Axver (axver) wrote,

A rebuttal

Relationships and stuff like that has been something on my mind for a while now. Just I've never really been able to think of the words to quite express how I feel, and thus not really been able to get much in the way of advice. So when I read the first sentence of the following entry from another LJ, I got excited, thinking my prayers had been answered. Alas, they had not been. Instead, I found something that, instead of being helpful, paints a picture of a God I don't want to know, and needs rebutting urgently.

Everyone longs to give themselves to someone; to have a deep soul relationship with another; to be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But God to a Christian says...

I'll return to that last sentence later.

"No. Not until you are satisfied and fulfilled and content with living loved by Me alone. I love you, my child, and until you discover that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you. You will never be united with another until you are united with Me, exclusive of any other desires and longings.

How DISGUSTING. Plain and simple, that paragraph makes me SICK. If that is what God is like, then I want NOTHING at all to do with such a selfish, self-centred, vindictive brute. So God won't give us a relationship until we are united with Him? Wow, and I always thought He was GIVING! I wonder how all these non-Christians have found relationships! And NO-ONE can be free of any other desires and longings. It's an impossibility, and that's not hard to work out. So if God's not going to give me a relationship until I have no other desires and longings, I might as well forget about ever finding a relationship. Thanks so much God, you miserable selfish bastard.

I want you to stop planning and stop wishing and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing; one that you can't imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you. Just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest.

Right, so you want me to just throw every plan I've ever made to the four winds, stop wishing for anything, and just get tossed around by the sea? Lovely. Now some people will rebut this by saying that we should depend on God for our plans and not make any of our own, but this completely ignores the fact that the plans we've devised may have actually come from, you guessed it, God! I may think I've thought it up, but it could've been given to me by God. Sure, I shouldn't rely on myself but on God, but that doesn't mean I should just give up on all plans and forget about them. If I did that, I'd end up absolutely NOWHERE. I'd be working against God.

Keep experiencing the satisfaction of knowing that I AM. Keep learning and listening to the things that I tell you. You must wait.

Alright then. So I'll wait, somehow manage to put aside all desires, throw all plans to the four winds, and by doing so, I'll somehow end up with the perfect person? Great, just by then I'd have bugger all. I love this image of God: a selfish guy who won't give me something until I've given Him something in return first. It's so flaming fraudulent it's not funny. God blesses me when I don't deserve it. He sent His Son for me before I was even BORN. TWO THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE I WAS BORN. By the author's logic, I'd now need to do something to earn this. I need to somehow go beyond my imperfect self and fully know God (and being imperfect, I cannot possibly know all about the perfect), just to get a relationship, so I hate to think what I have to do to earn salvation!

Don't be anxious. Don't worry.

Oh, I'm anxious and worried. Anxious and worried that nonsensical thoughts such as this are being promoted. I'm worried people actually believe this. I'm worried people are going to be sucked into thinking that God's some selfish, vindictive ogre. Don't tell me not to worry.

Don't look around at the things others have gotten or that I have given them. Don't look at the things you think you want. You just keep looking off and away up to Me, or you'll miss what I want to show you.

Alright, so if I question God and what He gives others - a natural action of an inherently rebellious creature - I'm going to completely miss what God gives me? Ha. The author is the person who's completely missed the point.

And then, when you're ready, I'll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any would ever dream.

I hate to think what state I'd be in when I'm supposedly 'ready'.

You see, until you are ready and the one I have for you is ready - I am working even this very moment to have both of you ready at the same time - until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I have prepared for you, you won't be able to fully experience the earthly love that exemplifies your relationship with Me,

If this is accurate of God, then I want Him to go away. I don't want to know Him AT ALL. This miserable rotten sod can take his 'perfect person for me' and shove it. He is so selfish to demand that I be exclusively satisfied with Him? He is so selfish to demand that I have to fully know Him and forsake all other desires first, even when He knows that I cannot possibly do that because I'm not perfect? (Indeed, does perfection mean one is only focused on God? I'm not so sure) No-one can be in a perfect relationship with God, no-one can be as close as the god in this article demands, it's just impossible, and God is perfectly prepared to bless us even when we fall short and miss the mark. He's not going to selfishly hold back a blessing until we've met some criteria, no matter what some pathetic article says.

and this is perfect love.

While I am imperfect, I cannot enjoy perfect love.

And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love. I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me, and to enjoy materially and concretely the everlasting union of beauty and perfection and love that I offer you with Myself. Know that I love you utterly. I am God Almighty.

I very much doubt the god of this article would want this. The god of this article is very distinct from the one true God. The one true God does not demand us to achieve some criteria before He blesses us. The one true God does not demand that we do stuff we cannot possibly do because we are imperfect. The one true God, the God I believe in, would not refuse to unite me with someone just because I am not exclusive of any other desires or longings. The one true God knows I am not perfect and cannot reach the mark, and sent Jesus to atone for my sins, and those of the rest of the world. The god in this article most likely would tell the world to zark off and figure out some way to atone for themselves.

Believe and be satisfied."

I believe in God and follow Christ, and yet I'm not satisfied yet. Believe does not instantly mean one will get everything they want.

And to return to an earlier point ...

But God to a Christian says ...

He does NOT. God - the God I believe in, the God of the Bible - would NEVER say ANYTHING like this AT ALL. How dare the author put such words in God's mouth. They are completely wrong, God would NEVER say them, and it's approaching the blasphemous.

There, I'm done.

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