How the World Around Us Influences Our Understanding

David Powlison, in his book, Seeing With New Eyes, discusses how we as humans are influenced by the world around us – how the world around us impacts our understanding of reality. He says that “The intellectual source for the notion that your experience of your father deterines your view of the heavenly Father is psychodynamic psychology, not the Bible. The notion was developed by men such as Sigmund Freud and Erik Erikson. They rightly observed that people often fabricate their own gods. Psychodynamic theory made this “from the bottom up” pattern into a normative explanation for ideas of God…Popular versions of this way of thinking now infuse our culture.”
Seeing With New Eyesp. 175

I just wonder how much of the way I view and understand things has been first influenced by the world around me, and then, after that, influenced by what God says in the Bible. Whereas we should be understanding the world around us through the lens of what God says in the Bible.

“One needn’t choose between truth and love: people grow in the way Ephesians 4:15-16 describes. My point is simply a matter of getting first things first so that our vision of human love connects with God’s love, rather than competes with it.
People change when the Holy Spirit brings the love of God to their hearts through the Gospel. Whoever receives the Spirit of adoption as God’s child learns to cry out, “Abba, Father.” People change when they see that they are responsible for what they believe about God. Life is experience is no excuse for believing lies; the world and the devil don’t excuse the flesh. People change when biblical truth becomes more loud and vivid than previous life experience. People change when they have ears to hear and eyes to see what God tells us about Himself.”
Seeing With New Eyes, p. 177


About Aaron Golby

Christian. Husband to Katherine.
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