Think For Yourself (Pedigree Is Not Everything)

Source: MasterClass Live with Neil deGrasse Tyson | MasterClass (Master Class) 2020 A.D.

John 4:24 “24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Luke 12:51 “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

God, Himself is truth. John 4:24 tells us to worship God in Spirit and in truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 tells us many will believe the lie because they did not receive the love of truth thus they refuse to believe the truth. In Luke 12:51, Jesus Christ Himself says that He did not come to bring peace, but division because He is the truth. The truth will divide people because some can accept it while others can’t. The Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth as John 16:13 says but you have to surrender and accept the truth because love (Jesus Christ is love as 1 John 4:8 and 1 John 4:16 tell us) does not force Himself upon you as 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 speaks of. You cannot educate someone who needs education but they don’t know they need education. Tell the truth with love and grace at all times. Layout the truth and facts that point to the truth and let the Holy Spirit lead the individual you are laying your case out to the conclusion the Holy Spirit desires.

Neil deGrasse Tyson goes in-depth on the bias, truth, and evidence. He comments that pedigree is not everything and that individuals should think for themselves. Follow the evidence, ask questions, and reflect on how you think because Scriptures like 2 Timothy 4:5 tell us to be sober in our mind. Just because you find a quick answer doesn’t mean it is the right answer. The Internet can be one of the most prominent tools used for confirmation bias so try to be as thorough as possible. The fact that those of us in this field actually have to pray and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit through research as He leads us to read historical text is confirmation we are on the right path because many believe the opposite of what we believe. He states that there is no reason in debating things that are objectively true. You can dispute opinions, but you can’t dispute facts.

Tyson tells of how it is important to view multiple different platforms and pieces of evidence from various sources. Always examine any piece of scholarship from multiple viewpoints. He also points out how all of us have a bias, how it is important for us to be aware of our bias, and to know the true depth of our bias. He also clearly states that in academia such as anthropology bias in individuals can be extremely heavy which is why examining scholarship in this field from multiple viewpoints is pivotal. This is also why first-hand accounts, written evidence, paintings and depictions, and oral traditions of what the ancients created in how peoples of ancient civilizations looked and how they were perceived are so important because many modern anthropologists see things through a Eurocentric bias which is filled with racism yet in many cases they are not even aware of it. The closer one is to an actual event taking place and seeing people at that event, the more that individual can be descriptive in stating what actually occurred and how the people there actually looked. This is why more precedence should be placed on what the ancient and medieval scholars wrote about ancient black and mixed civilizations than what modern scholars who are centuries removed from these events have to commentate on. If a modern scholar is seeking to discredit the ancient scholars and contradict what the ancient scholars wrote, be very wary of what the modern scholar is stating and what narrative they are seeking to push forward. However, if a modern scholar is stating information that is consistent with what was noted in the ancient and medieval histories, then that modern scholar is truly following where all the evidence leads.

Tyson also states how important it is to be effective as well as being right which delves into the importance of communication which should all be covered in love and grace through the leading of the Holy Spirit. What we say, how we say it, when we say it, and who we say it to are all critical in communicating ideas in any field, especially this field of study that dives heavily into all topics that our society is extremely sensitive in regards to such as biblical interpretation, how different peoples were described and were perceived hundreds and thousands of years ago, politics, and so much more. Study your audience and pay attention to them so you know how to address them and adjust course accordingly. Press into the Holy Spirit in all that you do, including your research in this field of study, and He will always lead you deeper into Him for He is the truth.

By Black History In The Bible

"And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." - John 8:45-47

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