Saturday, March 23, 2013

Rahab's inclinations

My theory says that when you prioritize an inclination it would have more potential to be practiced in the future (the inclination to make people smart, if you make other people smart, the "inclination to make people smart" will become stronger, and sometime in the future it would be prioritized more than "the inclination to make people not smart". Maybe the person you helped would help other people too, or in other ways. Then it would give rise to schools, more books, more effective and efficient way of thinking, etc).

Why there are circumstances when not prioritizing an inclination contributes more to the propagation of the inclination than prioritizing it?
(Scenario: There's a person inclines to eat, he has food in his hand but his break time was done and he had to go back to work. If he resumes eating he would loose his job and ended up making "the inclination to fulfill his hunger" weaker as he would've stripped off of his power to buy food. But if he went to work he would kept his job and "the inclination to fulfill his hunger" would became stronger as he would have the power to eat in the future.)
In this case my current explanation is, that there are hierarchies of inclinations, one inclination is to be prioritized over the other. The reason why the lower inclination got prioritized was, in order to prioritize the higher inclination. You break this chain then other inclinations wouldn't let this lower inclination to be prioritized next in reality.
Therefore the prioritization of all inclinations depends on the prioritization of other inclinations. This ties made up existence, time, space, matter.
So lets say the guy ended up not going to work, "the inclination to fulfill his hunger" became prioritized once in reality more than the inclination to help people. Then "the inclination to fulfill his hunger" will indeed became stronger in his mind and so in his person. This guy would do more to fulfill his hunger, more than he would on doing other things... therefore "the inclination to fulfill  his hunger" indeed has grew some influence.
But since "the inclination to help people" has not been prioritized, other inclinations won't let "the inclination to fulfill his hunger" to be prioritized in reality, and it happened that its status was lower than these other inclinations. Therefore the time this guy got hungry, he would search and would not find, "the inclination to fulfill his hunger" would grew weaker... and then weaker... and then weaker....

In the story of Rahab helping the spies, she lied to the guards... wouldn't this be against "the inclination to tell the truth"?
In my opinion, humans have sinned, and the act of faith of wanting to leave sinful lifestyle to a Godly lifestyle is greatly appreciated by God up to a point that the inclination would be prioritized over the inclination to punish sins.
I think Rahab received her part of salvation from her act of wanting to leave a sinful lifestyle away. And not from the act of lying...
Suppose she didn't lie to the guards what would it mean? That the inclination to tell the truth got prioritized, would it turned out a better outcome than what it was?
I don't know. And I don't want to experiment to find out God please forgive me if I've sinned.

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