As ye have therefore received Christ, [so] walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:(Colossians 2:14).
We have some great thinkers in the church and out, in science, the arts, which by the way, is called philosophy; theology is a form of it, as is, what Strong’s calls Jewish Christian aesthetics.
Aesthetics is the pretty stuff or for a better view…pleasing to the eye, whatever is good to look at for me or you…and one of the temptations of the enemy. I kept seeing this thing about Philosophy pop up; so I want to say that not all is bad, but not all is good. There has to be balance.
Ironically, there are many great thinkers…some good stuff has come from men.
Let’s talk about John Locke who studied people. In one observation “An Essay concerning Human Understanding, ” he noted, ” that at birth the human mind is a blank slate, or tabula rasa, and empty of ideas. We acquire knowledge, he argued, from the information about the objects in the world that our senses bring to us. We begin with simple ideas and then combine them into more complex ones.” (Locke, 1690). Hence, whatever we hear,see, smell, taste, touch is the beginning of learning, and once learned it’s there for life. However, we can be in touch with the wrong things and life and end where God never intended, right? For example from a young age we are told the stove is hot, however, we can’t understand what hot mean when we hear it; however, when we touch it we learn what hot means. Why? We feel it.
Happens all the time. Conversely, in the text we note what type of aesthetics can get us in trouble. All knowledge isn’t good.
In utilitarianism the premise is that every thing we do must be for the good of everyone. However, we know that not all people think this way. Others, believe that everything we do and say is out of selfish gain…so again we must seek balance.
Here is a definition: An ethical philosophy in which the happiness of the greatest number of people in the society is considered the greatest good. According to this philosophy, an action is morally right if its consequences lead to happiness (absence of pain), and wrong if it ends in unhappiness (pain).
That’s not bad at all, and notably the President sees this way when he makes his decisions, although, not all agree. Also, some of the Amendments to the United States Constitution are derived here as well, it’s Ethics
One more, Logic which is how we make decisions. Hence if I need to make one and only have one option this is what I will do. For example, to solve a problem the only thought I have is to fight…then what will I do, I will fight.
But if I have two thoughts, to fight or fighting gets us arrested.; then my mind will weigh my options…I think well she said I can’t sing, I could fight her but then I will go to jail. I don’t want to go to jail. therefore, I will not fight. See that is good thinking.
I think what the text is saying about angels, and rituals of the Pharisee (oral torah), and all those things that lead to idol worship are key. By the way those little statues of angels you collect…really they’re idols.
Hope that helps. Peace to ya.
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