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Day 85: Science of Persuasion

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 18, 2016


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I was watching a YouTube video on the Science of Persuasion recently, and as I watched them define 6 shortcuts in being persuasive, I saw Jesus. These techniques were already used by Jesus during his ministry to influence others (specifically, in showing his followers how it’s done).

Watch the video below and then finish reading.

Science of Persuasion

The first shortcut to influencing others is Reciprocity. This means that people are more willing to give back that which they also receive.

How Jesus influences through Reciprocity

Jesus told us that there was no greater love than one shows when they lay their life down for another. He demonstrated this by dying on a cross for the sins of mankind.

Though we were yet still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Since he showed us grace in this way, we are compelled to do the same for others.

The second principle is Scarcity¬†People want more of what they can’t have.

How Jesus influenced through Scarcity

People do not have a lot of grace toward people that violate their particular rules. Jesus has rules, but has greater mercy. A woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to him because the law said she must die (so should the guy, but where was he?)

Jesus ignored them for a bit then asked, “You without sin cast the first stone”.

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No on, Lord”

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you’ go, and from now on sin no more” – John 8:10-11

The third principle is Authority.  People will follow the lead of credible and knowledgeable experts.

How Jesus influences through Authority

Jesus wowed the teachers of the law at 12 years of age. People marveled everywhere asking, “where did this man get so much wIslam and authority”.

With Authority, he commanded demons to flee, drove out money changers in the temple and preached the message of repentance.

The fourth principle is Consistency This is asking for small initial commitments that can be made.

How Jesus influences through Consistency

Jesus picked his disciples with one simple statement – “Follow¬†me”

Jesus preached a simple message, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand”.

Jesus didn’t¬†ask more than one thing from pexpel. It may have been a challenging thing, but it was always a call to a commitment to God and was doable. Salvation begins with a small request of commitment, “believe”.

The fifth principle is Liking. Simple put, people are more influenced by people they like.

How Jesus influences through Liking

The video shows three factors to people liking us:

  1. People who are similar – Jesus, who is God, became a man to dwell among us.
  2. People that give compliments – when someone responded in faith, Jesus would always compliment. Sure he also corrected those that lacked faith, but never missed an opportunity to encourage.
  3. People that cooperate – This is why Jesus didn’t get along with the leaders. He didn’t cooperate with their brand of religion. But when it came to people who brought people to Jesus to be blessed or healed, he never turned them away.

The Sixth principle is Consensus. People will look to the actions of others   To determine their own.

How Jesus influences through Consensus

As mentioned, Jesus exemplified the life we should lead, so all we need to do is emulate him.

However, he also takes this concept in reverse when dealing with others. He says,

Do for other that which you want them to do for you. – Matthew 7:12

Later, when the Church comes into fuller being, Paul talks of the followers of Christ as a “body”, working together for the common good. Unity is critical for all followers of Christ.

If Jesus influences us, we cannot be a follower in a vacuum. We must continue in the ways he showed us with others so that we can also influence in the way he did.

 

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Day 30: The Law of Falling Bodies

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 6, 2011


The Law of Falling Bodies has nothing to do with what happens to you as you grow older.  It is a law established in 1604 by Galileo that proved that both heavy and light objects fall at the same rate.

This may not seem like a really great discovery, but it did overturn centuries of Aristotelian thinking.  Basically, gravity has the same effect on all objects causing them to fall at the same rate (when they are in a perfect vacuum).

Logically, it may make sense that “the bigger they are, the harder they fall”; however, they still get to the ground just as fast as smaller objects.

Biblical Application

Romans 3:23 tells us that “All have sinned and fallen ¬†short of God’s glory.” ¬†In other words, nobody is good enough to make it to eternity with God. ¬†It doesn’t matter if you are a mass murderer or a person trying to make a positive impact on the world, the destination is the same apart from Christ.

Nobody really talks about hell anymore; it might be because we don’t want to think that a loving God sends people to an awful hell. ¬†However, God never sent anyone to hell… we did. ¬†It was our sin that separated us from God and destined us to eternal separation from God.

Not all hope is lost though. ¬†God did all the work for us, if we just receive it. ¬†Jesus Christ came from God as a perfect man to die in our sinful place so that if we just receive that through believing in Him, we don’t have to die apart from God but can live with Him for all eternity (John 3:16).

Just like the Law of Falling Bodies, we are all doomed to hit the same hell when we die, but unlike that law, there is a greater law of love from God that keeps us from that place of torment if we only believe. ¬†It doesn’t nullify hell’s existence, it just changes our destination.

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Faith is Knowldge

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 11, 2009


Isaiah 53:11 –¬†After the suffering of his soul,¬†he will see the light of life¬†and be satisfied;¬†by his knowledge¬†my righteous servant will justify many,¬†and he will bear their iniquities.

An interesting phrase here is “by his knowledge”. Jesus’ work on the cross gives us justification from sin, this means that it is just-as-if-you’d not sinned. ¬†He simultaneously takes on the sin that causes you death.¬†He does this by “his knowledge”. This is the same word for the tree that helped man bring about sin in creation – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Knowledge is not always good. When knowledge becomes a substitute for faith, knowledge closes the door to the hand of God moving in your life.  An example would be allowing the understanding of our physical world to invalidate in our minds the possibilities that Jesus could walk on water or even that if you pray for someone, they could be healed. 

We take an aspirin first before praying for the pain of a headache because we trust in our knowledge of the medicine before the knowledge of God.

Jesus took a step in the knowledge of who He was and what his calling was to complete the journey.  He walked the walk, talked the talk and came through victorious.  

Remember Jesus and Satan’s conversation and how Satan tried to tempt Jesus to try a different, less painful path. ¬†Jesus won that victory because of his knowledge of God and faith in the plan of God.

Jesus knew God, knew who he was, knew his mission, knew the outcome. Knowledge, when put on God, is faith. ¬†Faith is not some esoterical, mystical belief of blind understanding but a knowledge that God’s way is right.

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