The Pursuit of God

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God, Terrorism & You

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As solo terrorist attacks dominate the daily news headlines with increasing frequency, it’s a great time to think about what you are supposed to be learning from all of these suicide bombers, random stabbers, and crazed gunmen.  The psychological factors that turn Average Joe Citizen into a screaming assailant really aren’t so mysterious.  People always have logical reasons for what they do, and whether it’s revenge, desperation, or dreams of a better life in eternity, the final results look the same to the public: some random guy violently assaulted a bunch of people without warning and now some people are dead and others are so horribly injured that they wish they were dead.  Terrorism is, well, terrifying.  So how is it affecting you when you pull up the news and read that another attack has occurred?  Have you ever been caught in one of these gruesome events, or have you known someone who was?  Noticing your own level of angst is quite important, because the more upset you are by these events, the more there is for you to learn.  You see, when it comes to your own spiritual development, there’s a principle that’s quite useful to bear in mind: if it upsets you, then it’s partly about you.  Read more of this post

Unlocking Divine Secrets: Understanding How Intimate Knowledge of God is Acquired

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There are two ways to approach trying to learn more about the Beings who created us.  Which approach you use will depend on how you view your access to the information you want.

If you want to know who someone’s biological parents are, what do you do?  You get on the internet and start digging for birth certificates.  When it comes to finding out information about humans, a lot of data is out in the open.  The person you want to know about can’t control how data about them is stored.  Maybe they don’t like the fact that so much information is considered “public record,” but they’re stuck with it.  As long as people are  broadcasting personal facts about others into public data streams, anyone can dip into that stream and sift out the data they want.  In this situation, that data is out in the open–you just have to find your way to it.  All that is required is perseverance on your part.  You don’t need permission from the person you’re researching before you can learn things about them.  Instead, you can go around them and find out things that they don’t even want you to know. Read more of this post

God, Evil, & Human Choice Q&A

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What is God’s relationship with evil?  Just how important is human choice?  These two questions alone have been the source of endless debate within the Christian community, and they will continue to cause division until this world is destroyed.  When you’re at a point in your own spiritual journey where you want to start really chewing on these topics, it can be tough to find any serious discussions that don’t just do the usual “God is good” brush off.  Because questioning is a critical part of spiritual development, we enjoy helping you dig deeper into topics that you’re currently wondering about.  The purpose of our Q&A posts is to provide answers to series of questions which are often asked by souls who are pondering certain topics.  God’s relationship with evil and the significance of human choice are the themes we’ll be talking about in this post, so now let’s get into it. Read more of this post

Recognizing Your Conversations with God: Lesson 4 – Script Analysis

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In our last lesson, we discussed two new discernment principles which are critical to learning how to recognize God talking to you.  The first principle was that God always initiates in His relationship with you.  The second principle was that when God speaks, He encourages you towards Him—meaning that God is always going to encourage you to make choices that will benefit your soul in the long term.

At the end of our last lesson, we introduced our first script exercise, and gave you some ideas for how you could come up with some mental material that you can write down for analysis.  For those of you who have some scripts ready, it’s now time to do some analyzing.  Read more of this post

Understanding Hazing: The Dark Agenda Behind the Games

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Since college hazing keeps resulting in deaths that are getting top billing in the news, it’s a good time to explain the psychology behind this ritual.  For anyone interested in joining a fraternity, sorority, or any other social club which requires that you voluntarily submit to a period of being mocked, humiliated, degraded and assaulted by established members before you’ll be “accepted” by the animals, here’s why you don’t want to go there:

Every human relationship has an element of power.  If the power is managed well, you end up with a functional relationship.  If the power is mismanaged, you end up with abuse.

In peer dynamics (teen-teen, child-child, adult-adult), power needs to be equally shared by both parties for the relationship to be healthy.

In authority dynamics (boss-employee, policeman-citizen, general-cadet, teacher-student), the power must be allocated unequally.  The authority figure must insist on keeping the majority of the power, while still allocating enough power to the lower ranking person.  How much difference in power is appropriate depends on the purpose of the relationship. Read more of this post

Recognizing Your Conversations with God: Lesson 3 – God’s Agenda

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In our last lesson, we explained the concept of soul blocking.  Your theology is your set of beliefs about God, and what you currently believe about Him has a major impact on how you react to Him.  When God says things that make you uncomfortable, your soul will often respond by rejecting part or all of what He said.  Three of the most common reasons that souls refuse to accept what God is saying are the following: Read more of this post

Recognizing Your Conversations with God: Lesson 2 – Soul Blocking

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Before we move on to our next lesson in this series, let’s do a quick review.  In our first lesson, we explained the following points: Read more of this post

Recognizing Your Conversations with God: Lesson 1 – Two Kinds of Thoughts

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“God never talks to me.  He only talks to other people.” 

If this is what you think, you’re dead wrong.  God most certainly does talk to you.  Not only does He talk to you, He talks to you a lot.  When He does, you talk back.  The reality is that you and God are frequently conversing with each other on a soul level.  It doesn’t matter if you never read the Bible—the Bible has nothing to do with the kind of conversation we’re talking about.  We’re talking about you and God chatting it up with no props involved.  It happens all the time in your life.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your gender is, or what religion you claim to be.  Talking to God isn’t something that only Christians do.  It’s not just an adult activity.  Everyone talks to God, and if you want to learn how to start recognizing the conversations that are already happening between you and God on a daily basis, you’ve come to the right place. Read more of this post

Finding a Church That Teaches What We Teach: Why It Can’t Be Done

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The Pursuit of God website is loaded with theological material that many Christians find to be very offensive and heretical.  But there are some folks out there who read our articles and start feeling convicted that the stuff we’re teaching is actually true.  Now and then someone from that second group asks us if we can recommend a church that they can go to which will teach the things we teach.  So can we?  No, because no such church exists.  You are not going to find any Christian church anywhere that teaches what we teach.  We’re now going to explain why.

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How to Avoid Witnessing Burnout: It’s Not Your Job to Save the World

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Why do people end up in Hell? According to God, Hell is a just punishment for humans who willfully refuse to submit to Him as the Supreme Authority that He is.  Given the fact that you can’t even exist without God constantly sustaining you, it’s hardly unreasonable for Him to demand that you embrace your place as the powerless fleck who depends on Him for all things.   When God demands that you acknowledge His supremacy over you, it’s rather like you being told to agree with the fact that you need oxygen to survive.  He’s really just demanding that you accept a reality that you can’t change.  God outranks you: this is a fact that you have no control over.  God controls your quality of life, therefore it’s more than a little stupid for you to scoff at His Authority.

Now when you’re born,  your body needs oxygen to survive, but you don’t understand this fact until someone teaches it to you, and that doesn’t happen until years into your life.  The fact that you don’t understand something doesn’t make that something cease to be true, but it does change how accountable you are.  Before God introduces Himself to you and explains about the vast difference in rank between the two of you, He doesn’t expect you to know who He is.  Before God teaches you that He wants you to submit to Him, He doesn’t blame you for not doing so.  The possibility of you being eternally damned only comes up after God has personally given you all of the information you need to meet His salvation requirements.  No one ends up in Hell by accident.  We only get there by willfully defying God and intentionally spurning His Authority.

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