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Serving a God Who Lies

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God has a long history of lying to human beings.  This is one of those uncomfortable truths that none of us want to deal with, so we try to ignore it as long as possible.  But when God calls you to function as one of His prophets, you end up forced to deal with the lying business, because you’re the one He’s very likely to do some of His lying through.  Who wants to look like an idiot by prophesying something that doesn’t happen?  No one.  But prophets aren’t the only ones who get affected by God’s deceptiveness.  If you pursue God long enough, it’s only a matter of time until He lies to you about something you really care about.  Then what?  You’ll feel all bitter and disillusioned, of course.  There’s nothing fun about the first time God hits you with some bit of crushing disillusionment.  It’s rather like a first heartbreak—it’s really miserable and it permanently changes you.  Of course it’s a lot easier to get sympathy for a broken heart than it is for God lying to you.  Among Christians, it’s taboo to use the phrase “God lies,” and souls who are caught in this stage with Him often end up shunned, harshly criticized, and blamed for all sorts of things.  This is one of the reasons we discuss the topic of God lying in such depth on our site: because when you’re dealing with it for the first time, it’s a very lonely road.  Read more of this post

Identifying God’s Limitations: Why It Can’t Be Done

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Surely God must have limitations.  Surely there are some things that even God cannot do.  This is an assumption which is widely accepted among humans.  Throughout the centuries, countless Christian theologians and non-Christian philosophers have strained their brains to the point of exhaustion trying to construct irrefutable arguments for what some of God’s limitations must be.  It’s all been such a ridiculous waste of time.  It will never be possible for humans to identify any limitation in God.  But why can’t we do this?  It comes down to one simple word: logic. Read more of this post

Aligning with a God of Extremes: How should we respond to spiritual rebellion?

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In this world, hating God is a very popular choice and plenty of people are reveling in it quite joyfully.  So how should we as Christians respond to this?  Clearly we should be siding with God whenever sides are being drawn, but what exactly does that look like in the day to day?  Does it mean we’re supposed to go around seething over the fact that a bunch of people are hating God out loud?  Does it mean we’re supposed to organize public protests whenever some law comes out which promotes a reversal of God’s moral code?  Does it mean we should be trying to avoid rubbing our holy elbows with the elbows of snarky sinners?  What exactly does God want from us in this area?  Read more of this post

Talking to God: Why is He being so cryptic?

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Suppose you have a best friend named Sam who lives next door to you.  You both work from home and the two of you are in a habit of sending humorous text messages to each other throughout the day.  Well, one day, there aren’t any text messages from Sam.  You wonder what’s wrong.  You send him a text asking if he’s alright.  There’s no answer.  You look out your window to see if Sam is home.  There he is: standing in front of an open window holding a mirror.  He’s using the mirror to catch the sunlight which he’s reflecting at you in strange bursts.  Well, that’s odd.  You send him another text, asking what he’s doing.  There’s no response.  You look out your window and see him once again pick up his mirror and start flashing bursts of sunlight at you.  What on earth is he doing?  You’re starting to get annoyed, but then you get distracted by a phone call which leads to more distractions, and by the time you’re thinking about Sam again, it’s dark outside.  You send him another text—one which makes your annoyance with his evasive behavior quite clear.  There’s still no response.  Aggravated, you march out of your house, cross over to Sam’s and knock loudly on the door.  Much to your irritation, Sam won’t open up.  Instead, he peeks out at you through the living room window.  Now he’s got a flashlight in his hand which he’s flashing at you in strange, rhythmic bursts.  You go over to the window and demand to know why he’s acting so weird.  He finally pulls a sticky note out of his pocket and slaps it on the window.  It says “Morse Code.”  Then he keeps flashing his light at you.

Now you suddenly realize that all of these irritating flashes are actually a code which you’re supposed to be deciphering.  Long, short, long, short, short.  Sam’s simulating the dots and dashes of Morse code. Well, that’s irritating.  You’ve never used Morse code before. Sure, you could research it on the internet and struggle to start deciphering Sam’s message, but what a hassle that would be.  And it’s all so utterly unnecessary when Sam could just pick up his phone and text you or open his door and talk to you face to face.  Well, Sam isn’t going to.  Sam is on this strange trip with Morse code and he’s just not going to talk to you any other way.  If you want to keep communicating with your friend, you’ve only got one choice: you’re going to have to start learning Morse. Read more of this post

Light vs. Darkness: Where does God dwell?

