Along with religious interpretations, every story in the New Testament is a model of natural law.
Religious interpretations abound. My interpretation is in no way in conflict with those. The secular interpretation can be explained in terms of the way life works. The following is a model of natural law
This is from John: 18
7 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”
When Pilate asked, “What is truth?”, he wasn’t being flippant. The truth was not anything meaningful to him.
Pilate had lots of power. What does that alone tell us? Since power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, Pilate was indeed corrupt. Since he was confused by any meaning of the word truth, that is of special significance. That means he was evil.
What is evil other than being completely cut off from the light? There was nothing in Pilate’s life that did not constitute living a lie.
Is this not relevant in our world today? We elect leaders. The more power we give them, the more corrupt they are.
Is it not interesting that history’s worst despots come from the pool of world leaders?
Forgiveness is almost universally misunderstood. Words conjure up images and impressions that change what a term really means. When the word forgiveness comes up, the image it usually brings up is something like a bible – thumping preacher shaking his finger at a congregation, explaining what Jesus expects from everyone. Continue reading
What do I mean by fantasy free advantage? This is the advantage in life you will have based on viewing the world and society clearly, rather than making observations through a prism of fantasy. When you life and decisions are based on what is real rather than what life has taught you to believe, you will make a surprising discovery. Your power of discernment in the present moment will surprise you. You will notice that you automatically know the truth with respect to what you are seeing and experiencing.
Being fantasy free or even going on a fantasy diet is not without costs. The following are first the benefits and next…. the costs.
Benefits And Costs Of Possessing the Fantasy Free Advantage
In most cases you can predict the future. This is not clairvoyance. This comes from understanding human nature. With the Fantasy Free Advantage you know in advance what the behavior of any given individual or group is most likely to be.
You can protect yourself from harm. You will know what other’s deepest motivations are. You will know who you can trust or not trust under different circumstances. You will know the true motivations of those who have authority over you. You will understand what to expect from people – when you have authority over others.
You will immediately grasp the truth with respect to any given situation. Those with a fantasy free advantage can automatically recognize risks, rewards, costs and benefits immediately in the present moment.
You will prevail in any argument given that you have a simple understanding of the subject. Keep in mind, it has to be an actual argument. An argument is not automatically a shouting match, put – down contest or shouting match. Belligerence on the part of the most formidable person determines the outcome of a fight.
You May Not Want to gain the Fantasy Free Advantage
Are you content with life the way it is? If so, then why change anything? Is your income secure, regardless of whether or not times are hard or easy…. independently of good or bad economic times? If you are satisfied, why change anything?
Gaining the Fantasy Free Advantage leads to soul searching and self – examination. This can be a trying experience. Your friends and family might not appreciate your new found approach to life. It might irritate others to be around others who are right all of the time.
The Fantasy Free Advantage won’t make you rich. It won’t make you poor either.
If you are just curious, you might want to know what constitutes the Fantasy Free Advantage. It may be worthwhile to acquire an academic understanding of the concept. Just understand without internalizing. You can always get back to it, if you ever deem it to be useful in your life.