The Separation Principle (2 of 3) by Jeff Strite
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Series: The Path Principle
OPEN: In the classic children's book "Alice in Wonderland," Alice comes to a junction in the road that leads off in different directions and seeing the Cheshire Cat she asks him for advice:
"Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the cat.
"I don't much care where," said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
APPLY: If you don't want to go anyplace in particular any road will do.
When our family goes on vacation, there are times that we don't care which road we take. The destination isn't nearly as important as the fun of exploration. On our last vacation we went to St. Petersburg Florida and while there we noticed a sign pointing to "downtown" St. Petersburg. We thought - why not? So we went down that road not knowing what we'd find... but simply enjoying the adventure of discovery.
And that's fun sometimes.
Most of the time, however, when I travel I usually want to get someplace in particular. And therefore - the road I travel becomes very important.
When it comes to religion, many people will tell you that any old road will get you to God. In fact, there is a Hindu saying that goes this way:
"There are Hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone else that his or her path is wrong"
In other words, the Hindus believe - it doesn't matter which path you take as long as your path doesn't involve tell others they're wrong.
By contrast the Bible has always maintained that this mindset was wrongheaded and foolish. Repeatedly, Solomon tells his sons in Proverbs: "There is a way that seems right unto a man..."
And what's end result of that?
There's a way that "looks like" it's th ...
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