Thursday, 5 December 2013

What do you see? (How to learn truth)

Matthew 7:15-20

If I were to say the words "waka waka waka" I'm willing to guess a good chunk of you would immediately recognise the noise of 
This game has been on of the greatest games/time-wasters for the past 35ish years, and is just as popular now as it was when it first came out.
(If you have never heard of this game I would suggest typing it into Google and playing a free version they have)

So first, to answer that question you are asking yourself. Yes I am very much a nerd but that just makes life fun. More importantly; there is a very interesting gospel point that I would love to make between Pac-man and the scripture in Matthew. In Matthew 7:16 Christ is teaching how to recognise whether what people teach is really his word or something else to get gain, and the phrase that he uses is "By their fruits ye shall know them, Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"

Now we know there is a big difference between a grape vine and thorns, but imagine a young child sees them both for the first time, How would the child learn which one hurts? Anyone with children will know that just telling the child will not be enough. 99 times out of 100 they will go up to both of them and grab them and learn that hard way.

The same thing applies to Pac-man, for those that have never played before the best way to learn how is to open a game and start playing, the best way for anyone to learn anything is to experience it for your self then you know for sure what ghost will kill you and how to avoid them (the fruits of playing the game).

Also I should mention here that I have nothing against going and asking someone you think would know the answer for help, that is a brilliant idea always, but we will not know if what they say is true until we try it for ourselves, having someone tell us that the tree in front of us is a fig tree won't help us until we go up and check it for ourselves, for all we know it could be thistles.

Are we searching for the fruits ourselves? Or are we trusting that people know where the fruit is already and hoping there will be some for us when we decide to go there ourselves?

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