10 December 2013

Self-Righteousness. The Christian Way.

No Christian anywhere believes they are self-righteous. In their eyes, this title is reserved for someone else. The people who crucified God on a cross.
Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven.

If you were to ask any Christian what self-righteousness looks like, they would point you to the New Testament (Bible). They would introduce you to a group of people called the Pharisees. These were the Jewish leaders in Jesus' day who were given authority to govern God's "chosen" people (Israel).

The Pharisees were quite unique. They would do things that you would never see in today's church. For example, they wore priestly clothes, only said the right things, used fear to persuade people, and even convinced others to follow their lead. Oh wait! I guess you would find this in today's church. Anyway, they were the best at obeying God's commands.

These people meant serious business. Since they were in control, they made sure no one got out of line. They made sure everyone obeyed God's Law. Why was this? Because if you didn't do what God said his wrath would fall on you and everyone around you.

Basically, they had little to no mercy because God had no mercy. If you didn't do it right he would destroy you, your family, and your nation. They also judged people according to the Word. And rightfully so. It was right to call others out on their sin and wrong-doing. Ironically, both the New and Old Testaments instruct believers to correct bad behavior.

17 November 2013

I'm Not A Christian Anymore

I can't do it anymore. I no longer want to be a Christian. I want nothing to do with with the religion, the church, or their Jesus. I've been a Christian for as long as I can remember and I've come to realize that everything I've been taught was just a bunch of B.S. I was brainwashed. Christianity used my mind like Play-Doh and convinced me to believe things that just weren't true. It's terrible what they've done and what they continue to do.
And it's time for you to leave too.

Honestly, for the last couple of years I cringed when someone asked me if I was a believer. It felt so awkward and uncomfortable saying, "Yes." No matter how enthusiastic or confident I sounded, deep down inside I knew I didn't want to say it. It just took awhile for me to accept this fact...a long while. To be honest, I was afraid to say I didn't want to be a Christian. Why? Because it meant I would go to Hell. It also meant I had to leave all my friends, my comfortable routines, and my safe church lifestyle.

So what happened?

Well, if you were to ask the people who knew me, they would tell you I've been hurt. That someone did something that caused me so much pain, I slowly spiraled toward the Dark Side. Some say I didn't have proper training or a good mentor; others believed the churches I was involved in must have fed me improper Biblical doctrine. However, the most popular claim is that I started listening to demons or evil spirits.

These are just some of the excuses people have made for me. Yet, no one really asked what I think. No one asked me personally why I've gone down this road. This tells me that they never really cared or they're simply afraid.

04 November 2013

The Day I Met God

About a year ago, I was taking a shower and something happened. Something that's never happened before. I take long hot showers because, well...they're great. And it's when I do my best thinking. No one is around and there's minimal distractions.

Apparently, I get distracted pretty easily, but it's not like I have any family or pets to steal my attention. At the time it was just me, the house, and furniture. I didn't have any cool TV's or nice stereos to interrupt me because I gave it all up. They kept getting stolen.
Space - the closest thing to Eternity I can think of.

When I'm deep in thought, I usually stand with my face buried in the corner of the shower. My eyes are closed and the water hits my back. This is best because it's dark and you never get cold.

Then it hit me. Out of nowhere, I was in a different place. It all happened so quickly. It was like the speed of light and slow motion at the same time (as if that makes any sense). Where I was going wasn't a place on Earth. It was somewhere I'd never been. It was another dimension; like another universe.

Something was moving me or taking me away. I had the ability to stop it, but I didn't. I just let it happen. It just seemed right and I knew everything would be Ok.

I finally arrived. I ended up at the front of what seemed like a floating or suspended stage. It wasn't a very large stage and it wasn't what you would expect at a concert. I found myself standing solo, on top at the front edge.

15 October 2013

Who Told You That You Were Naked?

While on the fringe of my last post, I want to keep exposing just who it is that's feeding you fruit from the wrong tree.
Forget everything you've been taught about this story.

