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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Purpose Driven Thingy - Day 5

Alrighty, a week in and away we go.

Today's little theme thing is, "Seeing life from God's view." Not quite sure how we're supposed to do that, but I'm sure Rick will enlighten me. Opening question for this chapter is, "How do you see your life?" He offers many simplistic views of how metaphors of your life equate to actions taken in reality. It's not interesting or important, so I'm not going to get into it here.

Next is how the damn bible offers three metaphors showing God's view of life:

1. Life is a test
2. Life is a trust
3. Life is a temporary assignment

This chapter only deals with the first two, tomorrow's chapter/lesson will tackle number three. Ok, so, Life is a Test. God, apparently, tests people on all aspects of life all the damn time. He did this throughout the bible as well as Warren lists:

* God tested Abraham by asking him to offer his son, Isaac (mentally scarring him for all eternity...ironically)
* God tested Jacob by getting him to work extra years to earn fair Rachel
* Adam and Eve did an epic fail on their test in the Garden
* David failed his tests on several occasions
* Joseph, Ruth, Esther, & Daniel all passed their tests

Warren points out that God tests people all the time on trivial little mundane shit that even heathenous non-believers do, like holding doors for the people behind you or helping someone with their groceries. It's just silly. Then comes this quote:
When you realize that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life.
Right off the bat, this is poorly written. Lose the last three words and just end with "insignificant". Where's your editor? Apart from that nit-picky business, this attitude only succeeds in making your every action suspect because you'll be acting nicely not because you think it's the right action to take, but because you'll be trying to pass a stupid test. It makes all your actions selfish.
Blessed are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the Crown of Life that God has promised to those who love him.
The "crown of life"? That sounds like something Mario would get after jumping on some turtles and rescuing a princess.

Life is a Trust...I'm told. Everything is given to us by God in trust. Warren says, "...God is the owner of everything and everyone on Earth." Little bit slave-owner-ish, but ok, whatever. In this section, he says the same thing over and over, using different words to get to the same point. It's boring to the n'th degree.
Our culture says, 'If you don't own it, you won't take care of it', but Christians live by a higher standard. Because God owns it, I must take the best care of it that I can.
Riiiigggghht. You know that taking care of other people's property is not a specifically Christian value, do you not? If I borrow my buddy's car, I'm going to take good care of it - better than I would my own car - because it's his and I don't want to ruin it or have stress in our friendship. Of course, a planet is a little different than a car. I mean, car's don't have climate change and disappearing polar ice caps from global warming and such. Oooohhh...bad topic, sorry.

If you behave accordingly, you'll get three rewards in Eternity, and here they are (made up by Warren, no doubt):
1. You'll be given "God's Affirmation". Basically all this is is a "chuck" on the shoulder from the dude who invented shoulders.
2. You'll be given a promotion. In Heaven/Eternity, you'll have greater responsibility. God says, "I shall put you in charge of many things." Great, so I go from stock boy to account manager. Wonderful. Does that come with sick leave and three weeks vacation?
3. You'll be "honored with a celebration". A party in Heaven with all your "believing" relatives. Sounds like a rip-roaring time, indeed.

Rick says:
There is a direct relationship between how I use my money and the quality of my spiritual life...The more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be."
Sort of sounds like the beginning of a pitch to get your moolas. Plus, isn't the second half of that almost exactly like the Stan Lee line, "...with great power comes great responsibility"? I think so.

Today's "Point to Ponder": Life is a test and trust. How original.

Today's "Verse to Remember": Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won't be faithful in large ones. Luke 16:10 NLT (that's "New Living Translation", in case you are as clueless as I was about six hours ago).

Today's "Question to Think About": What has happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God? (Um...maybe not eating that old curry paste in the fridge?) What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?

Uh, this just gets more and more retarded as time goes by. Tomorrow shall be Day 6 and, spoiler alert! There's sex and then, right afterwards, there's very deviant sex. Tune in!

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3 Barbaric Yawps:

At 24/2/10 11:03 am, Blogger pendens proditor said...

"Our culture says, 'If you don't own it, you won't take care of it', but Christians live by a higher standard. Because God owns it, I must take the best care of it that I can."

I would find Christianity much, much more tolerable if this message was widely assimilated by its adherents. If a huge portion of the human population didn't see the Earth as a big waiting room I imagine it'd be in better ecological shape today.

Paraphrasing Calvin Dewitt, many Christians today understand why it's important to save human creations like the works of Rembrandt, but are entirely disinterested when it comes to saving the works of God himself.

At 24/2/10 11:57 am, Blogger Heathen Mike said...

That's true. If more Christians had this message and actually paid attention to it, we might not be in such shitty shape.

At 25/2/10 3:59 pm, Anonymous Yakaru said...

Today's "Question to Think About": What has happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God?

That's ridiculous. Didn't he just say that everything is a test from God? What a dickbrain.


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