probably a
disciple of Jesus."
I find such commentaries unnecessary at best. Time and again preachers
and theologians feel they have to add to the Bible and the Words of
Jesus in order to take away any possibility of supernatural
implication. This should not be so. If a Pastor, a preacher, or a
theologian has some abstract idea regarding extraBiblical teachings,
they should keep it to themselves, or discuss it among themselves. They
should not be subverting the faith of their
listeners by expounding their foolishness to those who trust them and
rely on their understanding of the Word.
Time after time we read in
the Bible that angels were used by God for various purposes. We often
hear someone say that they were helped by angels. Why couldn't this man
bearing water, and the innkeeper be an angel?
I don't think they were
angels, it is just a possibility that the "experts" don't allow for.
I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that
thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost,
but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. (John
the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see
that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in
thine hand: but I will harden his heart,
that he shall not let the people go. (Ex 4:)
the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 9Arise,
get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon,
and dwell there: behold, I have commanded
a widow woman there to sustain thee. (1Kings 17:)
they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they
wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his
disciples, 44Let these sayings sink down into
your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
45But they understood not this saying, and
it was hid from them, that they perceived
it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying. 46Then
there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and
the third day he shall rise again. 34And they
understood none of these things: and this saying was hid
from them, neither knew they the things which were
spoken. (Luke 18:)
behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus,
which was from Jerusalem about threescore
furlongs. 14And they talked together of all
these things which had happened. 15And it came
to pass, that, while they communed together and
reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16But
their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus
standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15Jesus
saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She,
supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have
borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him
away. 16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned
herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. (John
though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not
on him: 38That the saying of Esaias the prophet
might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report?
and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39Therefore
they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40He
hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that
they should not see with their eyes, nor
understand with their heart, and be converted,
and I should heal them. 41These things said
Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. (John 12:)
Whether or not the preachers and theologians are believers or no, I,
nor anyone else, can say. That is an issue they must take up with God.
We are not to judge another man's servant. However, I can
say that when anyone avoids obvious Scripture and teaches something
other than that which God has presented, I must wonder if they are in
tune with the Holy Spirit, or if they are merely preaching doctrine.
What is most important to
you, the reader, the student of the Word, the one who desires to know
the Truth, is that you listen to no man, no commentaries, no sermons,
without lending your ear to the Holy Spirit rather than the speaker
before you. They, me, we are all fools. We don't know what we are
talking about. This must be your attitude if you desire the Truth. You
must also recognize that whatever you believe now, and have every
evidence for, is no more true than is the theologian's or my opinion.
All doctrine and knowledge is merely a single step toward Truth.
All too often steps toward
Truth, as it is presented, is not in fact toward Truth but rather a
step away from Truth, or a roadblock toward Truth
because it causes you to think you already have Truth.
Listen to no man. And if you
read or hear someone who thinks they have truth, or that you see is
missing the obvious (as just depicted), give that person's opinion
little regard. They are embedded in doctrine, opinion, and the carnal
mind rather in a true search for what God has to tell you:
Am I coming on too strong do
you think? Perhaps I am. Disregard what I have said and let's let Paul
tell us God's feelings toward those who do not preach the True Word:
marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the
grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is
not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the
gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel
from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we
said before, so say I now again, If any man
preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be
accursed. (Gal 1:)
How many times have you read a magazine or a newspaper and said: "Wow,
this is great stuff. I got to tell so-and-so about this." Perhaps it
was a news article you read, or something in the funny papers, or maybe
a poem someone wrote. I find that quite often I receive an email with a
forward with the comment: "This is great stuff, you got to read it."
This is how we react when we
see something or hear something that interests us, we feel we have
to share it. Wow! demands not keeping it a secret.
I think I can safely say that we all write letters. When we write to
someone we generally expect a reply or a comment on what we have said.
