Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Living WIthout Jesus, Daily | 1 comment

Part 39/365: An atheist reviews a popular Christian devotional from Jesus Daily.
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Dear Karen,
OMG – OMG – OMG – are you excited? It’s Ashton Kutcher’s birthday!!! In other news, today’s devotional from Jesus Daily is… creepy, to say the least.

VERSE OF THE DAY: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” – 1 Cor. 3:16

Uhh… if that doesn’t already make your skin crawl, let’s take a look at the very next verse that was conveniently omitted by the author:

SKIPPED VERSE: If anyone defiles God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” – 1 Cor. 3:17

Right… So, you are nothing but a studio apartment for the Lord. But, whatever you do – don’t get any crumbs on the carpet or the Lord will burn the entire apartment down! You know, even though it’s his apartment. And it’s holy. Or something. Whatevs…

Today’s Themes:

Today’s devotional actually tells readers that, not only are they the “dwelling place” for unseen spirits, they are nothing but meat puppets of compulsory worship.

“Our bodies are made for worship… vessels where the Holy Sprirt dwells… Problems [in life] come up because we don’t believe this.”

If you are not sufficiently creeped out by the idea of celestial creatures dwelling inside you, you’ve reached an impressive level of devotion indoctrination.  But, don’t worry – it gets better worse:

“It matters what we allow inside our temples. When we participate in unhealthy eating, drinking, entertainment, and relationships, we are choosing to defile God’s temple and tarnish our vessel. We honor God if we see ourselves as his temple.”

That’s right – YOU are God’s temple. The creator of the entire universe and all things in it chose to dwell in little ol’, humble ol’ you, you, YOU! So, whatever you do, make sure you suppress your own pursuits of happiness if they aren’t in accordance with other arbitrary ancient rules of dietary, social, and sexual constraints of self-loathing. In short, again – you are nothing but an apartment for a genocidal maniac and a slave to His worship – so, act like it! (Seriously – who would willingly accept such a role?)

Short Secular Alternative Devotional:

For His Glory? What about your glory? What about the glory of your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors?  What is so wrong with choosing “healthy” lifestyles, entertainment, and relationships for our own reasons, for the betterment of ourselves and mankind? Not by some ancient (and ignorant) standards, and certainly with no gods necessary.

See you tomorrow to Unplug?
– Horus Gilgamesh

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