Cognitive dissonance

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Cognitive dissonance is the mental stress experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs. It is the mental chaos and conflict in the minds of those who wants to believe something is not true as if it is true and being ready to simultaneously reverse their position when needed. This Chaos and conflict of the mind if continuously denied may eventually erupt in the physiology of those who defend it.

Cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance, in psychology, is the mental stress experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time. This stress may also arise within an individual who holds a belief and performs a contradictory action.

One example is when a person knows smoking is harmful but continues to do it.

"The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance"

"When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance"

This is typically when people will attempt to blot out the stress with a variety of addictions.

Music, movies, mind-altering drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and numerous other things will be used by people who claim it helps them "deal with stress".

The reason they reach for these things is to avoid dealing with the stress and the cause of it. Seeking groups, conventions or crowds of people who will think like you and assure you that you are okay despite the stress you have. Because of the conflict between what you want to believe is true and what you are doing is causing you stress, you will seek anything that might give you relief.

Cognitive dissonance, in psychology, is the mental stress that results from hypocrisy which is defined as "the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense."

Another example is when people continue to sin but want to believe they are saved from sin. This would mean that most churches promote the continuation of Cognitive dissonance by seeking to make people comfortable with their common hypocrisy

There is a cognitive dissidence in modern religions because they want to believe they are "saved" or "blessed" or "accepted".

It is simply not righteous or a Christ thing to do to send men to your neighbor's house and force your neighbor to contribute because you have no coat or need healthcare or want free education for your children. It is not loving your neighbor. It is coveting your neighbor's life and goods.

Such activities will make you a human resource or, as Peter calls it, merchandise. What should have been for your welfare will become a snare… as Paul and David wrote.

The fact is people are under a strong delusion. They often imagine they are saved and born again while they are not doing what Christ said. It is not loving your neighbor as Moses and Jesus said but coveting as was forbidden by most religions.

Yet religious people today seek the benefits of those gods of the world and apply for benefits from men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority by taking from their neighbor to provide those benefits.

To desire those benefits at the expense of your neighbor, rich or poor, is the definition of coveting. This desire and hunger for security and benefits at the expense of others creates a cognitive dissonance.

Solutions and Therapy

Some social psychologists have argued that the act of freely choosing a specific therapy, together with the effort and money invested by the client in order to continue to engage in the chosen therapy, "positively influences the effectiveness of therapy."[1]

Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP is a way of changing someone's thoughts and behaviors to help achieve desired outcomes for them. It has become popular and widespread since the 1970s. Simply put it is a psychological approach that involves analyzing strategies used by individuals relating to thoughts, language, and patterns of behavior learned through experience or practices to achieve certain specific outcomes or goals. It is client oriented.

Cognitive therapy and behavior therapy, when packaged together, are often termed Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and even severe mental illness.

Both of these therapies are about changing the mind or the way we think which is what repentance is also about.

What in the Bible might relate to these therapies?

Some say that Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 10:4 - 5 are supportive texts for the cognitive-behavioral approach. There is much more that might be considered as coaching us to alter our patterns of thought. John 8:44); if our minds are not firmly grounded in truth, then we are more susceptible to his deceptions.[2]

When an individual has a right and exercises a right to act on their own behalf or the behalf of others the result is a release from the compulsion caused by cognitive dissonance.

While there is evidence that continuous conflict will have effects on the brain itself, there is no doubt that cognitive dissonance will influence an individual's attitude and behavior.

There are numerous theories that challenge cognitive dissonance like Bem's Self-perception theory, Heider's Balance theory, Cost-benefit analysis and Self-discrepancy or Averse consequences theory.

All these are modern scientist's own term of cognitive dissonance seem to give credence to the fact that the selfish nature of man, which may be the source of all the problems of society can only be overcome with a consistent therapeutic practice of unselfish investment in the future and forgiveness. The idea of forgiving was taught by Christ and all the prophets. Forgiveness requires that at the very least we sacrifice judgement and the desire to judge found in the warnings of Christ and the apostles.

The only way to test forgiveness is through freewill sacrifice called charity with little hope of direct return. We see this principle expressed in the modern "pay it forward"[3] movement to "Cast thy bread upon the waters" directive of Ecclesiastes.[4]

The birth of the lie

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"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:" 2 Thessalonians 2:11

"Most people do not have a problem with you thinking for yourself, as long as your conclusions are the same as or at least compatible with their beliefs." Mokokoma Mokhonoana

How can people observe the same events and come to opposing conclusions about what is happening, their significance and their likely effect?

It could be because of inadequate observation, ignorance of how things work, or it could be cognitive dissonance. All of these have to do with the eye of the beholder.

The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the mental discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs, values, or attitudes. This conflict causes feelings of uneasiness, discomfort or even pain because of mental stress, through which high levels of dissonance put us at at risk for anxiety and depression disorders.

Because our mind and body are an interdependent unit of life these conflicts can also contribute to physical illness.

The term cognitive dissonance developed in the 1950s by American social psychologist, Dr. Leon Festinger.

