NOTICE: My articles are NOT grammatically correct. I am a college graduate and understand all the rules of proper writing. I do use CAPITAL LETTERS to stress and emphasize important points. I do this to enhance your UNDERSTANDING. To me understanding is far more important then proper writing skills.
This is part 1 of a 2 parts series called “I can only imagine.” I want to begin by saying that I am not a Scholar or Philosopher. I am going to be talking about our life and the thing we call our Imagination. I will try and discuss why we have an imagination and its purpose. I write this article because I find out people talk very little about the imagination. If I asked you, what is the imagination, what does it do and where is it? What would you say? I also believe we humans have five basic senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. These have been called “sensing organs” and each sense, send information to the brain to help us understand and perceive the world around us. I think I can clearly show some of the answers to these question and show various opinions
I believe that the only place to start is from the very beginning of our creation, and with the one who created our imagination within us. THAT WOULD BE GOD THE CREATOR. I believe God gave us our imagination for the development and learning, the concepts of good and evil, right and wrong, and what is moral and immoral. It also involves what is acceptable and unacceptable to God.
I believe every human is Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social and a Spiritual beings. The Bible says in Psalm 139:14 ” I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” I also believe our imagination affects and influences every one of these areas of our life. You might call our imagination an internal teacher. You have to wonder and “speculate” all the way back in the garden of Eden with the fall, if Satan enticed Eve’s imagination,, by lying and saying, Genesis 3:5 ” For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil.” And what did God say? Genesis 3:22 ” And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:” (Live forever as a sinner).
This was only speculating. The world will tell you, there is no doubt, the imagination can help create positive and, good affects in our lives and society. The sky is the limit.Just look at our world and society today. Mankind says, “Experience is the best teacher.” Imagination may allows a lot of experiences. Imagination creates images and ideas. Imagination evokes emotions and passion. Imagination creates knowledge, thinking, critical thinking, and shared experiences. Imagination helps in problem solving and decision making. ( “I THINK.”) Imagination has given to us the ability to enhance our thinking and our reasoning process? Imagination can help create or manufacture things we never dreamed of, just look at modern technology. Imagination affects every area of our life, as I said, Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, Socially and Spiritually.
Some people, even many Christians, still do not realize what God says and do not understand the “HEART.” The biblical heart is not the organ that pumps blood. The heart in the Bibles is the mind, the will and the emotions. Our thoughts, memories, the mind, and imagination, are ALL located in the heart. Can I prove this? Yes. Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Matthew 12:34; Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 10:11; Psalm 14:1 .”Out of the heart the mouth speaketh.” (words and thoughts). Matthew 15:19 ” For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” Hebrews 4:12 ” For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
MANS PHILOSOPHY VERSES GOD’S
Philosophy is a way of thinking about the world, the universe, and society. It works by asking very basic questions about the nature of human thought, the nature of the universe, and the connections between them. The ideas in philosophy are often general and abstract. There is some human wisdom in mans philosophy. Philosophy helps us define many things. But mans philosophy and wisdom cannot compare to Gods philosophy, wisdom and eternal plan for mankind, He is the Creator. So according to man, what is the imagination and what does it do? In my studies I found good material I wanted to share here. The sources were not listed. If they were given I would list them here but they were not. I will not take credit for what I did not write, so here they are:
Quoted from quora.com “Reason for having imagination is to improve our survival chances, imagination is really very important for our survival tool. Imagination is the best exercise for our brain, it keeps our mind active and gives us new ideas and perspective about life.”
Quoted from successconsciousness.com “Imagination is the ability to form a mental image of something that is not perceived through the five senses. It is the ability of the mind to build mental scenes, objects or events that do not exist, are not present, or have happened in the past. Everyone possesses a certain degree of imagination ability.”
By Lamisha Serf-Walls. 5 Reasons Imagination Is More Important Than Reality. “1. Imagination ignites passion. 2. Our imagination and thoughts create our future. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview for life’s coming attractions.” 3. Imagination stimulates creativity and innovation. 4. Imagination is magical. 5. Sometimes reality just sucks.. Albert Einstein had it right when he said: “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
From earthsky.org “Where does your imagination come from? The answer, researchers suggest, lies in a widespread neural network – the brain’s “mental workspace” – that consciously manipulates images, symbols, ideas and theories . Philosophers and scientists have long puzzled over where human imagination comes from.”
