Paletool’s Bulls Eye

The (no doubt) Copyrighted Instructables Bot

I don’t usually expect to find quotables on instructables dot com, but this is one I have to share. Though the above link is for instructions on building bamboo arrows, the author gave some interesting social insight:

I firmly believe that in Preindustrial Societies, the onus of learning was on the pupil. Anyone who wants to succeed will find a way to learn.

Real learning is an active endevor. We learn best by carefully observing and doing. There will be failures. There will be frustration and tears. Not everything will be obvious nor will the reason for every step be readily apparent. It is not the duty of the teacher to drag every unwilling pupil along nor argue every point to their satisfaction every step of the way. Failure is not something to fear but is something to learn from. If you don’t like the teacher or the methods, either suck it up or find another teacher.

by paletool

I completely agree with Mr. Paletool, but for one point: The entitlement attitude among students did not begin with the industrial age. Neither is it limited to the manual and academic arts.

Christ’s students of today, still known as disciples, stand under Apostle Paul’s clear command: Do your best to present yourself to God tried and approved, an irreproachable worker, setting forth the unaltered word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) Though Timothy was a preacher, Paul’s words bind the rest of us rank-and-file disciples just as firmly, mandating our obedience to his unaltered word of truth.

If I seem to harp on the word “unaltered,” I do so for good reason. Wherever we turn, we’re faced with conflicting claims about what the Bible teaches, often preached quite forcefully and with flashy showmanship. A popular pulpit-trend is preaching from Bible paraphrases, some with more interpretation than truth. Another is preaching from the KJV without explanations of what the archaic words really mean, or worse, using such misinterpreted words as the bases for wrong teachings.  Each of us, however, bear the sacred responsibility to discern for ourselves the truth of what we hear from the pulpit. To do that, we must constantly pursue an intimate relationship with God, and consume his Word on our own, regularly, broadly, and in depth, allowing his Holy Spirit to speak to us through it.

“Oh, but I’m just a layperson, not trained in Bible stuff.”

Not to worry, babe in Christ. You don’t have to know everything about God’s Word to develop an effective B.S. (Bible Slander) detector, but you must care enough start climbing that learning curve now. And if you really don’t care a whole lot, why did you read this far?


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