Honestly, everything you've been taught about God comes from a very unexpected source. And I do mean everything. Those that educate you in the ways of God get their information from one place - the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This tree's root system has been burrowing in the hearts and lives of billions of people all over the globe for thousands of years. The roots have grown so deep that most can't determine, nor even remotely see, the Truth that's shining so brightly in the sky.

Just because a preacher or devout Christian knows Scripture doesn't mean they have a clue who Jesus is or what God really wants. Just because a pastor has a successful ministry or a beloved missionary that is building churches in a third world country doesn't mean a thing. The very fact that these people have an organization built in God's name shows that they don't know who he is at all.

Everything God did was trying to steer us away from what we're taught. He did not want us consuming the fruit of good and evil, right and wrong, good and bad, righteousness and sin, heaven and hell, angels and demons etc (Gen 2:16-17). All of this stuff is fruit God clearly told us not to eat from.

28 September 2013

The Way Of The Serpent

In the Garden of Eden, there were two trees – the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Surprisingly, out of all the other vegetation, water, animals, planets, space, angels and heaven, these two trees made a bigger impact on our world than anything else. So what’s the deal? Well, there’s more to this story than what's being told. Way more.
The fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Most usually pass over the first three chapters of the Bible like it's some scientific history lesson about how the world was made and the first sin ever committed. Many don't understand that this story is more figurative than it is literal. But, what is the whole point?

Quite simply, it's how to tell the difference between those that eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and those that eat from the Tree of Life. Yes, you can be eating from either of these trees at this very moment.

However, for now, I want to focus on the "bad" tree - the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a bad tree. Nothing God creates is bad. In fact, God specifically said all of it was good. He believed this and mentioned it many times in the beginning (Gen 1:4, Gen 1:10, Gen 1:12, Gen 1:18, Gen 1:21, Gen 1:25). He was satisfied with all he had done (Gen 1:31-2:3). This includes the "bad" tree that was planted in the garden (Gen 2:15-17).

Now, out of all the plants that God made, this tree is clearly the one God didn't want Adam and Eve to eat from. He told Adam to stay away from it. Why? Well, it's simple. Almost too easy. God didn't want Adam to have its wisdom.

12 September 2013

You Are God (Part 2)

It's just not right to say you are Jesus. It doesn't even sound right to the trained Christian ear. But why? After all, we call ourselves Christians (like Christ). If you call yourself a Christian, then you're certainly claiming to be like Jesus, correct? Don't Christians claim they know Jesus personally and follow in his footsteps?  Don't they say, "I know Jesus. If you watch me you'll learn how he walks and talks."
You are Jesus.

The reason it doesn't sound right is because you've been taught the complete opposite. The complete opposite from who God says you are.

Just a few weeks ago I visited the main campus of a mega church in Lafayette, CO (here is a link to their website, but don't click it. It wouldn't be very nice to call them out like this). The pastor said over and over again in his sermon that "we aren't God..." And sadly, the congregation agreed with him and cheered him on. Here's a guy that's completely adored by thousands of Christianites and considered a major leader in the faith and he doesn't have a clue who God says we are. He's contradicting God's very own Words.

However, let me do my best to help change all that. I want you to know the truth about yourself and I want you to be able to see your true nature in God's mirror. And not the mirror Christianity uses.

21 July 2013

You Are God

It seems like Christians are trying hard to separate themselves from God. They're not doing it intentionally. It's being done in passive subtle ways. It's so subtle that no one notices or cares. This separation of you and God is at the very core of Christianity.
The same Spirit that was in Jesus is in you.

Fact: There's no possible way you can be separated from God.

Yet, every Christian leader everywhere seems bent on making sure you think otherwise. Why do they do this? Why do they want you to believe such nonsense? Because it's essential to their success.

