Thursday, March 29, 2012

Don't get your theology from Facebook...(facepalm)

Now don't get me wrong. Facebook can be very useful. I'm able to keep in touch with friends, let my family know how life is, post my pics to share with family and friends....really, a fair amount of good stuff. And there's a plethora ("Jefe, do you know what a plethora is?") of apps you can use to annoy your friends and family with via game requests and such. Truly, there are many options. But they've even got "religion" apps that post automatically each day. There is one app in particular that'd I'd like to caution you against. It's called "God's Daily Message."  The following are some excerpts from a friends page:

"Today, God’s message for you to become alive in this moment. Breathe deeply, feel. Empty your mind of idle thoughts. Just for today, be fully alert, aware, and alive. Be open to the experience of this lifetime. Be alive."
Empty my mind? Sounds more like some kind of Asian meditation than something from the Bible (Colossians 3:1-3)
"Today God’s message for you is to discover and nurture your inner source of strength. You possess strength and courage to battle through all of life’s struggles. Deep within you is an infinite source of courage. This is what makes you a strong individual, ready to battle through each day. For every obstacle he puts before you, there is equal inner force to overcome." 
Wait, so, God's message is to just look inside myself for courage and strength? I thought He was the source of that... (Exodus 15:2 ,  Psalm 46:1 , 1 Chronicles 16:11)
"Today, God’s message for you is to know that you are not a human being seeking spirituality, but a spiritual being seeking humanness.  As that one spirit, you alone can invoke changes to the human race.  As that human spirit you can help build bridges and move mountains for the betterment of humankind."
Right, 'cause the bible speaks so positively on what it is to be human... (Ephesians 2:1-3)
"Today, God’s message for you is to look inward. For just this moment, stop seeing the world through the physical realm and see within. Life is not about the things we possess, but about inner joy and peace. Look inward to see what brings you joy, and find it there."
Once again I'm to look inward?  (Jeremiah 17:9)
"Today, God's message for you is that you should let your smile be your most commonly worn accessory. It is beautiful, it is priceless, and it matches every outfit in your closet"

Really? Is Joel Osteen hiding back there?

As you can see, Facebook's "God's Daily Message" is anything but God's Word. What then is God's word for you? You are a sinner that Christ bled and died for that you might not be forever separated from God's love. (Romans 3:23, Hebrews 9:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Acts 16:31)

Don't get your theology from Facebook apps. Get it from the Bible. Find a solid church that preaches Christ and Him crucified, not some eastern spin or some moralistic therapeutic deism.

Jesu Juva,
Soli Deo Gloria

No comments:

Post a Comment