10 WAYS THAT CHRISTIANS ARE OFTEN DECEIVED

God is not an impotent, egocentric dictator who concocted the Ten Commandments as a cosmic power grab.  God’s Law is a gift to humanity; not a subversive control system.  God did not order compliance with the Decalogue to show the Universe who was Boss or because He narcissistically needed attention or followers.

The Ten Commandments:  Love or Power Grab?

The Ten Commandments: Love or Power Grab?

No.  It is our enemy who leveled those untrue charges against the Most High.  It is the Deceiver who accused, and continues to accuse, God of being a dictatorial tyrant.  The Father of Lies, not God, demands absolute obedience from his followers.  It is the Enemy of Souls, not our Loving God, who refuses to share power.  God has invited us to boldly approach His Throne anytime we wish.  The Deceiver would not even extend an invitation like, “Come, let us, reason together.

The Deceiver has manipulatively whispered to humanity that we must gratify and placate our narcissistic God’s fragile ego. . . or He will become angry and enraged and condemn us to eternal Hell.

Alas, we have been listening.

If God desired rigid and absolute compliance, God could have easily designed Humans without Freedom of Choice.  God could have created us with no ability to rebel against His law.  In fact, by withholding Freedom of Choice, God could have saved Himself millennia of angst, anguish, rebellion, and the heartbreak of sacrificing His Son to atone for our sins.   So why did God bestow such a sacred and princely gift upon the race of humans?  Why did He give humans Freedom of Choice?  The answer is simple:  Because God Loves us deeply and could not stand for us not to be free!

God’s Laws are designed to benefit humans 100% and to benefit God 0%.  I’ll repeat that:  God’s Laws are designed to benefit humans 100% and to benefit God 0%.  They are for our benefit alone.  When observed instead of merely followed, God’s laws promise each human enhanced freedom, and a life filled with abundance and Joy.  ‘Blind allegiance’ (aka rigid commandment following), on the other hand, makes it feel like our freedom is being curtailed and stripped away; fails to deliver grace or mercy; eradicates peace, Joy, Truth, and Love; completely disregards “The Greatest Commandment”; advances the Deceiver’s accusation that God is an unjust tyrant; and often blocks our ability to receive the blessings God’s Law was designed to provide and which Jesus’ Life guaranteed:  An Abundant Life.

Not just what Christians do.  Joy, Truth, and Love are what Christians ARE.

Not just what Christians do:  Joy, Truth, and Love are what Christians ARE.

Is your Life filled with abundance?  Or do you struggle to ‘keep’ God’s Law but find yourself still feel mired in physical, mental, spiritual, financial or interpersonal issues?  If any area of your life is less than abundant, you may be thwarting Jesus’ promise of abundance by rigidly attempting to follow God’s Law.  This blocks us from abundance and leads to legalism.  It causes us to become hypocritical and judgmental and cheapens grace and mercy.  Making ‘not breaking commandments’ our primarily goal inexorably begins our descent to a life of quiet desperation as we feel diminishing levels of peace, Joy, Truth, and Love.  Observing the Commandments as God intended, instead of ‘rigidly following them’ is a simple but critical step in maturing as a Christian.  This step leads directly to the Abundant Life Jesus promised.

Remember that in addition to promising Abundance, Jesus also declared that He did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill the Law.  How does someone ‘fulfill’ a Law?  If you get nothing else from this post, please prayerfully contemplate and focus on how someone ‘fulfills a law.’  Once we gain clarity on that issue our entire view of God, Love, Grace and the Plan of Salvation will be instantly and forever transformed.  Everything before the moment we discover that Truth seems like a dull, black and white, uncertain and dangerous affair.  When we truly grasp how Jesus ‘fulfilled the Law’ our Christian journey will suddenly burst alive into the vivid, Technicolor, abundant Life we have always dreamed!

Our focus as Christians should be on observing the Law as Jesus did, which means focusing on the purpose and intent behind the law, rather than rigidly apply its exact technical wording to every situation.  This is considerably more daunting and difficult than simply ‘not transgressing the law’ and perhaps explains why many of us have settled for ‘not breaking it.’

