In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said these words:..."You have heard it said ________, but I say unto you _______...."
You can fill in the blanks in your own life...be open-minded to hear what is being said by Him to you NOW...man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that PROCEEDS (present tense) from the mouth of God...I like this quote about open-mindedness a lot (thanks, Melissa):
"Dogmatism breeds intolerance. Like ideology, dogmatism puts blinders on what its adherents can see, disables their questioning faculties and breeds fervor and fanaticism. Having an open mind doesn't mean that one never comes to any convictions in life. It's possible to have an open mind and live a principled life, without holding one's beliefs dogmatically. Having an open mind means being prepared to question even your most central beliefs if there's occasion to do so. It means being open, when the time comes, to having your mind changed by an argument better than one's own. It means being able to think both sides of an issue. It means being able to suspend your beliefs, to play devil's advocate, and to detach yourself somewhat from your own beliefs, actions and feelings. Only living with an open mind gives us a chance to grow and change."
- Jeff Mason
It is written:
"Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."
(Romans 12:2 - The Message)
"All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ."
(Colossians 3:11 - The Message)
Open minds...open eyes and ears...open hearts...transformation by the renewing of your mind..."the wind blows where it wills"...think on these things today...you have heard it "said", but I pray that you/I/we all hear what He is saying!