Posted by: Veroni Kruger | August 25, 2010

There’s something wrong in your head

THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG IN YOUR HEAD! Put somewhat differently: “…these thoughts of yours don’t come from God, but from man (Matt 16.23, TEV).” This is true of more of us than we would like to admit.

What to do about it?

Human beings consist of physical, spiritual and mental components. Most of our problems come from the mental aspect. Our spirits are in tune with the Spirit of God from the time we are born again. What we do in our physical existence is simply the practical expression of what happens in our inner being, i.e. our spirit and mind. Our minds are the determining factor in what we do. They act like a filter between the realities in our spirits and the practical outworking in our bodies. It is here that thought patterns that are the result of cultural and historical impressions are established, and where problems like poor self-esteem are engraved. It is said that one never really forgets anything, and often experiences like hurt and disappointment leave lasting impressions on our minds, that hamper our spiritual development.

It is not coincidental that God determined that what He knew we needed to hear from Him would be committed to writing.

I find it very hard to absolutely equate the Bible with the Word of God. The expression “Word of God” means “what God has spoken”, and that entails much more than what we can capture between the covers of any book. John says that “the whole world could not have room for the books that would be written” (John 21.25) to describe all the things that Jesus did during his earthly ministry. How much more would it be an impossible task to try and include in one book everything ever said by God. Rather, I consider the Bible as containing that part of what God has spoken that He knew we needed to know. This view of Scripture does not denigrate the Bible. It simply puts into perspective the position of the Bible.

As representation in written form of what God wanted us to know, the Bible is an objective norm that will not change with time and the whims of people, except of course, to the extent that unscrupulous translators of the Bible may be able to insert their own interpretations. But equally important, the mere form in which the Word comes to us necessitates mental exercise. This is one of the most effective ways in which our minds can be brought into line with what the thoughts of God are. As metal shavings are pulled in one direction between two magnets, so the Word of God directs our thoughts to become more and more like what God intended.

Ultimately we may reach the point where we can truly say “… we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2.16).

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Responses

  1. Wow Véroni – I took a chance and came across this gem! “Rather, I consider the Bible as containing that part of what God has spoken that He knew we needed to know. This view of Scripture does not denigrate the Bible. It simply puts into perspective the position of the Bible”.

    That solves a lot of amorphousness in my head, being aware of what John had written


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