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What Compels a Person to Publicly Air Their Opinions?

Image result for image of a soap boxWhen did we form our opinions?  Why are opinions offensive?  How can we learn to think objectively?

Who knew I would become a person who likes to share everything I learn.  But here I am, sharing another insight on my blog, even though I never considered myself an opinionated person.

Most of my beliefs began sub-consciously and didn’t surface until I was faced with criticism or disagreement.  I couldn’t deny my knee-jerk reactions; a pounding heart, raised voice, red face, like a bull with flared nostrils.  These emotional reactions are, like red flags, attached to the assumptions we believe, no matter how illogical.  Image result for image of a bull with flared nostrils

Over my lifetime I had formed many beliefs simply by agreeing with something I’d heard or been taught.  I’ve since learned to be consciously aware of these reactions, so I can pin point my opionionis and throw them out.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinkers learn to judge opinions objectively.  Impartially evaluating and analyzing opposing assumptions and facts.  After learning about critical thinking I caught myself beginning to react to a “rude” comment but I chose to try and understand the reason behind the comment, by asking a question.

Believe it or not, some people still want to argue no matter what you say.  If you’ve ever watched a debate, or a battle between two opposing viewpoints; the opponents weaknesses are pointed out, there’s a rebuttal, a defense, a counter attack, until one side wins and the other loses.

It may be more civilized than a fight to the death, but it’s still war.

When the goal is to win, rather than to see the other side, it reveals our lack of understanding.

The Battle To Be Right is Caused by Our Limited Knowledge

Belittling, accusing and insulting someones beliefs are not signs of a true, “Truth Seeker.”  A person who believes they are right is implying the other is wrong.  People who think they are right are no longer seeking, because they think they know.

The solution is not standing on our soap box trying to articulate our opinions more eloquently.  We need to change gears and start asking questions.  Thought provoking  questions that give other opinionated people questions of their own.

Asking questions is the only way to find out if someone is seeking understanding or just wants to right.  Asking questions is how we off-set offensive remarks and try to understand the assumptions behind them.  Asking questions is the only way we gain knowledge.

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The Term Scapegoat Originates From Hebrew

Once a Year, on The Day of Atonement, the High Priest Entered the Holy of Holies
With the Blood of a Goat to Atone, (Cover) for the sins of the people.

Hight Priest Day of Atonement

“Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Leviticus 16:15 

First “Casting Lots” to Choose Between Two Goats:

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Aaron shall Cast Lots for the two goats, one lot for the LORD, (YHVH) and the other lot for the Scapegoat. Leviticus 16:8 

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Casting Lots is mentioned multiply times in the Bible.  They even Cast Lots for Y’shua’s clothing as He was dying, Psalm 22:18Matthew 27:35

The Azazel or Scapegoat Represents The Entire Removal of Sin

Leviticus 16:10
“But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD (YHVH), to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.

Today our Definition of a Scapegoat is Someone Who gets the Blame.

Was the original Scapegoat blamed for the confessed sins of the people?

Or did it symbolize the complete removal of the peoples sin from God’s presence?

“The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land/uninhabited, (Gezerah #1509); and he shall release the goat in the wilderness/desert, (Midbar #4057b).” Leviticus 16:22  

Clearly the confessed sins of the people were symbolically placed on the head of the Scapegoat.  The goat was not blamed for their sin, it was simply led outside the camp, to a remote place, in the desert wilderness.

Personally, I wonder if that remote place in the desert wilderness is symbolic of, “The Outer Darkness” Y’shua, (Jesus) referred to in His Parables; Matthew 25:30Matthew 8:12Matthew 22:13…

As far as the East is from the West, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:26

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Developing an Eye for the Scorpion

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Moving to Arizona, from the state of Washington, I was pretty oblivious about scorpions.  I’d actually only seen the big black kind on the television and equated them with pure evil and death.  So you can imagine my fear when I discovered the first bark scorpion in my house.

“Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” Luke 11:12

The Bible even used the scorpion as a metaphor for something that was the opposite of Good.  My exaggerated fear did eventually subside as I learned how to avoid this new danger.  Unlike the Brown Recluse or Black widow spider, the scorpion seemed fearlessly blind and clueless to retreat when it was discovered.

