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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Blue Pill: Red Pill

What is 'truth'?

"You take the Blue Pill -- the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe."

"You take the Red Pill -- ... you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep ..."

"Remember -- all I'm offering is the truth, nothing more."

A decision is before us, it is the result of the Question, do we accept life in the terms and conditions which are seen as outcomes of fate and destiny, the programmed cause and effect of life within a Matrix, lost in the control of a blissful form of ignorance; a state of comatose torpor induced by an operant conditioning, or do we take up arms in a battle for understanding and discernment in an age of questioning, doubt and failure.

The Blue Pill can be described as 'bad faith'; that faith which obscures our responsibility to understand the 'truth'. The Blue pill allows us to 'wake-up in your bed and believe whatever you want...' today is a new day. Yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow will be as today! The Blue Pill also allows us to exonerate our current existence as a dependant function of the past; that past determined by those fixed points of reference in our history which have created a faith lacking understanding of the requirement to resolve the ambiguity of our existence in light of a revealed truth residing in our souls. In the video excerpt there is a choice, the existence of that choice implies an understanding of a condition in which a person can remain captured or seek freedom. That truth which is resting in our persona, awaiting the moment of decision, searching for the moment of clarity, and we know that that truth exists and will demand a conclusive resolution. The choice is to remain or to change. To remain is blind acceptance; a continued enslavement; mindless lethargy. The Blue Pill removes the responsibility for a faith in the existence of truth by creating an environment removed from reality, negating our privilege, responsibility and the acting demands of free agency. “The goal of bad faith…is to put oneself out of reach; it is an escape.” It is the denial of the resident 'truth' known by all. If human reality is defined by the choices we freely make, then 'bad faith' provides an escape from the responsibility of our free choice which is an essential and central characteristic of our being. The Blue Pill offers an escape from the reality of the free choice decision to accept the responsibility and accountability for life's randomness and in spite of the obstacles and challenges and failures that will loom on the horizon of an ambiguous life lived in the Red Pill world, that choice is the perfection of 'faith', for it sets the course of life on a journey toward 'truth' and 'freedom'. John 8:32, "... and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Freedom (intellectual, moral, spiritual) is only attainable when we are set free from darkness, sin, ignorance, superstition, cultural norms, prejudice, etc., and are allowed.... The lie of the Blue Pill world is that "this is it", all that life has is contained in the Blue Pill world, and my existence will be easier if I accept and subject myself to that existence as the only reality that truly is. The strength of the lie is founded upon the distortion of the expected value placed on the outcome of rational choice. The expectation is based on the probabilities, whether positive or negative, which result as a consequence of the option chosen. A belief system which concludes that the 'good' life will be lived on this Earth as a result of a faith in God; that the life lived will be free from struggles and adversity; that challenges will be faced without regard for personal sacrifice; that this life and its value will not be questioned as a result of faith; that frailties and imperfections will be overcome without personal effort and toil is perhaps an indicator of those who have consumed the Blue Pill and are willing to awake believing whatever they want. Aquinas stated that, “A judgment is said to be true when it conforms to the external reality”.

Can we be authentic? Can our lives be seen as viable alternatives to the world-view around us without free choice? Without responsibility?

To change is to remove the shackles of conditioned thought; imported, inputted or imputed thinking; and attempt to be free. In asking What is Truth?; taking the Red Pill; we create the opportunity for reality, understanding and knowledge to enter life and create, as a side effect, discord, dissonance and tension conjoined with peace, harmony and unity. In the conversation which occurs the discussion will touch on the issues of security, safety, the goal of faith, the pursuit of truth, the purpose of random life in a God administered universe, the existence of disorder within the context of divine order. The question will be asked, "What must be our response to the fact of an eternal and absolute 'truth'? The first issue is the question of the existence of an absolute truth, which I believe is an inherent part of our identity and is spoken of by Paul in Romans 1:18-21, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened." The key words for the purpose of this discussion are; ... 'revealed from heaven' ... 'manifest in them' ... 'God has shown it' ... 'His invisible attributes are clearly seen' ... 'being understood by' ... 'they are without excuse' ... 'they knew God' ... If we deny the existence of this inherent knowledge of 'truth' we believe, like taking the Blue Pill, that we will not be held accountable for our actions in light of the reality of absolute truth. Subsequently we can awake and 'believe whatever we want'.

To take the Red Pill is to move from the shallows of the shoreline out upon the deep water, 'the Rabbithole' and investigate and resolve the issues of 'truth' which are embodied in the God who states in Isaiah 55:9, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." and in Psalms 103:11, "For as the heavens are high above the earth, so high is his goodness over them that fear him."

We hold this belief, that in God we can have faith without fully and rationally understanding all that is encompassed in that truth; we can hold and believe in the absurdity of the claims, promises and actions of a holy and perfect God, whose existence and being are diametrically removed from any reality which we can imagine; that we can have hope for the intervention of that God Who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; and that love as defined by the thoughts and intents of man is a natural, transcendent characteristic of God that surpasses any conceived and supernatural comprehension of man. Truth is knowledge of the inexpressible fullness of God Who chose to reveal Himself at His own initiative, without supplication from those to whom He has revealed Himself and oftentimes without any avid pursuit on their part. Truth is there is a God Who can be found, accidentally or through investigation. Proverbs 25:2, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter." Truth is about belief and the search for belief in an absolute, irrefutable constant source of freedom releasing from the strictures of an existential understanding of life. Truth which is able and unlimited in its ability to comprehend the knowledge of God, and that God offering new parameters of existence beyond the scope of our humanness. Truth is found in the course of discovery which is steered by the same God Who wishes to be revealed, not revelation in the sense of the unfeeling, uncommunicative, blind gods designed by man, but in the sense of a knowable Person, a Friend, a Father, Who is touched by our infirmities and weakness and Who edifies and instructs us in the use of our strengths and encourages and enhances our actions. Eccles. 7:25, "I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things, to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness."

Eccles. 9:1, "For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them." Truth is we cannot judge from the occurrences which take place in life who are the objects of God’s love or displeasure. Truth is understanding that people are not masters of their own fate; people and "what they do" are subject to God’s sovereign will and operate volitionally within that Divine will as sentient beings. This truth of life's orientation forms the awareness that as individuals there is a determination of truth, understanding and our perception of reality. This reality is shaped (heavy emphasis on molded, formed) by God. In this, it is truth that sets us free, we no longer need to develop coping skills and defence mechanisms, but, are free to invest in life knowing that the course of events has as an ultimate, ordained end.

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