‘This Should Scare You’ (2017)

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How hard should it be to change someone’s core beliefs? How much resistance should you be prepared to encountered?

The answers appear to be “As easy as pie” and “None whatsoever.”

This Should Scare You

If people really are as malleable as Play-Doh, ready to be re-shaped and molded by every new twaddle that comes down the pike–I wonder, then: how come they can’t be molded to be good?



9 comments on “‘This Should Scare You’ (2017)

  1. People can be molded to be good, but that takes the work of the Holy Spirit as sent to us by the Lord. Our fleshly nature is only maleable by the evil spirit, and he only has to use our natural inclinations. The new life of repentance and desire to change requires work and a desire to follow the new way, which is against all our old human desires.

  2. Ultimately, there is one issue at the core of all this; do we accept God as the moral standard, or do we want to set our own standards. God’s moral standards are simple, and not burdensome, but many people refuse to give up the freedom they claim to experience by setting their own standards. If one refuses the Creator as the source of moral standards, then they are very easily molded. Ephesians 4 talks about this: Eph 4:11 “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherdsc and teachers,12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”

    In my opinion, verse 14 describes our current social order perfectly. People rush to pursue one social trend after another, over and over again, never going anywhere useful, but always certain that they are more enlightened than any past generation ever could have been. They are easily molded, because their moral compass does not have a steady reference point.

    If someone accepts God as the source of all goodness, the situation changes dramatically. Now there is a point of reference, and the mere fact that we acknowledge Him as Creator causes us to look at others differently. The US was founded upon the principle that our rights are God-given, and this leads to an appreciation of the rights of others. We may not find our neighbor likable, but we can still see the importance of respecting our neighbor’s rights, because our neighbor is also God’s creation.

    Accepting the Creator as the Source of all moral standards allows us to be molded for good purpose. Many people still do accept God as their standard, but the vast hoard of publicity and media sources go out of their way to keep this under wraps.

    1. Somehow your next comment got deleted.
      I was going to reply that I trained my teen reporters myself and most of them took to it easily. The ones I couldn’t train were older. I think college diminished their brain power.

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