From psycnet.apa.org “What is imagination used for? Imagination is an experimental partition of the mind used to develop theories and ideas based on functions. Taking objects from real perceptions, the imagination uses complex IF-functions to develop new or revised ideas.” My questions is this? Would that be like recycled reality?
From en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Imagination. “Is imagination stronger than knowledge? “Talk:Albert Einstein quote. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
From Quora.com “What is imagination made of? Imagination is made up of electricity, stimulating the atoms of neurons that allow the perception of thought to go beyond the accumulation of experience and stimuli. To put it plainly, it is the ability to dream of new and exciting things based on and apart from what we already know into what we can only think may be.”
imagination [iˌmajəˈnāSH(ə)n] NOUN “the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.the part of the mind that imagines things.”
From Imagination | Definition of Imagination by Merriam-Webster. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imagination Imagination definition is – the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality. How to use imagination in a sentence.” I expected a little more from Webster’s dictionary.
Taken from Psychology Today. “Imagination is quite possibly a uniquely human ability. In essence, it allows us to explore ideas of things that are not in our present environment, or perhaps not even real. For example, one can imagine the cup of coffee seen the day before, or one can imagine an alien spaceship arriving in the earth’s orbit. The key is that what is imagined is generated from within rather than perceived based on input from without. In perception, one takes information from the outside world, such as light, or sound waves, and finds meaning in it, using memory and perceptual processes. In imagination, it works in reverse. Imagery is created from the memory.”
I am laughing at some of these definitions and the explanation of Philosophers and Psychologist. I think some of them came from their own imaginations. These are mans definitions of imagination and what It does. I hope you noticed these world views did not address the question of “where did it come from.” GOD.”Another person called it “A mental time travel.” Another person said “The intent or purpose of imagination is Happiness.” Then another person said, “The imagination is always on a Voyage.”
Fantasy is produced by Imagination. Fantasy is a by product of imagination, and all of us can do it. JUST IMAGINE. It is Visual and Vivid. The Bible is full of imagery, from start to finish. We all work to Visualize something for understanding. Many Old Testament Prophets and New Testament writers had multiple visions with Vivid Imagery. I am NOT saying that those visions came from their own imagination. In the Old Testament, King James version uses the term “imagination” five times. In four of the five references, the Hebrew word heart (lav) is used. Is the imagination active and creative? Yes, it is. But over all, what does it create and produce? Can you trust the imagination more than the flesh?
I have to ask this question and hope to clarify it. I have written about the heart of man and what it truly is. It is not the organ that pumps blood. The heart in the Bible is the “mind, the will and the emotions.” Jeremiah 17:9 and other scriptures says, ” “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 3:17 says, ” At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.” Proverbs 6:18 ” An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,” Lamentations 3:60 ” Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.” Where does the imagination reside in us humans?
IT RESIDES IN THE MIND IN THE HEART OF MANKIND. And you just read what God has said repeatedly about the heart of man. Deceitful and desperately wicked. So, what is answer? We can no more control the imagination then we can control our own flesh or our own heart. I am only saying, “I trust God and His Word, more than I trust me.” It has always been hard to distinguish what comes from God, or what comes from Satan or what comes from my own sinful nature. I will have more to say about this in Part 2 and I think it will surprise you.
Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” I believe this also applies to the imagination.” Let the Spirit of God control it,like He controls the flesh and the heart. Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: and the Bible says to take on the mind of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Understand this is a Mind and Thought issue in every human.
God created us, He made us, just as I have described above. I believe our imagination came with our Creation. I can only say we all have an imagination, and that is a powerful tool in our lives. Should our imagination be used for wickedness, sinfulness and evil? NO. God see’s and knows all that we think, say or do. .God judged the world with water because of this. Genesis 6 5 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every IMAGINATION of “the thoughts of his heart” was only evil continually.” This indicates to me that God knows and reads the imagination, mind and thoughts of the heart.. God also know our sinful human nature.
He knows the flesh, the heart, and what it is capable of doing. God created mankind and also gave us free will. We have the ability to choose. We choose what is acceptable or unacceptable as our standard or value. I am asking a few questions. What was the original plan and purpose for our imagination before the fall of mankind? How did the fall affect our imagination and God’s original intent? Did it change and how? I submit that NOW, we can never control it without God’s help. As one man asked, “Is our imagination a GIFT or a Curse?” I THINK IT IS BOTH. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. Please read Part 2 of this series. Part 2 will help pull everything together for you.
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