If you fear being cut off from God or if there's some way you can lose your salvation, then you need them. You need their wisdom and teaching to reassure you that you're not going anywhere. You need them to tell you you're safe. You need them to provide a system you can follow so you won't go to hell. As long as you believe you can be separated from God, then you need guidance on how to get saved and how to remain in right-standing. As long as they can convince you to fear being forever cut off, then you have become their sheep. In other words, you are their slaves. They have you by the balls and you're not going anywhere.

No one has perfected the use of fear more than Christians. For thousands of years, Christians have been fearing people into the Kingdom in the name of God (Mat 5:11-12). They have convinced all believers that they are safe, yet remind everyone else that they are surely destined for eternal torment in the lake of fire; to forever be cut off from God. I honestly can't think of a more twisted and hateful theology that has ever been invented by man. In fact, this is an all out assault on Love and it has been preached for thousands of years.

30 June 2013

Discontinue The Trinity

As you all know, the word Trinity is not in the Bible. It was a term made up a long time ago to help us understand God. It was a term to describe how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit can be a single entity.
A popular diagram explaining the Trinity.

However, in all honesty, it doesn't add up. The Trinity is a poor attempt by clergy and scholars to describe who God is. I don't know who decided to make 3 the magic number or who could even attempt to capture the image of God in such limited terms, but there is a huge piece of the puzzle missing.

Also, it's time we start reevaluating and correcting our Christian theology. The way we perceive God is so limited and undervalues who he really is. This is mainly because everything we've been taught is nothing more than what's been falsely communicated for thousands of years by people who claim they know Jesus. Our learned perception of Jesus has kept us in a stale mate from growing any further spiritually. It's as if there's nothing more to seek other than what we know is written in the Bible. However, God's Word didn't stop at Revelations, nor did Jesus stop teaching. The more enlightened we are about the Creator, the more doors we open to a newer understanding. The more we know about him, the more we know about ourselves.

As long as we're okay with what we've been taught to believe, the dumber we stay and the more numb to the Truth we become. After all, God said to seek him (Mat 6:33). He didn't say, "Seek me. Then when you get in church and get a firm grasp on things, then stop seeking." It's like Christians accept what they hear every single week and don't risk growing deeper in revelation. So many simply stop at the pages of the Bible or at the doors of a church.

16 June 2013

Rest!

Lately, I've been reading up on the Law in the Old Testament. I know. I'm asking for punishment. Out of all the books of the Bible, God's commands to Israel are the most grinding. They almost leave you ill or in a bad mood. Well, it does for me. Which really makes perfect sense. No one likes the Law.
God supplying manna. It can't get much easier than this.

Typically when I read the Bible, God shows me all kinds of crazy cool things that are not at all popular Christian view points. I see things differently (Job 34:21). This is why so many reject my message...at first. It may take a couple of months or even a few years, but soon they'll come around.

Much of what I write about is an interchange of ideas and understanding the Spirit shows me. It's like he replaces my old habits, theology, and understanding for something more real (Rom 6:14).

But, there's a problem. This rarely happens when I read the Law. All this Law stuff is taxing on my soul and even physically demanding. It's a spiritual battle. I try hard not to let the Old School bother me, but it's ingrained. So much of the Law has been invested in me by my family, friends, and pretty much every church (or denomination) I've ever attended.

02 June 2013

Does Your Pastor Really Know Jesus?

If you are a Christian, then you might want to reevaluate what kind of life you're living and the God you know. Just because you read the Bible, pray, go to church, and hang out with people who do, doesn't mean you actually know Jesus. Frankly, very few Christians do.
Your pastor delivering the message.

The Pharisees were God's people too. They thought they knew God, followed all his commands, read Scripture, and went to church, but when God finally appeared, they didn't have a clue who he was. He said and did things that didn't line up with Scripture (Lev 11, Acts 10:9-16). Jesus was unexpected. God was staring them in the face, but they had no idea.

In Jesus' day, everyone was following the God of Moses. The God that appeared to Moses and told him all kinds of things he wanted his people to know and do. In the Old Testament, God gave his people messages through a man who knew God personally. After Moses spent one on one time with God, he gathered the people together to share the Word that God revealed (Lev 7:22-23).

