reply to post by Wonders
That was a good Word. Thank you for sharing it with us.
One of my daily prayers is that I never be a stumbling block along anyone's pursuit of salvation.
Having said that, I concede to the Truth that was spoken in your reply, accept Its reproof and stand by all that you said.
However, I would also like to offer insight to you in regard to my intentions and reasoning behind my statement, "The simple truth is, no human being
alive on earth really knows."
My attempt to mitigate that statement with my personal understanding and faith was by including the sentence that immediately followed it, "And even
if there were a handful that did, the truth would simply get lost in the myriad of opinionated understandings professed by others on the matter. "
I can tell someone what I know with every fiber of my being to be Truth, but unless they experience it for themselves, my words mean nothing. I am
mindful that there are many on ATS that have had what they consider supernatural spiritual experiences. Thus I cannot assume that the standard by
which I would define a truly righteous interaction and/or experience versus a deceptive, misleading one, would be the same as theirs. What I know to
be deception, others have embraced as true.
On ATS, speaking what I know of deeper Truths to someone who believes they have already experienced it, in one form or another, only makes them feel
attacked, judged and belittled. Truth will always be met with rebellion by Deception.
I still stand by my statement of it being a simple truth that no human being alive--- less the handful of exceptions that most likely do exist. But,
like I said, the sheer quantity of disinformation on the matter clouds anyone's attempt at discernment; and, as we both agree, the absolute truth can
only be revealed divinely, through faith, making any person's attempt to share that revelatory truth to someone deceived into believing they have
already found it or those having no desire to seek it in the first place, perceived as merely subjective--- where was I? Oh, yeah, so having said
allllll that, I think it not misleading to state that in all actuality, less and except my previous digression, no one truly knows or has seen what
only God has the final word upon.
The truth is, our Truth is based on scripture and personal experience. My spirit can recognize Godly Truths, but it is something that I have had to
personally pursue of my own free will. A pursuit that is still ongoing and still encountering stumbling blocks along the way.
I do not relish in the unknown. I am actively seeking the deeper mysteries of salvation and the potential we have available to us through Christ.
But I am mindful to humble myself when it's appropriate for me to concede that ultimate and absolute truths can only be sought in faith and
definitively attested to by God. Anything we attempt to share on the matter is truly subjective to our own personal faith, albeit a faith that should
collectively agree on foundational points and be Biblically self-supporting.
My intention was in no way to insinuate that we, as human beings, can never know the Highest Truths of the unknown. My intent was to express that we
are all works in progress, and unless a person opens their heart towards the Highest Truth and humbles themself to receive it, anything you or I or
anyone else tries to explain to them would simply be perceived as argumentative and self-righteous.