Purpose Driven Thingy - Day 4
We're made to last forever.
Did you know that? Oh yeah. As the Warrenator himself says:
Life on Earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production.Boy, I hope in the eternal hereafter, I can catch a production of The Iceman Cometh. That's a great play. Or maybe Glengarry Glen Ross.
The reason we feel we should live forever is because God wired our brains with that desire.Nice, eh? It would be awesome if the people on science's side could just make stuff up and throw it out like so much vapid confetti that would rain down on the audience and stick in their hair like gum. There he goes with the whole "cart/horse" thing again too, misunderstanding how the march of time and evolution work. Not that I should expect Warren to have any idea how evolution works.
Warren now states the black and white mentality that religions have come to be known for:
While life on Earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: Heaven or Hell. and your relationship to God on Earth will determine your relationship to Him in eternity.So what about all those poor suckers who haven't heard about your specific interpretation of God? If I'm born in a small town in rural China and Buddhism is all I've ever known, then I'm just doomed for a life in Hell because one of your annoying white-shirted missionaries didn't happen down my branch of the Yangze? Thanks, ass.
Just to be clear: Love Jesus = Heaven. Reject or otherwise have no Jesus = Hell.
Warren now makes some stupid argument about there being no, "long term consequences" if you think this life is all there is. Warren clearly has no understanding of reality. Seriously. He thinks that, "(death) is your transition into eternity." It's quite cult-leaderish, if I may. What's the difference, really, between that sentence from Warren and the Heaven's Gate idea that, "death was a path to the spaceship behind the Hale-Bopp comet"?
Go to the Heaven's Gate link there and read about their beliefs. Rick Warren says exactly the same stuff about, "'human' bodies being "only vessels meant to help (on the) journey". It's absolutely the same thing as when, later in this very chapter, Warren says, "The bible says, 'This world is not our home. We're looking forward to our home in Heaven.'" Honestly, the only difference between a religion and a cult is numbers, and if you think differently it's now up to you to show your work.
Warren says that trying to describe how totally awesome Heaven is would be, "like trying to describe the internet to an ant." I think it would actually be just about the same because whether you make shit up and tell me or make shit up and tell an ant, the end result is that you're still making shit up about a place that doesn't exist.
In Heaven, we will be reunited with our loved ones who were believers.So screw nice Uncle Mike who took you to the zoo and ignited your passion for science and animals to launch your fulfilling career as a veterinarian. He wasn't a believer, so he'll be burning in Hell...would you like to see him writhing in agony as his skin is burnt off and replaced with a new one to be burnt off again? We have a nice "glass bottom" section over by the Philly Cream Cheese lady.
Rick says: You get to do work that you enjoy in Heaven! So you have no pain and suffering, certainly no WSIB, and you still have to punch a clock. Heaven sounds like it sucks. You couldn't even play hooky because, you know, Big Guy would for sure know. Warren is so full of crap, it's like he's a real-life Play Doh Fun Factory just squeezing out bullshit endlessly in a rainbow of colours (except that's a little bit homosexual and that's not kosher...or whatever).
God has a plan for your life but it doesn't end here...The only time most people think about eternity is at funerals, and then it's often shallow morbid sentiments based on ignorance.Irony meter straining...straining....
Speaking of doomsday thinking, Rick says, "It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our final day." No joke. The focus on death and the "eternity" that this chapter/day dwells on is quite disturbing. I'm really trying to give this book a fair listen, but there's just too much bullshit to not let my obvious bias creep in.
Ok, the point, verse, and question.
Point: There is more to life than just here and now.
Verse: This world is fading away along with everything it craves, but if you do the will of God you will live forever. 1 John 2:17 (again, Warren uses a different translation)
Question: Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today? If I last forever, then I guess cocaine and/or smoking should be ok, right? Nah, God would judge me for that. Damn God, taking the fun out of eternity....
Tomorrow is Day 5!