Quote of the week: Positive thinking

Posted: 28 October, 2010 in Uncategorized

“How did the Serpent tempt Adam and Eve? He told them that they were thinking too negatively about themselves. He told them that they needed to think more positively, to extend their grasp, to reach toward their full potential, to be like God! In a word, he told them to think bigger.

Now how’d that work out for them?”

~ Greg Gilbert

  1. Kevin says:

    I disagree here… He didn’t encourage them to think positively, he encouraged them to doubt God’s word. The result of this was them seeing that they could be like God in one way – understanding good and evil – but they woefully underestimated what it meant to be ‘like God’

    Satan did it by twisting God’s words and instilling doubt – asking did He really say you may not eat this fruit? If you analyze it you’ll see that before Eve ate the fruit, she misquoted God, saying that they were not even allowed to touch the fruit.

    Jesus said we’d do greater things than He did, and if He said it, I believe it and I’m going to stay positive on that one mate 🙂

    • Ant says:

      Absolutely Kevin, you are quite right and I agree.
      As is always the case with quotes, there is a danger in them being misinterpreted as a result of being taken out of context.
      In fairness to the author, I must just explain that he said this in his book “What is the Gospel?” referring to unbelievers.
      Our evangelism is self defeating if we emphasize the love of God before the wrath of God. The problem with non-Christians is not that they think to little of themselves, but that they think too much of themselves, not realising their guilt before God and need of a saviour.
      As Christians, we have already seen our sinful, wretched state and clung to Christ (by the grace of God). Now we can afford, and indeed MUST think positively, because of who we are in Christ and what HE can accomplish in and through us.

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