Now I've said this before in other posts, but the God of Moses was also the God of the slaves. Just because Israel was rescued from slavery, didn't mean that they were free on the inside (John 8:36). The way they thought and acted still mirrored bondage. Slavery was ingrained. It was there way of life. They were people who acted and believed like they were still in Egypt.

18 May 2013

Jesus Vs. Christians

Christians have become this monster of works-based faith. They truly don't think they're working for their salvation, but just because they say they aren't, doesn't mean they are telling the truth.
Good Christians worship God in his Temple.

Honestly, it's always been this way. Ever since Jesus died, people have been doing their best to prove to others (and themselves) that they live for God. Living for God is proving that you know him. It was done in Jesus' day and the trend hasn't stopped.

It's all based on a person's fruit. According to Christians, you have to follow God's commands in order to be a believer. You have to show that you have good fruit (John 14:15). If your fruit doesn't look delicious, then you're not one of them. If you continue to do the wrong things or live in sin, then you have rotten fruit and Jesus is not in you.

So, how do Christians have good fruit? Well, they teach that you have to obey Scripture. Scripture tells us what is right and wrong. The Word uses God's commands to show who is a Christian and who isn't. Therefore, if you're obedient to the Law (God's commands), then you are bearing good fruit. If you don't do what Scripture says, then you're not living for God and your fruit is rotten.

But, there's a problem.

05 May 2013

It's Time For You To Be Free

The Law was not supposed to be something that lasted forever. It was developed by God and Moses to help organize and lead slaves.
Obey your master or else.

What so many fail to realize is that although the Israelites were indeed free after they left Egypt, they still had a very slave-like mindset. Everything they learned was slavery. Sure they heard stories passed down from Jacob's family, but their interaction with God was non-existent (Exo 34:29-35). They had no clue who he was. After Joseph's reign, there was nothing written in the Bible about the Israelites. This was a very dark and embarrassing moment in Israel's history. They lived four hundred years with the hand of God, but had nothing to show for it. There was nothing worth writing about in God's Word.

Generation after generation knew nothing, but Egyptian slavery and the Egyptian culture. If we were to become slaves of Mexico, we would adopt their culture and way of life too. We would know more about their gods, their culture, and eventually develop a similar mindset. Our captures would see to it.

The Israelites also didn't have any hope. Being a slave in a foreign land and having no hope is a recipe for disaster. Since they never knew God, the Israelites never saw a way out. So, they did the only thing they knew - be good little slaves.

28 April 2013

The Law Has An Expiration Date

The Law of Moses was established long ago when Moses was the only person out of millions of Israelites that had a relationship with God. The rest were either too scared of God or just didn't care to know him personally. This is absurd to me. After all the miracles they witnessed and after everything glorious that happened, they still didn't want to know him? I don't understand this at all.
Moses and the Law.

Part of the reason I don't understand Israel's mentality is because I didn't grow up in slavery. Well, actually I did grow up in religious slavery, but not their kind. The Israelites were slaves to Egypt for about 400 years. This means that generation after generation of Jews were born, raised, and died as slaves. They always had people telling them what to do. They didn't have a clue what freedom tasted like and weren't allowed to think for themselves. It was Egypt's way or death.

Now if this is all they knew, then their perspective would be very different than ours. They had a very different mindset. All they knew was slavery and had very little education. This is the problem. Although the Jews outnumbered the Egyptians and were growing rapidly, they didn't believe they could escape their captures (Exo 1:8-14). They prayed for years for God to save them from their bondage, but no one came.

21 April 2013

I Have A Secret

I've held on to something for quite awhile, now. I want to reveal a mystery that's been kept hidden for ages. It's something that God's revealed to me and I can assure you it's not what you're used to hearing. There aren't many others who know this. I've even scanned the Bible to find out what prophets or apostles would have known, but could only find a handful of people.
There are so many secrets out there waiting to be found.

