The Bible is constantly confronting us with ideas and notions that run contrary to our own. This is why the Bible warns about those who would seek teachers and preachers who would only tell them what they wanted to hear. The Word of God not only seems odd to us but it certainly stands in stark contrast to a culture that has diminished or forgotten God Himself. As we have imbibed in the spirit of the age, the Word of God comes to us shining its light and exposing our circumstances. We’re often tempted to run for cover and dismiss God’s claims as intrusive. Blaise Pascal observed that, “People almost always arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” God, however, doesn’t appear to be as concerned over our comfort as He is our holiness. In the end, if we’re holy, we’ll know true comfort. Not being conformed to the world but being transformed by the renewing of our minds is what it’s all about. “Behold, all things have become new.”