There are two phrases that I question. The first one is when I hear people say “it is what it is” because that means the person has resigned themselves to accept the circumstances rather than fight for what they feel is right. The fight has gone out of them and they accept that it is what it is and nothing is going to change it.
The second phrase is “it’s just the way of life”. This is also known as “it’s the new normal” or “that’s the way it is”. I heard a funny thing the other day where a politician was telling the audience to trust the science yet Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “the important thing is to never stop questioning”. If you adhere to the thoughts of Vinod Khosla, an Indian-American billionaire businessman and venture capitalist, when he states “Religion asks you to believe things without questioning, and technology and science always encourage you to ask hard questions and why it is important in science and technology. So I was always interested in science and technology”, then the two phrases I hear so often take on an almost religious attitude. I would like to counter with this; when Thomas was doubtful and questioning the return of Christ, Jesus did not come up to Thomas and destroy Him but rather Jesus provided the proof.
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:24-29 NIV
The final sentence says it all for me. “because you have seen, you believe, blessed are those who have not seen and yet they believe.” Thomas asked for proof but the key is this, he accepted the proof. When people first come to hear the Truth, there are questions, there are inquiries. This is, for many, not a blind following but rather an educated choice based on research and facts. Like all inquiries, there are those who will oppose, who will not listen to the proof and try to sway. This is a fact of human behaviour. We all have a choice to make but those who are not willing to hear the opinions of others and decide to default to accept the phrase “that’s just the way it is” are only robbing themselves of the chance to grow in knowledge and wisdom by testing, researching and asking for the proof. Put you finger here, do you feel the nail holes, do you recognize the spear’s entry point? The neutral path is to accept society’s lethargy and resign to walking the fence between good and evil. Just remember, the evil one owns the fence.
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