Christianity Admin on 06 Dec 2006 08:45 pm
If you are a rational person, this article is fascinating in the same way that a train wreck can be fascinating:
The author of the article is writing a letter to the “Holy Spirit”. The author says that the “Holy Spirit” is a real person who “lives inside me and wants to be my friend.” The author puts it this way:
â€¦as God you know everything about me â€“ more than my family, more than my other friends, even more than I know about myself! And as a real Person, you know everything Iâ€™m going through â€“ the good, the bad, and yes even the ugly. You feel joy when I feel joy. Pain when I feel pain. You even know when Iâ€™m lonely and feel like I donâ€™t have a friend in the world.
The idea of someone or something “living inside” another person is uncomfortable, isn’t it? It immediately conjures images of the pod people in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” It is even more uncomfortable when you take into account the fact that the “Holy Spirit” is a complete figment of the author’s imagination.
How do we know that the “Holy Spirit” is imaginary? Because the author himself tells us that this is the case:
How do I get this whole friendship thing going? After all, you are invisible; you donâ€™t speak to me out loud; and Iâ€™m pretty sure you donâ€™t even have a cell phone! So how do I “connect” with Someone who I canâ€™t see or hear???
The reason why people are unable to see or hear the “Holy Spirit” is because the “Holy Spirit” is imaginary. The author is pursuing a “relationship” with an imaginary being, and stating this publicly.
Since the “Holy Spirit” is imaginary, the author creates a letter “written by” his imaginary friend. The “Holy Spirit” tells him things like this:
- “the more you talk to me, the more comfortable it [our "relationship"] will feel.”
- “Speaking of being your Friend, I canâ€™t wait to grow deeper in our friendship! I know it’s a little different than other relationships in some ways since (like you said) I’m invisible and don’t speak to you out loud, but I think you’ll find that since I live inside you and ‘speak’ directly to your soul â€“ those issues won’t get in the way of our friendship.”
- “Basically, even though I am God and I am all powerful, I will not *make you* have a friendship with me. You are free to choose to let me fill you and control youâ€¦” And then, “What Iâ€™m saying here is ask me to fill and control your life. Ask me to guide and direct you â€¦ shield and protect you. Ask me to deepen our friendship. Ask. Ask. Ask â€¦ then ask again.”
- “Just like any other friendship, we need to talk. So talk to me early and often. Tell me what’s good, what’s bad, what’s confusing you. I’m never too busy to listen, and I’ll never grow tired of your voice â€¦ I made you, remember?”
Knowing that the “Holy Spirit” is imaginary, I think we can agree that these passages are downright creepy.
The irrationality of the author’s thinking comes through in statements like this:
The moment you realize that you have sinned, simply tell the Father about it and admit that you were wrong. It’s not like He (and me too) donâ€™t know about it already, and the longer you wait to exhale, the less you’ll be living in my power.
If the “Holy Spirit” is all-powerful and all-knowing, if the “Holy Spirit” knows “even more than I know about myself”, and if the “Holy Spirit” lives inside you and “controls you,” then how can you possibly sin? The whole idea is ridiculous.
Here is the part that is truly frightening to all who think rationally. The author imagines the “Holy Spirit” saying the following:
Oh yeah, and let me talk to you through the Bible. The words of the Bible are not the words of men â€¦ they are mine. They are living and active, and I will make them come alive and active in your life.
Christians believe that an all-knowing, all-powerful being wrote the Bible and that they should follow what the Bible says. Unfortunately, the Bible says things like this in plain, straightforward language:
- Deut 25:11-12
- Genesis 38:8-10
- Deut 21:18-21
- Deut 20:10-18
- Ex 35:2
- Lev 20:13
- Isaiah 13:13-16
- Exodus 21:20-21
- Numbers 31:14-18
- 1 Tim 2:11-12
- Col 3:22-23
- Luke 14:26
- Deut 22:13-21
- Isaiah 40:8
These same kinds of verses in the Koran are what brought us 9/11/2001.
What is society’s appropriate response toward this level of delusion? Shouldn’t we offer treatment to people who are this delusional?
If you are a Christian, and especially if you are a casual Christian, how do you feel about the level of delusion displayed here? Does it make you comfortable or uncomfortable? Please understand that millions and millions and millions of your fellow Christians believe what this author is saying.