New Thought. It’s an ironic moniker for such an old way of thinking. At its core, it’s simply another way of getting the Biblical God out of the way. And making room for “self” to BE god. That’s what Christians know as the original sin, and that happened about 6,000 years ago. So…”new thought”? Nope. It’s still the same ol’ worshiping “self” idea. Just more modern special effects.
I’ve had an ongoing debate with a guy for years and years now. He insists I’m “stuck in the Matrix” for thinking a loving God would “dare send anyone to hell” for any reason. After all, if that God created those people, then He must be responsible for their bad behavior. So, why would He send them to hell for doing something He designed them to be?
If I’ve heard that sort of talk once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. And it comes from people who inherently realize they’re free will beings. You make your decisions. They’re not thought up and laid out for you by some higher power who gets a kick out of seeing you squirm. You’re created in the image and likeness of God…and God is not a robot.
He’s a living, loving, personal, and relational supernatural Creator full of goodness, mercy, and…wait for it…justice.
Oh no! There’s that harsh word. Justice. Just when it seemed like I was gonna make God out to be some sort of gentle, touchy-feely being everyone could cuddle up to, I had to toss that in. Sorry, but I can’t leave out parts just because they might make someone uneasy. At least, not if they’re true.
And why wouldn’t we want God to be just? Could it be that might mean we’d be held accountable for our choices? And wouldn’t that mean God gets to decide who’s right and who’s wrong? And would’t that just be plain unfair?
Well, let’s put it this way…
…if you were able to create the whole universe…and every living thing in it… with the words you spoke…don’t you think you might also know, better than anyone else, what makes it all function at optimum performance? The designer of the universe must be infinitely smarter than you or me. But, of course if you believe we’re all a part of this “source”, then I guess we all had some part in the design.
If that’s the case, how come I can’t design a speck of dust? Much less a field, or a continent. You’d think after all these “billions of years” of evolution, we could have figured out how to make something from nothing by now. And if someone could do that, I’d say that was a genuine “new thought”.
But here’s the deal…
Why would you want to BE god when you could trust that the job is already filled by the only being in existence who is able and worthy to perform it? If you’re willing to suffer the eternal slings and arrows of contradictory religion, then by all means…continue through your life full of “new thought”. If you’d rather be able to relax with the knowledge that your best will never be good enough and will never have to be…then here’s a thought…
Trust Jesus. That god of “self” is leading you down a path where the Matrix will seem like an Etch-a-Sketch by comparison.
If you don’t want to trust Jesus, tell me how you came to your “new thought”.
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