The first time I noticed this was when I was sitting on the floor in the middle of my living room and I spotted a very small, dark shadow moving toward me, like it had a heat seeking radar.  It was a long way off, so this time I was able to remain calm and observe as it slowly made its way across the shag carpet.

When it got close I jumped up to grab a glass jar.  I noticed my quick movement caused it to freeze and flatten itself out from its previous, high stepping, curly tailed, posture.  Somehow it was able to make itself look like a very thin, flat piece of paper, something one could easily mistake for a dead leaf.

It was easy for me to capture it as it continued to play dead, but when I forced it inside with a piece of cardboard and put the lid on, it puffed back up and began thrashing its tail violently.

I’ve lived in Arizona for over thirty years now and finding the occasional scorpion in my home has become a normal part of life.  Last night I was prompted to write this after spotting the tell-tale, dark shadow on the carpet of a dark bedroom as I passed by.  It brought back the memory of my first dark shadow experience but this time I realized something that gave me comfort;

I have Developed an Eye for the Scorpion

Adapting to the possibility of a venomous sting makes it second nature to shake shoes before putting them on, keeping everything up off the floor, even if you’re not tidy, and no more feeling around in your cupboards where you can’t see or jumping into bed without a quick check.  If you get up at night, and don’t want to disturb anyone by turning on the light, you learn to keep flip flops by your bed, because walking barefoot in the dark is like playing Russian roulette with a scorpion.  It is more likely to freeze in the path of your next step than to run out of your way.

Scorpions lurk in dark places, especially warm, moist environments.  If I ever want to check to see if a scorpion might be hiding somewhere all I have to do is leave a warm, damp cloth on the floor overnight.  In the morning I shake the cloth and the scorpion freezes, as if I can’t see it if it doesn’t move.  This makes it easier to capture, although I occasionally miss as it scurries toward the nearest wall, at least now, I know they don’t attack like a bee protecting its hive.

Scorpions Sting Because We Don’t See Them

People come in contact with Scorpions, in countless ways, when they aren’t looking for them.  If we stick our hand into a dark place without first checking it with a light, and continue walking barefoot in the dark, sitting on, rolling over on, or putting on clothes without checking them in the light, that’s when we get stung.

I have learned venomous scorpions, spiders and snakes work hard to produce their venom and they need it to live.  They don’t waste it on things they don’t eat, unless they have to.  Their actions are as predictable as their existence in keeping the desert vermin and insect population under control.

Unlike the scorpion, we are made to walk in the light.  The Light, both figuratively and literally, illuminates the harmful things in this life.  It is possible to develop an eye for the scorpion and avoid them by cautiously shining light on those dark shadows.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a Light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

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Are There Forbidden Words?

“…The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” Matthew 12:34

Words Matthew 12 36, 37

“Death and Life are in the power of the tongue…”  Proverbs 18:21

“The one who guards his mouth preserves his Life…” Proverbs 13:3

Words not only reveal the condition of our inner most being, they actually have more power than we really understand.

Having the freedom to choose our words doesn’t mean our bad choices are harmless.

If we recognize words as being Life giving or Life taking, would we ever allow our mouth to have control?

Wouldn’t we want to make a list and know the definitions of exactly what they mean?

Slanderous, deceitful, bitter, angry, rage-filled, malicious, foolish, demeaning, obscene, idol, vain, insulting, negative, abusive words, Psalm 37:8Colossians 3:8Ephesians 4:22Ephesians 4:29Ephesians 4:31Ephesians 5:4Matthew 15:19.

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All your children will be taught by (One True Teacher) YHVH:

Isaiah 54:13John 6:45Hebrews 8:11Jeremiah 31:341 John 2:201 John 2:271 Thessalonians 4:91 Corinthians 12:4Exodus 31:3Exodus 35:31

This is what YHVH says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Yisrael:  I AM YHVH your God, who teaches you what is good, (beneficial) and leads you in the Way, (manner, actions, direction, example) you should go, (the path that leads to Life).

