a reply to: intrptr
Pondering . . .
I probably use the hypothesis testing Greek method 70-85% and the immersive Hebrew knowing 15-30% to determine what I then consider mostly true to
A lot of things I hold loosely as probably true and await more solid confirmation.
A lot of things I've found true over the decades from experience.
Philosophically, spiritually, I reached a point of despair in a 5+ year long dark night of the soul after my divorce where I didn't know much. I still
believed that God was real and mostly that the Bible was His authentic Word . . . but that was about it. I had to build what I believed back step by
step. Thankfully, God is well up to the task of showing HImself real in the lives of those who truly SEEK HIM.
As Kelly above with role construct theory and his grid process . . . the map and cluster chart of one's constructs has implications for predictability
of one's construct system regarding life realities. Mine has been pretty robust and mostly accurate the last 40 years.
I also am keen about what works. If something doesn't work, it at least tends to go to the bottom of the pile if not in the trash.
And, I hate religious hypocrisy, sham, hokey stuff. I give a lot of grace for being human. I'm human. I'm not 100% free of such flaws 100% of the
time. But repeated trashy stuff arrogantly and overtly displayed by religious leaders . . . not a pretty thing. I'm likely to speak up about it. I've
gotten the left boot of fellowship more than a time or 3.
Some things I JUST KNOW. I've JUST KNOWN--I believe via Holy Spirit--when a number of people were going to die. I was leaving for a trip to visit a
number of friends from the midwest and down through TX etc. I knew that it would be the last time I'd see my mother. She had Alzheimer's but had no
signs of impending death. She died while I was on the trip.
Another time, I was walking back from the toilet at a Sonday service and passed an elderly but seemingly fit enough stalwart in the church. I heard an
inner voice say it would be the last time I saw him. He was killed in a logging accident the next week.
That kind of JUST KNOWING tends to come unbidden into my awareness--sometimes with a "still small voice" and sometimes it's just a KNOWING. When the
impression is above a certain level of intensity, I've always found it to be ABSOLUTELY TRUE AND TO COME TO PASS 100% of the time.
An AofG Presbyter/Pastor in my Univ town was involved in the suicide of a college student, a guy--told him he'd follow up and chat with him again,
never did. 6 months later, the bloke blew his brains out. I was furious. I prayed very earnestly that God would 1) change the Pastor or 2) move him
away or 3) take him home to Heaven out of this life--within a year. I had a knowing confidence within, as I prayed that something significant among
those options would happen. Within a year, he was moved and within a year he and his wife were dead.
I've very rarely had a confidence, faith of great intensity that a given prayer would be answered . . . and such was the case in at least a handful of
I've seen a miracle or two on the farm growing up as I've stated hereon at other times . . . raining on 4 sides of a field of drying hay but not on
the hay. Etc.