Friday, August 14, 2015

Let the Journey Begin With an Open-mind

            To my dear Reader: Please understand this series builds on itself. If you join now without reading from the beginning you will miss the logic train. To understand this series the reader needs to be aware that I will pull statements from previous posts that will hold crucial information supporting my claims.

            Okay I understand I started a journey on Unmasking Purpose and you my dear reader are now wondering what gives me (Ben Rollins) the authority to write on this subject?
            How dare a 21 year old kid who has no college degree, and has never been the popular or likable guy say he knows the secret?
          Be forewarned I myself have suffered from depression. What would entice a person like myself to believe I can write on Purpose much less Unmask its secret?
           To answer that question  dear reader is precisely why you must read with an open-mind and discover with me if I am a lunatic or if Unmasking Purpose can be a secret given freely even to a 21 year old whose life from the outside looking in might seem like a train wreck.
                                                            Quote #1
"If a person does not understand that the purpose of life defines lifestyle, then the lifestyle itself is hollow and the life is squandered." Ravi Zacharias
     Purpose can only exist if a person believes they have meaning 
  1.   purpose is meaning
  2.  meaning is the why to the existence of life. 
Therefore where you place your purpose in life will ultimately determine
  1. how you reason why you exist 
  2. Why you have life 
Purpose is identity therefore if your identity gets taken so will your desire to live. 
                                                            Theory #1
                                           Understanding What The Bible Is
       Boom I revealed my religious card.. Keep reading this point on the Bible is a crucial stepping stone to finding true purpose.
       If the Bible is the book of time and not a manual on how to live this life it changes everything.
As a book of time indicates the Bible essentially is a history of time. History of time means it is reporting time therefore the Bible is reportage.
Why is that significant?
       To understand why this changes everything you first have to see what the Bible is reporting. Next you must ask do I believe what the Bible is reporting?? just like you would when watching ABC news.

What does the bible report of time?

       It reveals the meaning of why time exists, it reveals why man needed Jesus, it reveals how all created beings are made for a purpose, and most significant is that the Bible reports Jesus is the son of God and that he is the point.

      The Bible is reporting Jesus if you miss this and read it as a manual on how to live a moral life you will fall into confusion when you read events in the Bible that are simply reporting the fall of man and thus think those vs are teaching you how to live when in all actuality the Bible as a history of time would only be reporting events to demonstrate the need man has for Jesus.
       Key points Reportage of time is not the same as a manual to live.
This means we must discover for ourselves if we believe what the Bible reports due to the fact that it reports the following in Philippians

"Christ Jesus, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:6-11)".

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