We all hold certain life experiences, learning and opinions that accumulate in our thinking through the years. As we grow older and hopefully wiser, we can be a resource for others to help them along if they need wisdom and understanding. And hopefully as we grow older we never cease to learn more ourselves and that we never get to the place where we think we have all the answers. Not growing and learning is so boring at any age!
There are so many opinions in the world. We are all assigned the task of discerning truth from error. As I got older I realized clearly that choosing the Word of God as a source for life issues was very important. It still is. Not only do things get clearer, they grow brighter and sparklier. Shedding light on darkness, fear and depression is a big first step to kissing these things good-bye. Darkness is not a “dear old friend”.
We all have to have to filter out the bad from the good. Many choose the consensus to evaluate things, but that does not really separate the good from the bad and certainly not the best from the good. So much depends on the quality of the consensus. Often evil comes at us disguised as good, although lately it has shown up boldly without a mask. Humans can be deceived and deception is dangerous. We need to be able to draw back the curtains in life. We are not sheep. God has given us so much more in the New Testament. When we keep God in our conversations we learn so much more about living a life that is meaningful and not just following an ‘ism’ for the sake of following an ‘ism’ or a cause because it is popular.
I prefer the ‘clear eyed’ approach and that is what I get when I trust and go to God’s Word. I also like being around people that are humble to the creator of this beautiful universe who have matured a bit spiritually in discerning truth from error. Discerning truth from error comes as we mature in Christ.
The Bible is not supposed to be just an aid to our worship of God. It is the path to ‘life in its fullest’ experiences. The events in the Old Testament are about life not just commandments. If you look at the Bible merely as a rulebook, you miss out on truly understanding the love God has for us.