When what we have said is passed over without a comment, we assume the
statement was either missed, disregarded or not considered worth
commenting on. If what we have said to the person we have written to is
of great importance it annoys us when what we have said is passed over.
If what we have told this
person is from deep in our heart, written with tears, or a fearful
expression of love, and it is passed over, we are likely to experience
I have received such a response often in my life. Of course my letters
are usually so long that they are probably skimmed at best, and what I
have said has been tossed out with the skim. But sometimes my letters
are short and to the point (hard to believe I know), and I receive no
comment. This often hurts. I'm sure I'm not alone in this.
My writing on this website is a letter to the world. I put a lot of
effort into what I write. My hope is that somewhere, somehow what I
have written will touch a heart or two. By the thousands of clicks
(hits) a month I get I know some body is reading
what I've written, or they just like to play roulette with my web pages.
I receive no comment (in
general, there are exceptions) on any of my writings. This is
especially true of those I know, my family, and my friends. The closest
I come to hearing that someone has read what I have written when probed
on the matter is: "Yes, I've read some of it." "What did you read?" I
would ask. "Oh, I don't know, I can't remember."
Now, I know that what I write can not be read with any seriousness at
all and not create a wow factor in a person. At least once in an
article there has to be a wow. That wow might be:
"Hey, this is great stuff," which would surprise me (and please me) if
such should be their reaction. But along with such a reaction would be
that person being anxious to pass what they have heard or learned on to
someone they care about.
Another wow that might be
experienced, and far more likely to be a person's reaction to my
writings is: "Wow, this is real junk. This guy's a looney tune and is
heading for hell in a handbasket. The guy's theology is so far off base
that he's out in left field." This reaction I would expect, and one I
would appreciate. It means the person is reading seriously what I've
written, enough so that they disagree with what they have read. And if
such a wow factor is in fact experienced, I have no doubt that person
will be very anxious to tell someone about the idiot he or she has just
found. This being the case, emails should be flying, and my log count
should raise considerably as new readers try to pick apart that which I
This is the Wow factor. Wow causes a reaction of some nature. Now a wow
regarding a letter containing a news article is of little consequence.
This changes considerably when the wow is experienced over a letter
expressing a flowing from the heart.
A wow over my writings is of little consequence. I write a viewpoint,
and it isn't even necessarily directed at any one person. My
disappointment over a lack of wow is minimal.
God wrote a book. We call that Book a: "Love letter." Do we read it? Do
you read it?
Some people do
read the Bible. They might read it a few minutes a day fulfilling their
requirement (or bragging rights) to read the Bible once a year. Of
course not many people even do this any more. The most one might expect
is that a person will read a few select verses that tell them how
wonderful they are, or how much God loves them and wants them to have
that bank full of money, or to be healed of that lung cancer that they
acquired from their years of heavy smoking.
Whatever, some people do
read the Bible.
It is more likely, however,
that instead of the Bible, they read a booklet or a book that says
what the Bible says, saving them the trouble to read what God
says. It's not only much easier this way, to read what other people say
God says, but it's easier to understand as well because God seems to
use so many words to say what we don't want to hear. So listening to
someone tell us that God didn't really mean what He said, but meant
something else more in keeping with what we want Him to say is much
more pleasing to our ears.
I don't read the Bible hardly at all. It's been many, many years since
I've read much of the Bible. I don't know, I just can't seem to find
the time to read the Bible. I guess it's been over thirty years since
I've read the Bible from cover to cover. Isn't that a terrible
confession for a person to make? Especially a person who has a website
dedicated to the Word of God? Well, I guess I've just given you plenty
of reason to add another click to my log as you click away from this
site. And who could blame you?
But if you're interested to
know why I can't find the time to read the Bible,
I'll tell you.
