Spiritual Motion Sickness by Steve Wagers

Spiritual Motion Sickness
Steve N. Wagers
2 Timothy 3:5

1) The Climate that Exploits It
a) Dangerous Times
b) Desperate Times
2) The Conduct that Exposes It
a) Unrestrained in Depravity
b) Unrivaled in Deception
3) The Counsel that Expels It
a) Be Isolated from Them
b) Be Insulated against Them

Motion sickness or kinetosis, also known as travel sickness, is a condition in which a disagreement exists between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system's sense of movement. Depending on the cause it can also be referred to as seasickness, car sickness, simulation sickness or airsickness.

Dizziness, fatigue, and nausea are the most common symptoms of motion sickness. About 33% of people are susceptible to motion sickness even in mild circumstances such as being on a boat in calm water, although nearly 66% of people are susceptible in more severe conditions.

The most common hypothesis for the cause of motion sickness is that it functions as a defense mechanism against neurotoxins. The brain is responsible for inducing vomiting when poisons are detected, and for resolving conflicts between vision and balance. When feeling motion but not seeing it (for example, in a ship with no windows), the inner ear transmits to the brain that it senses motion, but the eyes tell the brain that everything is still. As a result of the discordance, the brain will come to the conclusion that one of them is hallucinating and further conclude that the hallucination is due to poison ingestion. The brain responds by inducing vomiting, to clear the supposed toxin.

Motion sickness can be divided into three categories:

(1) Motion sickness caused by motion that is felt but not seen
(2) Motion sickness caused by motion that is seen but not felt
(3) Motion sickness caused when both systems detect motion but they do not correspond.

According to the apostle Paul, there is such a thing as spiritual motion sickness.

(2 Timothy 3:5) "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof."

The word "form" is the Greek word 'morphosis.' It speaks of "having the appearance, or the semblance of something." Those to whom he is referring have an outward appearance, or semblance of godliness.

Simply put, Paul is describing those with spiritual motion sickness. They are simply going through the motions of Christianity. They have form, but no fire; pretence, but no power; and a show, but no glow.

(1) The CLIMATE that EXPLOITS It!

Before Paul speaks directly to the condition of spiritual motion sickness, he identifies the culture, or the climate that exploits such a condition. He refers to this climate in no uncertain terms, leaving no doubt in our minds as to what to watch for and expect.

A) DANGEROUS Times

[1] "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."

The word "perilous" is the Greek word 'chalepos.' It's an interesting word with several connotations. In one sense, the word speaks of ...


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