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Jeremiah Was A Dragon Man: Sometimes Everyone Else Is Wrong

​Now Pashur the priest, the son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. Then Pashur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord.
​- Jeremiah 20:1-2

​Every character that Jeremiah interacts with and references in this narrative is upset with him. It’s as if the entire city of Jerusalem believes Jeremiah is a fool for his warnings of imminent judgment because of Judah’s idolatry. Many mock him. Some argue with him. Most ignore. The highest religious authority decided that Jeremiah’s words were so off base, so blasphemous, that Jeremiah should be beaten and thrown in stocks. The actions of everyone around Jeremiah indicate that they believe his prophecies are lies.

​The odd part is, Jeremiah is not the lone crazy fool spouting gibberish in the city; Jeremiah is the only one who knows what is really going on. His ability to stay consistently on message and continually prophesy with boldness despite feeling like “a laughingstock all the day” (20:7), is impressive, admirable, and imitable. Despite all social indicators pointing to Jeremiah being completely wrong, Jeremiah is getting his information from YHWH and thus is completely right. The key to Jeremiah seeing the world as it is and living in light of reality is not who agrees with him or how many people agree with him or how accepted his perspecitive is, but the trustworthiness of his source of information.

​The same is true for us. Understanding reality and living well within it requires that we have the right source of information and has nothing to do with the number of people who do or don’t agree with us. The majority sometimes believe some crazy shit. Society as a whole has a tendency to provide misinformation about popularity, money, respectability, fame, fun, relationships, gods, virtues, behavior, and the like. Like the chief priest in the house of the Lord, churches are often guilty of wrongly persecuting people because of the churches’ misinformation. The world is full of majorities who are wrong. You and I will be tempted to agree with these majorities to avoid being mocked or beaten, or will agree simply because it’s easier and if enough people believe something, it feels likely to be true.

​The real truth is: truthfulness is not indicated by the number of people who believe something to be true. The majority is a poor source of information. Where do your beliefs about truth come from?

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  1. Anonymous
    February 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    yes yes yes! gotta have the relationship with God and open the word to hear for yourself what the truth is . and listen to the spirit as it whispers to your spirit.

  2. February 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    “​The real truth is: truthfulness is not indicated by the number of people who believe something to be true.”

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