Everyone has a philosophy and each philosophy brings forth fruit, whether good or bad. Because we live in the world, it is impossible to avoid contact with the many philosophies that are popular today. However, we must examine the origins of each of these ideas and values, and pay attention to where these beliefs came from. The values and beliefs we accept will ultimately control how we respond to situations, whether it is a right or wrong response. As Christians, we need a philosophy modeled after Jesus.
It is important to be aware of the thoughts that enter into our mind and the conclusions we draw from them. We should not let the world’s philosophies confuse or mislead us. Spiritually, we should be at war with worldly beliefs and values (Colossians 2:8, AMP). We must be on guard, not to let the devil steal what Jesus has already given us through the shedding of His blood. The philosophy that says we must work to earn God’s blessing is widespread today. In God’s eyes the world’s philosophies are slothful fancies, nonsense, and vain dishonesty.
In the book of Genesis God created Adam like Himself, complete with His philosophy. Genesis 2:16-17 says, “And the Lord God commanded the man (Adam), saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
The devil introduced his own philosophy when he noticed a soft spot in Eve. Genesis 3:1-3 says, “And he (The serpent) said unto the woman (Eve), Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." Did God say “neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die”? NO. By Eve adding her own philosophy the serpent saw a weakness and was able to plug in his philosophy. Genesis 3:4-5 says, “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”.
Let’s put the three philosophies together:
First: God said that if they eat of the tree, they will die.
Second: Eve said that if they even touch the tree they will die.
Third: (To Eve) Satan said that they won't die.
So now that Eve thinks that if she touches the tree she will die, Satan took the opportunity to add that they wouldn’t die. After Eve touches the tree and doesn’t die, she believes the serpent’s philosophy and eats the fruit. (Now We all know what happens next). By buying into the serpent’s philosophy Adam and Eve saw themselves through another lens that stripped away what God gave them.
We must be careful what we let into our heart, because what we allow to take root and grow in it impacts our entire life (Proverbs 4:23). Physically, we should make sure that everything we do is for the glory of God. Mentally, we must let the Word transform and renew our minds (Romans 12:1,2).
In other words, we should change our mind and embrace the philosophy of Grace. How we think determines what is in our heart (Proverbs 23:7). Our thoughts affect who we are, what we do, and how we live. What we think about the most control our lives. Challenge yourself and start thinking about what you’re thinking about.
Scriptures to study
Romans 12:1, 2
Written By: Jeffery Parks
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