How’s it going?
How are you?
How are you doing?
Or an abbreviated version of that.
There are so many ways to acknowledge another person and the state of their life at the present moment. These are mainly used as informal greetings.
Or we might greet someone this way.
How are you feeling?
But, when it comes to our overall well being there is one thing that overrules all these other states of being. It is not about feelings, it is thinking.
What occupies our minds has more to do with our health and well being than anything else. The question of critical importance for every one of us is this. At this moment in time in your existence…
“How are you thinking?”
But, no one goes around saying, “How are you thinking?” do they?
Well maybe we should. What is on our mind affects our emotional and spiritual health, which in turn affect our physical health, more than anything else we do.
How am I thinking, indeed.
8 Watch out that nobody uses philosophy and hollow trickery to take you captive!
The word that the Bible is using for “takes you captive” is originally the picture of conquering armies taking the defeated people back to their countries as slaves. To take you captive is to control you against your will.
Well what is philosophy and hollow trickery?
Philosophy means literally, “Love of words.” A philosophy has to do with the words that occupy your thinking. We all have a philosophy of life, a view of the world that we use as a filter for our thinking.
Christianity is a worldview based on the model and teaching of Jesus. Jesus introduced radical teachings into world history, such as:
“Love your enemy”
(“Love”= will the good of another and work for it in your range of influence)
“The greatest of you is servant to all”
Jesus lived all of these out, and gave the ultimate teaching through his death on the cross. Giving his life for the sake of his enemies.
No one else comes close. Mohammed didn’t do any of this. Neither did Buddha. Neither did Confucius. Only Jesus.
Of course there is that whole resurrection thing, but that’s for another day…
There is no philosophy or worldview that comes close to explaining reality better than Christianity.