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Category Archives: His Love for Us

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

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

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

Justifying God’s Love for Us

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We humans feel an intense need to be able to logically explain why God loves us, and why He is so committed to caring for us.  Why are we like this?  Why can’t we just accept God’s love as a fact and enjoy it?  Do you feel the need to understand why there are particles of oxygen in the air before you take a breath?  Do you need to understand what is holding the molecules of your chair together before you’ll sit on it?  There are many things in life that we don’t understand at all, yet we just happily accept them and go on.  Why can’t God’s great love for us be one of those things?  Life would be much simpler if we could simply accept God’s love for us without analyzing it to death, and some of us were able to do this when we were children.  But when we grow into adults and get exposed to the complexities of life and acquire a deeper understanding of the complexities within ourselves, we find the confidence that we once had in God’s love starting to crumble.  To shore up that confidence, we try to come up with logical sounding arguments for why a perfect, autonomous, all-powerful Being like God would be motivated to love frail, powerless, pompous, perverse little specks like us.  We think and we think and we keep drawing a blank.  God’s love for us just doesn’t make logical sense. Read more of this post

Distressing Truths About God’s Love

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Human love is largely based on need. We love when it personally benefits us to do so, and those we love most are those we need the most. We don’t like the idea that we are so self-centered in our attempts to love, but there it is. If you doubt it, just look at how devastated we become when we are suddenly separated from those we love. Many of us become so emotionally paralyzed that we spend the rest of our lives pretending the dead are still with us.  We talk to their pictures, we get tattoos on our bodies to symbolize their presence with us, we carry around their material possessions, and we become extremely defensive whenever someone says something less than complimentary about their memory.

Why is it so hard for us to cut ties and move on? Because that person filled a critical emotional or psychological need for us and we can’t afford to let that need go unmet. Hovering parents, possessive lovers, and high-maintenance friends: we’ve come up with these negative labels to describe the suffocation we feel when some other person tries to force us to meet their emotional needs. Every human relationship is made up of two people doing a give and take. No relationship gets off the ground unless someone sees the potential for someone else to benefit them and someone else is willing to do some giving. Things get ugly when one person tries to do all the taking. But where did all this neediness come from in the first place? Read more of this post

Leaving the Worm Mentality: Responding to the Love of God

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There are many souls who are erroneously taught that God views them like a despicable worm who He would sooner spit on than embrace. This is an outrageous lie, of course, but when we accept lies as truth they gain great power over us. Once we believe that we are super horrific sinners who God is extra repulsed by, we find ourselves in one of two positions: we either take pride in our ultra-evil state, or we deeply mourn the loss of God’s affection and wish that there was some way we could get right in His eyes. The second option is by far the better one, and we get there by recognizing that the Holy Spirit is still calling us to come to Him. Read more of this post

Learning from the Face of God

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If I were to say, “Imagine God looking at you,” what kind of expression would He have on His face? The color of His hair or skin, the shape of His nose and eyes—these things are irrelevant details. His expression is the important part because how you imagine God looking at you is a reflection of your core beliefs about Him. Read more of this post

Does God love us all the same?

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Does God love everyone the same? When we ask this question, we’re usually thinking about a lot more than just God’s love. We want to know if God has favorites. We want to know why He is blessing some souls more than He’s blessing us. We want to know if we have a shot at making it into His holy in-crowd or if we were born rejects. We want to know if we can lose His love by behaving badly. In this post, we’ll address each of these concerns and we’ll also look at the most important question of all: How much should it matter to YOU how God loves other people? Read more of this post