So a few weeks ago I was thinking about something. I decide to write about it. It went viral. Atheist websites and Facebook pages are mocking my beliefs, ripping me to shreds. It isn’t just that people disagree, it got totally personal.
I had over 300 comments that were just telling me that I am “[F-word] stupid.” I had hundreds of others that were mocking, scoffing, and insulting. I had quite a few other people tell me that they are putting curses on me, that I should have my kids taken from me, that the world would be better if I was dead. Wow.
And I was thinking about it, and it is so funny to me (funny as in not funny, but as in insane). It is an article about adult coloring books?!?! I am not killing babies or puppies. I told a family member that I wish if there was ONE thing I had written that could go viral with the atheist crowd it certainly wouldn’t be my opinion piece on mandalas!!! Like how about the ones about Christ and the Cross?
The thing that strikes me is the enormous amount of comments that say things like, “You are a bigot and everything that is wrong with Christianity. This is why I hate Christians. You need to love other religions.”
They were almost all ironic like that.
Screaming, “YOU CAN’T TALK BAD ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS!!! [unless it is Christianity]”
It was like they couldn’t see the hypocrisy in their own words.
I didn’t read all the comments, because you can only hear you are an “f-word idiot” so many times in one day! LOL. So, I probably missed some great questions and responses just because they got lost in the others. But honestly, most of them don’t want to discuss ideas or beliefs, they just want to mock and scorn and hurt. They may be hurt themselves. There was definitely emotion involved. But there was unfortunately no room for discussion or mutual understanding, so I backed off answering all of them and just let them say what they needed to say to me.
And this post, while I intend to address some of the concerns people had with my last post, will not really change anyone’s mind. But still, these things need to be said. This post is about “WHY” my coloring post matters in the Christian context.
And I don’t care if people think I am an idiot. I mean, I don’t agree with their beliefs either. I don’t go to their websites and insult them, but I don’t feel pressured at all to agree with them. I also don’t feel pressured to be quiet!
People will think I am an idiot for many other reasons too. I don’t support gay marriage. I don’t support abortion. I believe that every person on this planet is a sinner (especially myself). I believe in a literal and eternal hell. I believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. I believe that when you get saved you need to repent of practicing sins. I believe that yoga is Hinduism. I believe that Sons of Anarchy is a show that Christians shouldn’t watch. etc.
When you publicly acknowledge any of these beliefs, you brace yourself for the backlash! LOL. These are not at all popular views. In fact, they are becoming quite dangerous. I support all of these beliefs are because I read the Bible. Many of them are expressly stated in the Bible. Many of them are plainly evident as we apply Scripture to our lives.
For example. It is expressly stated in the Bible that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jesus plainly said so, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).
On the other hand, other things are plainly evident as we apply the Word to our lives. For example, Jesus never says, “If you want to follow Me, you shouldn’t watch Sons of Anarchy or Sex in the City.” These TV shows didn’t exist back then, neither did TV. For this reason I could probably have people leave stern and disapproving comments saying that I am judging them by saying Christians “can’t” watch those shows. After all, Jesus never said that. When in reality a Christian who reads the Bible, and is filled with the Holy Spirit just knows that God is not pleased with us watching programs like that. And we have verses that reveal to us that God’s heart is that we flee from immorality, filthy language, and immoral sexuality.
“ When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
What is sad is that even the “world” has a moral standard for TV and movie viewing. If the “world” says a show is TV-MA or a movie is R. They are admitting that the content is controversial and possibly quite offensive to even a non-Christian audience.
But if I say it is something a Christian should be careful about and run from. Why do Christians get upset and say I am judging?
What I am really doing is called exhortation. The Greek word for this is Parakaleo. It means to urge, to beseech, to warn, to encourage, to strengthen. It is a GOOD thing. It is actually a gift that the Lord has freely given to His church so that we would encourage other unto holiness and joy!!!!
Why could I say you shouldn’t watch “Sons of Anarchy”? Here are some Bible verses that when applied to our lives, make this plainly evident.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.” Psalm 101:3
“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matthew 5:29
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.”
TV shows and movies that celebrate and glorify the sins that the Bible condemns should not be something that God’s people delight in.
What does this have to do with anything?
Well, I really see such a trend in trying to intimidate and insult Christians into silence when they are just trying to exhort their fellow Christians to walk solid for Christ.
This came not only from the atheist and pagan readers, but also from professing Christians. For some reasons the Christians accused me of telling them they would go to hell if they colored, or that the Bible says you can’t color, or that I am some radical fundamentalist that wears a “Duggar-dress” and refuses to use electricity because it is of Satan. LOL.
There was another group that thought that I was anti-stained glass windows. LOL.
I couldn’t keep up with it all, mostly because this is not my job. I am not a blogger. This is just a hobby, so I can’t just sit in front of my computer for 72 hours straight.
