“Cognitive Dissonance – 101” …Blog.
Definition: In psychology, ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual: who holds ‘Two or More’ Contradictory Beliefs, Ideas, and/or Values at the… “Same Time”.
Dr. Alan Redpath told a story of a man… who claimed he was ‘Dead’. He introduced him to a MD friend of his; who promptly asked the man, “Do Dead People Bleed”…? The response was, “NO!” Before the man could say anything further, He took out a needle and pierced his finger and it began to “Bleed!” He then asked the man, Do You STILL believe that You are Dead? Immediately the man said, “Well, now I know that: “Dead People can Bleed”…! This is an example of “Cognitive Dissonance” and still when presented with “Physical Empirical Evidence”, he refused to believe the Truth! Of course, Psychology always tries and explain away… “SIN/SINS” [Root/Fruit]… but never comes close to what God says in His Holy Word: “The Bible”…!
*** (James 1:5-to-8) Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him.
(Jas 1:6) But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
(Jas 1:7) Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
(Jas 1:8) He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes.
*** (James 4:4-to-10) You Adulterers and Adulteresses! Don't you know that friendship with the world means hostility [War] with God? So whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God. [Matthew 6:24 & Luke 16:13]
(Jas 4:5) Or do you think the Scripture means nothing: when it says that the Spirit that God caused to live in us jealously yearns for us? [Joshua 24:19]
(Jas 4:6) But He gives all the more grace. And so He says, "God opposes the arrogant: but gives grace to the humble." [2Corinthains 12:6-to-10 & Hebrews 4:16]
(Jas 4:7) Therefore, Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you.
*** (James 1:22) Keep on being Doers of the Word; and NOT merely hearers who “DECEIVE” themselves.
*** (Luke 6:46) And why do ‘you’ call Me [Jesus] = Lord, = Lord; and do ‘Not’ do - what I [Jesus] say?
“The NT Born Again & ‘Double Mindedness’ – 101” …Blog.
When God’s Covenant People Israel… were given the “10 Commandments”… they responded in about the same way. They were willing to hear Moses: but did NOT want to Hear God! This has been the problem of mankind throughout all Time! Today, we hear such ‘jaded philosophy’ on the news: which holds more LIES than Truth! This same “CD” is that which brought about labor unions. Years ago, American car manufactures gave way to Imports: which have typically had better value & less engineering problems. Why is it that Import cars can provide a… “10 year / 100,000 mile warranty”… and American cars “Cannot?” How is it that our national debt is MORE Than… “$17,000,000,0100 Trillion Dollars”… which our grandchildren will end up paying? Yet our government continues “Spending & Printing” worthless currency towards Oblivion…! I believe that Forest Gump’s Mother said it best… “Stupid Is as Stupid Does”…!
*** (Exodus 20:19-20) And they said to Moses, You speak with us, and we will hear. But let NOT God speak with us, lest we die.
(Exo 20:20) And Moses said to the people, Do not fear, for God has come to TEST you, and so that His fear may be before your faces, so that you may NOT Sin.
*** (Isaiah 26:10) Let favor be shown to the wicked; ‘Yet’ he will ‘NOT’ learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he will deal ‘unjustly’, and ‘Will Not’ behold the majesty of Jehovah the LORD.
*** (Jeremiah 13:23) Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard its spots? Then you also may do good; WHO are ‘Accustomed’ to: Doing Evil!
*** (John 1:17) For the Law came through Moses, but Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.
*** (2Peter 3:15-16) And think of the long-suffering of our Lord as salvation; as our beloved brother Paul also has written to you; according to the wisdom given to him.
(2Pet 3:16) as also in all his letters, = speaking in them of these things; = in which are some things ‘hard’ to be understood, = which the ‘Unlearned’ and ‘Unstable’ = “Pervert”; = as also they do the rest of the = “SCRIPTURES”; = to their own “Damnation”. [1Corinthains 16:22]
This above Scripture… “2Peter3:15-16”… is a good example of “Cognitive Dissonance”… by a “Rebellious Mankind!” God does Not wish that any should perish, but that all would come to Repentance! He gives ‘each & every’ one of us Repentance: “2Timothy 2:25-26”… but it is “Rejected by Most!” This Rebellion against GOD was passed onto us by ‘Adam & Eve’ and though our human parents. In addition, Satan gives an additional… “Spiritual Blindness”… to those whom have “Continually Rejected”… the Grace, Love & Mercy of God…! May I simply ask, “What have You done with Christ Jesus and His Holy Word: “The Bible”…? IF You did Not understand His calling on your LIFE: did You at least: “Ask Him about IT”…?
