What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
King Solomon, Psychological Set, Atheism, War
Was King Solomon a psychologist?
A Psychological Set is an experience by making people especially sensitive to specific kinds of information. A perceptual set, also called perceptual expectancy, is a predisposition to a “perception” in a certain way.
Sets can be created by “motivations” and so can result in people interpreting ambiguous situations so that they see what they want to see.
Example of King Solomon’s Awareness of Psychological Set
In a novel excerpt, I surmised how King Solomon, based on ancient wise sayings, may have explained to the Queen of Sheba two conflicting “ambiguous situations. The novel is a contemporary application to relate God’s timeless wisdom to our modern world. Proverbs and wise sayings teach us to succeed in life, sometimes called “the granddaddy of every self-improvement book ever written.”
“Solomon, I noticed you studied the writings closely before you solved the riddle. Why did you do that?”
“We have a saying. Sometimes you must gaze upon details for a time in order to better comprehend a problem.” I replied.
“We also have a saying. Gaze not overmuch, and let thy vision be dimmed. It seems we have two contradictory sayings.”
“I do not believe so. My saying means that sometimes we need to study the details of a problem closely in order to find a solution. Your saying states that if you look at a problem too closely for too long, you may become distracted in meaningless details and fail to comprehend what is most important.” I replied.
“I was hoping you would say that Solomon. I believe there is a problem we most discuss candidly to prevent us from becoming distracted from the reason of my visit.”
“A problem, I pray I have I not said or done something to offend you.”
“In the past year I have to read a number of blog comments of atheists on various blogs. The atheist writers express their views well with clear concise writings, an indication of their intellect. Many seem to have acquired a lot of knowledge about the Bible and often refer in critical terms why they believe certain writings in the Bible to be offensive to them.
Why is it when an atheist “gazes” at the Bible, they see the writings differently than a faith believer? Is it because of “psychological set” or is there another reason? Perhaps the answer or solution made be explained in this novel excerpt.
“Bilqis, we believe that the belly is the deepest part of a human’s character that resides in this chamber. The belly is the repository of all thoughts, motives, words and actions of a person. Both good and evil reside within the belly.”
Three thousand years later, modern scientists believe good or evil resides in the mind rather than the belly. Modern psychologists have numerous theories of how perceptions of good and evil thoughts enter our minds. Are there good and evil spirits roaming around trying to enter within us seems to be the principal difference in faith believers or atheists and choices to control their actions.
Faith believers” gaze” at Bibles to try to find good advice how to find solutions to guard or control their actions.
Atheists do not believe in evil spirits. Instead they “gaze” in a mirror of their intelligence to control their actions.
Which beliefs have a good or evil scorecard in recent history? You can decide for yourself by “gazing” at in this brief blog post whether psychological set, religion, or atheism is the major cause of this human folly.
Here is another King Solomon explanation I surmised King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba about piety versus intellect.
“Bilqis, a fool is a person who relies on his own intellect, is self-opinionated and incorrigible. Before a person can rely on their own intellect, they must first be willingly to learn discipline and conduct from a teacher. Piety and acquiescence conduct is necessary to acquire the wisdom to understand how to escape from bringing unnecessary harm upon ourselves.” The fool is the one who relies on his intellect, but it is a man of wise conduct who escaped harm. (Proverb 28:26)
Regards and goodwill blogging.
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
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