The Pursuit of God

Serious Topics for Serious Christians

When God Sets You Up to Look Stupid: Help for Humiliated Christians

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We all start off serving God on a “give to get” basis.  When we obey Him at great costs to ourselves, we naturally expect Him to reward us within the same context.  If obeying Him causes us to look really stupid in the eyes of others, then we would really appreciate God rewarding us in that same context–by doing something that shuts everyone’s faces and proves that we were right.  Noah looked like a lunatic when he was building the ark–but then the flood did actually happen, thus he got his “Ha, I told you so,” moment.  When Daniel was chucked into the lion’s den, he got his “told you so” moment the next morning when he was still alive.  When Shadrach and his friends were thrown into the fiery furnace, they got the satisfaction of God publicly exalting them by keeping them alive.  Plenty of us would be willing to put it all on the line for God if we knew our earthly humiliation would end in earthly glory.

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Understanding the Virgin Birth: Context & Mechanics

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The angel answered and said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

Whenever our Gods do something miraculous—like causing a virgin woman to become pregnant—humans can be counted on to become so obsessed with trying to understand the mechanics of the miracle that they miss the important lessons.  To avoid getting sidetracked by miracles in your own life, here’s a good rule to go by:

When God does something miraculous, focus on the why, not the how, and ask Him to help you learn everything He wants to teach you from the experience.

If you abide by this rule, you’ll steer clear of all kinds of silliness—such as dickering about exactly how Mary became pregnant.  Read more of this post

Understanding Your Complete Loss of Faith: Great News for Devastated Christians

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One of the most thrilling moments in a serious Christian’s life is when he suddenly finds his great confidence in God crumbling to dust right in front of him.  As his faith melts away like ice cubes in a pot of boiling water, the Christian is left feeling completely helpless and unable to stop the erosion process.  In a horrifyingly short period of time, he goes from being totally confident about so many things to being in serious doubt about everything–even the reality of God.  Beliefs that used to have such a clear ring of truth suddenly sound so ludicrous that the Christian can’t talk himself into accepting them any longer.  His doubts become so intense and his faith so non-existent, that he feels he has no choice but to thrust the whole concept of God away from him and find some way to try and deal with the dark, meaningless existence that fills the place where his confidence once was.     Read more of this post

Cyrus & 777: Debunking Christian Idiocy About Trump

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Among the ocean of folks who claim to be Christian prophets, the vast majority of them are total blowhards.  If you do it right, prophesying baloney to the masses can result in those same gullible masses gifting you with fame, wealth and worship.  All you need to get started in this particular racket is a raging ego, a bunch of greed, no character, and no fear of God.  Every human comes equipped with the ego and the greed.  Once you struggle through enough rounds of telling yourself that it’s perfectly okay to knife people for the sake of your own gain, your character will be sufficiently eroded.  And as for no fear of God—well, the best solution there is to avoid developing any reverence in the first place.  Do what the atheists do: give yourself permission to ignore a God who you don’t personally approve of.  Then sit back, relax, and let your imagination run wild.  Throw any cockamamie theory you come up with onto the web, slap Jesus’ Name on it, sprinkle in some references to Scripture, and the undiscerning masses will come.  Read more of this post

Christians vs. Muslims: The Futility of Debating Beliefs

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Locking horns with a dedicated Muslim is an epic waste of time.  People who really want to find God will seek Him in the privacy of their own souls and He will reveal Himself to them.  You don’t find God through logical debate.  Faith is a soul thing.  Debating spiritual issues is a waste of time, because while people are busy arguing semantics with you, they’re not talking to God, and He is the only Source of truth.  No one should be changing religions because of some persuasive argument that another human made.  No one should be deciding who the real God is by imitating someone else’s convictions.  We personally know who the real Gods are, because we’ve done our own spiritual homework.  But we can’t do anyone else’s work for them, and neither can you. Read more of this post

Understanding Yahweh: Stay On the Ancient Paths

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This is what Yahweh says: Stand by the roadways and look. Ask about the ancient paths: Which is the way to what is good? Then take it and find rest for yourselves. But they protested, “We won’t!” (Jer. 6:16)

Yet My people have forgotten Me. They burn incense to false idols that make them stumble in their ways on the ancient roads and walk on new paths, not the highway. (Jer. 18:15)

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Pedophiles vs. Child Molesters: Understanding the Difference

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To say that all pedophiles are child molesters is like saying all straights are rapists.  Pedophilia is a sexual orientation.  Molestation is a form of sexual assault.  Being sexually attracted to children is not at all the same as wanting to assault them.

UNDERSTANDING PEDOPHILES

While many gays and straights like to publicly broadcast their sexual preferences, pedophiles tend to keep their private feelings about sex to themselves.  What’s wrong with that?  It’s hardly classy or appropriate to dump your hormonal viewpoints and urges all over the world wide web.  A straight man who tells the world how he is lusting after his female coworker is behaving quite immaturely.  People who post pictures and videos of themselves being physically intimate with their lovers are just cheapening something which is meant to be cherished.  Our personal sexual desires are not things we should be waving about like flags.  So the fact that a pedophile doesn’t walk down the street saying, “Hey, everyone, I’m really turned on by kids,” hardly makes that man a creep.  Instead, he’s modeling a level of self-restraint that we could all use to imitate.  Read more of this post

What We Teach About the NT Epistles

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If you go to any Christian church (in any Christian denomination), you’ll be taught many things about what the NT writers say.  Much of that teaching will be wrong.  The Church grossly misrepresents what the Bible says, and she doesn’t even come close to teaching you how to properly apply its contents.

When we write articles that are focused on a particular passage of Scripture, our goal is to help you understand what the original author meant.  Some portions of Scripture include a lot of direct messages or quotations from God–especially in the OT prophetic books, the Torah, and the NT Gospels.  But God is not doing any of the talking in the NT epistles.  The NT epistles and the Psalms were written by humans, and many of those humans were not listening to God in their personal lives, thus their teaching is lousy. Read more of this post

Praying for Other People: Why It’s a Bad Idea

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In our material, we teach you not to pray for other people.  This includes praying for God to heal, save, and comfort other people.  Many Christians find such teaching to be quite disturbing.  So what’s the deal?  If we claim to be Christians–which we do–then how can we have a problem with praying for others?  The answer is simple: we care immensely about pleasing God, and once treating God well is your top priority, praying for other people needs to go.  That’s the short answer.  Now we’ll give you the long one. Read more of this post

Families Shattered by Molestation: How to Start the Recovery Process

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Family members molesting other family members is a far more common situation than anyone would like it to be.  Often these situations remain unknown and/or intentionally ignored until someone in the family system hits their limit with the horror of it all and drags the whole sordid affair into the spotlight.  At that point, family members are forced to respond to both the victim and the perpetrator.  But how exactly should you respond to such a situation?  Where do you even start?  In this kind of situation, there are two main strategies that can speed up the healing process, and these strategies are best used simultaneously. Read more of this post