by Rev. Benjamin Chung
It is interesting how the human brain works, or rather, doesn’t work. Our memory can play tricks on us or we don’t see what is really happening at the moment. We can even believe something is true, even when we have been explained how it is completely false. What happens in our brains is, when we learn of some sort of news or information, our brain locks in this information. But, if new and correct information comes in which corrects the original (and incorrect) information it now takes more effort to correct the incorrect information. This is why conspiracy theories (the Lunar Landing or Big Foot) can also continue to propagate long after they have been debunked with overwhelming evidence. The tricked person’s brain still believes the lie because the lie was introduced into the person’s brain first. This means that what we put into our brains FIRST is of vital importance. We need to be careful of what goes in that is new.
Our world today is trying to do this with news. With so many sources of news, it is often difficult to discern what is “fake news” because news sources can be biased and skew the facts. Basically, they are lying. But even if the lies are exposed, the recipient of the news will still hold onto the lies, believing they are true. And by being the first to relay this information, the lies become embedded in our brains. With respect to God the Father, I have heard multiple people recently state and believe that God is a woman. One of these times I have then seen a Christian try to explain how there is no evidence of this in the Bible or elsewhere. The response was the person still held onto this false “truth”.
The truth is, God is a Father, not a mother, stated even by the Son, Jesus himself. When on the cross, Jesus cried out, “Abba, Father” (Mark 14:36 NIV). Paul reaffirms God as our Abba, our daddy, in Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6. Then in 2 Corinthians 6:18, God the Father says, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty”. The truth is, God is great, merciful, and our Heavenly Father, not a Heavenly Mother. The God Almighty was also first. He was present before anything else existed and He is the creator of all existing things today. This is of primary importance. Make sure you know it!