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Confirmation bias:

“The tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. People also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. Biased search, interpretation and memory have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false), the irrational primacy effect (a greater reliance on information encountered early in a series) and illusory correlation (when people falsely perceive an association between two events or situations).”   – Wikipedia definition

In other words, people are going to believe what they want to believe in spite of the facts. While atheists love this kind of gobbledygook to try and explain away the Christian’s belief in God, I lean on this more as a signpost directing us to a true and serious belief in Him. I need to know that what I believe in is really real, not something that is projected from my wishful thinking or imagination.

As a young college student, I prided myself on my stone cold atheism. I felt as if I was much more enlightened than the poor slobs who hung onto the Cross as a crutch. Why they would grasp so desperately for something they could not see, feel, or touch was always beyond my comprehension. Any time that I challenged even the most prodigious of them, including the local pastors, their retorts were anemic and without substance. Leaning on the old, “There must be a God because look at the world around you”, was an invalid argument based on a negative, with which you can make a proof of anything.

So why did they hang on to their beliefs so desperately?   True, Faith is invisible, but they made is seem nebulous, wispy, and illusory. The only answer I could come up with was that it was a result of social conditioning, an inherent need to believe in something, anything to answer the unanswerable questions of Life. As far as I was concerned, it was good for old ladies and little kids, but was far beneath the respect of a responsible adult.

That is, until God decided to change my mind …

Without getting into a long rendition of the things that have happened to me, suffice it to say that I have been blessed with a lot of supernatural experiences. I really don’t know why. I guess I just would not have believed otherwise. Who knows? The point is not about the experiences; it is about the fact that He is really, really there.

It is as if you have a room in your house where you can go to meet God. He is sitting right inside there and anytime you go in that room, you can meet with him. It’s as real as real can be. But when your friends come over, they don’t believe you. You offer to take them into the room, but they refuse, thinking that you are putting them on a trip. So they never see what you have seen and as a result, they look at you as a nice guy, but a little off balance at best – or stupid at worst.

Your friends can quote all the high-sounding science-babble that they want to prove that God does not exist, but you have been in there and you have been in His presence and you KNOW.

The problem lies with the lack of power in the Church today. When the Church has no power, it is no better than the world. The Gospel is the “power of God unto Salvation”. So what do you have if you have no power?

Our downhill slide began when we wanted to be like the world. Like the Israelites that wanted Saul as a king, we have chosen a worldly rendition of the Gospel which disdained any manifestations of the Spirit that were considered crazy or extreme. I still hear objections about Pentecostals barking like dogs.   Excuse me? After 45 years, I have yet to see or hear anything even hinting at stuff like that, nevertheless, there are good seemingly intelligent church people who believe that.

Our irrational fears of being abnormal have neutered us.

Our fear of not being “nice”, has stripped us of our holy boldness.

Our preoccupation with “Love”, has repelled us from the fear of God.

Our lust for blessings and prosperity has turned us away from a desire for righteousness.

I don’t believe because I want to or because I am biased. I believe because I have come face to face with the power of God throughout my 45 years in the Gospel. I refuse to be embarrassed by the working of His power; I refuse to deny the incredible healing miracles I have witnessed; and I make no excuses for the voice of the Lord that has spoken to me on several occasions. Call me crazy, but I believe in the power of God manifested through a Church that rejects the vagaries of the world in favor of a faith that is the very substance of a real living God that you can actually reach out and touch.

If you do not have that, then you need to find a place that does.

No excuses; no apologies; no compromise.

“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1Corinthians 2:4)

 

 

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