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Monday, February 22, 2010

Purpose Driven Thingy - Day 3

Baby, you can drive my car.

Today's little lesson was all about drive. Rick says:
Whether you're driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you're guiding, controlling, and directing it at that moment."
Apparently, it's safe to assume that Warren is not a stalker and has never seen me golf.

Warren says that there are five things that drive us (most people) in life:
1. Guilt
2. Resentment
3. Fear
4. Materialism
5. Need for Approval

It seems that Warren is in that weird space where he thinks that everyone who is not a well-adjusted Christian is just a gosh-darn mess and is in bad need of a Jesus-Makeover! Side note: I'm amazed that's not the title of a show on TLC. Can you imagine? Putting people in a Lucite box on the sidewalk and asking passers-by what religion the subject is and how much Jesus'n they need before they are up to snuff. I smell pitch session!

Back to Warren and his tripe. He spouts a lot of catch-phrase, t-shirt "wisdom" in this day's lesson. Stuff like:
Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it...Resentment always haunts you more than the person you resent...Your past is past...The most valuable things in life are not things....
It's really difficult to listen to this (I got the book from and am utilizing my iPod for maximum shame avoidance) and not guffaw out loud from the grade-school level of writing here.

Rick continues with the resentment talk:
Those who've hurt you int he past cannot continue to hurt you in the present unless you hold on to the pain through resentment.
Or, you could put an end to the pain via the "stabby stabby" route...but that would make you a moral-less, Jesus-less, slack-jawed faggot. Wait, sorry, I slipped into Predator there for a sec.

Ok, then Warren says that:
Without a purpose (from God), life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason.
I guess someone should just shut down the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation because, you know, as an atheist, that motion has no meaning and saving all those lives is just "events without reason". Man, does Warren even read what he writes? Did he even write this thing?

After firing into the continent of reason, blindly trying to hit...whatever he can, apparently, Warren then launches into this tired old line, familiar to anyone sans faith:
Without a purpose (from God), life is trivial, petty, and pointless.
Nice, eh? This is basically a "go screw yourselves if you ain't got Jebus". This thinking dovetails nicely into Warren's Five Great Benefits of Living a Purpose Driven Life. See, if you know God's purpose for you, it gives meaning to your life. Then you have hope, and like Rick says, "you need hope to cope." Seriously, he actually says that. I wasn't kidding about the cheesy t-shirt stuff. Warren then says that Dr. Bernie Siegel could "predict cancer remissions", which would be amazing, were it true. Sadly, it's not. Warren continues to fail in the area of research.

A question follows:
Ask yourself, 'Does this activity help me fulfill one of God's purposes for my life'?
I imagine that'd get annoying after a while. I mean, every little thing. "Hey, wanna go for a beer?"

"Nah, it's not part of God's purpose for my life."

It's funny how at this point, Warren uses the analogy of light being scattered and not powerful, but then when its focused into something like a point or a laser, it can cut through just about everything...hence, focus yourself on your purpose and you'll achieve it. The thing is, he's talking about the tools developed by science (a magnifying glass, a laser, etc...) to focus the light, not "purpose" or God or whatever.

Afterwards, there's some passable advice on cutting out unimportant stuff and focusing on what's really going to help you move forward (Warren would say "towards your purpose", I'd say towards what's going to make you happy).

Rick now explains that upon Judgement Day (duh duh duh duuuuuhhhh) God shall ask you two questions (and Rick is like this {fingers crossed} with God), and those questions shall be!

1. What did you do with my son, Jesus Christ? and...

2. What did you do with what I gave you?

Now, Rick says here that the purpose of this book is to prepare you for these two questions. And here I thought the purpose was to tell me how to find out my purpose. There's too many "purposes" in this book/paragraph. I love how Warren just asserts out of his heiny that there is a God, first of all, and additionally that he (Warren) knows exactly what that deity, the creator of the universe and all that exists within it, is going to ask me. And atheists get called "arrogant" all the time....

At the end of this chapter, the "point to ponder" is this: Living on purpose is the path to peace. Meaningless drivel. Moving on.

The "verse to remember" is: You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. Isiah 26:3 (Warren uses a different translation from the one cited, but it's all from God, right? Right?)

Finally, the "question to consider" is: What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do I want it to be? That's two questions, but whatever. I'm not really expecting basic math competence at this point.

Overall not the worst chapter, but tomorrow we get into some nice Doomsday culty stuff that makes up for the lackluster day three. Enjoy.

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2 Barbaric Yawps:

At 17/8/10 2:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's easy to rip on a persons belief system, especially on paper. Does it make you comfortable with your own views on life? Why don't you write a book and publish it, see who it helps, see how long it take to get your 40 million sold. Ok, your right, for there to be 40 million sold, that just means there are at the least 40 million pathetic people out there desperately searching for some truth! Honestly, if you buy this particular book, typically a person already has the "FAITH" required to allow it to give their life the direction that was intended.
You ask any Christian why they believe, their answers may vary, but mostly, it's not out of the fear of hell or of the unknown after death, it's because they took that step in faith, stayed in faith, has felt his presence, formed a relationship with him, which is why most are willing to give their lives for "his" purpose! Do a litle research, prove beyond your OWN mind, and your OWN thoughts that he does/doesn't exist, instead of criticising or being a "skeptic" open up and redirect your train of thought from being a one way thinker, maybe stop allowing your doubt to dictate what you might feel or learn!

Yea, lots of typoes, punctuation errors and personal opinions, but the truth is the truth now matter how many pieces you tear it into!

-Rickie Featherstone, a follower of Christ, with no shame!

At 22/8/10 1:04 am, Blogger Heathen Mike said...


Numbers of books sold is no indication of "truth". Hell, the Da Vinci Code has sold 80 million copies as of 2009, so is it more "truthful" than Warren's scribblings?

I love the "stop thinking and just believe" rhetoric you seem to endorse. Maybe, just maybe, there's nothing there and you're wasting your life on Warren's drivel and the like - have you considered that? Not seriously, I'm sure.

Finally, no, Rickie, it isn't the "truth" if you can tear it to pieces. Being torn to pieces is the sign of a crappy philosophy that is in bad need of being left behind with the other superstitious nonsense from 2000 years ago.

Believe what you want, just don't expect me to show any respect to that silliness.


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