I’ve had this notion of ideas fluttering through my head for some time now.
According to dictionary.com, an idea is defined as:
1. any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.2. a thought, conception, or notion: That is an excellent idea.3. an impression: He gave me a general idea of how he plans to run the department.4. an opinion, view, or belief: His ideas on raising children are certainly strange.5. a plan of action; an intention: the idea of becoming an engineer.
Ideas can be a beautiful thing. They are the ignition to creation.
Through ideas, inventions, technology, art, and human understanding, through all genres of life, have soared in such a short amount of time.
Our imaginations take from what we’ve learned, the environments in which we live, and formulate ideas that can lead to artistic and scientific breakthroughs.
It’s amazing to me to think about this brain which God has given us and seeing so many people use it to discover and create leading to new trends and ideas.
I’m currently inspired by this artist. Dinara.
At the same time, it’s these ideas that can become popular, hit mainstream, and we can look to them as truth. Let’s remember, there’s a reason God calls us his sheep.
We enjoy to follow, sometimes blindly.
Here are some examples of bad ideas
- Factory Farms
- Genetically Modified Anything
- Pre-cooked rice (these bottom 3 are meant to make you laugh
- Cleaning wipes
- Single serving pre-made pancake mix in it’s own large plastic tub
Feel free to fill in the blanks. I’m sure we can each think of a bad or silly idea. Please share your own in the comments below. It gives a good laugh Goodness, think of all of those made for tv products.
As far as ideas go, there are also some really great and captivating ideas that lead us in a better direction. That in its essence have great thoughts and philosophy behind them.
The problem is when we take hold of these ideas as truth.
These ideas can make change and progress, yet it’s always a good idea to step back and look at its entirety.
Most importantly, to compare these man made ideas to God’s word.
Here are some examples of good ideas that we can take hold of as truth
- The ever growing list of homeschooling philosophies (This method versus that method)
- The ever growing list of diet philosophies (Weston Price vs Paleo vs Vegetarianism, etc…)
- Man made religion (this denomination vs that denomination)
- Even… a mothers role (stay at home mom, work at home mom, working mom)
Again, feel free to fill in the blanks in the comments below.
These are great ideas but can we hold onto any one of them as absolute truth?
No. There are so many different variables including time, environment, maturity, ethnicity and cultural differences.
Raw Milk Example
Here’s an example that stems from the Weston Price diet philosophy.
Drinking raw milk.
In it’s essence, it’s a great idea. drinking raw milk preserves all of its nutrients and healing properties.
Myself, I drink raw milk.
However, I can’t help but notice that many people who adhere to this diet philosophy claim that every culture in the world has been drinking raw milk for centuries.
Well, part of this is true.
I have a different insight being that I am a first generation American with European and Mexican background that stems back generations. Yes, in both sides of my family, my parents included, have grown up on raw milk.
However, it was always boiled first.
I have friends directly from India, South Africa, South America, Europe, Northern Europe and EuroAsia that have also grown up drinking raw milk. However, I have not met one of them that has not thought it odd that I do not first boil the milk before consuming it.
They get very excited to hear that I have a source of raw milk, but for them and their generations before them, they have ALWAYS boiled their milk first.
In Mexico and Spain, the nata, the cream that rises to the top after being boiled is cherished. Scooped off the top and spread on bread is something children fight over.
So where did this “idea” and popularization of drinking raw milk before boiling it stem from?
The Weston Price Foundation. One man’s idea.
I’m not saying that no one has ever lived off drinking raw milk before. My husband’s grandfather living on a farm, with his own cows, drank raw milk his entire life.
However, it just illustrates the notion of taking one man’s idea as truth… and along the way, making up our own truths about it as well.
Casting Judgement Onto Others
The sad thing about clinging onto someones idea as truth is that we can begin to elevate ourselves and in turn judge others that don’t adhere to our newfound truth.
I’m right, you’re wrong.
These past couple of weeks at church, the message has been powerful. Specifically about judging others.
I’d like to encourage you to listen to these messages and let the Holy Spirit speak to you.
With these notions of ideas and holding them as truth, I feel that they are a weapon of the enemy to keep our eyes off of what is truly important.
Jesus is coming back… soon. Are you ready?
Ideas are great to learn from, generate imagination, and creativity but at the end, if ideas or “philosophy” doesn’t hold true to the one and only “Author of Life”, it’s just an idea.
Let’s Talk. Do you have any silly ideas or good ideas that we claim as truth to share? What are your thoughts on ideas and judging others?