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The Spirit of Mental Confusion - 11:29 AM, 12/26/2008


The Spirit of Mental Confusion

Bernard Pyron

It's interesting that Babel in Hebrew means confusion and Babulon or Babylon
in Greek also means confusion. We are now living in a time of confusion. There
is a confusion between right and wrong and often what would have been clearly
seen as being wrong 20 or 30 years ago is now done. For example,  the
13 day execution of helpless Terri Schiavo, upheld by the courts, and not
stopped by the Bush regime or Congress, demonstrates that moral confusion in a
horrible way.

I think that part of the confusion described in the Bible and that which we
now see going on is a mental state. You could say its a result of a heightened
form of the spirit of antichrist (I John 4:3).

Confusion is a blurring of right and wrong.

Evil in our time is partly hidden; its also a mystery, as Paul says in II
Thessalonians 2: 7. There is a confusion or blurring of right and wrong now, a
loss of moral clarity.

There is also a blurring of understanding.

Paul writes in Romans 1: 22 that "Professing themselves to be wise, they
became fools." He is talking about hose who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
"They became fools" is all one word in the Greek, emoranthesan. This is
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance number 3471, from number 3474, moros, which
Strong's says means dull or stupid. The Analytical Greek Lexicon Revised, by
Harold K. Moulton, says that moraino in Romans 1: 22 means "to be rendered
insipid." That suggests being dull or lifeless. Vine's Expository Dictionary of
New Testament Words tells us that moros, the root word for moraino, and hence
emoranthesan, means "stupid, foolish"

Emoranthesan is in the aorist tense and passive voice in Romans 1: 22. Note
that an "e" is put before moraino and the verb ending "thesan" is part of the
change to put it in the passive aorist. The sentence could be translated as
"Professing themselves to be wise, they became stupid." Since its passive it
means "they passively received a state of stupidity." This is what has
happened to many people living at this time. They have passively received a
mental condition of stupidity from America Babylon and from the spirit of
antichrist (I John 4: 3). Most of the people who have acquired a diminished
cognitive clarity did not of themselves seek to become that way; it just
happened to them.

There has been a loss of sharp discernment in the world that seems to be more
evident in the U.S. perhaps because 50 years ago were were not nearly that
lacking in discernment. Paul says in I Corinthians 14: 33 "For God is not the
author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints." John
Gill and Matthew Henry take this to mean that there must be order in churches,
so that everyone does not talk at the same time. Yet I still think that
confusion is in part a condition of the mind. Paul mentions a renewing of the
mind in Romans 12: 2, that God has given us the spirit of a sound mind in II
Timothy 1: 7, and that we may have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2: 16). The
Holy Spirit in regeneration can give us a mind that is not badly confused in
either knowing right and wrong or in cognitive discernment.

Understanding in general requires the ability to pay attention. This
cognitive skill has been diminished in many people, and it is something needed
to read and understand moderately demanding texts. The people who do not pay
attention very well do not exert much mental effort to understand what is going
on in the world. And these people do not have a very large amount of information
in their memory on ideas, issues, events, people and things. E.D. Hirsch in The
First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (1989) says problems in reading are due to
inadequate amount of information held in memory. He says "More and more of our
young people don't know things we used to assume they knew."

Those with cognitive clarity problems, or lack of clear discernment of the
times, are not able to make connections very well between what information they
do have stored in their memories. They do not spell out in an explicit way or
elaborate in detail what they know in thought or in communicatiuon. And so,
they often cannot remember something at he right time to make use of that
memory. And they have trouble in creating new combinations of ideas, which is
vital to being creative.

I think that mental confusion in our time can be partly caused by unclear,
ambiguous and deceptive communication to us from other people, from the
mainsteam media and the government.

The Bush regime claims we are in a "war on terrorism." But this "war" has
been based upon lies and deceptions and communications that are too vague.

Communicating in vague generalities can contribute to mental confusion and
cognitive unclarity. I have noticed that within the Dot Com Culture - and this
culture is discussed on ther Internet - there is often an inability or
unwillingness to communicate clearly. Those who offer software that can be
downloaded, for example, may not tell a user in explicit language step by step
how to use their software. Many times the user has to learn by trial and error.

Though George Orwell never said he had become a Christian, he was in some ways
a fairly clear thinker and could write well. In his essay, "Politics and the
English language," he said that "...politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions,
folly, hatred and schizophrenia." Orwell called for the use of clear language.
When language becomes so ambiguous as to be virtually meaningless, or nonsense,
it is schizophrenic in nature.

Satan, Lucifer, or the devil is not only the father of lies, he is also the author of confusion. As servants of Satan, occultists often create confusion in commenting
on Scripture, Second and third century gnosticism - which infiltrated early Christianity - also created some confusion in the way the gnostics
treated Bible doctrines.

Paul says in I Corinthians 14: 8-11 that "...if the trumpet give an uncertain
sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter
by the tongue words easy to understand, how shall it be known what is spoken?
for ye shall speak into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices
in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know
not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and
he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me." The words that are spoken
should have a clear signification to the hearers.

He is telling us here that it is better for the edification of the brethren
that we speak in a clear language that can be understood and not in unknown
tongues. But what he says can be applied in a general way to the issue of
communicating in vague generalities which can be interpreted in so many
different ways. Is he suggesting that those who do not communicate clearly are
barbarians?

Bernard
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