I spend many hours a day researching for these studies. In so doing I
am reading books that others have written on various subjects, checking
out the web for information and opinions, and referring to concordances
and dictionaries. That doesn't sound like much of an excuse for someone
such as me to not read the Bible, does it? And it isn't. Now, when I
say I don't read the Bible, I must clarify that
in my studies I read a great deal of the Bible in
a study mode rather than in such a way as someone might read a novel or
a magazine. I might pour over just a few verses, spending hours looking
up words in the Greek or Hebrew, or checking out locations in a
dictionary, geography book or cross referencing one verse with another.
Then, in between these studies, I listen to sermons over the radio, or
I listen to the Bible on tape. There are some days that I have heard
half the Bible in one day.
But I don't read
When I read, or I study, or I listen to the Bible, I can't go for
fifteen minutes or so without a: "WOW, this is great!" And then I have
to hurry and make a note of what had just been made clear to me before
it escapes when a new WOW is presented to me. I
have thousands of those WOW notes all around my place, waiting to be
written about and studied further. And I have hundred of studies in
almost completed stages, or merely starts waiting to be expounded upon.
WOW is, to me, a part of the Bible. It is a part of the Christian
experience. I can't fathom any one reading even a
few verses without exclaiming WOW and being anxious to get back to what
they were reading just as quickly as they can. Isn't this the way we
are with any book we read that we find
interesting? When we read a letter that has been sent to us that has
been written with tears, expressing great concern for us, especially if
that one who gave us the letter is important to us; don't we treasure
it and carry it around with us, reading it when we aren't pressing it
to our heart?
How much more so should a
letter be treated that was written by our Maker, in blood?
In the early 60's when I was a soldier overseas mail traveled very
slowly. If I were to send a letter by first class air it might take a
week for my intended to receive that letter. But since postage across
the sea was expensive in those days (just like it is now), I sent my
letters by boat mail.
For a boat to cross the
ocean it must fight distance and tidal currents, leading to a long
period of time. I know when the Army shipped me
to Europe it took them twelve days on the water. I assume it takes that
long with mail as well.
My letter sent by ground
mail might easily take two to three weeks to arrive.
Strangely, mail takes just
as long to go to Europe as it does from
Europe. No accounting for tidal directions I guess. This means that by
the time my beloved receives my letter and replies to it I might have
waited a month to a month and a half by the time I received her answer.
In that period of time I might have written her a dozen or more letters
(maybe even thirty or so when our love was inflamed). When I would read
what was sent to me, and tried to figure out which answer went to which
question I had asked a month or more before, I may well have added a
"No" where a "Yes" was intended.
Communication was difficult
if not near impossible in those days.
Today everything is instant. We have instant coffee, instant milk,
instant potatoes. I understand they are working on having instant kids:
from conception to birth with no agonizing waiting time.
Keeping it straight which
question goes with what answer is no longer a problem. Where I might
have said long ago: "Did you receive my letter? I sent it three weeks
ago," I might say today: "Why haven't you written, I wrote you almost
six hours ago."
When I was in the Army it was customary to write a letter and have it
set in my footlocker for a day or two before the mail truck would be
there to take it to the docks. During that period I might think of
something I wanted to add to the letter, or more likely than not,
something to erase from the letter. It was by no means uncommon to
receive a letter with an envelope that had been cut open and taped shut
Reconsideration was a
consideration in those days.
Today we have email. I now can write a letter and before I have
finished my thought press a wrong button and have that incomplete
thought sent through the airwaves into my beloved's ever-awaiting "in"
No time for reconsideration.
The letter is read as written, not necessarily as intended.
I write to instruct. I write to vent. I write to clear the cobwebs from
my brain that accumulates so quickly and so easily. I type slowly and
very inaccurately. Often when I proofread a letter (something I see
that few people do) I can sometimes not make out what I was trying to
say, the words are so garbled and the words so misspelled. My spell
check has placed so many red lines under my words it looks like it has
been written in red ink. If I hit the wrong button at the wrong time I
might well be fearful of receiving hate mail from one I had hoped to
hear words of love.
How often, even after giving
a letter much thought after writing it, have I cried: "Oh No!!" when I
thought of something I should have deleted from the letter, something
written while in a nasty mood, or something written as mere cobweb
clearing rather than heart-felt intent.
