Thursday, April 30, 2009

The opinion of man.

There are billions of people on this planet, each with their own opinions. Every opinion of every man and woman is agreed with by some and disagreed with by others. This means that every opinion, no matter how ludicrous it may seem to you, is valid to someone. If this is the case, the human opinion is completely fallible. An opinion, no matter the source, is never perfect. That being said, why do we put so much faith into our own opinions? If our opinions are just as fundamentally flawed as the next person's, why are we so bent on imposing and defending ours with every bit of our strength?

The short answer is: Pride. We fight for our opinions because they are born of our own minds. They're like our babies, our very own creation, and when someone threatens them we become like a cornered animal, doing every thing in our power to fight off the attacker. It is natural for us to defend that which we've created. It stems from a love of self. A love of self is, once again, a natural by-product of human life. It is prominent in us all. Jesus refers to the love we have for ourselves when instructing us how to love others because it is something we can all relate to. The problem comes when our love of self collides with someone else's.

God created us in His image. No doubt, this is where we get this love. It is useful, on this earth, to assure our own survival and the survival of our genes. It is when this love is held higher than love for others that we have conflict. The abuse of this love has created rifts in friendships, marriages, governments, and even churches.

There are two reasons I am posting this first in my very first blog. The first reason, is to be a challenge to myself and anyone who reads this. A challenge for us to take a honest look at ourselves and our intentions in this life. To check ourselves everyday and truthfully examine who it is that we are serving. The second reason, is as a disclaimer. I do not claim to have all the answers. I do not claim to always be right. I am simply a human with my own thoughts and opinions that are just as prone to being wrong as yours. I am a servant of the Most High God and do this in hopes that sharing my thoughts and experiences could help someone come to better know our maker. Consider this as you read on. God Bless and enjoy.