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Interpreting God: Recognizing Errors in Your Method

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Joe is a man who carries around a bag that is well-stocked with medical supplies.  Inside of his bag are all sorts of surgical tools, syringes, and drugs.  With the components in his bag, Joe could really help a lot of people.  But he could also use the same components to do horrible things to people.  Joe is well equipped to do great good, or great harm.  If Joe should set his bag down in your presence, open it up, and start selecting certain components, what would his intentions be?  Would he be planning to help you or hurt you?  Just looking at the specific items Joe pulls out of his bag won’t give you the answer to that question, because the same items can be used to accomplish drastically different goals.  Read more of this post

Yahweh Talks Ethnicity: Jews & Non-Jews Are Equal Before God

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Suppose you’re an Egyptian woman who joined the Hebrew slaves during their victorious march out of Egypt after the ten plagues. Your husband was the firstborn male in his family, so he died during the final plague—that horrifying situation in which all firstborn males in Egypt died.  Your husband was devoted to his gods, and if he was still alive, you’d never have scraped up the courage to leave Egypt with the Hebrew slaves.  But his death gave you the final push you needed to embark on a whole new spiritual journey.  The ten plagues threw you into a massive theological crisis which has resulted in you abandoning the Egyptian gods who you used to worship so that you could become a sincere Yahweh follower.  You really want to please this new God…but is He only the God of the Jews?  You’re not a Jew–does that mean you can never please this Yahweh as much as the Hebrews can? Read more of this post

Loving People Like God Does: What it Means & How You Get There

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If your overall experience of humanity so far has been positive, then you’re probably not feeling too bothered by God’s command that we love others.  And with the Church constantly promoting people as more important than God, it’s going to make you feel a lot more comfortable on Sunday morning if you aren’t harboring a deep hatred for your fellow humans in your soul.  When the pastor starts expounding on the importance of loving our neighbors, you can say to yourself, “No sweat, I like people.” Yes, you do.  But your main reason for liking them is that they’ve been pretty decent to you. Your “love” for people is based on the fact that they have been doing a decent job of meeting your personal expectations so far.  Well, this isn’t love, this is approval. When you say “I like people,” what you really mean is, “I approve of people.” Should those people who you currently approve of do something awful to you, all of a sudden your attitude towards them would change drastically.

In this post, we’re talking to those of you who really don’t like people.  Maybe you hardcore hate them.  What is your repulsion based on?  Well, you’re using the same standards as the folks who claim to love their fellow humans: you’re focused on approval.  In your case, you feel that your overall experience of humans is very negative.  Maybe you used to like them until some of them really went out of their way to trash you.  Or maybe you’ve hated people ever since the beginning because they’ve never been anything but nasty to you.  Either way, here you are, hating people.  So now what?  Read more of this post

Understanding Salvation: Who God Accepts

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Salvation has never been acquired through atonement.  Instead, being accepted by our Gods has always been a matter of soul attitude.  Both Yahweh and Jesus teach this, and it’s quite easy to biblically demonstrate how we inherited our current obsession with atonement from misguided New Testament Jewish teachers (see Jesus vs. the NT Jews: What it Means to Please God).  In the Church today, it’s all about atonement.  We sing countless songs about how we’re “covered by the Blood” and we glorify Christ as the Lamb who atoned for the sins of the world.  Well, glorifying Christ is certainly fabulous—as is glorifying Yahweh and the magnificent Holy Spirit.  We certainly want to be loving, praising, and adoring our three glorious Creators, however problems arise when we talk as if the atoning Blood of Christ is the thing that saves us.  It most certainly is not.  Read more of this post

More Lies from Paul: God Loves Jews More Than Gentiles (Romans 11)

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Open up a box of crayons and look inside.  Which colors do you like the best?  Which colors do you like the least?  Do you know where you get your opinions from?  The Ones who made you.  You see, before you were born, Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit decided whether you’d like blue better than green or red better than orange.  They programmed your little brain to have an extremely narrow definition of concepts like good, beautiful, delicious, and fun.  Why did They do this?  Because They are obsessed with variety (see Understanding God: His Obsession with Complexity & Variation).  And since it was Their plan from the beginning to make zillions upon zillions of humans, They came up with many creative ways to ensure that all of those humans wouldn’t end up as clones of each other.  Just as you don’t want to listen to a fifty hour song that only has one note in it, your Creators weren’t interested in creating zillions of humans who all think, act, and look alike.  So when it came time to create you, They put together a zesty little combination of fascinating features that would result in you being not quite the same as anyone else.  They painted your skin a very specific shade.  They programmed the cells in your body to grow into a very specific shape.  Are you thin or fat?  Are you a straight stick or do some parts of you bulge out?  Perhaps you have a fat gut or a large butt or a big chest.  Maybe your nose is huge or your ears stick out or you’ve got boats for feet. While you look in the mirror and see a bunch of flaws, your Gods see fascinating variety.  They like ears that stick out just as much as ears that lay flat.  They like long fingers just as much as stubby ones.  Big guts, small guts, high butts, low butts, flat chests, big chests—it’s the variety that makes it all so fun.  They don’t want a white world or a black world.  They want snow white, inky black, and every fascinating shade in between.

