PLEASE READ & THINK AT YOUR OWN RISK…of g~e~n~t~l~y stretching/(exercising within reason) Your Own Mind—Your Own Power(s) of Reason:)
Thinking about: flexibility, hypermobility, and contortion–differing phenomena…and any long-term damage to spine….may be? (mind) front benders and back benders…are spineless? or have damaged consciences? or a damaged consciousness? or are dangerously/fatally indecisive?? or too wishy-washy?? Or just exercising their particular mind-range-of-motion…also, thinking about (mind) performing arts…(i.e. enterology—squeezing one’s body into a small box).
(Mind) boxes various minds stuff themselves in; crowded.
Bodies have healthy/reasonable limits of movement/actions and so? should minds, eh?…to remain healthy & safe, etc. FIT!
Some bodies are more flexible than others…minds…move, moving…
Being a healthy, flexible/open-minded s–t–r–e–t–c–h–y thinker is one thing…however, too much over-stretching can be damaging & dangerous in my P.O.V.
Just doing some “surface” thinking…seems like IF …too overly-rigid or too overly-stretched-out brain..lol…mind …
elastic waist bands serve a purpose!…suppose to hold up your pants/skirt!…yet, when the waist band doesn’t snap back…is over-stretched…it’s not working properly, right? Yeah, thinking/reading (briefly tonight) about neural plasticity…strengthening and weakening…and shaping, structure, function..(a fascinating subject/topic for me, however, secondary to spiritual topics which i prioritize)…
tests of faith arise, (tests of elasticity? snapping, breaking, stretching abilities/growth) etc. Anyway…these above-mentioned thoughts bring me to this:
Backbone of FAITH and COURAGE based on (sufficient “accurate” knowledge (doesn’t always include every minute detail)) needed for “stability” and spiritually-active-life-saving-decisiveness, eh?
Abraham certainly had backbone!! Not a coward… and not disagreeable!… actually, his test was more of an agreeable test of… “willingly” performing the seemingly “disagreeable” act/sacrifice. Why would he willingly do such an act?
Whose gonna have the last laugh?? (The faith FULL?)…(beware of mind poison, huh?;)
Abraham had already built up his immunity (his FAITH) in God/”true” salvation and the resurrection…(HOPE)
He foreshadowed what God himself was willing and would do in offering up (his beloved son Isaac on altar) for all of humanity…Jesus Christ–God’s Son.
Interesting reading on subject: Abraham, Faith, Sacrifice, Resurrection:
3 According to a recent estimate, one of the worst pandemics in human history was the Spanish influenza of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Other diseases are more lethal in a sense. While they may infect fewer people, they kill a higher percentage of the people they do infect.* However, what if we were to compare sin to such a pandemic? Recall the words of Romans 5:12: “Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned.” The infection rate of sin is 100 percent, since all imperfect humans sin. (Read Romans 3:23.) And what is the mortality rate? Paul wrote that sin brings death “to all men.”
4 Many today do not see sin and death in such dire terms. They worry about what they call premature death, but they dismiss as “natural” the death that creeps up on humans through the aging process. It is all too easy for humans to forget the Creator’s perspective. Our lifespan is infinitely shorter than he meant it to be. Actually, no human has lived for even “one day” from Jehovah’s point of view. (2 Pet. 3:8) God’s Word thus says that our lives are as transitory as a season’s growth of grass or as an exhaled breath. (Ps. 39:5; 1 Pet. 1:24) We need to keep that perspective in mind. Why? If we see the severity of the “disease” that afflicts us, we can better appreciate the value of the “cure”—our deliverance.
Jehovah asked the faithful man Abraham to do something supremely difficult—to offer up his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Now, Abraham was a loving father. Jehovah spoke to him of Isaac as “your only son whom you so love.” (Gen. 22:2) Still, Abraham saw that doing Jehovah’s will was even more important than his love for Isaac. Abraham went ahead and obeyed. However, Jehovah did not allow Abrahamto do what He himself would do one day. God sent an angel to stop Abraham just before sacrificing his son. Abraham had been so determined to obey his God in this difficult test that he felt sure that his only hope of seeing the young man alive again would be by means of a resurrection. But he had complete faith that God would perform such a resurrection. Indeed, Paul said that Abraham did receive Isaac back by resurrection “in an illustrative way.”—Heb. 11:19.
14 Can you begin to imagine Abraham’s pain as he prepared to offer up his son? In a sense, Abraham’s experience helps to illustrate that of Jehovah in sacrificing the one he called “my Son, the beloved.” (Matt. 3:17) Remember, though, that Jehovah’s pain was likely more intense. He and his Son had enjoyed associating together for countless millions, perhaps even billions, of years. The Son worked joyously with the Father as his beloved “master worker” and as his Spokesman, “the Word.” (Prov. 8:22,30, 31; John 1:1) What Jehovah endured as his Son was tormented, ridiculed, and then executed as a criminal is far more than we can know. Our deliverance cost Jehovah dearly!
How might we illustrate why we should appreciate the deliverance that Jehovah has made possible for us?
16 Let us return to the illustration given at the outset. Suppose the doctor who finds the cure to the disease were to approach the patients in your ward with this offer: Any patient who accepts treatment and follows the prescribed regimen will without fail be cured. What if most of your fellow patients refused to follow the doctor’s direction, arguing that it would be too much trouble to take the medicine or adhere to the prescribed regimen? Would you go along with them, even though you had convincing evidence that the cure really worked? Of course not! No doubt you would express thanks for the cure and then follow the doctor’s instructions carefully, perhaps even telling others of your choice. In a far greater sense, each of us should be eager to show Jehovah just how much we appreciate the deliverance that he has made possible through the ransom sacrifice of his Son.—Read Romans 6:17, 18. [excerpts Do You Value What Jehovah Has Done to Deliver You? w ’09]
It’s not that big of a mind stretch to appreciate Abraham’s Act of Faith…the point…Yes, Abraham was a man of Great, Sturdy Faith…faith based on “convincing” evidence…what evidence?! check it out (my purple highlights):
12, 13. What powerful basis for faith in the resurrection did Abraham have?
12 Abraham, who was described as “Jehovah’s friend,” was a man of outstanding faith. (James 2:23) Paul referred to Abraham’s faith three times in his listing of faithful men and women recorded in the 11th chapter of Hebrews. (Hebrews 11:8, 9, 17) His third reference focuses on the faith Abraham displayed when he obediently prepared to offer up his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham was convinced that the promise of a seed through Isaac was guaranteed by Jehovah. Even if Isaac were to die as a sacrifice, Abraham “reckoned that God was able to raise him up even from the dead.”
13 As events turned out, when Jehovah saw the strength of Abraham’s faith, he arranged for an animal to substitute as a sacrifice. Still, Isaac’s experience served as an illustration of the resurrection, as Paul explained: “From there he [Abraham] did receive him [Isaac] also in an illustrative way.” (Hebrews 11:19) More than that,Abraham already had a powerful basis for his belief in the resurrection. Had not Jehovah brought back to life Abraham’s reproductive powers when he and his wife, Sarah, came together in their old age and produced their son, Isaac?—Genesis 18:10-14; 21:1-3; Romans 4:19-21. [Excerpts The Resurrection a Bible Teaching That Affects You w ’05]
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