Friday, March 7, 2014
Deist or Theist?
Today's thoughts come from my musings about whether or not Christians really believe what they say they believe. In other words, are we living a congruent life? Does our lifestyle match what we believe in our head? In the psychological world the term used for a life that does not match or agree with our core beliefs is called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is just a fancy word that is saying that you're not walking the talk, or you're not being true to who you say you are.
Life shows us that when one lives contrary to what their core beliefs are they get all discombobulated, that's another fancy word for all messed up. We as Christians are the most prone to fall into this cognitive dissonance trap. We have tons of core beliefs, and values, and in addition to all of our beliefs and values we also have our own personal lists of do's and don'ts.
Having said that, let me ask this question of you...do you really live your life like God is present and active in all details of your existence? Do you practice the presence of God in your life. Can the Child of God expect to live in the presence of God? The answer is clear, for those who are saved have God’s presence with them. Did not Jesus say, " I am with you always"?
Are you living your Christian life as a Deist or a Theist? If you are not practicing the presence of God in your life by praying, thinking and dwelling on the things of God...if you are not actively seeking those things that are above you are really a Deist by practice.
The Psalmist had it right when he exclaimed, “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore” ( Psalm 16:11). Let me ask you another question, hope you are not getting tired of all the questions, but they do serve a purpose, it is to get you to dig down and do some deep introspection, so here is the question:
IF JESUS WERE WITH US FOR 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK, WOULD YOUR LIFE CHANGE?
GEN. 28:15 says, "I am with thee, and will keep thee in all the places wither thou goest."
Don't live your life as a Deist, live your live as a theist. I'm using the terms quite loosely, but by Deist, I mean living your life as if God is some far off Deity, and by theist, I mean one who lives his life as if God is close and can be known personally. The balance for the Christian is to live within both the knowledge of the transcendence and immanence of God. While God is above and beyond his creation (transcendence), he has also made Himself knowable to his creation and particularly to His people (immanence).
Christian...live today in the presence of your God and your King.
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