I've been so excited about sharing this. It's taken everything within me to not just blurt it out. So let's get to the point...

The mystery I want to reveal is that Jesus never had to die for our sins. Yes, Jesus never had to come and die on the cross so that we could be forgiven. He didn't have to fulfill the Law or make a way for us to be saved either (Mat 5:17-20). Don't get me wrong. What he did was very real and true, but there never was any real magic behind it. It's not like Jesus' death made a way for God to finally accomplish something in our lives. It wasn't as if God's hands were tied until his Son came along and made something happen. Honestly, God's always been the same.

You see, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). Therefore, we always had forgiveness. We always had God's love, favor, and promises. When Paul preached about the Gentiles receiving the Good News, it didn't mean God never loved the Gentiles (Eph 3:1-13). He loved them just as much as he loved Israel. The Gentiles were his creation too. All his people are his.

14 April 2013

Adam And Eve: The Naked Truth

All our lives we've been told that we're sinners. We've been taught that we're imperfect and there has never been any hope for any of us without Jesus. Pastors and Priests have been preaching this for millennium. They preach that we deserve the fiery pit of hell for our sins; that we're not good enough and we need to do something or believe a certain way in order to be right with God.
Adam and Eve hiding in the garden. Not so much.

Ultimately, God is not happy with his people. He does not like disobedience and humans are always breaking the King's rules. Even the Bible clearly states how ruthless God is when he flooded the world or kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden because of their sin. He's never really been that impressed with us, except for his Son and maybe a handful of people in the Bible. It's clear that we have failed God and we so desperately need his love and forgiveness.

Enter Jesus.

Jesus finally gave us a way that we can be made right. If it wasn't for his sacrifice, God would have destroyed the Earth by now. Thank you Jesus for dying for us! Thank you for providing a way to escape the flames and creating a path that people can be saved (Mat 7:14).

And, quite frankly, if you believe anything I just said, then you believe a lie.

03 April 2013

Who Threw The First Stone?

Christians have been throwing the first stone for generations. Even when Jesus was roaming the Earth, those who knew God best were the very people who couldn't see God staring them in the face. They had no idea who he was (Mat 16:13-16).
The guy on the right is throwing stones. He doesn't get it.

Who were these people? Well, they claimed to be God's chosen. They were highly favored and knew they had a special place prepared in the Kingdom. They also went to church, said all the right things, looked like they had their act together, and even obeyed all the rules. They memorized Scripture and would quote verses and write them on billboards and signs. They would even pray in public and lead others to pray with them. They would ask God to bless the food before every meal. And, most importantly, they would do their best to proclaim God everywhere they went.

These people were called Pharisees.

What people don't understand is that Pharisees still exist, today.

24 March 2013

You Are A DemiGod

Just like mythology, you are a demigod. You are half immortal and half mortal. You are part God and part man. You have a shell of flesh, but the eternal Spirit of a God. You need to stop viewing yourself as a frail or sickly being. And, you should never be afraid of death or some terminal illness. Honestly, death or cancer should be afraid of you.
Hercules knew who his father was.

In the Christian faith we're always striving to get somewhere that seems impossible to reach. As if you don't already have the fullness of God.

I can easily destroy this theology from within (Mat 27:50-53). I'll do my best to rip the very firm foundation from which modern-day Christianity stands on.

You have to understand that while Jesus was roaming the earth, things were very different. Mythology ruled the day and the Romans ruled the world. The Romans successfully pushed their faith and belief system on every nation they captured. Even the state of Israel, the Temple, and the whole Law was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70 (just 40 years after Jesus died). The Jews hated the fact that someone else ruled over them and they were desperate for a Savior.

12 March 2013

Believing In Jesus (Video)


See the previous video before watching this one: The Truth About Forgiveness. What we've learned in church for centuries and by all Christian leaders everywhere is that we have to believe in Jesus in order to be saved. I explain whether this is true or not. Unlearn everything!