The next time you’re out among people, take a moment to notice that endless variation that is all around you.  No two humans are exactly alike, and if you’re honest, there are plenty of human features that you just don’t find very appealing.  The truth is that you’re quite the narrow-minded little thing with a very pinched up view of “attractive.”  This isn’t your fault, it’s how you’ve been wired.  Being narrow minded comes naturally to humans, but our Gods are not humans, and when we start blurring the lines between Them and us, all kinds of problems arise. Read more of this post

It’s Personal: Understanding the Divine Perspective of Trials

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In life, we experience many kinds of trials, but they don’t all feel like they belong in the same category. There are some trials that seem to just happen to us out of the blue. That flat tire on the road. Our kids falling ill. Then there are the trials that other people stick us with. The jerk who steals your purse, and then starts racking up bills in your name. The boss who is always giving you a hard time at the office. And finally, there are the trials that we seem to bring onto ourselves. You cheat on your man, and he divorces you. You steal from the company and you get caught. These are the three main categories that humans tend to divide their trials into. But how does God see it? Read more of this post

Choosing the Right Priorities: How does God want us to treat our brothers?

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“How should I treat my brother?” The common Christian answer to this classic question is “Treat others the way you’d want to be treated.” Or we might say, “God commands us to love one another.” And while these are useful guidelines to have in mind, in real life, we often need more specific instruction. What exactly does loving your brother look like? What if you currently hate him because of something he did to you? While Christians often talk as if love and forgiveness are qualities that we can just pluck off a shelf whenever we feel like it, in real life, we often find ourselves at a total loss when it comes to the resources we need to treat others as we’d want to be treated. So then what? Read more of this post

Why We Help the People You Hate

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This is not your typical Christian website. We don’t just regurgitate popular jingles in the Church, we don’t jump onboard with every passing Christian trend, and we don’t encourage you to believe lies about God just because we know it’s what you want to hear. We teach you the truth, regardless of how popular it is, because only by embracing the truth will you thrive in your own relationship with God.

Now there are a lot of truths which people don’t want to hear for various reasons. There are also a lot of truths which are intentionally left unsaid by Christians because Christians are humans and humans are not fans of doling out mercy to those they don’t like. Instead, we like to pretend that God’s grace is only for nice people like ourselves, not for those scumbags over there. Such a mentality results in certain groups of souls being taught that they are unwanted by God. We all have sympathy for the victim of molestation, but the molester himself gets nothing but hate. We mourn and cry over the poor child who was gunned down at school, but we get darn mad if anyone implies the creep who shot the kid is still loved by God. Well, the truth is that God loves all souls. Read more of this post

Soul Before Earthsuit: Understanding God’s Priorities

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If God was really pleased with you, you’d be happy, healthy, and financially well off. This is a very common belief among both Christians and non-Christians. It’s an absolute lie, yet it’s also an extremely popular idea and one which is aggressively promoted by many very successful Christian leaders. Whenever we find a lie being promoted by folks who know better, it is because they have found a way to profit by doing so.

Prosperity theology—a system of beliefs which is built on the assumption that God wants us to have happy, carefree lives on earth—is a huge moneymaker. It’s rather like teaching Christians that God commands them to tithe: the folks who teach the lie make bank while the people who sincerely believe in the lie end up in a world of hurt. Unfortunately, many of our leaders in the Church today couldn’t care less about how many souls they trash on the way to lining their own pockets. As an individual Christian, you’re just one more chump who they might be able to make some money off of. If you prove to be reasonably easy to manipulate, they’ll spend effort messing with you. If you aren’t, they’ll kick you aside and find someone else. Welcome to the world of false shepherds in the Church: it’s a merciless scene in which there is no real concern for human souls. This is why it’s so important that you not put your trust in human beings to guide you in life. God Himself must be your Guide, because He is the only One you can really trust. But before you are going to develop strong trust in God, you need to grasp that He is for you in life, and before you can understand what that means, you need to learn a few things about how God operates. Read more of this post

Understanding the Love of God: The Five Versions of You

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Think about another human you know. In your relationship with that person, you actually have five identities which you are juggling. There’s who you think you are, there’s who you wish you could be, there’s who the other person thinks you are, there’s how you think the other person views you, and there’s who you actually are. This makes for one messy situation.

Take the husband who is feeling sorely tempted to have an affair with his secretary. He thinks his wife has no idea about his struggle, so he assumes that when she looks at him, she sees a faithful man. In reality, the wife suspects that he’s being unfaithful, so when she looks at him, she really sees a cruel traitor. When the man looks at himself, he sees a weak, frustrated man. The man feels intensely guilty about his struggle, and he wishes he could be content with his marriage. That’s four identities so far: who the man thinks his wife sees, who his wife actually sees, who the man thinks he is, and who he wishes he could be. But then there’s who he actually is—that’s an identity which no human on the planet knows, not even the man himself. The man’s view of himself is constantly being warped by his current stresses and circumstances. The man never sees himself with total accuracy—he’s always comparing who he wishes he could be to who he thinks he is. It’s the same with you. Read more of this post