Being an avid gamer in my past life I can appreciate this. Hilarious! So clever.
Good Reminder. Sacrificial love, like Christ loved his bride the church and gave himself up for her, even to death, even death on a cross.
“25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
30 for we are members of his body.
31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
32 This is a profound mystery but I am talking about Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself”
“But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, throwing them into great confusion until they are destroyed.”
1 Corinthians 14:33
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace”
In my reading, it sounds like God is a God of peace…but only to those who are faithful. Or that God’s intrinsic character is one marked by peace, but that maybe the peace he gives to man is contingent on man’s faithfulness. So then if I am confused or not at peace it’s because I am unfaithful?
The thing is…I feel like I’m really trying to understand him, but it seems the more I pursue knowledge and wisdom and seek to understand him the more I uncover the paradoxical, and the more I recognize how much I don’t know and possibly could never hope to know of infinite things via a finite mind. Sure I can and do eventually come to understand some things, but in that journey, usually, when I cut off the head of one it becomes two and I am ultimately more confused than when I started. Sometimes the only thing I really feel like I’m solidifying is that confusion is necessarily a part of the, or my, christian experience. It’s commonly said that ignorance is bliss, and even Socrates affirms: the more you know the more you don’t know. So is my confusion really wholly a result of being unfaithful, self-centered, or legalistic in my pursuit of truth? Or is an increasing level of intellectual vexation a natural byproduct of acquiring knowledge and understanding? Is it really the case, if pressing on to know our God is considered faithful and confusion is tied to lack of faith, that the more faithful I seek to be, the more unfaithful I seem to become? Perhaps…confusion, at least as it pertains to 1 Cor 14:33, can be seen more as chaos or an uncomfortably chaotic life, cognitively or otherwise. Maybe, we can in fact embrace confusion, knowing that though we feel inadequate or incapable of intentionally and correctly applying some seemingly encrypted spiritual principles to everyday decision making, at the end of the day God is sovereign and we can have faith that God will take care of us regardless, which produces a peace that surpasses understanding. But even this, even a marriage of peace and confusion, seems to contradict their mutual exclusivity in the statement “God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”
1 John 4:10
“This is how we know love: that He sent his son as a sacrifice.”
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus […] he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant […] he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross!”
The idea of maintaining healthy “boundaries” (as popularized in the book Boundaries by Henry Cloud) while embracing a Christian worldview based in sacrificial love, has always seemed highly paradoxical to me.
I can understand not sacrificing for someone if it’s in their best interest, as is commonly the case in dealing with addictive behavior for example, but I would classify that as tough love more so than boundaries. Maybe I’m just getting too caught up in the semantics, but I feel like boundaries has a somewhat self serving connotation as it considers relationships from the point of view of protecting one’s own self, which seems to conflict with humility and capitulation to the point of “death, even death on a cross”.
I was reading in one of my seminary books today and came across an interesting passage.
On a pragmatic level how is this different than postmodernism?…
“[logic/philosophy] have shown man incapable in himself of arriving at absolute truth. For example, a scientist might study a rock an entire lifetime, making deductions about the nature of that rock. Yet another person with a casual glance might see something about that rock which the scientist never perceived and which shifts the entire paradigm about the nature of the rock. Finite minds cannot absolutely prove truth. So our points are the following. First, absolute truth is innate to God and the objective universe he created. Second, finite, fallen human beings in themselves are inadequate to prove or arrive at perfect knowledge (absolute truth) of anything. Third, yet God has created us with innate capacities (although fallen) to understand reality. In the imago dei (in the image of God), we are structured to understand reality not exhaustively but sufficiently, not infinitely but adequately. As fallen beings, our deviation from truth may be corrected by propositional evidences in both God’s Word and in life.”
Infinite beings will never full understand infinite/absolute truth, so it seems to me on a practical everyday level everyone must embrace a degree of phenomenological relativism. Which sounds alot like a utilitarian form of postmodernism to me.
Here’s a study on Psychopathology and Religion. I’ve always wondered if there were any scientifically observable correlations between the two since it seems, in my experience, and from a theoretical perspective, usually the more neurotic you are the more you know you need help and therefore the more apt you are to turn to God. Generally Speaking. Although in this study no significant correlation was found between the two. Honestly not what I was expecting.
I would love to find more studies on this topic.