And yes I have a hobby (to all the people that told me I need one). LOL.
I understand that Christians look weird to non-believers.
I am a fool for Christ.
People make fun of Christians for every belief we have.
But what bothers me is when people who call themselves Christians are trying advance the lie of the Tower of Babel–That we can unite the world under some one world religious mystery system. When Christians are saying that we need to unite with and celebrate other religions, even practicing their religious activities– I see the Great Apostasy is happening.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)
The whole point of everything I write is to point to Christ. He is worthy of our attention, and devotion and undivided worship and praise. He shares His glory with no one else. And we should be careful as His followers to mind His word, as it reveals His heart.
Am I perfect? NO!
I probably have stuff in my life right now that His Spirit will convict me of, maybe using a brother or sister in the Lord to do it! Hallelujah! He loves us so He corrects us.
We should welcome that correction, not insult the person who was just sharing their heart.
I was simply sharing info on their origins and spiritual connections to Hinduism and Buddhism.
That is not harsh or critical or racist or hateful or FEAR based.
And if you are not a Christian, then it wasn’t even for you!!!
Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
But if you are a Christian, let me urge you to consider this:
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
If we want to follow Christ, and be His disciples we need to take heed. We need to worship Him the right way. We can’t conform to this world, to their ideas, their ways, the things they think is okay. We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds according to His Word.
Don’t take my word for it.
I am no one.
I am some everyday person.
You don’t need to take my word for anything.
But you do need to learn God’s Word to know His perfect will for you.
Your mind must be transformed.
If you haven’t let your mind be transformed by the Word,
then your mind has been shaped by the world.
“Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16
“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?” James 4:4-5
When I wrote what I wrote, people were outraged that I had the audacity to say that Christians should not practice Hindu and Buddhist spiritual activities.
That blows my mind.
What is worse is when Christians think that it is okay with God to practice religious and spiritual rituals from other religions.
That really blows my mind. But Jesus told us that would happen.
Is it Just Like Meat Sacrificed To Idols?
Some people wanted to argue that it is comparable to eating meat sacrificed to idols. I hear this with the yoga thing too.
Is going to a psychic like eating meat sacrificed to idols? Is playing a Ouija board like eating meat sacrificed to idols? NO. There is a difference between eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols, or sold by someone who is not Christian, and making yourself the offering to idols. When you practice spiritual rituals, you are the offering.
And you forget, the Bible says that if you KNOW it was sacrificed to idols, don’t eat it!!!
“But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience.” 1 Corinthians 10:28
And in Revelation, Jesus says that He will judge the member of the church that encourages people to eat meat sacrificed to idols.
“But I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin.” Revelation 2:14
“But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.” Revelation 2:20.
Why do Christians have the idea that practicing Hindu and Buddhist spiritual practices is okay, because we can eat meat sacrificed to idols, when the Bible is clear that we can’t unless we don’t know!!! The Lord watches over us, especially when we don’t know that something is connected to the demonic.
But once we know it is connected to idolatry, we need to stay away!
How many times in the Bible does the Lord have to reveal His heart to His children about the spiritual adultery that takes place in our lives when we try to combine our faith with other religions.
It grieves Him when His people are spiritually unfaithful. In the Old Testament, He would say that people who go after foreign religious practices where “whoring after other gods.” That is a very harsh word. We literally cheat on the Lord when we try to combine other religions with the purity of our Christian faith.
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16.
So in conclusion, I want to quote this again . . .
dear brothers and sisters,
I plead [urge, beseech, encourage, strengthen] with you
to give your bodies to God
because of all he has done
When we are truly following The Lord, then there is no more arguing over stupid things that profit nothing. We will all just be pointing each other to the Love, and Grace, and Word of God. We will all just look to Jesus and walk towards Him together in holiness and joy.
But there can be no unity, unless it is based on His word.
I may seem foolish to the world. But I am not writing to them. I am writing to my brothers and sisters and saying, I love you guys and I just wanted to share some information with you. The Lord may confirm it or not. But don’t try to just justify it because you may like [mandalas, or horoscopes, or yoga], search out the truth in His Word.
Some people implied that my post was a sign of the weakness of my faith, that I thought God wouldn’t protect me from the “demons” inside the coloring books. That isn’t true. I think more than anything, it is a sign of the strength of my faith. My faith is so important to me that I want to make sure that nothing gets in between me and Jesus. Now I know that there is nothing that can separate me from His love (Romans 8). But there are things in this world that can pull at my heart, so that my heart becomes divided and unfaithful. I want to lay all those things aside, so I can be faithful to Him, because He is so faithful and wonderful to me.
And lets “lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
For More Information:
The Bible–There is no more important source of information necessary for your life.
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