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Overcoming Fear and Loathing: or Church-going for Church-haters

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A lot of people, even well-meaning Christians, often ask: “I can help people. I can read scripture. I can commune with God in nature/with family/on my own. So, why do I need church?”

The institution of “Church” has taken a bum rap lately: not entirely undeserved, either. Many people associate the word church with the outward manifestations of dogma, false pretense, hypocrisy and mock compassion.

“I don’t need church. Church is full of hypocrites and bigots and holier-than-thou a**holes!”  And, in all honesty, there is definitely that factor found within the four walls of today’s many religious institutions. But are we hastening towards a “throwing the baby out with the bath water” scenario here? Isn’t the rush to judgment of church and those who attend it in itself a form of holier-than-thou hypocrisy?

Let me give you two reasons why I think we, most especially well-meaning Christians, need church. Continue reading Overcoming Fear and Loathing: or Church-going for Church-haters

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A Flippant Phrase as Self-Help Psychology (and Bad Doctrine)

Many people have heard the phrase, “God never gives you more than you can handle.”  The person who says it always has the best of intentions; be it whispered in hushed tones either to an acquaintance who has just endured a hugely tragic event; or be it uttered in the tone of a knowing elder to someone struggling with an addiction or a particularly nagging sin issue.  But let’s be honest here.  Quite often, the reply from the intended benefactor is a resounding, “Bull#*@!”

The phrase in question, (the first one, not the second) is from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian’s, chapter 10, verse 13:

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…”

In the original Greek, the words ‘temptation’ and ‘tempted’ can also be read as ‘testing’ or ‘tested’.

Too often though, in our good intentions, we forget that there is a second part to that instruction from Paul.  The entire verse reads:

“No temptation [testing] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted [or, tested] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.Continue reading A Flippant Phrase as Self-Help Psychology (and Bad Doctrine)