The Sure Word for Today's quotation for the week:
God Will Never Disown me.
The Logician — Part 7.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
John 8: 7 (KJV).
The parables and stories of Jesus often illustrate his use of logic. In his teaching about adultery and the cultivation of sexual lust, Jesus makes the statement, “If your right eye makes you to stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell,” and similarly for your right hand. (Matthew 5:29-30).
What, exactly, is Jesus doing here? One would certainly be mistaken in thinking that he is advising anyone to dismember themself as a way of escaping damnation. One must keep the context in mind. Jesus is exhibiting the righteousness that goes beyond the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees. This latter was righteousness that took as its goal to not do anything wrong. If not doing anything wrong is the goal, that could be achieved by dismembering yourself and making actions impossible.
What you cannot do, you certainly will not do. Remove your eye, your hand, etc., therefore, and you will roll into heaven a disfigured stump. The price of dismemberment would be small compared to the reward of heaven. That is the logical conclusion for one who held the beliefs of the Scribes and the Pharisees. Jesus is urging them to be consistent with their principles and do in practice what their principles imply.
Like Jesus, you need logic, and the best way to strengthen your logical thinking skills are:
SPEND TIME ON CREATIVE HOBBIES. Creative outlets like drawing, painting, writing, and playing music can stimulate the brain and help promote logical thinking. Creative thinking naturally develops problem-solving abilities that can help you become a better performer at work.
PRACTICE QUESTIONING. One of the best ways to strengthen your logical thinking skills is to ask questions about things you typically accept as fact.
SOCIALISE WITH OTHERS. Building relationships with others can broaden your perspective, giving you more opportunities to develop your logical thinking skills.
LEARN A NEW SKILL. Learning a new skill can also help you sharpen your logic skills. When you take the opportunity to learn as often as possible, you can apply the same level of thinking to your job.
TRY TO ANTICIPATE THE OUTCOME OF YOUR DECISIONS. When working to strengthen your logical thinking skills, it is helpful to consider what impact your decisions might have in the future. The closer you pay attention to the results of your decisions, the easier the process will become.
All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the HOLY BIBLE unless otherwise indicated.
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