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Over the next few days, Selwyn will be talking about specific examples where the use of one’s imagination could be helpful.

Today, he discusses three objections – people sometimes give – regarding the use of imagination when reading the Bible.

“The first is: ‘It seems silly.’  The second reason is that they don’t have a very good imagination. … A third objection is this: ‘Is this really a valid use of the imagination?’ “

I think that it’s fairly obvious that there is no real issue to be found – against using our imagination, when reading the Bible. If, some people think that there is a problem with using our imaginations in this way, then there is a deeper cause giving rise to this concern; in such cases the issue must be taken to God in prayer. God can mould our imagination, in the same way that He transforms every other aspect of our lives.

Selwyn uses the Authorised Version of the Bible, when referring to the verse in 1 Chronicles 29:18, ”O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of the people, and prepare their heart for thee.”

As, Selwyn states: “Imagination can be the vehicle for bad but it can also be the vehicle for good.”

Our imagination should be under our control, as we have access to the power of the Holy Spirit, to help us keep it under control. If, you feel that you don’t have control of your imagination then I think it’s a fairly urgent matter for you to seek God’s help in this area.

Your views?

Imagination – its proper use

Selwyn’s introduction, reflects to a certain extent – what I wrote about yesterday.

He says: “John Ruskin, the famous nineteenth-century British art critic and philosopher, said that the noblest use of the imagination is not to plan for the future but to run back through the corridors of time and call up scenes of Jesus’ life and ‘to be present, as if in the body, at every recorded event of the history of the Redeemer’.”

I like these verses from Ezekiel 13:1-9 (NLT), excerpt from today’s reading: ” Then this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, prophesy against the false prophets of Israel who are inventing their own prophecies. Say to them, ‘Listen to the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: What sorrow awaits the false prophets who are following their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all!’

 “O people of Israel, these prophets of yours are like jackals digging in the ruins. They have done nothing to repair the breaks in the walls around the nation. They have not helped it to stand firm in battle on the day of the Lord. Instead, they have told lies and made false predictions. They say, ‘This message is from the Lord,’ even though the Lord never sent them. And yet they expect him to fulfill their prophecies!  Can your visions be anything but false if you claim, ‘This message is from the Lord,’ when I have not even spoken to you?

“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because what you say is false and your visions are a lie, I will stand against you, says the Sovereign Lord. I will raise my fist against all the prophets who see false visions and make lying predictions, and they will be banished from the community of Israel. I will blot their names from Israel’s record books, and they will never again set foot in their own land. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord. … “

In our own times, there are people who make predictions about the date & time of the end of this world – when, we are told in Scripture that no one (person) knows (or be told in advance) this detailed information. However, we will see signs that it’s the season – for our God’s return. The false prophets of today – will be treated by God in the same way – as He dealt with the false prophets of Israel. Consequently, I can’t understand why they would want to expose themselves to God’s wrath by making such false claims.

Your views?