How We Come to Perceive the World

We all operate with a basic myth that we are able to perceive the world objectively and describe and relate to it as such. It's a myth because what we don't realize is that often there are previous concepts or ideas that we have in our minds, that influence how we perceive reality, before we perceive it.

For example, I don't just see a woman in front of me, but  I have ideas and concepts about what a woman is, which influence how I see the actual woman in front of me and relate to her. If the dominate concept in my mind  is that a woman is a sexual object (this week is the SI swimsuit issue week), then I will see the woman in front of me for how desirable or undesirable she is. I will not see the person herself (her identity, her name, her story, her family, her desires, her dreams), I will perceive her only according to the dominant thought construct that is in place.

The Bible tells us that we are to replace concepts that come from a culture that is largely set against God, with concepts that flow from the heart of God &lead us into the world to relate to it correctly.

Weeks ago, I preached on the Imago Dei, the image of God, reflected both in male and female. I was attempting to replace other concepts (people as adversaries, people as less than us, people as competitors, people as enemies, people as unworthy, people as objects) with this biblical one.

If you see that each person you meet is made in the image of God, is called into being by God, is intrinsically valuable, and is inherently loved by God, it may change how you relate to them.

With this in mind now read this passage in 2 Corinthians 10:4 - "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

Consider today, how the bible, under the influence of the spirit, in the context of the church community is in the business of simply replacing ideas and concepts that are contra to the kingdom of God with those that are foundational to it.

Seeing this, may actually influence how you read it. As we read, we can ask, "How is the Bible/Spirit teaching me to see the world I live in? How is this different than the world I live in?"

Happy Reading!


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