Communication is difficult
if not near impossible in these days.
We often say things we don't
mean, things we regret the moment the words leave our mouth and we have
a chance to see them out in the open. The Bible says:
my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak,
slow to wrath: (James 1:)
And wise ol' Solomon tells us:
fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man
keepeth it in till afterwards. (Prov 29:)
I find that for me my communication goes through at least two stages.
The first of these stages is the Fool stage where my mind is
formulating the thoughts and the feelings I want to express. If I open
my mouth at any time during this stage I will find myself on the fast
track to trouble. Unfortunately, my mouth works so fast and so often I
find trouble at every gate it seems.
And I don't think I am the
only one who has this problem. I find that there are many people who
feel they have pressed that "send" button far too soon.
thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath
no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5Better
is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that
thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6Suffer not thy
mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel,
that it was an error: wherefore should God be
angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? (Eccl 5:)
How many times have we spoken a word, signed a deal, or made a promise
and later found ourselves either unwilling or unable to fulfill that
word or that promise. Now, you nor I will accept a backing out of a
deal from others, especially if we have already fulfilled our part of
the deal. Yet we fully expect, it seems, that others should let us out
of our promise when we no longer feel the same
way as we did at the moment the promise was made.
whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my
disciple. 28For which of you, intending to
build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether
he have sufficient to finish it?
Jesus said we should (must) count the cost when we sign on as one of
His disciples. We say at our baptism: "Take me and use me, I am yours
from here on." And from that point on we expect God to fulfill what we
perceive as His promises to us, but somehow lose sight of our promise
to Him. "God knows I was under stress at the time I made the promise.
He won't hold it against me."
Does this same attitude
apply in a marriage? Should one partner expect the other to fulfil
their vows while they themselves do not? Apparently so, but should it
be this way?
Do you think that same
reasoning will work with your boss? Your teacher? The cop on the beat?
If you do feel justified in backing out of your
promise to God, then one of these days you will be given the
opportunity to prove yourself when you - tell it to the Judge.
We see the Pharisees as a wicked group of men. This is not so. The
Pharisees were the most religious and among the most self-disciplined
there were of their day, or any other day before or since. Because
Jesus was so condemning of the Pharisees we tend to cluster them all
together as a wicked group. And to be sure, there were the wicked among
them, and the most wicked of them were also the most powerful.
Phariseeism can be seen as a
characteristic of those Jesus condemned. Those characteristics include
hypocrisy, grandiosity, pompous display, lack of mercy and compassion,
and the desire to move themselves ahead even at the expense of others.
By looking at this list of characteristics it is easy to see that the
Pharisee qualities are instilled in many of those we know today.
Generally those people who behave as did the Pharisees are found in
high positions. By high positions I mean anything from kings and
presidents to kindergarten class monitors.
When we set a group of people as ones the whom we may judge, as ones to
look down upon, we set ourselves up for falling into the pit we have
dug for others. It might be likened to watching the fly in someone
else's glass of water and not seeing the scorpion in your own. Jesus
put it like this:
not, that ye be not judged. 2For with what
judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you again. 3And why
beholdest thou the mote [twig, straw] that is in thy brother's eye, but
considerest not the beam [log] that is in thine own eye? 4Or
how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine
eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5Thou
hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt
thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. (Mat 7:)
When we judge someone else, we open ourself up to be judged. And the
one who judges us will be much harsher on the judge than we are on
those whom we judge.
In fact, when we set ourself
up as judge, we are exhibiting Phariseeism. And when we place ourself
in the room of the Pharisee, we stand under the same condemnation that
the Pharisee stands under.
Is there any group of people which it can be said that they are one way
or another? For instance, can we say that all lawyers are crooked, or
that all politicians are out to fill their own pocket? Sometimes it
seems so, but like with anything else, the exceptions prove the rule.
