I've been trying to Pray and Ask God what I should do with my Blog and for some reason thought for awhile that I was going to be writing more Exclusively about Christian Topics, instead of some of the Things that I used to write about. I think that this train of thought, though, was more based on my own Fears because of some of the Conflict that Occurs when I write about some of the Broader Subjects that I have Chosen in the Past, not at the Exclusion, though, of my Christian thoughts, that always do seem to eventually find some form of Expression on my Blog.
At the Moment, I've been more led to just Review some of my Older Posts, especially those which my Hit Counter says are Visited Often. Surprisingly, One such Post is the One in which I was Attempting to Define what is meant by the Subject of "Black and White Thinking". I wonder if some of my Newer Followers would Find this Post Interesting.
I suppose I should add to my thoughts on the Matter, by highlighting a few things that were said in the Comment section of that Post. Here is a Comment by BB-Idaho from Below that Post. Bold Print Added by me...
"So, let us say it is 40 degrees at the airport. An Eskimo deplanes and observes 'Gee, it's hot'. A Sudanese just in from the Sahara complains 'Gosh, its cold'. The temperature is a simple fact... perception of it may be black or white? And from the perspectives of their two backgrounds-both may be true." BB-Idaho February 2, 2011, at 3:20 PM
In this Comment, BB has Illustrated how the Number 40 is Definitely an Absolute (Black & White), but the Perception of it as Hot or Cold is Relative (Gray).
My Favorite Illustration was Mentioned in the Comment section as well, by me...
"Another Example of this that I like is when Two People from Different
Places on the Globe are on the Phone Arguing about whether or not the
Sun is Rising or Setting, yet Both of them are Right, because the Sun is,
In Fact, Both Setting and Rising at the Some Time, Depending on where
you are on the Globe, so that Fact is Relative, yet the Absolute is that
the Earth Rotates and Circles the Sun."
So you see, there are Definite Absolutes, yet there are also things that are Relative.
Perhaps some of my New Followers may be Wondering why I am Blogging in
this way. Well, as it Turns Out, One of the Main Themes that has always
run through my Blog is the Balance between the Extremes and our
Tendency to Judge each other if we are not willing to try and Find that
Balance and while doing so Reach Out to those who have Slightly
different Opinions then ourselves.
Since some of my Newer Followers are Christians, Perhaps I should address the subject of Black and White Thinking in Relation to Christianity. There are some Things that we believe in that are Clearly Black and White, that is Absolute. We Believe that the Bible was Written for everyone and not just for some and that there are definitely some Absolute Truths that are written there. Where the Problem comes in is when People Add to the Bible and Make somethings Absolute that are not Really absolute at all, but instead Relative to a Certain Group.
For Example, there are Churches that Forbid Dancing, yet there are others who Dance unto the Lord. Along this same line, some people enjoy Singing Hymns and others more Contemporary Music. Some People Enjoy Worship Services that are more Spontaneous and others Prefer more Structure. Some are Highly Emotional in their Worship and others are more Reserved. What is Important is that we love and do not Judge each other for what ever it is that we choose, as long as it is Biblical and Glorifying to God.
I guess that it is not True that this Message is not a Christian One, for it has to do with the Unity that is needed within the Over All Church, even between Denominations. What is Truly Absolute, we all need to Embrace, yet we also need to be careful not to expect everyone to be Exactly like ourselves, for I truly believe that there is room for Considerable Diversity within Christianity.