Ah Marshmallow Philosophers, what do I mean by that? Well we have seen that stuff in self-help books, sometimes you talk to people and you just want to shake your head. When Rick Warren tells Oprah on his silly shared Life Class, that someone chooses to be happy that is more of what I am talking about.
There are new modes and "rules" for life out there that are different, and they are developing more and more levels of this stuff. Pay attention it goes far beyond what the self help industry has unloaded for years. Some of these changes in society have been very subtle. If people "choose" to be happy, does that mean that unhappiness or mourning or sadness is a failure of will? Talk about closing down compassion via lies. Talk about closing hearts to the truth.
Matt 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
So few realize how much nonsense comes out of the human potential movement that so many take to be Christian. Think about how they have life now all about what you can "achieve" and succeed in, but who determines what "success" is, and so much of the "success" now is formulated via fiat and by corporation. Who conforms the best, who matches the idealized looks, who is the happiest serf? Even the whole silly Life class stuff above with Rick Warren stating, "We are intentionally flawed to make us unique", about beauty is sort of a double message, a "flaw" according to whom? And why should flaws even matter? Sin does, but remember these types are discussing flaws that are corporate brave new world mandated--a nose that's too big, not measuring up to the fashion models, etc. Ponder that one a bit as the camera focuses on these pretty young women in the audience.
Warren sounds like he has been reading women's magazines off the supermaket check-out aisle. "Your own self rejection" is pulling people away he states, but really what does this do but help advertise narcissism as the solution? It seems that Warren and Oprah share the same outlook except Warren is shoveling on a Christian veneer to the whole New Age mess.
"On the show, Winfrey will talk with the mega-church pastor about the principles that guide people’s lives. She and Warren will talk about the five “cards” that make up a person’s identity: chemistry, connections, circumstances, consciousness and choices.
Ah the message of this world, your status is the only thing that matters. What is connections, circumstances, and choices related to? What is the summation of those things, but your titles, status and bearing in this world?
The idea of choices, is one the New World Order loves to shovel out, everything is a choice, they sell murder [abortion] to millions claiming it is a "choice" ["pro-choice]. Even above the techno-medicos in the kidney video in my last article, tell us the would-be dialysis patients will be given a "choice" to live or die while seeking to influence them. What kind of "choice" is that as an old person is told by a godless medical professional, that because it's cheaper to keep them off dialysis, they should not get it?
Oprah has taught that one's path in life is a CHOICE over and over. The easiest way to fool the deceived is to claim their whole lives are self-directed and every outcome in life is the result of CHOICES. To be frank some false religions run on this lie, where if you have not "evolved" enough, that is why you were born into a lowly state on earth, such as the Untouchables in India. Sure is there choice to life and taking responsibility, sure there is, but the marshmallow mystics and faux- Christians have sold it as the prevailing aim of everything.
Among the godless who do not see God's hand in people's lives, everything is about SELF-direction. You can see it on the Left when they go on about KARMA, and you can see it on the Right, when you see a hard core libertarian, stating that those who are poor have "chosen" it. What better for the global elite but to convince all the "plebes" their standing has arrived by "choice"?
Matt 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
One thing to ask yourself according to the world's love of status and the boxes they will toss you in, is who are you? A child of God should be among your first answers. We are defined by God, not Oprah or Warren's emphasis on the outer trappings. The world is becoming a place where the outer trappings and status is becoming all more important then ever before and the false church and their false preachers are just as interested in it.
Galatians 3:26 - For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
I found myself telling this one very depressed individual suffering from economic and other problems, I was trying to minister to, "Look some people are born in this world to very diminished standing, this does not define who they are. You must look to what God thinks of these things. The world will make it all about your status."
I have found myself quoting Luke 16 to more then several people.
Luke 16: 20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Read that about Lazarus, was he happy? [outside of his joy in the Lord] Failing to be happy? Failing to "have his best life now". Yes. What would today's world call Lazarus? A "loser"? A "bum"? Think about that one. I have dozens of people coming to me, telling me "They are losers", feel like failures", mean nothing" etc. Where are they getting these messages? While one wants to avoid the self esteem nonsense where they teach narcissism in the schools, what happened to these folks? Why are they do despondent? They get this stuff from the world.
One thing I am noticing that there has been a new coldness towards human suffering mandated via this twisting of happiness stuff. I have seen people who have been facing pain told they are "not choosing happiness". I have seen the poor told they have chosen their way of being in the world and they are poor because they have not thought "positive enough". Realize they are working on people on multiple levels. That natural affection stuff well Satan wants his workers to destroy that.
One problem in America is that the "forced positivity" types, often who took everything Oprah and Warren have preached to heart, do not have much patience for human suffering, or compassion for those who may be facing hardship. There is no "being real", that is shoved under the carpet for forced smiles and worse. Even cancer patients are told to "be positive", I kid you not and I know someone who went to a pink ribbon decorated room and breast cancer support group, who cried about having cancer and was asked to leave because she was being "too negative". Why there is a point to not being mired in despair, a lot of this stuff, has led to a false place of delusion, this is why as America the Titantic is about to sink so much of the populace, tells the "doom and gloomers" to go away. This is why we have churches full of the asleep. Anyone who sounds the warning cry, today's watchmen, are told "go away", you are too "negative". Biblical warnings about avoiding fear and letting not our heart's be troubled are twisted in support of this world view, but the Bible also says this...
Ecc 7:4 The heart of the wise [is] in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools [is] in the house of mirth.
We are living in a world where natural affection is being ebbed away. There are those who will tell you to harden your heart, and those who are "too soft" will never make it. One time I challenged someone I know who gave me "I gotta be tough, and win" line, and said, "Do you want to become just like those you tell me have no love for other human beings"?
But sadly that is all too common. That is the place people have arrived at. "Be hard to survive". That is the message. Many of the softer emotions of life, are now perceived as "weakness" by the endless lines of reprobates who have long turned their hearts and consciences over to coldness. I've talked about a narcissism epidemic that even the academics have warned on. What is narcissism but LOVE OF THE SELF?
2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Perhaps some here have dealt with people like this. It is a scary thing to happen, the most extreme ones do not have even the same emotions as normal humans. There is no desire to connect, communicate, it is often like talking to a wall of ice. The entire world's messages now are concerned about one being a LOVER of themselves first, even Warren's talk about being PURPOSE-DRIVEN goes with that. Does every life have a PURPOSE outside of loving and knowing God? How many die, in poverty, or in places where just day to day survival is the top priority, it is a twisting of human desires for false teachings and one of the main desire is to be "someone important"? The false teachers tickle ears especially by telling people, you are assured "specialness" in this world and it's all about you obtaining status and "purpose" in this world. Even the whole Dominionism movement is fueled by the message of telling Christians, you will be the ones on top! This doesn't mean people can't aspire to any goals, or try to seek paths that God gives them, but be aware of how they use this stuff to fool people.