Paradigm Shift

June 4, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

 

Paradigm Shift: Renewing the Mind – Part 1 God Doesn’t Fit

 

PARADIGM an example serving as a model; pattern. || a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group.

 

We learn and understand our natural world through SENSE knowledge. (see, hear, smell, taste, touch)

 

God is GREATER than what has been created. (Isaiah 40:10-28; 55:6-9)

 

Isaiah 40:25-26, 28  25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

 

God does reveal himself through what has been CREATED (natural world).

 

Romans 1:18-20 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Psalm 19:1-4)          

 

Every natural example and analogy will have it’s breaking point where it ceases to measure up to the INFINITE.

 

There will be things you will NOT understand and may NEVER know this side of Heaven.

 

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those that are revealed belong to us and our descendants forever, so that we might obey all the words of this law.

 

God has invited you into something much bigger than what you are able to make SENSE of.

 

Our misunderstandings, criticisms, doubts, and resistance to God and His will and work come from trying to make sense of the INFINITE through a finite paradigm. (Isaiah 45:5-12)

 

Your problem is you live where your life looks better than your afterlife.” – General Dostum

 

“Our desires are not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C. S. Lewis

 

We are FIXATED on the finate and missing out on the infinite.