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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Human Behavioral Patterns and Fundamentalism

"Once you have understood what forgiveness truly is according to the Bible (Exodus 22:1, Luke 19:8), all of the Ten Commandments will perfectly and logically align with each other, and everything will make sense, especially the meaning of 'love' in 'love your enemy' (Matthew 5:38-48)."

Analysing recurring patterns are very important when observing people. Once you put those patterns down to their fundamentalist behaviours that will never change, you get to predict the next steps that person will most likely do. Fundamentalists rarely, if ever, will go outside of their behaviour.

For example, in a fictional story Les Misérables that mirrors the society and specific human behaviours, you will never expect a person like Javert to do something that Val jean will do. Javert's upbringing and fundamentalist thinking "boxed" him into a specific predictability. Val jean, on the other hand, is a counter-fundamentalist so to speak: always questions his actions if he is right, always reflects what could have been done otherwise, always checks his conscience, always strives to right what was done wrong. In this way, Val jean is changing and cannot be "boxed" into a fundamental set of behaviours.

Genesis 18:12
(CEV; Thought-For-Thought; Caveat)  So she laughed and said to herself, "Now that I am worn out and my husband is old, will I really know such happiness?"
(ESV+; Interlinear; Word-For-Word; Best)  R24So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, R25“After I am worn out, and R26my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?”
(GW; Thought-For-Thought; Caveat)  And so Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, "Now that I've become old, will I enjoy myself again? What's more, my husband is old!"
(KJVA; Word-For-Word; Good)  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
(NASB+; Interlinear; Word-For-Word; Best)  SarahH8283 laughedH6711 N1to herselfH7130, sayingH559, "R1AfterH310 I have becomeH1086 oldH1086, shall I haveH1961 pleasureH5734b, my R2lordH113 beingH2204 oldH2204 also?"
(NKJV; Word-For-Word; Better)  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"

The original meaning of a "lie" is "vain words spoken to deceive, cause failure or disappoint. What does not function within its intended capacity". A spring that does not flow is a "lying" spring because it does not function properly. One who gives vain words is a "liar", and one who causes disappointment in another through his words is also a "liar". If God had said, "Why did Sarah laugh, and say, `Shall I indeed bear a child, when my husband is old?'" then God might have instigated an argument between Sarah and Abraham. So He said that Sarah was "old" and He ignored the fact that she said that her husband was "old." Our Western mindset makes us think that God "lied" to Abraham, but in fact, He did not "deceive" (original: "to cause damage for personal gain") nor disappointed Abraham, and He did function within His intentions as He is a God of love and never intends to bring harm.

I used to think when I was in college that the song "Stars" upheld the law and justice of the heaven. It took me years listening to realize that such a song is the embodiment of fundamentalism. And as with Javert, with all the wrong interpretations of heavenly punishment, one can later realize that every single justice that was done was not punishment, but rather an act of kindness and consolation to the people who have sinned yet continues to struggle to right their wrong. Thus bringing to the truth that God truly loves his people, and the extent of sacrifice and restraint he has done is too immense to put in human words. Only in the last days man will be judged.

We have been brought up in a culture that "forgiving" is synonymous to "forgetting", while totally ignoring the fact that forgiveness is giving the chance for the sinner to pay for his sins, and for the trespassed to take the "effort" to ask the sinner to other words, to show love to the sinner because you are giving the chance for the sinner to be forgiven. I'll expound on this realization in a different article to avoid going off on a tangent, but suffice it to say: once you have understood what forgiveness truly is according to the Bible (Exodus 22:1, Luke 19:8), all of the Ten Commandments will perfectly and logically align with each other, and everything will make sense, especially the meaning of "love" in "love your enemy" (Matthew 5:38-48). The forgiving will truly understand what forgiveness is (Matthew 26:23-28), and will be able to sleep well at night knowing that the commandments (Exodus 20) all makes perfect sense (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). You will never be forgiven for your own sins if you don't give others the opportunity to be forgiven (Matthew 6:5-15). And with what Val jean had done in his life, his sin of stealing is not really a sin if you only look at the context, unlike what Javert fundamentally thought of.

There is a way to know good people to the core, and to separate them from vindictive people, by knowing their fundamentalist ideals and thus their predictable patterns of behaviour.

Please bear in mind that these words are not my own. I am in no means a good man more so clean...most likely you are way better than I am. I too carry the chains of my sin, and is doing what I can to action the process of forgiving others, and thus to be forgiven myself. Truly, there are kind and selfless people in this world who painstakingly took most of their time and effort to learn and piece these together, in order to give sense and clarity to these topics that seemed impossible and illogical to do.

Although my article is not meant to be denominational, one good observation of Javert can also be found in this article.