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Wit and Wisdom of Facebook

For some reason, one of my Facebook friends inspires quite a few blog entries. So I would like to send a shout out to Domonique–thanks for staying my friend even though we don’t work together anymore. I swear I’ve been getting half my material from your posts recently.

The chatter on Domonique’s recent status update gives us some insight as to why many people refuse to bow the knee to our Lord.

I used to work with Domonique, so I’m confident that she’s a Christian and the deeper meaning I’m drawing from this doesn’t apply specifically to her.

I have no idea what Domonique’s friend Taylor’s religious leanings are. There is nothing on her Facebook profile to suggest that she’s a Christian, but nothing that would suggest she isn’t. No Atheist As or links to anti-Christian/anti-Bible propaganda sites.

The conversation is typical for young, single women. Domonique is moaning that all the good men seem to elude her, and Taylor agrees. Taylor also says that even good men lie to their women. Then Domonique makes the following comment:

I know, i wish i could marry jesus.

To which Taylor replies:

Jesus had a big beard. I do not find big beards very attractive. perhaps if he were to shave i would be happy 🙂

I don’t know if the insight I’m about to offer from this applies to Taylor or not. This insight is meant generally, and I’m not directing it to Taylor personally. Taylor, if you’re reading this and I come off as though I’m personally attacking you, please forgive me because that isn’t my intent! But if you see yourself in this as a Christian and can profit from it, then please consider it a gentle rebuke from a brother in Christ.

Taylor’s comment is interesting in that it reflects the typical desire that underlies most attacks on prayer and original sin. Here, Taylor wants Jesus to change something about himself in order to make him more palatable to her.

The reality, for the Christian, is that we (as humans) are repugnant to God. We must realize this as a prerequisite for saving faith. Once that realization is made and we receive Christ in faith, then begins the long process of sanctification: making ourselves more palatable to God. Taylor (and most skeptics that I’ve dealt with) reverse the formula. Reversing the formula is idolatry.

Again, this isn’t meant as a personal attack on Taylor, and if it was perceived as such then I apologize. I only meant to convey an important insight.

For more information on just how repugnant we humans are to God, please see my essay on total depravity.

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About Cory Tucholski

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Posted on December 15, 2010, in Heresy, Religion, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. God, you pick interesting things to blog about.

  2. “The reality, for the Christian, is that we (as humans) are repugnant to God.”

    Didn’t God create everything and say: “This is good”? Héhé, I guess there must be some truth, in your view, in the Creation myth, even if you don’t believe it literally (if you don’t, of course)…

  3. If people are so repugnant possibly God should have designed better people!

    • Perhaps you could make that argument. But the will of God is perfect, and he doesn’t make errors. His goal was to reveal himself in his full goodness and glory. Our imperfections were necessary to effect that plan.

      Before you try to bring it up, I’ll say it outright: Yes, I am saying that we are means to an end. Read Romans 9. It explains everything I just said in greater theological detail!

      • I do wonder what drives people to believe in this kind of a god. It’s hard to interpret him as loving, when he creates creatures he knows will be awful and predetermines that a bunch of them will burn.

        If that’s perfect then perfect becomes a meaningless word, utterly detached from any human concept of goodness or quality.

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