Mind Militia #3

“Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God’s approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That’s not morality, that’s just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base thought.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Why do I try to be Good? Why do Christians strive to do right? Why do Christians seek righteousness?

I could not agree more with this quote from Dawkins. A Christian whose only reason to be good, is to gain God’s approval or try to escape punishment is a self centered being with fear only for their own soul. The irony is that this is where many Christians begin their relationship with Christ. Christ can use the self centered sinful inclination of man to bring them to him. Once a man chooses the path of Christ, revelation is bound to happen. The mental acknowledgement of the truth of the gospel brings man into a loving relationship with his creator. Now instead of serving to gain “stuff” in  heaven you serve because you are in a loving relationship with God.  A Christ followers motive may begin out of a selfish want for unholy things. But as the relationship deepens, the Christian learns from both the word and experience that the good he does comes from Christ himself and not from his own ability. Any person that enters the Kingdom of Heaven out of want for material possessions will be sorely disappointed as it will be the least of the concerns of all the inhabitants. Surely there will be no disappointed people in God’s kingdom for these material loving people will not exist there. The reward/storing up riches in heaven is not for material possessions but is an increase in an immaterial foundational relationship. Are there golden roads and great mansions waiting for those who trust in the lord or are these biblical scriptures on heaven metaphors for something greater. I do not know and to be honest don’t care because in the end those things, material things, if real, will be of little importance in comparison to our fully restored being and connection to our father. Everything else is meaningless in comparison. Dawkins has a skewed view of God. His words are poison. His mind is fallen. His anti-theism is to simple.

“That is why the Christian is in a different position from people who are trying to be good. They hope, by being good, to please God if there is one; or-if they think there is not at least they hope to deserve approval from good men. But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.” C. S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

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Mind Militia #2

“Nick, when you’re 40 you will regret what you’re doing. You are going to wish you went and made something of yourself, save money and own things. You could have a career. You could have done something with your life! Not just being a volunteer.”

For those of you who do not know what I do. I volunteer at a non-profit coffee shop that gives a some of its profits to help educate children in Nicaragua who otherwise would not receive a quality education. I do not receive a salary. I live off of the support of friends and family who believe in the mission I am working for. However after this statement from a customer, my world is wrecked. I have decided to give up my philosophy on life. This customer was completely correct and I can’t believe I couldn’t see it before.

I have to make something of myself. I need to go back to school, I need to get a degree in something that matters and I need to find a high paying job in the United States and start saving. I have to do this if I want to make something of myself. In the process I will search hard to find a good intelligent attractive woman to be my wife so that when I produce offspring they may also be intelligent and become important individuals. I need to invest in stocks and IRA’s so I can make enough money to send all my children to school so they, just like me, will become successful and make something of themselves. I have already wasted 10 years of my life serving and serving and serving when I should have been working and working and working to advance my income, my stature, and my seed. So its time for a change of pace.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24

“For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10

“Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 3:19

“Say a couple have scores of children and live a long, long life but never enjoy themselves—even though they end up with a big funeral! I’d say that a stillborn baby gets the better deal. It gets its start in a mist and ends up in the dark—unnamed. It sees nothing and knows nothing, but is better off by far than anyone living.” Ecclesiastes 6:3

“Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.” Matthew 6:21

When I heard this statement written in the beginning from this customer I believe I laughed. Im not sure if it was out loud or just an, “in my head chuckle” which happens often. It still catches me of guard that the majority of the world believes I’m crazy. But it is not me who is the crazy one. At the end of all things. When this world vanishes, with its flaky ever changing philosophies. When death finally retires because its work is done. Nothing will remain. No money. No status. No things. Not even a great amount of children will bring you purpose. The only thing that will matter, and the only thing that should matter now is: Are you a follower of Christ and are you submitted to God’s will.

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-39

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Mind Militia #1

“Every great fiction movie,

Every great fiction book,

Every great fiction story,

have one thing in common.

