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8/25/2019: First! (首先!)

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!


Translation:

人腦的運作是非常有趣,或者,更確切地說,人腦運作失控。我們的記憶可以愚弄我們,或者使我們看不到事情的真相。我們甚至誤信某些非事實是真的,即使已經解釋過事情是如何完全錯誤。我們的大腦了解某些新聞或資訊後,會接受成為事實。可是,正確資訊發現後欲要糾正那先前錯誤的報導時,則需要花更多時間和精力來糾正。這就是為什麼那些所謂合謀論(登陸月球或大腳怪人)在被壓倒性的證據揭穿真相之後仍然可以繼續傳播的原因。被欺騙者的大腦繼續相信謊言,因為謊言在大腦中已經先入為主,我們真需要謹慎接受新的報導資訊。


我們現今的世界正試圖通過新聞傳媒來做到先入為主這一點。這麼多新聞來源,通常很難辨別什麼是「假新聞」,因為新聞來源可能有偏見並扭曲事實。但即使謊言曝光,新聞的接收者仍將堅持相信那謊言是真的。並且通過首先傳遞這些信息,謊言就會嵌入我們的大腦中。關於「父神」這個概念,我聽到最近有多個人陳述並相信上帝是女性。其中一次,我看到基督徒試圖解釋聖經或其他地方沒有證據證明這謬論,因為那些人仍然堅持相信這個虛設的所謂「事實」。


事實是,上帝是父親,而不是母親,即使是神兒子,主耶穌自己也說過。耶穌在十字架上喊道:「阿爸,父啊」(馬可福音十四36)。保羅重申上帝是我們的阿爸,我們的父親(羅馬書八15;加拉太書四6。然後在哥林多後書六18,父神說:「我要做你們的父,你們要作我的兒女,這是全能的主說的。」 事實是,上帝是偉大的,仁慈的,我們的天父,而不是天上的母親。全能的上帝也是首先的。在任何其他事物出現之前,他就已經存在。祂是今天所有現存事物的創造者。這是最重要的。請確保你知道這重要真理!

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