4 god’s?

In the recent news I was listening to an author talk of his book “America’s four gods”.  I was taken back by the initial comments and had a spark of interest.  Essentially this was a secular viewpoint that there are four way’s that americans percieve God.  None of these viewpoints had a biblical basis.  I was interested in that I was relizing that as a Christian, I assume that people especially christians have the same belief’s as I do.  This was saying otherwise.  even in the church people have these ideals of how God is.  He is the one that made all the earth and heavens but now just sits back and watches us as like pets.  For his amusement.  or that he is this judgmental god that will have no mercy and above all humanity.  or even the loving God that has no judgemental attributes.

It is interesting for me to see that people have a understanding is so against what the greatest book in history even say’s.  we want to talk about god and don’t even turn to the bible.  or for that matter if I am to give the opportunity for other beliefs.  the Koran and book of Mormon, etc.  I am not afraid of defending God.  Let truth be truth.  the bible is truth, I am open for that to be challenged.  I don’t think people understand that God is all of the above, and that is what is so marvelous.  God is completely, holy, just.  There is no sin that can be in the presence of God.  That is why for example, they tied a rope around the foot of the priest that went into the holy of holies in the old testament once a year.  If he was to be found with sin, they could pull him out with out sending someone else in to die before God.  How did they know this?  well I would imagine it was from the experience of having a priest or two die in the past.  there were offerings that were given to god to allow the wrath to pass from the people.  Last time I heard, we no longer kill birds and sheep for God.  Now because of God’s love, and mercy and His unbelievable adoration of his children, “US”.  He Died in the person of Jesus, to be that final Lamb.  So God is one that has allowed what we would see as  unbelievable wrath and judgment, but in the same breath He is Life, Grace, LOVE.  Love and God is the same.  we are not his pets.  we are his children.  I have pets and I have children.  There is a difference.  What do we truly believe God to be like?  Don’t be ignorant.  Read the only book that is eternal in it’s truth’s.  Don’t take anyone’s words for truth, but test those words that we hear on sunday with the bible.  Really, You might be surprised  by what you find out about God.  Take a college class, audit it, teach, then you will be stretched to learn.  God will bless you if you let your house  become a mess, and your instead spending time in the word.

 

as a disclaimer, I am tired and writing, my theology is probably off.  Look up the book.   America’s four gods.  but look at it through the filter of the bible.

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In the midst of Depression/Anxiety/OCD

What does one do to explain what it is like to live with Depression/Anxiety/OCD?  Most in the world believe that is something to be easily overcome.  or at least it is possible to overcome.  What is the difference between this and the reality that often it takes taking an Ativan to be able to cope.  I often find myself with so much on my mind to accomplish and yet I catch myself staring at the walls, or just sitting and not doing anything.  Of course this makes things all the worse because now I look at the day as a waste of time that nothing got done.  and so on…

The feelings inside of me are as if I were physically paralyzed.  I know that I can move, but it is pretty hard to make it happen.

Depression…   Feeling overwhelmed with life, Down, negative thinking, Nothing looks as if things will get better, but the world is closing in.  severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of timeand accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.• Medicine a condition of mental disturbance characterized by suchfeelings to a greater degree than seems warranted by the external circumstances, typically with lack of energy and difficulty inmaintaining concentration or interest in life : clinical depression.

Anxiety…  a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminentevent or something with an uncertain outcome : he felt a surge of anxiety with infinitive desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease Psychiatry a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.

OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder…  Obsessive thoughts that come at random

To Be continued