So how does one protect himself from imposing, a fantastic and fictitious storyline onto reality?
And how do we make sure that we are not allowing subjectivism to creep into our spiritual lives?
Well one of the first things you and I need to be aware of is that Christianity, and Judaism from which Christianity springs, is rooted in historical truths.
IN OTHER WORDS…
…the claim has always been and will continue to be that we as a people experienced something.
Whether it is the collection of those wandering Israelites standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, or those who experienced the empty tomb and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth; it is the collective memory that is the standard for all believers.
Now in terms of our subjective and objective realities (remember our previous video to know what I mean by that), consider this communal experience the objective standard to which all Christians are held.
I cannot say then, that Jesus is a female…
…or that he did not establish a Church…
…or that He did not place at it’s head Peter whose successors carry on to this day.
And I cannot say this is good or this is bad when the communal revelation we have received from the beginning speaks to the contrary.
You know, many a time I have come across individuals (and I am sure you have as well) that believe that they can live spiritually healthy lives without conforming to the revealed data that we all share.
I remember for example a Christian gentleman years ago who told me quite boldly, that it doesn’t matter what the bishops or Bible say, because quite frankly he takes his orders only from God.
But that is like saying, “I have an elephant standing on my head, and it doesn’t matter if that contradicts all the sensory data you possess.”
No, the communal data of revelation applies to you as it did to someone in the 4th, 13th or 19th century.
The Bible is still there for all to read,
…and the magisterium of the Church is still present…
…to make sure our memory of the data doesn’t fall into oblivion.
All you and I can do, is safely maneuver our lives in such a way that we respond to the contours of the spiritual road that exists.
So how can we make sure that we are spiritually strong,
…living in the real world…
…and avoiding that mental sickness called subjectivism?
Well, it really is quite simple:
Just admit that you alone are not the standard for belief.
I’ll talk to you soon.
P.S. Join me next week as we discuss how real choices can be terribly difficult to navigate, especially when they all seem very good.
Don’t miss it.