Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Blind Faith V. Genuine Believing

Believing without thinking is like shooting without aiming: it does MUCH more harm than good.
In less than a week, Galt-in-Da-Box has encountered no less than three glaring examples of the absolute stupidity of blind faith. First, genuine believing starts with a clear and worthy goal and sets about putting things in order to achieve it. In contrast, blind faith starts with one or more false assumptions, erroneous premises or other ignorance palmed off on the unsuspecting, unthinking believer who then wastes time, money and resources (most precious being his life) endeavoring to achieve a foggy collectivist vision ("the common good", "build a better world", "hope and change" &c). The latest incident was some spiritualist trying to get media share at Ayn Rand's expense by claiming she believed in UFOs. The ongoing one is a relative who will not cease to emote about the Whore of Babylon as it must be "the one true Church" because it claims to be, while living off everyone thoughtlessly via the government, and seeking to get more in bed with it daily. The primary was yet another MLM email scam.
"The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going." - Proverbs 14:15

The importance of your goal and vision being personal and individual cannot be overstated. You can number in the millions the lives lost forever and destroyed, the fortunes gone and resources wasted on collectivism. Even in it's seemingly charitable (altruistic) forms, it boils down to some guy at the top of a pyramid controlling gullible dupes for his own egomaniacal purposes. It never ends well. Your first indicator is a vague, nebulous, spurious vision. It will always involve "hope" for something that cannot be realized now. Nation building (by destroying lives and property of non-combatants), winning hearts and minds (through coercion, threats and intimidation), and "a hope of Heaven" (while putting everyone on Earth through Hell through political manipulation) would be examples.
By contrast, individuals succeed most when they set goals that involve making their own lives better, as an example to others.
"And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." - Habakkuk 2:2

Keeping yourself motivated and inspired is as important as writing down in detailed form what you plan to accomplish. The greatest computer in the world is between your ears, and it needs a program.
Set your own course and sails in the vast quiet seas of God's Word and let His Spirit wind carry you to your destination.


texlahoma said...

Well said!
I agree with your entire post.

Bob said...

"The greatest computer in the world is between your ears..."


Not between my ears...

Mine runs too slow, doesn't have enough RAM, and suffers from regular glitches.