Juicy fruit

This is just too plain juicy to not dedicate its own attention. On a post regarding the improvement of human society, with an intent to inflame believers against each other, this observation was made by viole twisp:

I always find it interesting that they assume atheists are, relative to them, living a debauched life of ‘sin’. I do think Christianity has a tendency to attract quite messed up people with low self-esteem who have difficulty controlling themselves – it’s the only thing that accounts for this kind of projection.

So let’s take a gander at what’s beneath the surface. But what is ignored, is the fact that the common atheist is no greater sinner than let’s say, a church going guy or gal who has perfected the skill of associating with potential clients. It is just that the atheist must cloak his/her disdain of Christianity by comparing his ‘superior’ life of not needing the so-called crutches of faith.

But the ‘attraction of messed up people….with low self esteem…….who have trouble controlling themselves……..’  Ouch.

How then do we explain the ‘attraction’ of Saul of Tarsus, to the religion he once despised? No self-esteem problem there. A man among men. A man of letters. A Hebrew of the Hebrews. A Pharisee of the strictest sect. A member of the tribe of Benjamin. Unequalled in his law prowess. Unparralled in his arguments defending scripture.  Exceptional in his passion for truth.

He was far from ‘messed up,’ yet his mental skills would embarrass any modern psychologist with his defense of creation alone. But Christianity attracts all kinds of misfits, yep, truth be told. Such castaways as scientists, engineers, lawyers, heart surgeons, bus mechanics, electricians, bricklayers, microbiologists, bridge painters, nurse aides, tailors, poets, senators, and even self-righteous law-keeping scribes.

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So let’s fix this. Christianity attracts people who have tasted all the world’s attractions and have hungered for the truth of life, and have enjoyed a life of truth in return. Christianity is in a nutshell, about life. It is not about putting a new suit of clothes on a mannequin. It is not about being a ‘better’ person. It is about a dead man having life.  Sober but true.

It is simply carrying the banner of identification with the sons of Adam, who while being created in the image of God, have marred this image in a thousand ways, but who have also found that the Lord of creation, He is God, and He is good, and that He is actually for us.

Like a candle in a dark room, He offers light to the powerless, they who stumble in darkness, and while citing believers as ‘ones who cannot control themselves,’  we simply bow the knee to He who controls everything.

The creation of the sun as the greater light is no small feat I tell ya. ‘Controlling’ the distance from earth, and the temperature….then there is the moon. That demure sight of nightly elegance which demands reverence toward He who shows His approachable glory 24/7, that we have no excuse.

God is quite the gentleman so good people have noticed. So yes, consider me guilty of being attracted to the natural magnetism of God, as He attracts ALL people, of all kindreds, tongues, and nations.

‘Messed up people’ eh is the only accounting WHY people are drawn to God? Hmmm. Quite a few apologies should be in order then toward the above mentioned scientists, lawyers, engineers, and people of all stripes, who have only recognized that all questions have been answered by He whose understanding is infinite.

Well then, messed up I am, as I cast my lot with Saul of Tarsus, then Paul the apostle, and countless millions who have opened their eyes and have turned from darkness to light, unto the only true and living God, who has revealed Himself in and through  the person, work, and worth of the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom all things consist, whether they be seen or unseen.

And as a bonus reminder, the life and times of Paul the apostle puts to rest once and for all the absurd idea that Christianity attracts people with no self esteem, and people who have ‘control’ issues. That’s some real bad juicy fruit there, stale even.

Taste and see, that the Lord, He is good. He alone satisfies.

https://violetwisp.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/what-is-a-god-hater/#comment-31418

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19 Responses to Juicy fruit

  1. Gosh!

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all blame the atheist mass murders of 20th century (100,000,000 and counting) on something as insignificant as a little mental illness?

    The big problem with atheists is that they are stone cold sane and absolutely serious.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Not sure about the sane part…………..

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        @ColorStorm

        An Atheist must either preen how courageous he is to accept the supposed fact that God does not exist or preposterously tilt at infinitely unassailable windmills, the conquest of death and a universe we can only begin to understand. The first course of action we call fatalism. The point of fatalism is to retain one’s sanity by accepting one’s helplessness. The second course of action? Rage, I suppose.
        =>https://letterpile.com/poetry/Analysis-of-Poem-Do-Not-Go-Gentle-Into-That-Good-Night-by-Dylan-Thomas

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Rage? Defiance against God too I suppose.

          I noticed that the poet had issues with ‘dying of the light.’ Even in unbelief God is called upon, for HE lighteth every man that comes into the world.

          But we must say, that the light of God is never dimmed, even by a temporary inconvenience and change of geography!

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          The light of God is never dimmed, but sometimes we refuse that light, and the light in our eyes in dimmed.

          It seems that Dylan Thomas was a man torn in two. His father was an atheist. His mother believed in God.

          As he wrote that poem, Thomas’ father was becoming blind. About a year later his father had died. Thomas died, wasting his health, latter in that same year.

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  2. Ahh, yes. Well in that case, I’m afraid I must cast my lot with the “messed up people.” 🙂

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yeah the better question is, ‘who isn’t messed up?’ but the initial observation puts believers in a cage like category of people having twelve thumbs and six eyes………

      The thought must cross ones mind, if these folks actually know any believers.

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      • It’s offensive to be forever labeled messed up, irrational, indoctrinated, stupid, whatever it is they wish to say about believers, and yet if you think about, how sad and lonely it must be to ride that hobby horse all by yourself. I imagine on the surface it may feel good to congratulate yourself about your vast intellectual superiority, but underneath it all you are so totally alone, disconnected from all the messy people, and trapped in fear, least you ever discover you are messy too.

        I sometimes laugh at these labels crazy, foolish, but in the back if my mind I’m always thinking, thank God for crazy and foolish. Pride is a terrible consolation prize and that’s all they have.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Consolation prize……..pride………….

          Ouch. But all too true msb.

          On the other hand, reminds me of Barnabas, that ‘son of consolation,’ who mended fences among neighbors, and was a true helpmeet.

          There are a whole lot of broken fences in blogtown alone, and the accusers 😉 would do well to see how some believers are actually spiritually medically equipped to apply your triage. 😉

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  3. I don’t know, I feel pretty good about myself–I suspect you do too CS—Wally does as well no doubt… as do the rest of the family around here who support you and support one another… as that is what the family of Believers do…as for those who are non believers, who simply “assume” that we are, well, messed up and are lacking esteem…is well, you know what that whole assume thing is all about 😉

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  4. Wally Fry says:

    Low self esteem? LOL.That makes me laugh for sure. I will confess to messed up sure, aren’t we all? As IB said, I will cast my lot with the messed up folks for sure.

    Assume eh? Well Julie knows what that means I see LOL.

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  6. Tricia says:

    Messed up and proud of it. 😉

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  7. Good thing I’m allowed to run with you other Island of Misfit toys Otherwise, I might just have to question my esteem issues.

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