Greg Rolfe

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Playing in tune

Playing in tune

Trying to convince someone that you are telling them the truth or at least persuade them that your position is valid is like playing an instrument. Each note we play must sound true. Any sour note spoils the entire piece.

As we attempt to persuade someone we too must speak with caution, for a miss phrased statement will spoil our argument. Just as a sour note sets your teeth on edge, one ill-timed phrase blunts your point.

The increasing problem in our society is not that we are playing a wrong note or using inaccurate phrases, but instead that the rules of thought or of logic are being rewritten by those who have none. Well-tuned phrases are rejected as sour, when in fact they are quite accurate to the piece. Proper theology is ignored and carefully thought out logic is ignored, not due to error but because what they lead us to believe is no longer considered “good”. Truth has never been treated as such a transitory concept as we see it today.

What is truth, is a very old statement. But truth has never been treated with the contempt that we see today. Now if you have had the privilege of engaging in personal social interaction, I expect you have seen a lesser degree of this tragic turn of events. But as we peruse the written word we find this shift more and more pervasive.

So tho those of you who read this, let me simply say, thank you for your time, and may your ear stay tuned to hear the notes that are intended for the piece, not the ones currently demanded.

Blessings.

 

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Fay Vietmeier

2 months ago #9

Greg Rolfe

2 months ago #8

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2 months ago #5

Harvey Lloyd

2 months ago #4

Maturity or "playing in tune" indicates a process.  You rightfully point out as much as Titus 2 illuminates the need for those with wisdom to impart it on those who need it.  But this wisdom must also realise the infancy that foolishness describes.  We would not give up on a toddler learning to walk.  We encourage inspire and give many trials before they walk.

 

In adulthood we tend to see foolishness as a character trait that is unworthy of wisdom.  We judge.

 

If we are to serve then the model is written quite clearly with 1 Corinthians 13.  The alternative is to knock off the sandals.  Arguing with foolishness is a fool's errand.

 

Great thoughts

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

2 months ago #3

#2 Totally agree. With all the lies and half-truths out there, some stemming from professional sophists, it's hard to discern what's valid and what's not, while reasoning becomes extra challenging. This reminds me of a scene from a classic film with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson :-)

Ken Boddie

2 months ago #2

Unfortunately there are too many spinners out there, Greg, deliberately dressing opinion and interpretation as truth, as I stated in a recent post. Not only can some not handle the truth, but in today’s SM bombard of false news, it’s becoming more difficult for the masses to recognise truth. Mind you, many theories and hypotheses depend on a convincing and solid argument rather than any truth. 

Fay Vietmeier

2 months ago #1

@Greg Rolfe 

I'm likely “singing to the choir”

 

I like your appeal to the musical ear ;~)

The challenge with Truth has always been how we hear .. what we hear 

 

Truth is NOT the desired Source or Standard for most people

 

Ancient wisdom .. 

“No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth” Plato

 

Who knew this more than Christ .. who warned us ..

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." - John 15 
 

Truth is not welcome  .. people desire to be affirmed where they are 

2 Timothy 4. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

 

A spiritual problem .. requires a spiritual cure.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." - 2 Corinthians 4 

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