- Posted January 3, 2013 by
pasig city, Philippines
Man need not be spiritually blind (I was blind but now I can see!)
The findings of Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University, suggest that magical and supernatural beliefs are hardwired into our brains from birth and that religions are therefore tapping into a powerful psychological force. Accordingly, the way children's brains develop suggests that during the process of evolution those with religious tendencies began to benefit from their beliefs - possibly by working in groups to ensure the future of their community. Hood’s work is supported by other researchers who have found evidence linking religious feelings and experience to particular regions of the brain. Hence, researchers have come to conclusion that humans are programmed to believe in God because it gives them a better chance of survival.
The scientific findings that a supernatural belief is hardwired into our brains is a positive development that provides answer to our instinctive religious tendency. Yet, it also presents inherent human vulnerability to false religious teachings too. Very regretfully, when man becomes matured enough to be able to understand teachings about God according to the scripture, false preachers are lurking everywhere to accomplish their mission to propagate spiritual deception at every turn and opportunity. For this reason, many are swayed and many more are expected to be swayed into the wrong concept of religious belief sponsored by deceitful workers. ("For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." - 2 Cor 11:13-14)
Searching for the righteous spirit
There is therefore a need for people to be able to discern the true messenger of God who preaches the Biblical truth as compared to the false prophets of sanctimonious groups who propagate man made doctrines and spiritual fallacies. (1 John 4:1 - Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world). This has been the case in the search for truth by some American, African, Filipino, other European and Asian citizens prior to their induction as Members, Church of God International (MCGI), the true bible based Christian church.
The diversity of people’s nationalities and former religious affiliations has not been a hindrance to them as they listened to Bro. Eli Soriano, the spiritual leader of MCGI and they have appreciated the wisdom of his uncompromising revelation of the Biblical truth. His sensible and undefiled Biblical method of propagation used to successfully expose the sanctimonious practices by groups hiding under the cloak of Christian religion. However, as people elsewhere became enlightened and followed him in droves, the organized and powerful detractors on the other hand were threatened and became excessively envious and insecure. Hence, Bro. Eli had become a fair game and target of endless harassments, vicious smear campaign and other forms of persecution. http://www.scribd.com/doc/99550861/The-Nightmare-of-False-Prophets-2-Hated-by-INC-Because-of-HIS-Name
Notwithstanding the devious attempt to picture him out as a wicked person, Bro. Eli (who is considered as the nightmare of false prophets) has time and again exposed his detractors’ spiritual and intellectual bankruptcy. If it is Biblically stated that none of the wicked shall understand, how then can Bro. Eli, with his impeccable biblical wisdom and with a horde of God fearing followers worldwide be effectively portrayed as wicked? (“Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” - Daniel 12:10).
Bro. Eli’s numerous worldwide Bible Expositions where he used to open himself up to a kind of no holds barred questionings and scrutiny from hard headed false pastors (who used to end up into submission) and from the real truth seekers (who used to attain spiritual enlightenment from him) are testaments to his irrefutable biblical knowledge and understanding. (“If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.” – John 7:17-18)
Spiritually blind no more
While it is true that psychologist researchers have come to conclusion that man is programmed to believe in God, he is practically “spiritually blind” until such time he comes to learn the Biblical Word of God.
By way of figurative parallelism, all of us are considered “legally blind” upon birth and up to about six months according to a famous pediatrician from Reno, Nevada Dr. Susan E.C. Sorensen. That doesn't mean however that at this age, they see as clearly as an adult with perfect vision because attaining a vision of 20/20 normally takes some time. http://www.babycenter.com/408_when-will-my-baby-see-clearly_1368493.bc .
In other words, even if the belief in God is hardwired into our brain, we may still be considered “spiritually blind” in much the same way that we are “legally blind” upon birth. The time and the process it takes to do away with “spiritual blindness” is much longer and more complicated than the natural remedy for “legal blindness”.
In my case, I was able to do away with my “spiritual blindness” when I had the chance to listen to Bro. Eli as he was preaching the pure and undefiled Biblical doctrine of Christ. Yes, like the other brethren of MCGI similarly situated, I was blind but now I can see! Thanks be to God!