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Where do our opinions come from?
by Jack Vorster
3/29/2012 / Christian Living
THE INTELLECTUAL PROCESS
What you are reading now is based on an intellectual process taking place as a result of knowledge gained by the writer. That knowledge had to come from somewhere. And that knowledge could not have come from anywhere else but from other people, that is, what other people had to say in the form of speech or their written word. Your very ability to read and understand this article was developed by what you have absorbed from others from the moment of your birth to the present. Your judgment of this article will be based on exactly that the intellectual process of knowledge.
If you are reading this, then it is up to you to believe it or not. Now you have a dilemma. Should you absorb what you are reading and imbed it into your heart as truth and then expound it to the world after making intellectual adjustments or should you flatly reject it and simply forget about it? May I say at this point that either way you will not be able to get rid of what you are taking in. Once it is absorbed it becomes filed in the memory bank of your heart and that is where it remains, unless your mind makes a secretarial move and extracts it from the memory cabinet for further deliberation as to what to do with it.
AS A MAN THINKETH IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE
You are what you think. What you think and believe will be based on what you heard. And what you read is an act of hearing. For example, if you heard that an individual by the name of Darwin said that you are the end product of a process of evolution from ape to man, then you will either believe it or not. If you believe it, then you are what you think, namely, an ape-man - and you will have a tendency to monkey-around with everything in life. However, the question is, where did Darwin get it from? He obviously had to hear from someone and believed it. Now half the world believes it too.
In like manner, everything you have absorbed in the form of words emanating from other human vessels has made you what you are. Your parents, schoolteachers, friends, foes, colleagues, employers, co-workers and authors have moulded you into what you are. Your personal demeanour will have developed as a consequence of these influences. Your built-in, mind-driven intellect will have been at the helm of all the decisions you have taken in life and those decisions will have been based on whether or not you believed others. Tricky, isn't it? Just think, you are what others have made you and you are going to try and make others be just like you and probably get annoyed if others don't believe you. Hitler got many to believe him and millions died for not believing him.
THE BOOKS WE READ
The books we read are the printed words of others. And as already stated, the words of others have impacted our lives. Their opinions have become our opinions and perhaps we have intellectually re-processed their opinions to disguise them as our very own. (Golly, there appears to be no originality in our make-up)
Yes, the world is one big cauldron of communication where everyone is trying to impress the next. We can look upon the world as a word exchange between the masses of humankind nothing new, just intellectually re-worked thoughts presented to each other.
Out of this melting pot of human "originality" has emerged a creature called "Modern Man". This guy has convinced the majority of fellow-earthlings to believe in the cream topping of the word of man and nothing else.
There is another fellow who goes by the name of the Word of God, also known as Jesus Christ. He is the absolute original Word to man. Many have absorbed what He has to say in His Book, the Bible and now they live by it. He claims to be the Creator of man the very man who would rather believe what other God- created men have to say and write than the One who gave them life. Modern Man is leading the pack against Him and looks upon His followers as the gullible, feeble-minded sector of society.
And now I guess it is a matter of deciding what to believe - the Word of God or the word of man. Then again, what you have read is only my word and belief being expounded to the world.
Now it's your turn. Will we believe you?
Now retired, Jack Vorster has a background in marketing in the field of newspaper advertising. As a result of a life-changing experience he turned his attention to the study of the human make-up and the realities connected to human behaviour based on the Word of God.
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