03 March 2013

Why Is Dathan So Mean?

You have no idea how many people tell me that I'm too mean. They say I need to lighten up, be sweet, and show the love of God. I'm writing this post for them. Instead of trying to explain to each person why I'm so harsh at times, I thought I'd explain myself a little more.
Wanna-be mean-mugging Dathan.

Most of you don't know me, but I used to be this passive, introvert, little sissy boy. I was full of fear and too scared to stand up for myself. I had no real confidence. Actually, I had no confidence at all. I tried faking it like all the other guys, but I couldn't even do that right.

Growing up, I was never encouraged. Sure my mom would sit in the bleachers screaming for me every time I did something good on the baseball field, but every kid knows that's just mom going crazy for her son. I never really had anyone invest in me. Teachers never seemed to care either. I was a good kid in school, but didn't excel in grades or have any special talent. If you're not one of these, and you're not the bad kid screaming for attention, then you're lost in the system.

Plus, church provided no help.

What they teach in church is doom and gloom that leads to a long spiritual death. We will all be judged for anything we do wrong and there is no real hope unless we believe in Jesus. But, I couldn't even believe right. I would be confused or doubt something I didn't understand, but a real Christian would never doubt Jesus (Mat 21:21). And, the author of confusion is Satan, right (1 Cor 14:33)? I was in for a world of hurt.

25 February 2013

The Truth About Forgiveness (Video)


I reveal what Jesus really did on the cross and share who has forgiveness. What we've learned in church for centuries and by all Christian leaders everywhere is not the Truth. So much of what we've been taught is wrong. Unlearn everything!

10 February 2013

The Tree Of Life

This post is a continuation of The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil (Part 1), and The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil (Part 2).

I used to have this Jesus thing figured out. I was a real man of God and on fire for Jesus. I was passionate about serving my King and his people. I felt I was making a real difference in the lives around me and I was the best example of how a good Christian should look and act. Of course I had my flaws, but everyone knew I was the real deal. But, then something tragic happened. I met Jesus.
I used to only see things in black and white.

If you ever meet the guy, he'll wreck your life. In a good way.

You see, ever since I came into this world I've been eating the fruit that was laid out before me. The fruit was so pretty to look at and delicious to the taste (Gen 3:6). I knew the truth about Jesus and I'd share with friends and anyone who cared to listen. However, I was never one of those shove-it-down-your-throat sidewalk preachers. I was more of an action man. I let my walk do the talking.

After I became friends with Jesus, he started showing me things I'd never seen before. He started teaching me things that were shocking and made little sense, but when has God ever made sense (Isaiah 55:8-13)? It didn't matter, I believed him and I ran with it.

He would tell me things that were so close to what I'd been taught all my life, but yet so very different (Pro 25:2-3). Then he revealed that I'd only been eating a fruit that would never satisfy me. I just knew this was true because I never felt like I had ever "arrived." There was just always something missing in my Christian walk.

03 February 2013

The Knowledge Of Good And Evil (Part 2)

What do we know so far? Well, we know that having the knowledge of good and evil sucks. We also know that God never told Adam and Eve they were "naked." Actually, no one cared about their appearance except Adam and Eve. We also know that their new awareness caused them to judge one another and made them believe there was something wrong with each of them. It made them believe that they weren't good enough. Lastly, we see how they desperately tried to separate good from evil. However, this isn't possible. Honestly, nothing has changed and we all deal with the same issues, today.
Picking fruit from a tree in a garden.

So, what else can we learn about the story?

Well, let's stretch our muscles. As you know by now, I like to take risks and venture out from the norm.

For one, we know the serpent never lied. What?! I know, I know. This is heresy, but hear me out. We've been taught all our lives to believe that the serpent (who many believe is Satan) straight up lied to Eve about what would happen if she ate the fruit. But, it just isn't true. The serpent told the truth. And, I'll show you how.

