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You are what you think about

31 Oct

Western 1st-world focus tends to highlight what we look like. So care of our bodies is emphasized.  Ever since French philosophe Brillat-Savarin wrote ‘Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es’, food industries and diet products and plans have promoted the truth that ‘we are what we eat’.  That probably is true when it comes to our physical bodies.

But God has created this version of our bodies to last a century or less.  A blink of an eye when considering eternity.

This morning I read an article written by Lee Webb for the September 2018 issue of Tabletalk magazine where he proposes a more important version of that aphorism:

  • You are what you think

Webb cited the godly man in Psalm 1 who thinks about and ENJOYS his meditation on God’s Word.  In fact, this man loves these reflections SO much, that he continues to think about the true accounts and promises of God all his waking hours.

As a logical gal, for sure I value thinking and reasoning.  And I spend a lot of time reading, journaling and discussing ideas with Mike. Maybe more than some of my friends who devote hours to crafts, gardening, taking care of and teaching small children, tending sick or aging family, working long hours or two jobs to make ends meet, or other activities.

Yet even as a self-professed THINKER…..I allow my musings to focus too much on the physical, the temporary.  I admit that I DAILY allot a portion of my mental resources:

  • to  ‘eating Keto’ and how my stomach feels
  • to fantasizing about other ministries than what God has assigned me this day
  • to judging others and their choices regarding time
  • and on some days….to wallowing in self-pity and discouragement

Being aware of this wasteful use of my thought life is not something new.  I’ve realized this poor stewardship for a while.

But God!

Here’s the good news, fellow logical thinkers.  God does not leave His children to battle sin alone.  He commands us in His Word to ask for divine help.

Paul models this kind of prayer in his second encouraging letter to believers in Thessalonica.  He writes in 2 Thess 3:5:

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

I LOVE words.  As a logical Jane, I always start with understanding and parsing a term. Here’s what’s cool about the Greek word ‘heart’. It signifies:

  • thoughts and feelings of the MIND
  • affections
  • purposes
  • endeavors
  • ideas

So, Maria’s translation of 2 Thess 3:5 is:  May the Lord direct and guide your thoughts to the love that God has shown (in redeeming and forgiving you, in giving you Christ’s righteousness and in promising present provision and constant company topped off with future abundant forever joy) and to the persevering and guaranteed steadfastness by/of Christ at the cross and presently as your Intercessor and Advocate.

Those thoughts, my friend, ARE more than sufficient for every waking hour.

And if Paul is correct in communicating God’s truth to us, then 2 Cor 3:18 is also a fact, that is:  we become what we behold…in our thoughts.

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

It really does matter, eternally, what we think about.

Logical Gal, Pinterest and the Hebrews

6 Dec

Today, let’s talk about conversions of propositions that begin with the quantifier ‘all’: 

Here’s a true or false question about a favorite hang-out place of many women: If it’s true that all classy gals who decorate their homes stylishly spend time on Pinterest….is it ALSO true that all those who spend time on Pinterest will decorate their homes stylishly?

No….this is because you cannot convert A statements

All S is P does NOT equate to All P is S

At best you can say: Some P is S so that in the above example, it would be true that:

Some of those who spend time on Pinterest are classy gals who decorate their homes stylishly

Don’t forget – it only takes ONE to have a SOME as a quantifier!

I read another useful example of the trap of converting A statements in an explanation about the name, “Son of Man”.  This was Jesus’ favorite title for himself.

The title actually comes from the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. Here was the statement that I read:

“(the Son of Man)..could represent Israel but Israel itself cannot be the son of man” (Tabletalk Magazine, devotion dated  5 Nov 2013) 

Apparently Jewish scholars like to plug in the nation of Israel as that which the Prophet Daniel referred to.  But given the limitations of conversion of propositions, one cannot do that.  Putting the above quote in logical form we have this:

All Son of Man is Israel

All Israel is the Son of Man

Just by looking at the 2nd proposition you can see the ‘switcheroo’ doesn’t work. 

Question:

Where have you encountered advertising or an argument whose weight rests shakily on an invalid conversion like these?