Are you being taught milk or meat?

"Milk or Meat" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Milk or Meat” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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You can control people by controlling information.

Funny, but while preparing this cartoon, I came across a post I wrote some years ago called How to Control People.

I believed it then and I believe it now. It’s about controlling what they know.

One of the most radical, independent, and dangerous things you can do is educate yourself.

Maybe you’ve already seen the consequences of informing yourself. Care to share?

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12 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    YES! Exactly! Teaching people the different methods for understanding and living the scripture is so key! Then, they can prepare the ‘meat’ on their own, consider it, and eat some and reject some.

    Later in time, they may find the formerly rejected ‘bones’ and perfect for soup making! lol…

    I think of the churches that I have visited, and remember one Calvary Chapel just teaching ‘through the Bible’, and not helping their people to learn multiple ways to interpret, understand, and apply the passages. Thus, it seemed the people only understood one viewpoint.

    In short, the church was filled with wonderful, sincere, and lovely children – most in their 20’s and 30’s.

  2. irreverance says:

    >>You can control people by controlling information.<<

    So true. Unfortunately, too many people in positions of power are also very good at it.

  3. Aj says:

    So stinking true!! Recently my former church had a guest speaker who gave a controversial sermon. Everyone was talking about it and I certainly didn’t agree with all of it. But I loved that people actually had something to talk about for once. The scary part was that the head pastor immediately took the sermon down from the church website. Heaven forbid we think about and talk about controversial topics!!!

    So glad you are back. Hope it was a refreshing and wonderful break for both of you.

  4. Thanks Aj. It was nice. Too nice!

  5. Rose says:

    Yes, I took Disciple One Bible, which some folks consider too liberal, I guess because it allowed us to make up our own minds on how literal to take something, and actually being literal left more room for error than most. Our leader was an ordained elder from UMC, where we aren’t required to check our brains at the front door. We also used the Qur’an for comparison.

  6. Ducatihero says:

    Oh yes totally people can be controlled by controlling information. There’s a reason why the printing press was thought of by some as being of the devil.

    Could we add guilt and fear to the list for controlling people?

    Yes the consequences of informing yourself, I have found sometimes to be met with contempt, sometimes with surprise and sometimes with honest interest.

    I guess what comes to my.mind is the question what do we do with the various responses? No point sharing pearls with swine? On the other hand it can be so rewarding can it not to share and discuss ideas?

    Someone once said :

    Great minds discuss ideas,
    Average minds discuss events
    Small minds discuss people

    I think there is something in that.

  7. Lydia says:

    “Recently my former church had a guest speaker who gave a controversial sermon. Everyone was talking about it and I certainly didn’t agree with all of it. But I loved that people actually had something to talk about for once. The scary part was that the head pastor immediately took the sermon down from the church website. Heaven forbid we think about and talk about controversial topics!!! ”

    I have seen this happen more times than I can count. Christians think debate is bad. They think any controversy is unseemly. We are to look like happy placid robots spouting the party line. Not seriously going deep and wrestling with the hard stuff.

    One of the most interesting things I ever did was attend some classes at a Jewish Temple. It was not indoctrination like so many evangelical bible studies… It was a rousing discussion on what this or that meant and the historical backdrop, etc, etc. It made you think about through angles, etc. It actually made God bigger. That is so missing in most of evangelical Christianity.

  8. Laura Beth says:

    faith is about the individual ability to live the question, not about the institutions ability to produce an answer.

  9. OOOOO Laura Beth, you’re going to like my new book coming out this summer, “Questions are the Answer”.

  10. Lydia says:

    “OOOOO Laura Beth, you’re going to like my new book coming out this summer, “Questions are the Answer”.”

    Well, that ought to be good! It seems that idea is very Jewish from my time around some of that tradition. It is about “thinking” not indoctrinating with answers.

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