"I don't think that . . . "
Have you ever wondered why people disagree with the results of a logical process? You might lay out a progression of thought that makes complete sense to you, but in response a friend or co-worker will say that they disagree with your conclusion. They might begin their rebuttal with, "I don't think that", and continue with a variation of the following . . . "'this will work . . . you know what you are talking about . . . Jesus would like this".
Truth is logical. Truth makes sense. Truth is unassaiable. Yet many people find truth intollerable, incomprehensible, and incoherent. So what's with that?
When Jesus came to this earth He came for ONE reason (as Rick pointed out yesterday on The Bible On Trial), and that was to "Testify to the Truth". Those to whom He presented this Truth were not used to dealing with truth as a stand alone entity. Truth was what THEY said it was; they saw it that it was their job to define truth for the masses, not for the good of all, but or the good of some, them. Jesus upset this condition by showing them that they were way outside of the truth of God.
Today, when truth is presented that does not match the 'truth' that is already known, there is a 'cognitive dissonance' that is difficult for these people to overcome. When truth is not what you know, it is diffcult to go backward and have to start from scratch in finding it. This is what Jesus was up against in His day, and what we are still up against in our day. The only solution is to do what Jesus did, and that was to bring the words of God to the table and let each person make up their own minds as to whether to believe it or not. This is where the Holy Spirit works. We just need to let Her do Her job, and not fret over the result.
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