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April 15, 2014

The Realist, The Skeptic, and The Idealist.

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 

As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 

For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

(Apostle Paul, Romans 7:14-25)

It is in my observation that when people speak, they betray a slight insight into their personal beliefs. Some people are so dispirited, in a sense that the burdens of life have wearied their strength down to the ground level, and it leaves no room for dreams to flourish in their hearts. This type, I call the realist. They possess courage and ability to dream, to place hopes in certain areas of their lives, but stormy waves of life slowly dissipate their childhood ideals, and soon enough, they discover the reality of life as it is. "Let's get it done and get going" type of behaviour.

Then there's the skeptic, or the cynic, that literally scoff at dreams. If the realist somewhat is still able to gather their dreams, but life's business shove those aside, the skeptics are those who totally reject the idea of dreams. There's no utopia, skeptics will say. Life experiences have shown skeptics that to dream is to be vulnerable toward unnecessary pain and disappointment. "Why waste time imagining the future while there's a present we need to excel in?"

There's then the idealist. The dreamer. Shall any description be said? I think we all get the meaning of being a dreamer.

The funny thing is, popular psychology tends to condemn the skeptic and praise the idealist. Some school of thoughts also endorse the homeostasis of life ie. the balance of life, whereby realist is regarded as most preferable due to its balanced nature between the extreme pole of skepticism versus idealism.

I am not endorsing which one's better which one's worse. The bible teaches us to be a realist when it comes to our sinful nature and our evil flesh. It also wants us to be a skeptic when confronted with abnormal doctrines or confusing teachers of the laws, specially at the end of the ages. And lastly, bible also says that we are to be the idealist when it comes to hoping for God's second coming. Heaven is a perfect world, God is perfect, and although we live in this imperfect, fallen world, there is a hope that will never die inside our heart.

We're hoping for the ideal utopia, where there's no slavery, people trafficking, child prostitution, bribery, dirty business schemes, murder, drug chains, triads, war between nations, etc. The ideal world exists.

So really, no one is better than another. A realist, skeptic, or idealist, all are equal in God's kingdom. Everyone still sins, then and now. Thankfully God has an immeasurable, overflowing grace to cover our faults. Amen.


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