Relating to God: Recognizing the Trap of Symbolic Pain

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Humans are big on symbolism.  This means that much of what you do and say in life is an attempt to communicate messages that are quite unrelated to the things you’re actually doing and saying.  For example, when Holly hears her boyfriend Todd say he loves blondes, Holly goes out and bleaches her brown hair blonde.  She does this not because she wants to change her hair, but because she wants to keep a secure hold on Todd’s affection.  When she then asks him “Do you like my hair?” what’s she’s really asking is, “Have I gained more of your approval by adjusting myself to be a better match to your preferences?”  For Holly, dyeing her hair was a symbolic act that was meant to communicate to Todd how much his approval means to her and how much she wants him in her life. 

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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.

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Putting Zion in Perspective: Dirt Is Not Divine

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As a Christian, you might have noticed that there are a lot of Christian ministries, churches, and individuals who are associating themselves with the name Zion. You might also have noticed that a lot of modern day Christians are referring to Yahweh as the Light of Zion or the God of Zion or the something else of Zion.  So what’s with all the talk about Zion?  What exactly is Zion anyway?  Most importantly, is God a fan of our ongoing obsession with this term?  Or is this just one more misguided Christian tradition that we need to move past?  The purpose of this post is to help you get Zion in proper perspective. Continue reading