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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

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

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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Suicide Q&A

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Q1. CAN PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES?

No. People can only attempt to kill themselves. God is the only One with the power to separate body from soul. From His perspective, no one dies early and no one dies late. We are all in this world for as long as He wants us to be. No one can successfully die without God’s permission and cooperation. Read more of this post

The Joy of Being Powerless in Your Relationship with God

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In our material, we say that choosing to fully submit to God is the road that will lead you to epic soul joy and satisfaction.  In other words, it’s a glorious thing to fully embrace your identity as a powerless speck of a creature in your relationship with God. In fact, the more you face just how powerless, limited, and dependent you are, the happier your soul will be. Read more of this post

Correcting Your End Time Theology: Revering the God of Satan

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Reverence is a form of respect which is motivated by a fear of being harmed by someone or something’s power.  Without thinking about it, you automatically revere many things in life.  The sober fear that comes over you when you see a damaged power line sizzling and jerking on the ground is reverence.  You realize that if you get too close, the power line might electrocute you.  So you keep your distance and you give careful thought as to how you will handle the situation.  This is one of the effects reverence has on us: it slows us down.  It inspires us to put careful thought into how we are interacting with the thing or being who we revere.  When we deeply revere God, His preferences become very important to us, we really want to obey His convictions, and we are much more careful in how we talk to Him.  Just as you might be rude to a human who you don’t respect, but you’ll bring out your best manners when you’re talking to someone who has the power to drastically change your circumstances in life, developing reverence for God results in us improving our treatment of Him.  We stop treating Him like some intrusive pest, and we start treating Him with great respect. Read more of this post

The Process & Purpose of Being Dominated by God

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Caution: This post discusses advanced theology which might be too overwhelming for the spiritually young.

Since everything originates from and revolves around God, close communion with Him is the greatest prize we humans could hope to attain.  But how do we get there?  We certainly can’t just shove our way in—we must first receive an invitation from God to know Him better.  Such invitations come to us throughout our lives, and how well we respond to them determines how many more God offers us.  Read more of this post

Salvation Concerns: Why does God block some souls from coming to Him?

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According to Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, one of the most important elements in your relationship with Them is the element of choice.  Your Gods give you choices in life.  They are always limited choices.  You never get to choose between an infinite set of possibilities.  Instead, you can only ever choose between a range of options that your Gods give you.  Your life is a mix of elements that you have the option of changing and elements that you are stuck with.  For example, you can change your hairdo, but you can’t change the fact that you need oxygen to live.  You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your biological family members.  Read more of this post

You’re Sick Because You Sinned: Dealing with Misguided Christians

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As we explain in many articles on this site, God is the Source of every trial and blessing in your life.  His primary reason for creating trials in your life is to draw you closer to Him.  When we’re hurting, we suddenly find ourselves motivated to ask theological questions that we used to avoid, and we become receptive to difficult truths.  When life is going great, we find it uncomfortable and threatening to think about God’s involvement with evil.  But when He saddles us with some debilitating disease or with some chronic illness, suddenly we become much better listeners.

Suffering has a way of spiking our courage so that we stop running away from the scary questions. Why does a good God want people to suffer?  Why are His methods so brutal at times?  How can we tell when God is upset with us and when He’s pleased?  Why is God silent when we’re seriously depressed?  Why does He refuse to answer us the way we need Him to?  Why does He sometimes act as if He’s abandoned us in our hour of need?  Why are some of us suffering so much more than others?  These are the tough questions that we need to get around to facing if we’re going to grow close to God, and we discuss all of these issues in other articles on our site.  If you’re sick, it doesn’t at all mean that God is mad at you, punishing you, or cursing you.  If you’re sick, it doesn’t mean you have insufficient faith or unconfessed sins.  Certainly spiritual rebellion is a real thing, and God will often use trials to drive rebels towards repentance.  But once we start saying that all health problems are a form of Divine discipline, well then we’re just being absurd.  Even health problems which start out as a form of discipline cease to be about discipline once a soul repents.  This is because God is not a jerky Father who beats on His obedient kids.  God is a very good and gracious Father.  If you sincerely care about pleasing Him, then He’s pleased with you—it’s just that simple.  But you can count on the fact that His pleasure will not manifest itself in the form of a trial free life, because God has you on this planet to mature, not stagnate.  Read more of this post

Romans 13: How should Christians respond to governing authorities?

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“Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.” (Rom. 13:1-2)

In Romans 13, we find a leader of the early Church ordering Christians to obey governing authorities no matter what. How should we be responding to such instruction today? Well, let’s start with a broader question: how seriously should we take any of the commands, guidelines, and viewpoints that are found in the Bible? After all, the Bible is a collection of documents which were penned by human beings, and some of those humans were spiritual dingdongs. Romans was written by the apostle Paul–a man who rejected the Divinity of Christ, made a lot of insulting inferences about Yahweh, and put out a lot of really bad teaching (for specific examples, see The Great Offense of Paul: Rejecting the Divinity of Christ). Rather than own up to these things, the Church teaches you to view “St. Paul” as some icon of spiritual maturity and wisdom. She says that you ought to view Paul as an infallible mouthpiece for God Himself, and assume that anything Paul wrote is beyond question. Well, no, we certainly will not sit back and smile while a man refers to the magnificent Jesus as a mere mortal who only reigns on a temporary basis. Anyone who so shamelessly bashes on Christ can hardly be viewed as a reliable source of truth. And yet the fact remains that God frequently speaks through humans–even spiritual rebels like Paul. So we can’t just blow off everything Paul says as wrong. Like most bad spiritual leaders, Paul is a mixed bag. He puts out a cocktail of truths and lies and if you’re not seeking the wisdom of God in your own soul, you’re going to end up in a muddled mess. Read more of this post