You don’t have to take me seriously, but I am so confident in my message that I’m willing to stand alone against all of humanity at the same time. Insane or not, I assert without a hint of embarrassment that my conscious awareness is directly connected to the moral fabric woven into Creation. I am vividly in tune with reality as God made it.
My intellect struggles to keep up. I struggle to find ways to express this stuff. I does not surprise me in the least that the vast majority of folks who read my blog can’t quite connect with the concept of a moral sphere of reality, because while I am certain I got it, I’m not certain I can tell you. On the other hand, I’m quite certain you’ll discover it on your own terms, maybe even despite my writing, because it flows from the Holy Spirit. Near as I can figure, all I’m doing is helping you bring it farther into your conscious mind so you can bend your own intellect to the task of serving God.
The genuine truth of God could never be merely propositional. God is a Person and truth is rather like His skin. Truth is a part of Him you can’t simply abstract away and study without doing some violence that kills it. You don’t get truth without God; you can’t know truth as an object separate from God.
In other words, truth is not some understanding based on facts. Reason can’t get you to truth. You cannot make truth an objective in itself. You can either know God or be false in yourself. That’s because truth is inherently moral in nature. It’s the fundamental question of what is right and wrong, not what’s factual. Factual is subject to revision at God’s whim, but morality is His own character. So if someone brings to you a body of teaching and they wrap it up in moral garbage, they are lying. Western rational analysis is inherently wrong by assuming that truth can be objectified despite the packaging. Package and content cannot be separated. Truth is personal character.
This is not a question of whether flawed men and women can teach God’s moral truth. There aren’t any other kinds of men and women available on this earth; all are flawed. That’s not the question here. The question is to what degree their presentation is dirtied by their human flaws. We are cautioned in Scripture quite plainly that it’s not a matter of artistry or clarity of content, but the moral flow. Truth could never be packaged in the words themselves; truth is measured by the broader impact of the message. If the net effect sets you free to find your own path, there’s not much harm. If the effect of the message is to bind you to another human’s “expertise,” it’s a lie by definition.
Sometimes people can read the paragraphs above, and while they grasp it intellectually to some degree, they can’t make it work. The hardest truth for people to grasp in our English-speaking world is the nature of truth. If you come to me with a message and I can’t sense the moral presence of my God, I’m not going to buy it. There is no objective measure here. It’s personal and that’s the nature of truth. Nathan verbally body-slammed King David with the accusation regarding Bathsheba. David’s moral failure was a serious problem, but you’ll notice that David was responsive at some level and agreed that Nathan was right. Painful it was, but it was truth. Nathan’s message set David free from his own sin. While I’m hardly in David’s league, if you can establish the same level of moral character in your approach to me, I will be morally captured by the truth itself. You will have brought the Person of my Lord and I can’t reject Him.
It was not in Nathan’s words. It was in the moral power of Nathan’s message using whatever the words might have been. It was in Nathan himself. The words were mere symbols, signposts for David to explore something he had been avoiding.
And all of that is psychobabble to a mind still chained in the dungeon of Western rationalism. The previous post in this series pointed out that you and I cannot make someone understand this stuff. We can only offer it. Had King David been a lesser man morally, he could have rejected Nathan as impertinent and tossed him out. So the issue is not the facts, but the moral impact of what we say and do. A preacher who rips at that moral fabric by elevating himself as some special source of insight is a liar. Sharing a word from God is not a matter of data content, but moral content.
So we realize that the hardest thing to do is help people grasp the notion of this “parallel universe” right here alongside the one we all live in together, an “alternate reality” that is moral in nature. When I look at events around me, I don’t see the same thing as those with no heart-mind awareness. I see fundamental moral questions, not facts to be leveraged for some imaginary improvement of life. The morality of the West is materialistic in nature, and denies the God of the Bible a priori. If His claims do not conform to the moral apprehensions of the Western rational mind, then the claims must be rejected. They don’t match the apparent facts. We reverse that; we say that what’s apparent is a matter of mere shadows. The factual world is fake, a mass deception. What Western minds see as “reality” is for us not so real, only apparent. We don’t trust our own senses, nor our own reasoning about what we sense, because we know that sense and reason can never escape the fallen desires of the human self.
I invested a great deal of time and resources studying the core nature of Western Civilization. I’m not establishing myself as an expert, just trying to save you some time and money. Feel free to replicate my explorations for yourself; go farther if you like. Maybe I can dig up the curriculum for you — it would be pretty expensive these days. I could not have bought all those books without a generous financial aid package (common in those days). My point is that I became quite sensitive to the nature of the West first from within its own frame of reference. But then I spent an awful lot of time and other people’s money studying other civilizations and began to compare. I’ve developed a very strong awareness of Western against other traditions. And I can tell you that when it comes to serving God, the West is the worst. It sucks big time, and I’m doing all I can to escape it. Serving God also puts limits on what I can do in terms of that rejection, but that focus shows up strongly on this blog.
I’ve had enough of the West, thank you. I’d like to get closer to God. So you feel free to examine all you like of Western stuff, but if you ask me to comment on any of it, you should know what to expect. At the point where a speaker or writer sounds too Western, I’m done with them. The whole thing is morally objectionable. Whatever content may be packaged in their presentation makes no difference, because it arises from moral sewage. How many flavors of stink do you want? I’ll try to help you see my objections, but the whole point of this blog is to help you climb out of that. Not because my answer is the only right one, but because I am morally bound to give the answer I have.
But the one thing I hope you see is that I set the moral example of finding your own firm footing. I know where I am supposed to stand; do you know where you are supposed to stand? We can’t begin to answer a questioning world if we don’t at least have a solid anchoring point in our souls.