Saturday, November 23, 2013

Making your own mistakes! Is that wise?

You often hear "I have to make my own mistakes." or nearly as bad "A person learns by his mistakes." Most of us have made many mistakes, but most mistakes are avoidable. If only we had listened! For example, there are many ways to learn that cocaine is dangerous without using cocaine. Most people not only accept medical knowledge from professionals, but it's easy to see the dangers through ruined lives and dead heroes!

The latter, learning from others, is called "anecdotal" information.  It's said to be based on casual observation, whereas scientific analysis is based on the collection and study of pertinent data. Most people fail to accept what we see. Paraphrasing W. C. Fields "Are you going to believe the data or your own lying eyes?" A lifetime of watching people and behaviors is much more than "casual observation"! It's wisdom.

Deuteronomy 4:9  (NIV) "Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them."

Scientific studies are full of bias and confounds. I actually had one researcher tell me "It's wrong to question the research of others!" That's crazy talk. We are to question and make discerning judgments.

1 Kings 3:11 (NIV) " So God said to him (Solomon), “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. There has to be some degree of intelligence for wisdom, but wisdom is more than intelligence. "Wisdom" is intelligence and learning coupled with insight and application. Wisdom is tempered by discernment; keen insight and judgment!
All scientific research is not biased and neither is the data always misapplied.  Much of it is an honest attempt at being objective. We must, however, closely examine research which is at odds with what we've seen, learned and tested ourselves or by those we trust. It's easy to make the data say what the researcher believes!  A great example is research which says "Homosexuals are born that way." 
First off,  when hypothesis are tested by definition they are not "proved".  Testing hypothesis only "fail to disprove".  "Anecdotal" information is historical. We have learned from the past and from contemporary observation that the homosexual community consists of many who were at one time normal in their sexual desires.  Who would seriously believe that all those lesbian Girls Gone Wild were actually born that way? Only a fool!  The best explanation is that those wild girls do exactly that... get wild! When away form the restrictions of accepted behavior and put in an environment where anything is accepted, they do things which they know are wrong and to which they normally are not attracted. A better explanation is that all people are born into sin and given the opportunity will sin in various ways.
Some will steal, some will lie, some will murder and others will perform deviant sex.  The homosexual, as we all are, is born to sin. Homosexuality is that person's sin of choice, as we all elect to do what we find most pleasurable. In many cases it would appear that homosexuality activity occurs when there is an exponential desire to obtain more thrill (pleasure).
Research into homosexual behavior is biased by definition. Many "studies" were done by homosexuals. Their results showed what they wanted to show. Other research was done by those who seek to remove societal restrictions. Since, those condoning homosexuality have an "anything goes" mentality, it's obvious that they would find that "they're born that way".  For those of us who fail to accept research with bad methodology, we have the all-knowing genius Lady Gaga telling us in song that they're all Born that Way. Try to find that needle in a haystack! Is there an evangelical Christian scientist who has found that homosexuality is more than a behavior of choice driven by the pleasure principle?
Genes fail to explain why people "turn" in the elder years after having large families. Genes fail to explain why there is a propensity for homosexuals to be from families with broken homes, without a father or mother figure. (See the pschoanalytic model for another view in how homosexual behavior is formulated in infancy).
In short, be discerning! Never accept what they world says. God is omniscient. Job 36:4

says "Be assured that my words are not false; one who has perfect knowledge is with you." If God says homosexuality is "disgusting" that's what it is! Any research which contradicts the divinely inspired word of God is what's falsely called knowledge!

 1 Timothy 6:20  (NIV) "Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge,"

"God loves everyone!" and "We are all God's children!" are two arguments without merit. God loves the murderer, but murder isn't right. Thieves are God's children too, but they are rebellious children. It's not the person God hates, but the sin! Those who love the sinner are those who rebuke sinful behavior. By failing to admonish the homosexual you love using God's word, the loving person is damning the very one they love!



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