Posted by: ImpendingDawn | February 16, 2011

Because God doesn’t really want you to be happy.

Commercialized religion makes me sick. All too often, modern churches are manipulating God’s Word and coming up with ridiculous phrases like “God wants you to be happy!” ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

No. I’m sorry, but no. Yes, the Lord has “plans to prosper you and not to¬†harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)¬†and¬†many readily take this to mean that they will be rich and healthy, the things that people nowadays seem to equate with happiness. But¬†did He ever specify that those plans included MONETARY prosperity or a lack of PHYSICAL harm? NO. The way I see it, how could God¬†ever promise such things to us as humans, while denying them to¬†the Son whom we are to model our lives after? Jesus was not a rich man. In fact, he lived mainly off handouts from the generous people he preached to. And the story of His brutal crucifixion is known around the world. He died! That’s rather harmful, wouldn’t you say?

Some people interpret the second part of the verse in such a way that it seems impossible for God to deny us money and good health etc. etc. How I am supposed to have hope and a future if I’m poor and¬†dying of cancer? Well, you have hope because no matter what befalls you, “[God is] with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Mathew 28:20b, KJV). You have a wonderful future, for in heaven “God himself will be with you. He will remove all of your sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever” (Revelation 21:3b-4, NLT).

However, because of certain people completely misinterpreting the Word –¬†or manipulating it to serve their purposes –¬†and then getting promoted to leadership positions,¬†many¬†earnest truth-seekers¬†are flooding today’s churches hoping to gain their promised happiness. So if I go to church and follow a few rules, all of my problems will disappear? Count me in! Then gradually, these promises are revealed to be false. He doesn’t win the lottery. Her disease isn’t miraculously cured. So, bitter and disillusioned with the self-proclaimed “Lord’s disciples” and¬†the God these people¬†profess to serve, they leave the church. Their shaky faith is abandoned. They are lost and broken once again.

Now, I’m not trying to deny the fact that miracles do happen. Sometimes a needy¬†family comes into¬†a large sum of money that will free them of their debt and secure their future financially. Sometimes a large group of people will band together through prayer, and a child’s debilitating disease will suddenly recede. However, we should not expect miracles. What we should expect is hardship, persecution, and suffering. The life of one who is dedicated to the Lord is not easy. It is trying, and oftentimes seems bitterly unfair and simply¬†too¬†difficult to handle.

However, you may not always be happy, but¬†“the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you” (Deuteronomy 15:6, NKJV).¬†He will open your eyes to your flaws, ensure that you know He loves you despite them, and slowly remake you into the person He intended you to be.¬†All of the¬†bitterness, shame,¬†and resentment you’ve been carrying¬†will be washed¬†away with¬†His pure sacrifice and all-encompassing forgiveness.¬†He will fill you with a deep¬†peace and contentment you could have never imagined. Your smiles will not be fake, nor your tears. You will feel and live and love more fully and completely. Your life will finally¬†have¬†meaning.

And you will never fall for those damn cheesy church slogans again.

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  1. You could not be more right. There are people making millions by selling the idea that you can also make millions because “God wants you to be rich!!!” And when that doesn’t happen, it’s obviously because you did something wrong or God doesn’t care! FRICKIN HUMANS.


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