Some of life’s greatest treasures can be discovered in the most unlikely places. Beliefs can sound crazy at first, but when you truly listen, you might find some truth in what was believed to be “wrong”…this is the concept of paradox. In this episode, we learn that we may have had it all wrong because we haven’t understood the idea of paradox.
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We are all products of our raising, culture, the community we have around us, and the religion we choose to believe. You are a product of what you have learned, who you associate with, and what you have experienced.
Most people think they are open minded, but in reality, they aren’t. If you have traveled any at all, you may be more open minded to different things such as food. At first, you might think, “Wow, these people are crazy for eating this kind of food.” All of a sudden you try it and then you like it!.
Paradox, by definition, means, a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained, may prove to be well founded or true.
Truth is very vast, but we only see a small glimpse of it. At first, when something different comes to us, we struggle with it. It may seem absurd, but on further investigation we find truth in it. The Bible is full of paradoxes. Here is an example.
“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33
You mean if I seek to keep my life I am going to lose it? Yes. The more we try to save our lives, the more we lose control of our lives. Self-centered people are people trying to save their lives while in the process; they are losing the very thing they are trying to save. For instance, many justify unforgiveness and anger, thinking they are protecting themselves, but in reality they are harming themselves.
Religion can restrict us, but finding a real relationship with God frees us. The problem is a real relationship with God may not look and be what we think.