I trust you ACCEPT this article as an EXCEPTion to the “rules” of English. J The title is actually tied to one of the multifaceted points I’m making here. This subject strikes at the heart of every problem you face and every tragedy that happens. If you understand what I am saying, you will be more prepared for life than the thousands of new graduates that have just been thrust into the workforce of society. 😉 A proper understanding will help you overcome, no matter what you face. Failing to get this right will only lead to more trouble.
What will you ACCEPT or might you just . . . EXCEPT? Still confused? Please think further with me. Problems come when we exchange truth for lies (no matter how insignificant it seems). Starting this exchange leads us to ACCEPT other things that we should reject and keeps us from learning what we should. Additionally, when problems do come, excuses are often made and blame is shifted to other people and/or things: “I would do that to try to help, EXCEPT it wouldn’t make a difference”; “That’s really none of my business” (note my 06-16-09 Blog “Mind Your Own Business!”); and “There’s nothing I can do, since that’s just the way it is”; or “That’s not my fault, nor my responsibility.” When thinking like this, lies are perpetuated. Problems then remain unsolved and continue to multiply until tragedy results or we come to ACCEPT the truth and respond to that reality. A closer look into the events leading to the recent oil rig explosion and ensuing and ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico glaringly illustrates what I’m saying.
We know this works in the natural world, yet it similarly works in the spiritual world. Sadly, many people choose to ignore or even worse reject spiritual truth. Actually, the spiritual reality is inextricably tied to the natural reality. Since we naturally live by sight, it is often even easier to ACCEPT lies about the spiritual world. Whether spiritually or naturally, if you want to learn what you should and hope to overcome whatever obstacles you face, you must first ACCEPT the truth (spiritual and natural), then respond to it without EXCEPTion.
The Bible book of Romans often addresses this and speaks directly to the exchange of truth with lies and even The lie. Consider Romans 1:22-25 to illustrate what I am saying:
“Professing to be wise, they became fools and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
The lie here is that only naturalism (essentially, evolution) is true. If you ACCEPT this ultimate lie, you will come to depend upon your own reasoning alone or else the ever changing opinions of others. Your life will then become filled with excuses and EXCEPTions. There is only One EXCEPTion to this natural rule. 😉 You must ACCEPT GOD as The Father of Creation and understand you do not meet His standard of holiness and perfection. You must then ACCEPT His written revelation (the Bible or Covenants) and come to ACCEPT the Person and work of JESUS CHRIST (death, burial and resurrection) to pay the penalty for your choosing to sin.
Please, come to ACCEPT the truth—both the spiritual and natural. You will then learn to overcome and prevail, both naturally and spiritually. Failure to do so will lead to a life of excuses or EXCEPTion and many unresolved problems and an ultimately tragic eternity!