“…be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
It is no mystery to me that the book that claims to reveal the mind and will of God calls on mankind to relearn its thinking process. Human thinking was derailed the moment we bought into the notion that we can “be as gods.” No doubt the first people to make this mistake thought of themselves as “woke.” Their thinking took on new dimensions. The new insights they gained sprang from a new reality…one filled with thorns, predation, and slavery to the evils inherent in their new found expanded consciousness.
Christianity, pursued as the discipline it is, produces a transformation of thought as well as action. The world is right to suppose that transformation is not one of forward thinking. Christianity does not push us forward to the limits of our imagination. It takes us back to what we are created to be…people in loving relationship with the divine Creator.
The proponents of positive thinking have a foot up on the rest of mankind. They say that if we practice a desired behavior or attitude as a daily disciple, we will attain that behavior or pattern of thought. But, they fall short of grasping the entire truth.
God calls “those things which be not as though they were.” That is why God called Abraham, a dried up hundred year old man married to a ninety-nine year old barren woman, the father of many nations. In God’s eyes Abraham was a father already, he just needed to believe it…and accept God’s ability to make it so in the physical world. Abraham believed and was transformed. He achieved peace with God and became the father God knew he was.
Those who seek an Eden-like experience filled with love, peace and divine fellowship by surrendering to God’s view are already the kind, loving, creative beings He created. The trouble is that we are lost in “stinking thinking.” We think we must go make ourselves fit for paradise. The greatest saints don’t work at it. They allow God to transform their thinking. Once we accept ourselves as the children God sees, we take on the divine nature.
That is not to say this is without effort. Abraham came to the day when he was to sacrifice Isaac, but he believed God would raise the boy from the dead and fulfill His promise. To paraphrase the writer of Hebrews, whom the Lord loves He corrects. If you endure correction, then God deals with you as sons. If you are without correction, then you are bastards and not sons. Christ endured the cross, by seeing the end result of the torture.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”