The Rock

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

— Matthew 7:24-27

How do we know when we’ve dug down far enough? How do we know if we’re building on rock or sand?

This is a great example of how much teaching goes on in Churchianity without teaching a blessed thing!

It’s simple:

  • If you can still dig and decide to stop, you’re building on sand.
  • If you dig and dig and hit stuff that’s so hard that you can’t dig any deeper, you’re building on rock, at least at this point.

If you dig until you can’t dig deeper, it might not be the hardest rock there is to build on, but it’s better than sand. Rain might fall, or floods might come, or winds might blow and slam against your house and make it fall anyway.

If that happens, it might seem like the end of the world, but it isn’t. You can dig again and build a new house. I guarantee that you’ll dig harder and deeper this time! 😉

Doubt and doubt-driven questions are our shovels to dig down to bedrock. You know when you hit rock, because you try and try and try to dig but you can’t make any more progress. We NEVER get a guarantee that we’ve dug deeply enough. We just know that we can’t go further at this point, so we have a choice. We can:

  1. get better shovels, maybe along with some pickaxes
  2. work out and get stronger to do more digging
  3. stop digging and start building

If we didn’t dig deeply enough, something will eventually come along and totter our house. Then it’s time to dig deeper.

The problem with most of us is that we don’t like shovels (doubts and questions) or pickaxes (testing and challenging). Frankly, we don’t like digging, whether we do it or someone does it to us. Digging isn’t comfortable or fun, and sometimes it’s downright scary, so we avoid it instead of digging in and resolving things. We’re so keen to start building, we arbitrarily decide to stop digging, if we ever started.

Our reasons for choosing this stopping point or that one are irrelevant to the two most important considerations:

  1. We stopped prematurely.
  2. We’ll won’t find out how much farther we should have dug until our building comes crashing down, forcing us to dig deeper like we should have in the first place.

I guess we’ll know if we dug deeply enough when we get to the ends of our lives and look back and are happy with the houses that we built. Socrates and Plato thought so, anyway.

That should tell us something about charlatans who want us to believe their premature claims about the quality construction of their structures. Pay attention to them. They always ask you to step inside first, into a wing that you eventually realize they don’t inhabit. And they always make you feel like you have to stay there no matter what happens. They don’t inform you about their secret exits in case of calamity. There are no exits from your wing. And you can bet that they won’t be the last ones to leave the building when it comes crashing down.

My suggestion: Stop listening to hucksters and start building your own dwelling. You’ll like living there better!


About Millard J. Melnyk

Motley past, promising future exploring an open, potent understanding of mutuality, individual dignity and personal power through trust. DEAUTHORITARIANIZE EVERYTHING!
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2 Responses to The Rock

  1. Mark says:

    On target! Why do we trust the judgements, philosophies, and worldviews of others before we trust our own? Dig, dig, and then dig some more.

    • Haha, thanks Mark!

      My answer: we were brainwashed through at least 12 years of demeaning education to believe that ANYTHING we thought up on our own was rubbish and the ONLY way to develop a worthwhile thought was by following the institutional recipe.

      Sir Ken Robinson points out that our educational model is an industrial age artifact designed to produce factory mentality workers. See for a very entertaining and enlightening 11 minues 41 seconds. The model and the intent to use it to exploit the mentality it creates account for one side of the equation, but it doesn’t explain why we let them do it to us.

      That side of the equation is still pretty enigmatic to me, but I’m sure it has to do with the same self-loathing and self-phobia that drives our insane denials and refusal to dig into the truth about ourselves. Meanwhile, truth about others is great stuff. We love that. Anything but personal honesty and a hard, inward look. We avoid even getting close to a conducive setting and lament it as “loneliness.”

      How are we ever going to get to know God if we don’t stop chattering and start listening to the guy instead of everyone but?

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