Larry Norman’s song, Nothing Really Changes begins with the lines, “Nothing really changes, everything remains the same, we are what we are till the day that we die.”
In Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 (NLT), Solomon wrote:
“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.”
Or as the KJV puts it… “There are no new things under the sun.”
Humans are creatures of habit. which is what Solomon was noting. We repeat what we’ve always done. Rarely do we choose to do things different. We like to sit in the same place in class, go to the same places, and often times try to get the same waitress at a resturaunt.
We like new things. We get upset when we have the “same old same old”
The law of diminishing return prevents repeated things from having the same amount of enjoyment.
So… why choose this topic as one of the Fantastical 5 to start with?
I realized that I am no exception. I am out there and willing to accept/and listen to multiple beliefs. I’m not a fan of the status quo, and am always looking for ways to improve and grow myself and others.
When it comes to the couch, I have my spot.
I have included a picture of part of it as an example!
Like Sheldon Cooper, I don’t like it when others sit in my spot.
This puts me at odds with myself at times… Especially in terms of Christianity.
I attend Riverstone Church, it’s a wesleyan, filled with the Spirit, conservative teaching matched with flag waving, dancing, Daniel Bashta is my worship leader worship. Yet, I attend a very conservative Southern Baptist seminary.
Many of my fellow seminary students consider the church that helped my church get started is full heretical, and many of them have criticized me for holding the beliefs that my church hold.
I chose New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary because I didn’t want to have to argue conservative principles. I believe completely the Nicene and Apostles Creed, but also that the Holy Spirit is alive, and working here today. I believe all the gifts are around and available to everyone that the Holy Spirit seems fit to give the gifts to.
Do any of you have things you believe in or do that may seem contradictory?
I think we all do.
It’s what we do about it that makes the difference.
Many times when we struggle with beliefs that appear contradictory, they are struggles already had in the past, by people in the past. Perhaps we should look to the past to see what could be done in the future?
How about yourself. Have you done it? What was your experience and if it helped, how did it help you?