The Myth of Common Sense: Part II

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If common sense is a myth, then there are practical changes in how we see the world once we stop believing the myth.  Here are a few examples of how we will need to look at the world differently.

  1. We cannot expect people to behave according to an innate system of morality. If a person or group of people has not been taught how to behave according to one set of beliefs over another, then their frame of reference is going to be different than those who have had this instruction. We are likely to be as ignorant of their upbringing as they are of ours.
  2. Thus, we cannot assume people know better. While it may be difficult to think outside of our own worldview, it is necessary to understand that most people think differently than we do. We cannot judge that a person is doing something wrong Read more

Absolutes

SteepleI used to think in terms of absolutes. Grey areas were uncharted waters I did not want to explore. I thought truth had to be absolute with clearly defined borders. I am the type who colors inside the lines. I needed naturally defined parameters. I did not like to free-style anything. If there is a book, I wanted to do it by the book. Still, that is my inclination, but now I fight that inclination.

I found out that God is bigger than my absolutes. I found out that knowing Him was something more than knowing right things about Him. And that the more I behold Him the more I will have a better picture of who He is. A graven image can be in my mind as easily as it can be shaped into wood. God is too immense to define, He can only be described. We cannot make absolutes about Him, for He is the Absolute. He does not conform to any definition, rule, or condition we attribute to Him, but to every attribute that is truly His nature. He governs Himself by Himself. He is always Himself, but we are not always ourselves. He defines truth for us, in the living person of Jesus. Read more