The Forkless Phantom Bike Photo: Olli Erkkila
A few weeks ago a lifelong friend of mine forwarded a video to me that I found very interesting. It illustrates how our brain locks into a mode of operation and how hard it is for us to adapt to doing something differently once we have become accustomed to doing it a certain way.
You can see this video at the following link:
The Forkless Phantom bike pictured above is another mind bending work of creativity in the area of bicycling.
If you are one who enjoys looking at cars, you may have noticed the lack of diversity in the design and colors of newer vehicles. In my opinion, it would be nice if auto manufacturers would take some DeLorean like design risks as some bicycle designers have done so that we aren’t faced with looking at the same old barrage of colors and shapes while we drive.
Maybe auto design uniformity is all about top down control for mammon sake as it is in so many other areas of life today. It’s interesting that the controllers preach diversity as they hypocritically push for uniformity.
While there may be times within the will of God to be wise and simply blend in, there is more often a time to stand boldly apart from the masses. After all, the Lord certainly shows the ultimate in creativity in the awesome array of colors, shapes, sizes, sounds, smells and designs he uses in his creative works.
In my opinion, not only can the brain be trained to lock us into wrongly thinking that there is just one way to do something, the brain can also be trained to make it seem as if there is only one way to think about something. As a Math teacher, I see this truth in operation because different students will sometimes use different methods to correctly solve the same problem.
There are things, however, that should never be seen or done more than one way.
Biblical faith, for example, has many non-negotiable issues. Three of the most important questions that should be seen only one way are: who is God; how can he save us; and what will he do in the future. (Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:1-3; John 14:6) There are many other non-negotiable issues that will not be discussed here because that isn’t the point of this message.
There are other issues of faith, however, that aren’t quite so simple. These negotiable issues, that won’t be discussed in detail in this message either, don’t have a one size fits all solution. What is right for me may be wrong for you in these matters of personal conscience. While never forgetting that all truth is truth, we need to understand that God does allow for differences in matters of personal conscience under the united liberty he desires between his children. (Colossians 2:6; Romans 14:1-15:7; 1 Corinthians 8-9) Divisiveness and disunity can result from locking our mind into one way of thinking on matters of personal conscience.
As hard as this may be for us to understand and accept, at times God has spoken about the future in a way that there is more than one way to look at his prophecy. This is in spite of the fact that all biblical prophecy will be fulfilled in one way as the Lord has predetermined. (2 Peter 1:20; Acts 17:26; Daniel 11:36)
In the area of prophetic truth there are prophecies that have more than one fulfillment. One example is found in Psalm 72. In this Psalm things are written about the type Solomon that could only refer to the antitype the Lord Jesus Christ. Another example of this dual fulfillment prophecy is found in Isaiah 61:1-2 which was partially fulfilled in Luke 4:16-21. The rest of the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-2 will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to earth. Many of the most religious and well educated contemporaries of Jesus Christ rejected him because they were blind to the dual nature of his prophecies. They would only accept a Messiah who would come to rule as a King.
There are other areas of prophecy and scripture in which the backwards bicycle phenomena will keep us from being able to see the truth correctly if we aren’t careful. Locking our mind into an incorrect private interpretation or incorrect popular interpretation of biblical prophecy can cause division and even heresy and apostasy.
Church polity, the timing of the second coming of Christ, the rapture, the abomination of desolation, the future mark of the beast and its economy, the Antichrist, the ten kings, prophesied wars, and a host of other issues need to be examined being alert to how the backwards bicycle phenomenon can keep us from the truth.
Over the coming weeks I hope to explore some of these areas in depth and share with you what I learn from my studies. Please share your insights and questions with me as they arise.
While it’s certainly true that spiritual truth is spiritually discerned, there is also an intellectual component to understanding truth that requires us to use our minds effectively. (Daniel 9:2; 2 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; Acts 17:11; Romans 12:2)
This message has been about the importance have having an open, teachable mind so that our “love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11)
In the spirit of Acts 17:11 and 2 Timothy 2:15,