Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in Living WIthout Jesus, Daily | 0 comments

Part 43/365: An atheist reviews a popular Christian devotional from Jesus Daily.
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Dear Karen,
Saturdays used to be much more enjoyable for me before this little book arrived on my doorstep. Let’s see what Aaron Tabor has in store for us today, shall we?

VERSE OF THE DAY: For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”1 Corinthians 15:22

And here we are quoting Paul again – a man who never even met Jesus, the namesake of this book. Why not quote Jesus? Because it gets awkward:

Jesus said: “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you evildoers!'” – Matthew 7:21-23

Heck for that matter, why not quote another section of scripture on the matter attributed to our author’s apparent favorite, the apostle Paul:

Paul said:“All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised.”– Hebrews 11:13

I’m going to go out on a limb here and wager that these aren’t verses you hear preached in church every Sunday.

Today’s Themes:

Today’s devotional is all about the promise of eternal life. The promise, mind you – not the proof. The same promise Christ’s earliest followers believed but did not receive, according to Paul. The same promise that just happens to be conveniently unprovable.

“Even through our mortal bodies will perish, our spirits will not die, but will complete our transformation.”

Jesus – I can’t believe I actually used to believe this stuff. It all sounds almost too good to be true – almost as if it were a fairy tale told to appease our largest fear of death by claiming to have a monopoly on the knowledge of… the unkown. But, transformation into what, exactly? Whatever you can imagine? Have you ever met one of these transformed beings? Me neither… Nobody has. Period. (Thus, anybody claiming to know anything about the unknowable *might* just be pulling your leg.)

Short Secular Alternative Devotional:

What the hell is really so wrong with the life you have right now? Would it actually be so painful and miserable if it weren’t for others (like the author of Jesus Daily) who constantly try to convince you how meaningless your existence is without whatever they are selling? How does the promise of “next” life really help you through the reality of *this* life? Snap out of it – wake up! Make the most of today because tomorrow is promise to no one.

See you tomorrow (my birthday) to discuss His Goodness And His Love?
– Horus Gilgamesh

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