For instance, Abraham Lincoln was a Politician in that he was in
politics. He was also a lawyer. Could you place Abraham Lincoln in the
category of a Pharisee?
There are many lawyers today
who sacrifice a great deal of their valuable time and knowledge to help
the poor and the needy. Could they be called a Pharisee?
Exceptions prevent us from
being able to condemn any group of people.
There are certain groups of people who are trusted more than others. We
consider them altruists. Two such groups are doctors and ministers.
People in these occupations we tend to believe have entered their field
because they have a concern for people and will sacrifice themselves
for the lowest of humanity. For doctors we think of the old country
doctor who would make a house call at midnight, having to ride all
night in a horse and buggy, and for pay accept a live chicken because
that is all the family had to offer. For a minister we bring to mind
Martin Luther or the traveling ministers who journeyed for days on a
donkey with little provisions in effort to spread the Word to those in
desolate places where churches had yet to be established. Or we think
of Mother Teresa who spends her life in the outskirts of civilization
caring for the starving and the lonely.
However, when we consider
the vast number of malpractice lawsuits against doctors who blatantly
disregarded the safety of their patients, or the Jim Jones' and the
ever-growing number of theatrical con artists in the ministry, the
picture becomes altered.
Christians tend to think of Christians as special people, those who God
has chosen to bestow His blessings and call His children. And when we
look at the number of Christians who rush to the aid of those stricken
by disaster, and those who go without in order to spread the Word to
those in third-world countries, it would appear that Christians are
indeed a special group.
But then we have the
self-serving people who are exactly like those of the World they
condemn that adds a new perspective to the distinction of "Christian."
Add to this the vast number of non Christians who sacrifice their time,
money and energy to help those who are hurting and in need. Considering
a person exemplary who calls themself a Christian
becomes of little consequence.
One can not judge another according to a group they happen to fall
into, or that they have entered.
And neither can one claim
supremacy or distinction because of the group to which they belong.
We will all be judged
according to our own works and our own heart on that final day.
It is my contention that anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have
their head examined.
I would like to preface this segment with a quote from Solomon, written
3,000 years ago:
thing that hath been, it is that which shall be;
and that which is done is that which shall be
done: and there is no new thing
under the sun. (Eccl 1:)
Many things have been said and done since the days of Solomon.
Therefore, to anyone who might say to me: "That's not knew, I've heard
it before." My reply would be: "Of course."
Psychiatry is one field in which I have had a great deal of experience.
As a psychiatrist I have had no experience whatever. However I have played
the psychologist many times giving advise to people in areas I know
nothing whatever. In this, I am just like the Psychologists.
On the other hand, when it comes to being under the care
of Psychologists and Psychiatrists, I have had perhaps more experience
than most anyone else. In other words, as a patient under the diagnosis
of those trained in Psychiatry, I am certifiable.
During my five year stint as a victim of the Psychiatric field I have
heard said to me, and have heard others say many things that might
cause one to wonder about human intellect. I will give you some for
Now you know as well as I do that repressed and unrecognized feelings
is a big contributor to inappropriate behavior. And you know that one
of the biggest reasons for people being sent to prison, especially
those undergoing psychiatric treatment, is to get in touch with those
You also know, or at least
have heard, that in the mind of the Psychologist there is no such word
Keeping these facts in mind:
one should not use the word "shouldn't" (an oxymoron in itself), and
that people go to Psychologists to get in touch with their true
feelings; consider the conversation below. (This conversation was not
held just once, nor was it ever with a new or untrained therapist or
"I feel such an' such," says the patient (me). "You shouldn't feel that
way" says the trained Psychologist. "But I do
feel that way." "But you shouldn't feel that way." "I don't want
to feel this way, but I do feel this way." "That
may be so, but you shouldn't feel that way."
And since I didn't just "turn off my feeling" and have the feelings (or
say I had such feelings ) as I was told to
have, guess what the Psychologist writes in my chart. You probably
"Patient is not in touch
with his feelings and rationalizes his true emotions."
