People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed – Friedrich Nietzsche – Seems Right
So according to Friedrich we would rather live according to the illusions of the truth (seems right) than the truth itself (is right), I think because we cannot face the real truth.
I don’t know if you have seen the movie Hancock, with Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman? In his eyes as a drunk he thinks he is doing good deeds (seems right) but in the process he causes damage in the millions. So the public’s opinion and his is totally opposite. So the opinion of yourself is not the real opinion that is out there from other people and how they perceive you. The problem sometimes can occur when we do not care what other people think. I would think we operate out of our best interests, but people operate out of how our actions affects them.
Let’s see what God has to say about His words:
There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death – Pr 14:12
– – Sooooo, the question here Hans on this scripture do we make decisions on what seems right or what God says?
- Francois I think we operate out of our opinions not reality most of the time that is it seems right.
- I think the more we read our Bibles the more we get in touch with reality.
- The more we hear what God says we see ourselves in the right light.
– Hans what are some warnings you hear from your life?
- I rather follow what I feel; rather than I know what is right.
- I am easily swayed by what my friends says, to please them and not necessarily God.
- I am easily convinced by peer pressure.
Hans let us look at an example in the Bible and analyse it.
The Lord Rejects Saul as King
15 Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. 2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy[a] all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
4 So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim—two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. 5 Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine. 6 Then he said to the Kenites, “Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.
7 Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt. 8 He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. 9 But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves[b] and lambs—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.
12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”
13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”
14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”
15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”
16 “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”
“Tell me,” Saul replied.
17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ 19 Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”
20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
22 But Samuel replied:
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.” – 1 Sam 15:1-23
– Hans why was Saul’s actions judged to be wrong?
- God asked him to completely destroy everything and everyone, but he kept the king alive and kept for himself some of the plunder Francois.
– What was his justification for what he had done?
- He kept some of the best plunder to sacrifice to God.
– Why was God not “won over” by his argument?
- God delights more in obedience rather than burn offerings and sacrifices.
– Hans write down some examples of how Saul’s problem might be found in someone’s life today.
- You go to church on Sunday’s but your life during the week does not reflect the life of a Christian.
- We give money for missions but we are not on a mission for God.
- I live as a Christian but not a disciple of Jesus.
- I do not make disciples wholeheartedly.
- I rather please people than God.
- My life does not radically change the people around me.
– In view of Saul’s problem, what attitude do you want to have towards God’s Word Hans?
- Francois I need to have an atttitude of obedience rather than sacrifice.
- God hates arrogance and pride and I need to as well.
- I do not need to reject the Word of God and stop my rebellion.
- Yes Francois it is like that verse in James 2:14 says: “faith without deeds is dead”.
Great Hans. Can you just close us out in a prayer.
- Dear Lord.
- Thank you for the new day.
- I pray that I might be obedient to your word and not follow what other people say rather than the word of God.
- God help me not to be deceived but read your word and obey it.
Tomorrow we will be looking at: Building on a Rock