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Some people accuse Christians of using the Bible as a mind-control tool. The only way to build a church and retain members, they say, is to use brainwashing tactics to coerce people into lifestyle ...
With 613 Laws of the Old Testament called the Mitzvot and 38 Commandments from the four Gospels or 1050 commands via repetition in the New Testament for believers to obey, the Bible clearly seeks absolute control and ownership of the believer. Make no mistake, The LORD, whose name is Jealous (Exod 34:14), demands the total surrender of every blood-bought believer - body, soul and spirit (the soul being the seat of the will and intellect). God desires, demands and expects total control of each of His blood-bought elect. We the redeemed who were once - ‘perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them (2 Cor 4:3, 4) - have likewise relinquished our rights for Yahweh’s. He owns us. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s (1 Cor 3:23). The Lord El Shaddai - God Almighty - needs none to apologize for Him concerning this truth. But more than change, a transformation is due and that by submission: submission to the Holy Spirit who desires His elect to be transformed and conformed to His likeness - the likeness of the Messiah Yeshua. This is part of the whole redemptive act revealed from Genesis to the post-millennial age of the book of Revelation. Jesus Himself gave us the standard, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt 5:48) Paul expressed the same differently: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom 12:2). Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (2 Cor 3:16) Conversely, if the cliché holds true that 'God loves you just the way you are' why then the bible's list of “do's and don'ts” for us to change by yielding to another standard? So, “Is the Bible mind control?” To answer the question per se, my humble opinion is "Yes, the Bible is mind control" because the argument against it seems like a distinction without a difference. PS the answer is to the question apart from the undeniable fact that the institutional Church do exercise mind control over the masses via subtle suggestions, redefinition, repetitive hypnosis, branding, etc.
If one says the Bible is a mind control book, I would say they are right and wrong basing on the intention of saying so. If you say it is a mind control book with the intention to deem it as fictitious, then you are wrong. On the other hand though, if you say it with the intention to mean it controls people a certain way, then you are right, because it does, in positive terms though, for it controls them the way of God.The Bible does indeed seek to influence our thinking so that we think well. It is rich with a holistic approach of all issues that touch humans and human life.However though, far above from just being that, the Bible is life, for it is the proven word of God. But let us also look at in the following ways: 1) The Bible as a book of history 2) The Bible as a book of Law 3) The Bible as a book of social life 4) The Bible as a book of prophecy 5) The Bible as a book of spiritual guidance You will realize that all of us, our lives can be summed up in these major areas which do directly touch and or influence us in very tremendous ways. The Bible as a book of history There is no one single book anywhere in the world that gives us an assured account of all the ancient history as the Bible does. Where many scientists are fidgeting to find traces of their beliefs and conclusions, the Bible already has an answer. Funny enough, many of whoever dispute the Bible, will go on to believe the accounts of the stories of Moses, King David, above all, the origin and subsequent divine emergence of the nation of Israel. The Bible goes on to give us much of the mappings of the Middle East and the mappings of the journey of the children of Israel to the promised land. Whoever disputes this, has the space to raise a finger. As to authenticate this, requires wider space which we may not have here. On the account of history therefore, the Bible is not just a mind control book, it is indeed a book of facts. The Bible as a book of Law There is no one single government, nation or country anywhere in the world which has a constitution which is entirely de-linked from the Bible. Most of the different aspects of basic law have their traces in the law books of Moses. If you are to look at it in terms of human rights, whatever human right there be, Jesus champions it. In Jesus' preachings, He often said "...he who has ears let him hear, and he who has eyes, let him see...", meaning, you have the space to go either way, though you bear the blunt of all your decisions. The Bible as a book of social life No one else teaches human relations as does Jesus. The beatitudes in Mathew 5, and the following chapters of 6 and 7, all go on to give a picture of how best people can live in love and harmony amongst each other. It would be ridiculous for anyone to simply conclude all is mind control. The Bible as a book of prophecy No other book gives an account of yet to be fulfilled and already fulfilled prophecies as the Bible does. If you are to make a study of the prophecies of prophets as Isaiah, Daniel and Jeremiah, many of which have already passed, can be well traced & referenced in the holy scriptures. The Bible as a book of spiritual guidance No other book gives an account of the spiritual world as does the Bible. I was a Muslim before letting in CHRIST as my LORD and Savior, I had read the Qur'an many times. Now, let me say this, not out of fanaticism and or hate, it is the truth, the Qur'an is a hell of confusion with no background and steady chronological flow of events. The Qur'an does not give a description of who God is. On the other hand though, the Bible guides us on what spiritual beings we are, and what being God is (John 4:24). Millions testify of the Bible as having guided them to understanding the truth behind the truth. A book with such a blend can't just be deemed a mind control one, just for the sake of it. For it touches every bit of real life issues. If the Bible is just a mind control book, then there should be no book!
My thought is that The Holy Spirit is Gods Spirit in us. When we give ourselves up to Him, The Holy Spirit comes Alive in our inner man. Giving us the ability to resist temptations to do wrong (evil) things. The so called conscious in us, is God.
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