*** (Jeremiah 29:11-12-13) For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says the LORD Jehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.
(Jer 29:12) Then you shall call on Me, and you shall go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
(Jer 29:13) And you shall seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
*** (2Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to Repentance.
*** (Acts 17:30-31) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now [Strictly] Commands ALL men everywhere to REPENT:
(Acts 17:31) Because He hath appointed a day, in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man [Christ Jesus] Whom: He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto ALL men; in that He [God] has raised Him [Jesus] from the dead. [John 10:17-18]
*** (1Timothy 2:4) who will have All men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth [John 17:17].
*** (2Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to Repentance. [John 12:48]
*** (John 6:44) No man can come to Me [Jesus], except the Father [God] which hath sent Me: Draw [Compel] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
*** (John 6:37) "ALL” that the Father [God] gives Me [Jesus]; shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me; I will in no way cast out.
*** (John 5:39-40) You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose = that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about Me [Jesus].
(John 5:40) But you are ‘NOT’ willing to come to Me [Jesus] to have life.
… Recently, I had someone… say to me, “What about those that ‘do not’ come to Christ, did Christ die for their sins also…? Is there a ‘Limited Atonement’… only for those that come to Christ Jesus? Absolutely Yes! Perhaps I may share with you my understanding of this fact?
1. I give you a check for… “10,000 dollars!”
1. I give you a check for… “10,000 dollars!”
2. You thank me and ‘Never’ cash that check!
3. You think that it is charity but I tell you it is ‘grace’ with no strings attached.
4. Still… you want to succeed on your own, with the help of no one.
5. You die…!
6. Your heirs close your estate and find my check to you for the money.
7. They go to the Bank… and try and cash my check, made out to you.
8. The bank informs them… sorry the person is Dead; and the funds are “Non-Transferable!”
That is a ‘word picture’… of “Salvation”. God calls “All” mankind to Himself. Many refuse His gift of Grace in payment for their… “Sin / Sins.” Their ‘Refusal’ to cash their check, the… “Gift of God”… will leave one… without the ‘eternal’ payment for their… “Sin / Sins!” This… Atonement by Christ Jesus for YOU… is paid for by the… “Death, Burial and Resurrection of Himself”… But…rejected by You! Where then do you expect to spend eternity… after spitting in the face of God and refusing His gift of Grace to you? This is the Gospel… that we communicate as… “Evangelism = You are Witnesses of these Things… “Luke 24:44-to-49”
*** (Hebrews 10:29-30-31) How much more severe a punishment do you think that person deserves who tramples on God's Son, treats as common the blood of the covenant by which it was sanctified, and insults the Spirit of grace?
(Heb 10:30) For we know the one who said, "Vengeance belongs to me; I will pay them back," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."
(Heb 10:31) It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
*** (Psalms 98:2-3) The LORD Jehovah has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has unveiled to the eyes of the nations.
(Psalms 98:3) He has remembered His mercy and His truth toward the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of the LORD Jehovah.
*** (Revelation 20:15) And if anyone was NOT found having been written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the Lake of Fire.
*** (John 3:3) Jesus answered and said unto him; Verily, verily, I say unto you: Except a man be born again; he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
*** (John 7:38-39) The one who believes in Me [Jesus], as the Scripture has said, will have rivers of living water flowing from his heart. [Ephesians 1:13-14]
(John 7:39) Now He said this about the [Holy] Spirit, Whom those who were believing in Him were to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit was not yet present, Because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
“Rivers of Living Water – 101” …Blog.
*** (2Corinthains 5:19-20-21) For in Christ God; was reconciling the world [any that would come] to Himself; by Not counting their sins against them through His forgiveness]; and He has committed to us; the message of reconciliation. [in Christ alone]
(2Co 5:20) Therefore, we are Christ's representatives; as though God were pleading through us [to You!]. We plead on Christ's behalf: “[You] Be reconciled to God!”
(2Co 5:21) God made the One [Jesus]; Who did not know sin; to be sin for us [Christ our Passover]; so that we might become God's righteousness in Him [Jesus].
“Will ‘You’ be: “Reconciled to God?” – 101” …Blog.
All the Confusion and… “Cognitive Dissonance”… is dissolved when we are Born Again by His Holy Spirit AND then take God’s Holy Word: as out ONLY Point of Reference…! His Truth is our rock of assurance of “Eternal Life” instead of “Eternal Damnation”…! The choice is yours. IF after reading this Bible Blog and the links included therein… and You still have questions: Please feel FREE to email me…?
Love; in Christ, Roger / “Psalms 138:2”.