The first thing the serpent said was that Eve surely wouldn't die if she ate the fruit (Gen 3:4-5).  He wasn't lying when he said this. How? Because the bodily state that Adam and Eve were in did not allow them to die. At that point in time, they could live forever. It wasn't until God kicked them out of the garden that dying became possible (Gen 3:22).

26 January 2013

The Knowledge Of Good And Evil (Part 1)

My posts are about to change. I'll start sharing more of what God has shown me in detail. It will get crazy and you'll read some stuff that you've never heard before. But, that's ok. I've never heard anything like it either.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

A couple of posts back, I wrote about what really went down in the Garden of Eden. How the sin of Adam and Eve was not the problem. Honestly, it wasn't ever an issue for God. God's main concern was that Adam and Eve gained something he didn't want them to have - the knowledge of good and evil.

Everyone focuses on the fact that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and the consequences that came of it. Therefore, what is taught or presumed in all Christiandom is that God will curse you if you do something against his will (Rom 6:23). Basically, since Adam and Eve directly disobeyed the one thing they were told not to do, God saw fit to make them pay. What you're told in church is that since they disobeyed God, they had to be punished and the punishment is death. However, this type of theology and religious thinking is the biggest FAIL of all Christian teaching.

Yes, they did sin and directly disobey God (Rom 3:23-24). However, he was only trying to protect them from the one thing he didn't want them to have (Gen 2:17).

13 January 2013

Take It From A Pharisee

I'm like a modern-day Pharisee. Since the Bible teaches us to judge a person by their fruit, I'd be considered the golden apple; the solid example of how a good Christian should walk and talk (Mat 7:17-20).
Leading people into the "presence" of God.

However, I had an extremely unfair advantage over most. I grew up in a protective bubble.

Actually, both of my parents are better examples of how a Christian should look than I am. Just to give you an idea, I've never heard either of them say a cuss word in my life. I mean, not even the c-word (crap). And, I'm pretty sure the state has no clue who my mom is because she's never gotten a traffic ticket and never done anything wrong. She's always been the good one and wanted to set the example so her kids wouldn't have any excuses.

Knowing this, you could only imagine the pressure that was on me to do the right thing.

Thankfully, God blessed me with a very special gift. I had the uncanny ability to do exactly as I'm told. Plus, trouble couldn't find me if it wanted to. The hardest problem I had was just trying to remember what my mom told me to do (and it's still that way). But, what man doesn't have memory problems? This is why God made women - to remember EVERYTHING.

Anyway, growing up I didn't have many friends. And, the friends I did have didn't influence me to drink or do drugs, so that was never a problem. Peer pressure wasn't an issue either. I laughed at it.

06 January 2013

The Real Problem

I'm convinced that the entire Bible can be summed up in the first 3 chapters. I also believe if all we had was Genesis 1-3, then that would be enough. Why do I say crazy stuff like this? Well, give me a chance to explain.

In the beginning...
It's imperative that we understand what happened in the beginning. It allows us to get a glimpse of the big picture. If we don't see life from God's perspective, then nothing he did will ever make much sense.

Honestly, so much of what we've been taught about Adam and Eve is the wrong perspective (what I call bottom-up theology). Whenever you hear about the story, most only mention the "bad" things. We all know about their disobedience. We all know how God cursed them after they ate the fruit, but what really happened? What's really going on here that we tend to skip over?

The story of Adam and Eve is often referenced as "the fall." It's "the fall" of man. Or, the "the fall" from grace. Which are both horribly wrong labels. No one falls from unfailing love. How do you fall from something there's too much of? Isn't his love so deep and wide that you'll never find the edge (Eph 3:16-19)? On top of that, Adam and Eve didn't fall from anything. It's actually quite the opposite. They gained something they never had before (Gen 3:7).

Not too long ago, in a comment from one of my previous posts, I had someone quiz me on Facebook about why I blatantly chose to "skip" the sin (disobedience) aspect of the story. This person made it clear that sin was the most important issue. However, sin is NOT the most important issue.