A battle between good and evil. But what is good and evil that makes us so irrationally angry, sad, or ecstatic? Every human has evolved to a level far more advanced than their ancestors. Due to the unwavering and unmistakable natural selection which by itself has brought about the epitome of greatness found in homo sapiens we no are no longer held captive by animal morality. This is why we must make advances to embrace morality for what it really is. The advancement of the human species. During the latest process of evolution, emotionalism was coupled with morality for the purpose of a continuation of the progression of the human species. If human logic would have found the unimportance of moralities true origins (basically not from a transcendent being) humanity would have abandoned morality altogether and reverted back to beast mentality. However, evolution has once again succeeded. It used morality to bring us to where we are today. Morality exists only to prolong and advance the human race. Let us abandon our strong held emotional moral beliefs and look towards the advancement of humanity. Now that we understand this foundational truth of morality we can move forward, set aside our differences, and become (most likely) one of the greatest species in the universe. Set aside all morality that is illogical for our advancement. Hold strong to all morality that truly promotes progression. Not letting our vague and pointless emotions determine our actions which should be found solely in our own evolutionary advancement. No we don’t need to murder anyone or commit genocide. Just leave the poor alone. Let their lack of intelligence be their end. Let the weak mourn and do not comfort them. Let their lack of strength be their ruin. The religious will soon die out as their beliefs become so illogical that any connection to religious statutes leaves them jobless, poor, and starving. That kind of unevolved mistake will soon perish. So, what is good and evil that makes us so irrationally angry, sad, or ecstatic? It is our own progression towards Godhood. Embrace your salvation” -Fallen man

Sometimes I like to play Devil’s advocate in my mind. Most of what I have written above I have heard out of the mouths of real people. The last bit is what the progression of such logic should bring a human to understand. Due to our culture, expansion on this logic to its fullest degree will not be realized due to its overwhelming immoral and sadistic conclusion. It’s a conclusion that Hitler understood. However, It would be much to intolerant for this time period. Ironically, to ignore this conclusion is to be stuck in the world of which modern man claims to be escaping. “Absolutes founded by God.” Richard Dawkins can make snide comments about abortion, which is completely justified by his evolutionary worldview, but be forced to apologize by todays culture, a culture that accepts and practices Dawkins exact worldview. This has brought me to my own conclusion. That humans are become stupider and stupider. Demanding tolerance, practicing intolerance. Espousing philosophies, ignoring their conclusions. We live in a world ruled by emotional, illogical, confused, and intolerant people that demand importance and purpose. Today we are looking at the most unevolved man to ever exist. A man constantly becoming stupider as time moves further and further from the days of perfection. The mind of fallen man is a sick, destructive, degenerative and dangerous place. The mind of God is a redemptive, restoring, regenerating and safe place. The mind of God is Truth. The mind of God can easily be found. Just take a trip to a bookstore or check the drawer in-between the two beds of a holiday inn.

There are so many problems with the philosophies of man that if I were not found by Christ I would try to believe nothing. Not nothing like you think. Nothing is always something. A person who believes in nothing truly believes in something because they cannot fathom nothing. Their nothing is not nothing but something. Their nothing may be to disbelieve all religions, atheism, which is the belief in disbelief. Their nothing may be to believe it is impossible to truly know the answer, agnosticism, which is the belief of “idk.” Their nothing may be to believe in confusion. This is a new one to me that I just recently stumbled upon. That once an answer to existence is determined to be correct you stop living, therefore confusion is mandatory for existence. This may be the strangest of the nothing philosophies I have heard so far. I tell you right now that it is impossible to believe in nothing. Why? We have never experienced nothing because we are something that lives somewhere created by someone.

I hope by reading I have helped you somehow in your search of existence. I can tell you without doubt that Jesus is the only answer to the most important questions ever asked. Jesus is the way, the truth and the light.

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