Preying on Ignorance
Part of the series Mostly Honest... Isn't True
Written by Léo Gaumont, published on 2014-03-31.
Some of our parents have expressed a desire to better be able to identify the tricks being used to convince them to believe things that may not actually be true. This series will provide applicable examples of such.
We often refrain from being honest because we do not wish to offend those who need to hear the truth. Opinions expressed in this blog are intended to offend those who would advance anything, other than the truth, in order to benefit themselves.
Bible Reference: Romans 12:2
Truth always comes with a cost. The prophets of old certainly understood this as they were being killed for delivering the truth to unreceptive ears! Today, those who dare to tell the truth are not generally killed physically, but can indeed be "dispatched" in other, less obvious ways. Truth does not sell well. It is far more effective to avoid telling the truth or to tell a "variant" of the truth, if other, nefarious objectives are in place. Most providers know this, so they continue school-like programs, processes and procedures which have the effect of making people feel comfortable with doing the same thing as school. As stated before, to take something that is wrong and to try to do it better is not to make it right, but rather a better wrong, if there is such a thing.
One of the techniques used to keep us from knowing the truth, is to provide ample scientific evidence to support home education practices and accomplishments. This, in and of itself, is not evil, however to demonstrate a greater faith in science than the bible is a common error in our "enlightened" world. I have a favorite example of how good marketing and the use of scientism can mislead even the best of people. The magazine had a young girl with a big tear in her eye. The caption indicated that she was crying because she could not read and she could not read because she was dyslexic. The article went on to indicate that this was a problem that could be fixed and they had the science and the professionals to do this. Really? As a dyslexic myself, I saw this article as a blatant insult. Who really put that tear on that girl's eye, her or the people that indicated that she was less than a perfect example of humanity? The article did not reference the Bible at all, nor was God mentioned. This girl was simply a result of evolutionary dysfunction that could only be fixed by professionals through science, not to mention the associated fee! There you have it, a fee. Worth more than truth. No dyslexic was consulted for the article, just fallacious information to take advantage of those ignorant of the fact, and that, by an organization that claims a "Christian" foundation. God does not make mistakes and he does not make junk. That poor girl simply needed someone to assure her she was special in God's eyes and did not need fixing. As a matter of fact, she is probably more intelligent than the authors of that article and the professional willing to cash in the parents, combined! The world needs more dyslexics so they can expose the antics of fraudulent "believers".
Unfortunately, many organizations claiming a biblical perspective actually present a secular worldview. The normalization of error is common in the Western Church as many of these institutions seem to represent government more than God. These can and do take advantage of the misinformed to advance their own cause and, unfortunately, many actually believe they are correct and doing you a favor. The only antidote to this situation is to not be ignorant, to not be tossed about by every wind of doctrine, but to be wise in our understanding of the truth as seen through the Bible. Man's wisdom is complicated and riddled with seemingly simple solutions. God's wisdom is simple enough that a child and common sense can separate it from man's wisdom, which is not wisdom at all.