So how should we observe God’s Law as Jesus did? Start by understanding that each provision is designed solely and 100% to benefit humans (i.e. recognize that God doesn’t get all butt-hurt when you break a law).  Next, fully embrace the Truth that each of God’s Laws is aimed at maximizing Peace, Joy, Truth, Love and Abundance.  When the “letter of the law” conflicts with the “Spirit of the Law” in a given situation, those who would Live as Christ need not hesitate in deciding on the course of action that maximizes Peace, Joy, Truth, and Love.  We can confidently do this because we know that even if when we get it wrong once in awhile . . . God did not send Jesus to the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Christ.  And whosoever believes in Jesus shall NOT perish but live eternally.   (John 3.17,16)

Jesus came to Save the world, not to condemn it. - John 3.17

Jesus came to Save the world, not to condemn it. – John 3.17

Do you believe the words of John 3:16, 17?

Do you?!

Read them again.  Allow the meaning to sink in and infuse every part of your soul with the beauty of the simple Truth it contains:  ALL that is required to be Saved is ‘to believe in Jesus.’

Are you positive you believe those words?

It seems that to ‘believe in’ the Jesus described in John 3.16 we would necessarily have to ‘believe in’ the Jesus described in the very next verse.  Do we really believe “Jesus came not to condemn the world but only to save it?”  Or does the fact that we continue to white-knuckle all our little Christian behaviors expose the lie we tell ourselves.  If our prime focus of our Christian walk is ‘not breaking Commandments’ than we do NOT believe John 3.17.

Christians are supposed to be ambassadors of Peace, Joy, Truth and Love to a world gravely lacking these qualities.  Focusing on ‘not breaking Commandments’ can perhaps make us good, little, moral Boy and Girl Scouts.  But it does NOT make us CHRISTians.  CHRISTians believe in CHRISTCHRISTians believe CHRIST died for their sins.  Therefore, CHRISTians aren’t primarily focused on ‘not sinning’ in hopes that they can somehow complete the work that Jesus failed to do at Calvary.

No, the folks that fit that description are called Pharisees.  They oppose Jesus.  And that group includes me more often than I care to admit.  Perhaps you have been a Pharisee on occasion, too?  One of the numerous AWESOME things about God is if we are willing to humble ourselves and ask forgiveness, God is Faithful and Just and Merciful.  God will not only forgive us on the spot . . . but he will cleanse us from all our unrighteousness.

All we have to do is appear boldly in His throne room and ask for forgiveness.

That does not at all sound like a dictatorial tyrant to me.  THAT sounds like Love!

With Love,

Scotty b.

To go to Part Two and continue with the case study: “THE SABBATH WAS MADE TO BENEFIT HUMANS.  HUMANS WERE NOT MADE FOR THE SABBATH

– LINKS BELOW WILL BECOME CLICKABLE AS REFERENCED POSTS ARE PUBLISHED –

[Make Sabbath and Life more meaningful by “CREATING A SYMPHONY OF ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LIFE”]

[Jump to Part Three: “GOD’S LAWS ARE DESIGNED SOLELY FOR THE BENEFIT OF HUMANS”]

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About Scotty b.

J. Scot Blackburn is a California attorney. His friends call him 'Scotty b.' Scot graduated from Pepperdine Law School after earning business degree from Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley. Scot runs his own law practice, The Blackburn Law Firm at www.HelpWithMyCase.com. Scotty's interests including reading, football, interpersonal communications, cooking, military history, travelling, golf, and telling near-senseless jokes that only he finds amusing. Scotty's hero is his Grandad, C.C. Blackburn. His favorite movies are The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Few Good Men and The Matrix. His favorite athletes are Roger Staubach, Magic Johnson and Michael "Playmaker" Irvin. Scot's favorite musician is Sebastian Bach (not the German Baroque period composer who shares Scot's initials; but the former Skid Row front man). Scotty created a Board Games Magazine Top 100 Game ("Brain Chain") along with teacher Kris Harter, attorney Alicia Vaz, and graphic designer Roy Ice.

Posted on February 15, 2015, in Christianity, Rule Following and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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