Modern Christianity: Social Darwinism 2.0

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Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” ~ John 3:5-8

These verses demolish so many doctrines, creeds, traditions, and systems, along with the ground upon which they stand.  Why?  Because so much of mainstream Christianity is man-made.

Enter the antagonist:

“Religion” is merely the projection of our deified personalities raging in an endless sea of slander and self-interest.

Put another way, “religion” is rigid, scripted, and scientific.

Enter the protagonist:

But think about the wind for a moment.  Wind is not too common a feature in Phoenix so these basic qualities very easily escaped me up until recently.

  • Background:  The word for “Spirit” (πνεῦμα = pneuma) is the same word for “wind” in the Greek.  They are interchangeable here, it seems.

Have you thought about the wind yet?  Notice verse 8…

“The wind blows where it wishes,” stated the Creator and Sustainer of the cosmos.

This sounds radically free, undetermined, and uncontrollable.  All who encounter it are at the wind’s mercy.  You just perceive and then respond, like a kite or a sailboat.  You flow.

“You hear its sound, but do not know where it comes or goes,” continues Jesus.

We might be perceptive, but we are SO small and ignorant.  

Being born again and learning to walk by the Holy Spirit is NOT like performing algebraic equations.  He is not near as linear, type A, logical, or predictable as our western society would have us think.

It appears that our theology is often informed by our science as we bow at the altar of reason.  There are those who want a Deity in a laboratory…

Remember, Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, a religious ruler (Pharisee).  It is the religious-minded who seek, nay, NEED these things.  This is safe and contained.

But if all we’re after is something safe, predictable, controlled, regimented, and restrained, where is faith and the appropriate object of such faith?   Gone, with the wind.

Hence, we march to the beat of megalomania and there only remains control.

My HOPE4Hipsters:

To my fellow marginalized millennials, if you have faced the remnants of religion as you sought after Jesus, PLEASE know this was not the open hand of our Savior but the stiff arm of subjugation.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17

To my fellow Pharisees, I completely understand your desire for holiness and exhaustion over the rampant hypocrisy that pervades the Church.  Something I had to embrace, before I gave myself a stroke, was that I’m NOT the Holy Spirit!  It’s scary, but it is SO freeing to release the burden of controlling others and just worry about loving God and them.

*** More on “freedom” next time as this is such a misunderstood and abused issue. ***

EmKite

“My heart becomes free and my shame is undone…Your Presence, Lord.”

 

 

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  1. Good verse ..I don’t see flesh and blood as the enemy. Religion isn’t the enemy. Pharisees, are not the problem. There is hope for atheists. There is hope for haters. etc. I mean we can fill in the blanks with those people we tend to give up on from a religious point of view. I mean what we have to realize is people are bound with doctrines of demonic origin or demonic twisting according to the flesh. It is kind of like we need to understand why we NEED to be born from above…we were dead…. (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brought death) So there is no fixing up a dead thing. Satan is Lord of the flies, he feeds off dead things. The first thing we need to recognize is are we abiding in death or life?. Life doesn’t produce sad sorry, bitter people death does. Fleshly religion is the natural result of dead people grasping at life still according to the wrong tree…seeking to save their life, but not recognizing the Truth. We will have to lose our independent life, to find real connected Life. Love, Joy, Peace Longsuffering , Patience are the signposts that reveal Life. You don’t have joy? Then in reality you don’t have freedom…something is weighing you down…your feeding off the wrong Tree! It is pretty simple but our fleshly understanding will always bring bitterness and death, but if we will humble ourselves at the cross and pick it up, we will find Life, joy and peace in Jesus.

    1. Author

      Hello, John. Thank you for your comment.
      I do not see flesh and blood as enemies either, however, I do see religion and Pharisaism as major problems within the Church (perhaps not “the” problem though). Despite this chapter being about the Spirit of God birthing people into His Kingdom, I simply wanted to draw out a very basic, fundamental truth often ignored in our pneumatology (doctrine of the Holy Spirit) – we are NOT in control!
      This obviously has huge ramifications in the realm of justification, but it also does in our sanctification as well. The life I led for approximately 15 years as a Christian was a constant attempt to get God in my box. I believe there are many others who do the same, but this is very damaging and it is undergirded by a lie (try boxing the wind!).
      My goal here is to encourage people of faith to allow the Holy Spirit be God in all contexts. For someone who was obsessed with control and used it as a litmus test for godliness, this is SO scary, but I can say now that it is SO freeing!
      Hope that helps clarify! God bless!

      1. A lot of what you say is refreshing Brandon. I mean we do tend to think we are in control kind of like Neo in the Matrix just before he takes the pill. (to use a modern illustration) The problem is we were less in control when we were fearfully grasping for control thinking we are in control. People think in terms of a vacuum, but we need to realize it will be filled by something and just like we recognize the Holy Spirit moves, many times the reason why He moves is more because we have not given room to Him. My point would be that if we merely react to something rather than really get free, we generally become most like what we say we dislike and judge in others. When we are free we are not worried about others control(that has truly been broken because we no longer seek the glory of men), and we have compassion and love rather than contempt and judgementalism. We are truly free and our freedom is based upon truth that liberates and the big thing is keep our heart free from bitterness, wrath, hatred so we do not grieve the Holy Spirit. It is easy to point the finger to become the accuser, the arm chair critic, but much more difficult to take the place of the servant , who knows the true nature of the situation but learns he must wait upon the Lord rather than trust in the arm of the flesh. And it is just as dramatic a shift as Neo seeing things in the real light. We cannot see the things of the kingdom apart from being born of the Spirit. And even then we need to realize God in His wisdom has given things to the different members of the body according to His will and purpose. (to keep us humble) Why then do we obsess over blind people? “let the blind lead the blind…” (see how far that one goes, but it is a lot more common than we think) Do we condemn blind people for being blind? Or heal and shine the light.
        9 “Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
        You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
        If you remove the yoke from your midst,
        The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,
        10 And if you give yourself to the hungry
        And satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
        Then your light will rise in darkness
        And your gloom will become like midday.

        New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Is 58:9–10). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

        1. Author

          Thank you so much, John! I really appreciate your interaction and encouragement.
          You are right; we all are like Neo! Grasping for more control so quickly displays our utter loss of it! Trusting and walking in the Spirit is what the believer’s walk is to be all about. Unfortunately, many play the religion game and execute Kingdom work through the arm of the flesh. We are addicted to control and receiving credit.
          Great verse as well.

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