Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Funny Paradox

I find it funny that most (not all) of the FW: type emails I receive from people (you know, forwards of "incredible" stories or "good luck" chains) come from professed Christians.

Shouldn't Christians be on the forefront of truth?

I have a question for all of them:

You are quick to point out Scriptural admonitions vis a vis worship, prayer, and Bible study. You say that "God showed me" some truth about something or someone. You say "God led me" to this or that.

Why didn't God lead you to http://www.truthorfiction.com to check out your phony story first? This site was started by Rich Buehler, a long time Christian broadcaster who is probably as bugged by these bogus emails as I am.

Do you realize it is pure superstition to think that if I send a talisman to 20 people, I will receive good luck or an "answer to prayer?"

Time to grow up. The God you profess to know is bigger, much bigger, than that.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Ever Felt This?

Have you ever read a really good book, watched a deeply moving film, or tasted some exceptional cuisine, then tried to share the experience with someone else?

Were you met with a tepid response that caused you to feel like maybe you overstated your case? Did you feel like maybe you were alone in your experience?

Were you somehow humiliated? Did it make you not want to ever do that again, that is, try to share a deeply moving experience with someone?

On the other hand, did you ever share something with someone and their response resounded with yours? A tremendous “YES?” A feeling that you found a soul-mate who understood your deepest stirrings?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Heavenly Oscars?

I have an issue with the notion of "rewards" in Heaven. Paul uses sports metaphors in his epistles (I Cor. 9:24, Hebrews 12:1 though Paul's authorship is questionable) to compare "running the race" to living a Godly life. But what about the central notion of "rewards" themselves? Are not rewards carnal in nature, in that they play to our covetous and prideful desires? If eternity is spiritual in nature, and we are to be freed from our carnal desires, of what significance are "rewards" and "crowns?" (I Cor. 9:25, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, too many others to list). Granted, some of these references are symbolic, where "crown" and "reward" represent eternal life itself. But I do not live my life a certain way in anticipation of some kind of Heavenly Oscar ceremony. I want to be freed of those sort of competitive, "me first" desires that plague me here on earth.

Could these references be the "human" influence of the epistle writers in their works? Does this speak to their carnal natures?

I don't want to hear eternal acceptance speeches in Heaven.