Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Living WIthout Jesus, Daily | 0 comments

Part 42/365: An atheist reviews a popular Christian devotional from Jesus Daily.
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Dear Karen,
Happy Friday!!! Any big plans for the weekend? As for me, I’m planning on curling up by the fire with a mocha and this delightful little devotional you sent me. Here’s what I learned today:

VERSE OF THE DAY: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor any powers, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:38-39

Well, if you are truly convinced of all of that, I guess there’s no point in discussing the countless times the Bible refers to God as angry, vengeful, jealous, and full of wrath.  Isn’t it interesting that those verses never get brought up by authors like Aaron Tabor? Pffttt… how conveniently cherry-picked, eh?

Today’s Themes:

Today’s devotional starts off with the line:

“The biggest lie that we believe is…”

Oh, oh – let me guess! Is it that snakes can talk? Is it that the earth is flat? Is it that bushes talk? Is it that there’s a place in the sky where we’ll live forever and ever? Oh, wait… no. According to Jesus Daily…

“The biggest lie that we believe is that God can’t love us the way we are… We have never been loved perfectly. Our friends and family have done the best they can, but they are limited by their own wounds and feelings of not being loved. The enemy’s lies melt away in the power of God’s love.”

Uhh…

  1. The way we are? You can do no wrong? Doesn’t God endlessly brag about punishing those who don’t play by his rules? (Spoiler Alter: He does.)
  2. Who the hell does the author think he is to imply that the love of your friends and family is insufficient? This is a ridiculous cult tactic to separate members from their circles of influence, and frankly – Aaron Tabor should be ashamed of himself for artificially cheapening all real-world relationships to be less important that an imaginary one. If my characterization of “imaginary” offends you, please provide evidence of God’s personal love for you in your life that is more tangible than the “imperfect” love of your friends and family. Until then – beware: this is sort of teaching is a dangerous trap!
  3. Who exactly is this enemy? And, what exactly does “God’s love” look like? Is it a child dying of brain cancer or a right-wing militant shooting up a mosque?

Short Secular Alternative Devotional:

Do you feel that you don’t receive the love you deserve in life? If so, maybe it’s time to take a look in the mirror. There’s a reason humans set conditions for how they offer their love to others. If you walk around in life acting like you can do no wrong and expect that you deserve people’s love rather than earn it – well, you probably won’t get it. Learn to love yourself by learning to be… lovable. Give and it will come back to you. (Hell, that’s actually Biblical!)

See you tomorrow to discuss The Abundant Life?
– Horus Gilgamesh

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