Self is subjective. There’s no objectivity without self-denial. Subjectivity tries to defend what we want. Objectivity tries to discover what is really true, even if we don’t want it to be so.
People’s thoughts, feelings, and desires can be objectively tested against reality. They don’t have to be subjectively accepted. To identify people by their self-proclaimed feelings and desires is subjective. Their feelings and desires don’t define who they are!
Without honesty there can be no objectivity. When the human conscience says, “Be honest,” it’s being objective! If you’re unwilling to openly go against your feelings, desires, and opinions, you can’t be objective!
If you consistently see things as you want them to be, you’ll wander in deception. You’ll seldom stumble into truth.
Cherry picking facts that confirm your feelings and desires is a weak attempt to make subjectivity seem objective. Subjectivity interprets life as you want it to be. Objectivity tries to interpret life as it is. Pride interprets things subjectively. It requires genuine humility to things as they really are.
My own inner voice is subjective. It twists things to please me. The inner voice of Jesus is objective. It tells me the way things really are, even when I don’t want to know.
People who follow the risen Jesus aren’t living by their own rules. They deny their own rules and self-focused desires in order to obey Him.
The purpose of
The Gospel story
Isn’t to supply material
For boring sermons.
It’s to empower people
To live in God’s glory!
Life becomes amazing when you open your heart to Spirit-led visioning. Christianity becomes “a spectator sport” when no commitment or responsibilities are expected, and no Spirit-led objectives set.
If you’re a Christ-follower your heart should be full of live wires flowing with the risen Jesus, not dead power lines that carry no current. If it’s not your primary objective to hear, follow, and obey the living Jesus, it won’t “just happen.”
Faith without implementation is empty, religious speculation. Christianity was never intended to be aimless sitting in church. Jesus said: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”
Christians aren’t called to defeat people. They’re called to defeat their own temptations and ungodly desires.
Great explanation, Steve! My article on the Me-Virus pandemic, at https://marcushurstauthor.com/the-most-distructive-pandemic, provides a unique twist on this subject.
Love the concept of “the Me-Virus.”