‘Is the Bible mind control?’ by LSJ

Question: Is the Bible mind control?
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Q: Is the Bible mind control?

With 613 Laws of the Old Testament called the Mitzvot and 38 Commandments from the four Gospels or 1050 commands via repetition in the New Testament for believers to obey, the Bible clearly seeks absolute control and ownership of the believer. Make no mistake, The LORD, whose name is Jealous (Exod 34:14), demands the total surrender of every blood-bought believer – body, soul and spirit (the soul being the seat of the will and intellect). God desires, demands and expects total control of each of His blood-bought elect.

We the redeemed who were once – ‘perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them (2 Cor 4:3, 4) – have likewise relinquished our rights for Yahweh’s. He owns us. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s (1 Cor 3:23). The Lord El Shaddai – God Almighty – needs none to apologize for Him concerning this truth.

But more than change, a transformation is due and that by submission: submission to the Holy Spirit who desires His elect to be transformed and conformed to His likeness – the likeness of the Messiah Yeshua. This is part of the whole redemptive act revealed from Genesis to the post-millennial age of the book of Revelation.

Jesus Himself gave us the standard, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt 5:48) Paul expressed the same differently: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom 12:2). Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (2 Cor 3:16)

Conversely, if the cliché holds true that ‘God loves you just the way you are’ why then the bible’s list of “do’s and don’ts” for us to change by yielding to another standard? So, “Is the Bible mind control?”

To answer the question per se, my humble opinion is “Yes, the Bible is mind control” because the argument against it seems like a distinction without a difference.

PS the answer is to the question apart from the undeniable fact that the institutional Church do exercise mind control over the masses via subtle suggestions, redefinition, repetitive hypnosis, branding, etc.

L.S. James
Wed 30 Jul 2014

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