"The Matrix" clip
Much of what we know come from electrical signals in our brain. We have neural sensors throughout our body which collect information and bring it to our brain. From there we make sense of the information, judge the information, reject the information, and adopt a description of the information to assimilate or accommodate to our beliefs.
Neo is undergoing a serious change in how he understands his existence. He becomes defensive and refuses to believe it. This is a very normal reaction. Change is difficult. Quitting smoking, dieting, switching careers, moving to another state or country, death, divorce, recovery from addictions, etc. Many people try to make changes and suffer or fail. For some, death, divorce, and other tragedies send them into drinking or other harmful actions. Dealing with the pain, loss, confusion, and adapting to a new way of living is an internal struggle. Some refuse to accept it and repress difficult feelings or thoughts. This can be destructive.
Many people depend upon lies to support their beliefs and how they live life. If the truth would be revealed to them they may act a lot like Neo in this clip. Our belief system defends itself. When others tell us we are wrong we often will deny it instinctively. Seeking the truth is about searching ourselves for such defenses which keep us believing and acting upon lies. Anyone who believes they have no defect of character, are sin free, or pure as snow is someone trapped in lies. Anyone who acknowledges they sin yet make no adjustments or changes is someone trapped in lies. What good reason would we have not to change?
We ought to be forever learning, focusing, seeking, thinking, and acting upon God's truth.
Matthew 24:4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you."
"Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment, and are often studied in psychology and behavioral economics."
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We ought to always be discerning
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
Our superficial world teaches us to be a human doing instead of a human being. We are taught how to speak, what to wear, how to drive, wear to get food, how to eat, and how to sleep. When someone acts differently then the way we know and understand we instantly believe something is wrong with that person. If someone wears a swim suit to a formal occasion they must be disturbed. If someone is unemployed they must be going through hard times. If someone doesn't drink alcohol they must have a problem. If someone doesn't go to church, what would that mean? If a person did not sing during service would they be sinning? If an individual skipped the worship and just attended for the sermon would they be missing something? And what if a drug addict came to your church off the street to be saved because they finally realized they needed God, would you send them to a 12 step meeting, and if you did would that be right or wrong?
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
To gain understanding from the spirit we must pay more attention to everything from a spirits point of view. How would the Holy Spirit of God within us see our spouse, coworkers, employers, school mates, teachers, or pastors? What about material things like money, clothes, car, house, status, position, etc? What would Jesus do? We are called to think more like this throughout every day to better understand God and each other's souls.
The terms 'all' and 'every' are terms which lead one to believe perfection. Since God knows we sin he understands we will not and cannot obtain such perfection. Why is all and every used in the bible? Read (http://biblehub.com/greek/3956.htm).
This becomes complicated quickly. We ought to take time and learn each day to better understand the bible.
Examine the source
The bible was written in a different language, different culture, and a different time. We translate and interpret meaning based on our own ideas, customs, and Christian subculture. King James version seems to be the most accurate. Different translations are different.
We tend to do what we see others do and believe what others believe thinking that they must be right. The bible warns us over and over not to do this. We are to seek God, not what someone else tells us about God. There are many "blind Guides." Instead of book studies have bible studies. Skip the middle man. If the bible is the truth and the inspired word of God, why read something else?
Improve objectivity watch for personal bias
Watch for preferences, expectations, wants, favoritism, and personal leanings. Our own belief system often times will defend itself against opposing arguments on reflex without being consciously aware of it. As we discover this spiritual handicap we may learn to identify it more and more as it influences us toward bias activity.
Look for patterns
When something is repeated over and over it deserves more attention. When a teacher in a classroom instructs on something multiple times it would be wise to know and understand it. When different books of the bible repeat certain points it would be wise to know and understand them.
Experience correctly points of interest for correct understanding
The bible speaks about love, but love cannot be understood only by reading about it. It takes participation in active engagement with it, within us, with God, and with others to understand it. Love is a spiritual sensation of God flowing through us.
Many people misinterpret love as some euphoric feeling acquired by obtaining a happy ending fantasy (first love experience). Once crushed by their misplaced dependency upon another person, their God/idol, their everything, they avoid ever giving themselves to another. Once bitten, twice shy. They guard their feelings, withdraw emotionally and spiritually, and live life in a shell. This often leads to emptiness and loneliness. This is not God's intention. God is to be our everything, master, and savior. The knight in shining armor is not our protector. The princess is not our angel. We are all sinners and fail. Such stories, movies, and ideas are ego feeding and God reducing propaganda. They lead us into believing if we only had... then we would be happy. We grow up with it and it is alive in many of us. All we need is God.
Incorrect Interpretation of messages can ruin faith
There are many people who take in parts of a message while excluding themselves from other parts. Selective interpretation occurs based on a person's current beliefs. We seek information to support what we believe. There are many people who believe God is angry with them and sending them to hell. They believe they can't be saved. A pastor may preach an hour on God's love, forgiveness, salvation, and list countless quotes out the bible, but when a person believes so strongly they are going to hell or are unforgivable this preaching will not suffice. Such an individual must recognize their personal bias and prejudice toward their one sided viewing before any help or willingness to see can happen. To learn truth we are to seek God honestly, sincerely, with and open mind and heart.
Romans 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Proverbs 12:19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
Amos 5:10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth.
Zechariah 8:16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts;
Mark 12:14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
John 4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
John 7:18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.
John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 14:16-18 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 15:26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.
John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
John 18:37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Dallas Willard “the Great Omission” Page 125 “This is the fundamental secret of caring for our souls. Our part in thus practicing the presence of God is to direct and redirect our minds constantly to Him… A new, grace-filled habit will replace the former ones as we take intentional steps toward keeping God before us.”