Thinking Out Loud

September 24, 2013

Spiritual Analogy: Default Settings

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Thought for the day:

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Many times in the search for spiritual or Biblical analogies I have found myself borrowing terms from the technology which so saturates our culture.

For example, I often speak in terms of finding books which offer more than superficial or lite reading, and I borrow an HTML term, rich text.

Lately I’ve also become convinced that both individually and corporately, God had a design for mankind that we have drifted away from and we need to restore default settings; i.e. put things back the way they were when the designer created them.

We get glimpses of what this might look like: The community with God Garden of Eden; the Ten Commandments as behavioral norms, images of a future where swords are beaten into plowshares and the lion lies down with the lamb.

I personally believe that the scriptural record gives us default settings at the macro level as well, in a way that settles the question of couples living together or sexual orientations and attractions.

But rather than engage these things here, what do you think of the analogy in general; the idea of God’s ideal purpose and plan as the world’s and humanity’s default settings?

restore all things



  1. I think we have drifted soooooo far from the ‘default settings’ that we would be aliens in this world

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — September 27, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

  2. […] teaching is clear: Don’t even consider wandering from the path, from God’s default settings, even for a […]

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