"Cognitive dissonance, the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in people is relieved by one of several defensive maneuvers: they reject, explain away, or avoid the new information; persuade themselves that no conflict really exists; reconcile the differences; or resort to any other defensive means of preserving stability or order in their conceptions of the world and of themselves." [5]

The conflict divides the mind and conquers the soul, "one part of them knows the truth but another part of them is so invested in seeing things a different way that they don't allow themselves to see reality."

Dorothy Martin receiving messages the Planet Clarion predicted on Dec 21, 1957 the world will be destroyed and some will be saved by flying saucers. When it did not happen instead of being embarrassed by their gullible error they wanted to get the story out that they had saved the planet through their faith.

This suggested they would not face the pain of the uncomfortable truth. Their minds were again overcome by the desire to 'make minds comfortable' - to rationalize the inconsistencies.

The one the recording we share the story of The one dollar lie. Vs $20 lie presented by Festinger & Carlsmith in 1959 Lied but was well paid.

Chinese used this in brainwashing technique on Americans during the Korean war.

"Emotional reasoning is the cognitive distortion that happens when we try to justify our emotional reactions using a neat narrative that seems to fit our value system or ideology"

People justify violence (even killing) by demonizing and dehumanizing their victim. Like the teacher who yelled death threats from her car toward people protesting the shutdown during the COVID hysteria.

Dr.Drew Westen PhD, at Emory University in Atlanta Did MRIs scans of the brains of staunch Democrats and staunch Republicans and found a decrease in activity in the reasoning part of the brain when they read damning information about their favorite politician.

It appears that any form of cognitive dissonance stimulates the brain to literally think less.

When there is a discrepancy between your beliefs and your behavior we will often compensate with rational manipulation of facts or their denial.

But learning to be willing to suffer pain and humility of being wrong may be the first step towards real self-knowledge.

The 'self-esteem industry' encourages people to seek relief from cognitive dissonance through rationalization, repetition, denial of our faults and frailties in a sort of personal brainwashing.

Cognitive dissonance is the mental stress experienced by an individual who wants to believe a lie is the truth. Willingness to suffer the pain of seeing the truth comes with the willingness to sacrifice for others. The humble heart is willing to endure the pain of the truth. The loving heart embraces it.

2 Thessalonians 2

"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together[6] unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken[7] in mind, or be troubled,[8] neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand."

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This warning in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 of being deceived or troubled in the mind is about a conflict while waiting for the day of Christ, the anointing of our hearts and minds as priest faith and not fear[9], is at hand for all of us who continue in the way and gather together as Jesus commanded.
Understanding the Christian conflict with Rome and its government supported Temples, the teachings of God concerning the error in the thinking and practices of the Nicolaitan and Balaam can help us grasp the difference between Pure Religion and public religion which like the Corban of the Pharisees makes the word of God to none effect.
Understanding also the "mystery of iniquity" in verse 6 of who the workers of iniquity are, what the wages of unrighteousness consists of, and the difference between the mammon of righteousness and unrighteousness which includes the praying to the fathers of the earth for our daily bread and our Father in Heaven may challenge our delusions the wantonness and deceivableness of the systems of the world that operate by way of force, fear and fealty and the Kingdom of God that operates by faith, hope and charity through the perfect law of liberty.
Can we refuse to see these differences and the conflict with the covetous practices of modern Christians and the love and charity of the early Christians? If we follow the Modern Church rather than The Way of Christ and the early Church shall we not be made blind?
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3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

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  1. Cooper, J., & Axsom, D. (1982). Integration of clinical and social psychology. Oxford University Press.
  2. James 2:14 and how our beliefs affect our behaviors or our behavior effects our beliefs. While God may love us in our present imperfection (Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 2:13; Romans 5:6-8) the effect of that love may cause a different effect. To repent seems to be a part of that "be you perfect" followed by an action word of seek, persevere and strive.
  3. Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying the kindness to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old, but the particular phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.
  4. Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
  6. 1997 ~ἐπισυναγωγή~ episunagoge \@ep-ee-soon-ag-o-gay’\@ from 1996; n f AV-gathering together 1, assembling together 1; 2 1) a gathering together in one place 2) the (religious) assembly (of Christians)
  7. 4531 σ αλεύω saleuo [sal-yoo’-o] from 4535; v; TDNT-7:65,996; [{See TDNT 698 }] AV-shake 10, move 1, shake together 1, that are shaken 1, which cannot be shaken + 3361 1, stir up 1; 15
    1) a motion produced by winds, storms, waves, etc
    1a) to agitate or shake
    1b) to cause to totter
    1c) to shake thoroughly, of a measure filled by shaking its contents together
    2) to shake down, overthrow
    2a) to cast down from one’s (secure and happy) state
    2b) to move, agitate the mind, to disturb one
  8. 2360 θροέω throeo [thro-eh’-o] from θρεομαι threomai (to wail); v; AV-trouble 3; 3
    1) to cry aloud, make a noise by outcry
    1a) in the NT, to trouble, frighten
    1b) to be troubled in mind, to be frightened, alarmed
  9. 1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, [that] shall do according to [that] which [is] in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.