Monday, April 15, 2013

Opinions and Perspectives

I do not mean to belittle you, dear reader, but your opinion doesn't matter.

Don't feel dejected - my opinion doesn't matter, either.  And yet here you are reading it!

When it comes to the nature of reality, your opinion is only your perception.  You may be right, you may be wrong, but your opinion is quite irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.  Does this render opinions pointless?  Not at all... in my opinion, anyway.

In fact, it is your opinion that makes you you!  Aside from physical features and characteristics, our "take" on our universe is the only thing that makes a person an individual.  I mean only to set the proper perspective for what many call one's "worldview." 

I don't know how many different terms we have for the way we perceive God and the entirety of reality that He created, but I often hear about this or that worldview, theology, philosophy, religious view, school of thought, etc., etc.   I have found, in my young life, that these terms are mostly superfluous outside of academia. Further, and more importantly, I find that they are entirely without use when you realize that only God's Word is our standard and source of truth.

Different interpretations of the same text?  Yes, that happens.  It can happen to a drastic degree, in fact.  The superfluity, I think, then becomes a matter between reasonable Christians.  Christians who are honest and open, in a true relationship with their Creator and Savior, not seeking trouble with others or only the advancement of themselves - these are the people among whom there should be no such substantial quarrel.  Their views should be more or less identical; their perspectives, however, as individual as their fingerprints. 

We have the highest of commonalities: we are adopted into brotherhood with Christ!  He is our Lord, and He has supplied us with every thought we should think, every conviction, and every emotion we are to have. Where is the legitimacy of owning particular views outside of His Word?  Certainly things which pertain to the daily grind of our physical life on earth may produce a variety of approaches, but the Bible and His Spirit are to be our guide and our source for direction.

There is only one true theology, one true worldview, and one true philosophy, and His Word never changes. It never has, and it never will.  Your opinion may and should conform to His ways - His ways will never bend to meet your standards. 

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8) 

So long as we are seeking the truth of God with an honest and open heart in His Word, our opinions should take a backseat and enjoy the ride.  It's hard to do, let me tell you; but, you will learn and live a lot more when you don't let your own notions get in the way of His truths.  Rather, let yourself be a perspective and a glorification of Him.

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." (Proverbs 3:5-8)

Websites That Make This One Possible

Ideations of a Jayhawker: Blog Policies

No vulgar, obscene, vile, or inappropriate language or insinuation may be used, and comments are subject to editing or deletion at my own discretion.

Please use proper spelling, following the rules of grammar of the English language.

The elimination of comments due to an objectionable account image may also be used at my discretion. Links given in comments that direct one to a website containing evil or unsightly content will also be deleted at my discretion.

Advocating or promoting specific acts of violence isn't allowed, but the vitriolic spewing of rants and ravings is encouraged.


Content found in this blog is public domain, and it may be used freely; permission to recreate is automatically given, I only ask that I be informed when it is copied on another website; though this is not required, it would be considered a kind gesture.

Content found at any other website that was linked to from this page is beyond my control. I strive to put out as little objectionable content as possible here, but if you do find something that you feel is inappropriate, please contact me via comment, and I will duly edit it to a degree I deem appropriate.

Quotes you may find are all sic, including spelling, grammar, etc.

Followers of this blog are more than welcome, but if you have a website that routinely displays content that you wouldn't allow a child to view or read, do not follow this blog unless you have a blogger warning previous to entering your website.
Failure to do so may result in being blocked from the followers list.

A follower may also be blocked if your account image is found to be objectionable.