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Does God dwell in light or in darkness? Or does He dwell in both? Let’s check out some of the passages that inspire these questions. Read more of this post

Sticking It To God: What Every Really Angry Soul Needs to Know

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In our line of work, we come across a lot of souls who are furious at God. The reason is always the same: they’ve been brutally hurt by Him one way or another and they don’t know what to do with the pain. What’s really great about these souls is that they aren’t playing the usual Christian game of trying to downplay God’s role in their misery. Really vocal God haters tend to have a strong grasp of God’s sovereignty—a fact that could really take them to some awesome places if it was properly applied. But while they usually have a great grip on sovereignty, they tend to have no confidence in God’s goodness. Instead of realizing that He has positive motivations for doing what He is doing to their lives, they write Him off as a despicable Ogre and decide that they want nothing to do with Him. At least some of them decide this. But others take a very aggressive approach and obsess over finding a way that they can try and get revenge on God. They want to somehow hurt Him to the degree that He has hurt them—and perhaps a skosh more. This obsession with getting their own back often results in some pretty absurd ideas about how they will personally experience Hell, and it is those misunderstandings that we want to clear up in this post for all of you little dears who are currently on the “I hate God” track. Read more of this post

Compassion Training: Focusing on Principles Instead of Particulars

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God is an incredibly merciful and compassionate Being. He’s so much these things that it often makes us mad. We don’t want God to be empathetic towards that jerk who just hurt us in some major way. In such moments, we want God to be on our side and only on our side. Yet this isn’t how He is. God is on everyone’s side. He is full of empathy for you as well as for your enemy, and in both cases, His empathy is quite sincere. It really bothers us—this idea of nasty people and bad people getting buckets of blessings from God. It really bothers us that slackers, creeps, perverts, and bullies could wind up in the very same Heaven that we’re planning on going to. Well, it might bother us, but this is how God operates, so there it is. God isn’t going to dial down how merciful He is just to suit us. He delights in things like compassion, patience, grace, and forgiveness—all of which are qualities that we really struggle to develop. Read more of this post

Untaught Lessons of the Cross: Facing the Dark Side of God

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“For Yahweh loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

In the world of Christendom, the cross has become a powerful symbol of love. This is quite right, for Jesus clearly associated His crucifixion with an act of great love on the part of both Yahweh and Himself. But Jesus never said that the cross was only about love. In fact, He also taught His Old Covenant Jewish disciples to associate His death on a cross with an atonement sacrifice for sins, and by doing that, Jesus turned the cross into a most disturbing conglomeration of lessons—many of which we carefully avoid discussing in the Church. So let’s discuss them now, because it is the untaught lessons of the cross which have become most important for modern day Christians to learn. Read more of this post

Understanding Yahweh: Why Moses & Aaron Were Banned From The Promised Land

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We have three glorious Gods and everything about Them is endlessly fascinating. The more we know about Them, the more we want to know. But it’s also easy to feel totally overwhelmed by Them. They are so vast, so infinitely complex. When it comes to getting even the most basic understanding of who They are, where do we start? Surely there must be some facts about Themselves that They want us to learn about sooner rather than later. If only They would give us a short list of a few characteristics which They consider to be particularly important, that would give us a great place to begin. Happily, the magnificent Yahweh does exactly this for us in the Old Testament. Read more of this post

Practicing Dependency: Appreciating the Wisdom of God

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When a pilot tries to decide whether or not it’s a good time to take a flight, what does he do? He checks the weather report. He checks his fuel. He checks some routine mechanical parts. The pilot then makes a decision to fly based on what he knows. The weather looks good. His gas tank is full. The engine seems sound. But what the pilot doesn’t realize is that one of the wings of his plane has a severe crack in it which is going to cause the whole wing to snap off if the pilot attempts lift off. In this scenario, what the pilot doesn’t know is the most important information of all.

Or take the woman who starts up her car in the morning. When she fires up the engine, she doesn’t see any warning lights on her dash. She sees that there is fuel in the tank. The engine sounds normal. Based on these facts, she decides to go for a drive. But what she doesn’t realize is that someone has attached a bomb to the underside of her car, and that bomb is going to go off in thirty seconds. In this scenario, what the woman doesn’t know is far more important than what she does know.

As a human being, you know things. Knowing things is good, but if you don’t know the most important things, how can you make a wise decision? Our pilot is going to crash and our woman is going to get blown up because of their ignorance. It’s not the pilot’s fault that he doesn’t have x-ray vision to see into the structure of his wing. The woman had no way of knowing that she should have checked the underside of her car before getting in. Both of these people are acting reasonably, but they’re still going to end up in a heap of trouble because of their limited knowledge. It’s the same with you. If you try to go through life relying solely on your own limited information, it’s guaranteed that you’re going to end up in a major mess. Read more of this post