Here's another interesting scenario. This time it is not the good
doctor who is deluded, but the patient:
"Well Mr. Jones, how are you and Mrs. Jones doing lately?"
"Not so good, Doctor. I
can't understand it, last week she just up and left me. Not a word did
she say, she just up and left bag and baggage."
"I see. Well there must have
been some clue as to why she left, Mr. Jones. Tell me, what kind of
things did the two of you argue about?"
"Argue? We never argued. I
can honestly say that in the twenty years we've been married we never
argued. That's why I can't understand her running off like this."
"Well then, what kind of
things did you talk about? Maybe that will give
us a clue."
"Talk? We never talked. If
we talked we would just end up arguing. So to keep from arguing, we
My father once bragged about having a car that he drove for 20,000
miles without ever having to change the oil. Tell me, would you have
bought his fine car?
Self awareness is an important factor in living a life free of
complications. The more we know about ourself, the better the decisions
we are able to make concerning our actions. If we deceive ourself and
think we are doing well when we are in fact doing poorly; or if we
convince ourself that our problems are caused by others and not of our
own doing, then we are very likely to never have our life straightened
out as we desire it to be.
Socrates (as is assumed)
said: "Know thyself." And Shakespear wrote: "To thine own self be true"
(Hamlet). While Jesus said in Revelation:
know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert
cold or hot. 16So then because thou art
lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17Because
thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of
nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked: 18I counsel thee to
buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white
raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that
the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with
eyesalve, that thou mayest see. (Rev 3:)
A while back there was a book that came out that hit the stands like a
storm. That book is still very popular today. The title of the book is:
I'm OK, You're OK.
Such a notion is very
popular both in the World and in the churches. It is the cry of the
Ecumenical organizations, both secular and religious. We are all the
same, and we are all to be accepted just the way we are.
Of course with but an
eyedropper of thought we know there isn't an ounce of logic to the
statement, and that not a one of us believes what they preach.
I must make a minor
correction to my above statement. Half of the
title is accepted by everyone, the other half is accepted by no one.
The half that says that I am ok just as I am is
accepted by everyone. And because of this you are
to accept me just as I am without my having to do a thing to make me
likeable by you. I may be a thief, a drug dealer, a murderer, it
matters not: you are to accept me just the way I am while putting no
demands or expectations on me whatsoever.
This, by the way, is a very
popular concept in the prisons of this fine nation.
The other half of the statement, on the other hand, is seen quite
differently. The part that says: "you're ok" only
applies if you happen to fit my tightly defined rule of measure. For
instance, if you are one who does not keep your lawn mowed, and I am
meticulous about my lawn, than you are not ok. If
I don't like people who ride motorcycles and have long hair, and you
ride a motorcycle and have long hair: than you are not
ok. If I like my neighborhood quiet, and you like loud music, then I
call the cops on you.
Get the point?
"Judge not lest you be judged."
We judge, and we condemn.
The Psychologists can talk their talk all they want, but it is
impossible for us humans to walk the walk they purport. And who is the
ones most susceptible to judging others? Why it's the ones trained
to judge others: the Psychologists.
And consider, if people were
to be capable of following the illogical logic of the Psychologist, the
entire field of Psychology would be sent out to pasture.
Wisdom comes with age. Well, having reached an age when wisdom surely
must be a byproduct of aging, I can verify that wisdom does not
come with age. I truly wish I could say otherwise.
In myself I find that
whatever was a fault in my character when I was young has not passed
with the years, but has become more solidified and a part of me. If I
have acquired any skill regarding my faults, it is the ability to
justify them and cover them from view.
I find that this is not only
true of myself, but most of the older folks in my acquaintance.
But, should there be any truth to the statement that wisdom comes with
age; this I have found: by the time wisdom is acquired, senility and
Alzheimer comes and robs us of the ability to utilize it.