Are God’s Friends…Losers?
A recent study published in the Journal of Personality entitled When God is your only friend: Religious beliefs compensate for purpose in life in the socially disconnected has found that only losers believe in God.
Well, that’s not word-for-word what the study concluded – the authors actually stated “socially disconnected individuals may leverage their religious beliefs for purpose and social comfort”. But in the re-hash of the study – ‘Friending’ God Can Restore Purpose In Life For Lonely Or Anti-Social People – the “losers” vibe is more palpable.
In this view, “Only the lonely” wasn’t just a great Roy Orbison song or a decent John Candy movie (RIP) – it’s also a description of people who believe in God (according to the re-hash article). It says that only lonely losers who can’t forge social connections with “real” people turn to God. And this is was what Jesse Ventura and Madeleine Murray O’Hair believed: “religion is a crutch for weak-minded people”. [As a sidenote, O’Hair led a sad life and suffered a tragic death. Her hatred toward God and even her own son permeated her existence. Compare the fruits of atheism with a life lived for God, and the contrast is undeniable. I would think that even an atheist would admit that a life lived for Christ is objectively better than one lived for self.]
But is that true? Are people who believe in God…lonely losers? Maybe some people who believe in God are lonely. But are all the people who fill church pews each week actually just lonely? Are preachers of the Gospel just seeking popularity? Are missionaries all on a quest to find people to be their friend? Were the disciples all introverts?
If you haven’t seen it for what it is, the “Friending God” article is simply a bit of dressed-up anti-God propaganda. A thought weapon. Can you spot the jabs at believers in God (and God Himself) in the article? Now think about the vast numbers of readers who absorbed the message of the article without examining it’s true underlying message.
Well, how about this angle?: A friend of the world is an enemy of God (James 4:4). Atheists would rather you be God’s enemy than just about anything else.
It’s true that people with problems need God – and God is a friend to people. Abraham was called the Friend of God (James 2:23). Jesus acknowledged that His critics saw Him as a friend of sinners (Luke 7:34). God spoke to Moses as a friend (Exodus 33:11). Proverbs 18:24 alludes to the LORD as a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
What is wrong with any of that? Truth is…nothing. It is an honor and privilege to be Jesus’ friend – and He stated that we can be just that: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”
Jesus is a real person, and He offers you His friendship. Who in their right mind would refuse Him?
The Tower of Babel Was REAL?
No way! (Yes way.)
Want to Understand Trump?
People have a lot of opinions about the U.S. President and many of them say things to try and make themselves feel good. “Not my President!” “I like Trump, but he needs to stop tweeting.” “He’s a buffoon.”
But a lot of people – most people – have very little actual insight into Donald Trump. It’s not that we can’t understand him. Most of us just haven’t taken a few moments to try to understand him. Scott Adams is one person who seems to understand the Pres and has offered some explanations.
The former publisher of Forbes, Jeff Cunningham, is another person who understands Trump. He explains Trump in his article Sun Tzu And the Trump Doctrine. The article is from way back in March of 2017. Did he get it right?
Square UFO Sighting
Well this is a new one – I’ve seen plenty of round UFO photos. And the famous Phoenix lights were triangular. But this is the first square-shaped UFO I am aware of. It appeared in Charlotte, NC and made the news recently.
A mysterious square aircraft hovering in night sky ‘scared me to death,’ NC man says
Over 400 Links Google Doesn’t Want you To Visit
I’ve recently documented various censorship techniques by the big sites. The biggest and most powerful is Google. As documented by Thomas Dishaw, “Google describes exactly how they plan to suppress any information they deem unfit for readers,” and he offers some resources to keep yourself fully informed and out-of-the-dark as possible. This is his “comprehensive list of great sites broken down by category that do an excellent job in their respective field”: Bookmark This: Over 400 Links Google Doesn’t Want You To Visit
A “Church” Supporting Abortion
Yes, because it’s the United Methodists and of course they are. United Methodist Church Proposes New Position Statement Saying “We Support Abortion”
More Hints of the Coming AI Beast
It seems like I’ve heard about this before: Advanced Artificial Intelligence Could Run The World Better Than Humans Ever Could. I wonder if this will be implemented, and if so, will it be placed into a humanoid robot? Hmm…I wonder.
A Welcome Mat for the Space Brothers
This guy made a landing pad for UFOs. Interestingly, he describes a UFO as being like burnished metal which echoes Ezekiel’s description of the cherubim – which may be connected to the modern phenomenon we call “UFO sightings”, but which may have a much more ancient origin.