Isaiah 48 17

Only One is to be called our Teacher, Rabbi, Father, Leader, (Priest, Pastor, Imam, Counselor), Matthew 23:8-10.

People can cripple us spiritually when they teach us to put our trust in them, or in ourselves, YHVH has taught us to put our trust only in Him:  Psalm 118:8Psalm 40:4Psalm 108:12Psalm 146:3Isaiah 31:1Jeremiah 17:5Jeremiah 17:7Proverbs 3:5

“How blessed is the man who has made YHVH his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.” Psalm 40:4

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Maaz's Monument photoMost call these Sacred Pillars, Monuments. In the U.S. alone it was easy to find over a dozen.  They can be found in Pakistan, Russia, Bolivia, Rome, Wales, Sweden, Egypt, Spain and many, many more countries around the world.

Beyond the fact, it’s just plain strange, that these Pillars can be found all over the world, I discovered some very specific teachings against erecting anything like them in your land.

“You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land… ” Leviticus 26:1

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While doing a word search at Biblehub of sacred pillars, (sacred stones, Ashura poles, sacred trees, groves and oaks) I found reasons that made it quite clear Why these physical symbols were and always will be so detestable to YHVH.

YHVH chose the Seed of Abraham to be “Set Apart” from the practices of idol worship, which is anything other than the One Who made everything, and it was so they (Israel) could purify the land of Canaan of these Pillars.  These are symbols of everything our Creator hates.

*Ironically, these “Set Apart” people eventually began doing the same perverse things they were to cleanse from the land. Ezra 9:1

Monuments may be a sign of Strongholds in the Land

These are landmarks, physical symbols that people claim represent good character.  In reality they represent a people inflamed with insatiable lust who willingly slaughtered their own babies, Isaiah 57:5.

“They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, (these idols) And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood.” Psalm 106:37

“…every abominable act which the YHVH hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.”  Deuteronomy 12:31Deuteronomy 18:102 Kings 16:3Ezekiel 20:30;  Ezekiel 20:31.

In our present day thinking it may be difficult to relate to this type of barbaric Idol worship.  After all, nobody is physically bowing down to these pillars or so blatantly doing the very things YHVH abhors, right?

Have you ever wondered why we don’t know much about Ancient Temple Prostitution or the names of the gods they burned their babies to in the fire?

YHVH instructed the people He “Set Apart,” (from the ways of the world) to demolish every alter, Ashura Pole, Sacred Pillar and the names of these idles, names and all were to be wiped out completely, Deuteronomy 12:3.  And they were, several times…

Fast forward to the 1800’s when the first Obelisks began popping up as symbols of noble character, memorial monuments.  Is it a coincidence that our nations pornography epidemic, Human trafficking and other physical, lust inflaming addictions have been steadily increasing over the past 200 years?

*Today baby burning is not done publicly, yet record numbers abort their living babies and probably don’t even consider that they are cremated.

 

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Prevailing Joy

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Offended?  Angry?  Hurt?  Feeling justified by your right to own every negative thought that enters your mind?

Feeling helpless against the adrenaline flow that accompanies our most stressful emotional attacks?

What if we could see these were all lies?  What if we recognized them as chains holding us in bondage to bitterness, hate and negativity?  Would we willingly allow their poison to destroy us from the inside if we knew?

Each time we fall as victims of our emotions it is because we do not know the Truth.  John 8:32

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  Romans 8:37

When we feel angry we are to prevail over our emotions that same day. Ephesians 4:26

“Do not be overcome by bad, but overcome bad with good.”  Romans 12:21

“…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Man’s anger keeps him from doing what is Right.  James 1:20

Prevailing Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2

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There is healing, wholeness, deliverance, salvation, freedom from every chain or lie that has ever held us in bondage to our egos.

Those who prevail know the Love and Mercy of their Creator, personally and intimately.  Those who have received His Love and Mercy will have it to give.  Matthew 7:16

A heart filled with love, praise, gratitude, peace and joy cannot also contain an offended ego.

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