When the Gospel is a lie

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Personal Enemy # 1 -> Shame

I’ve been pondering lately what holds me back on my journey. I know shame does. Shame is normally deeply rooted in a person, especially those who have endured severe abuse, whether it be mental, emotional, physical or sexual. Shame is the feeling and belief of being flawed and defective. Before you even recognize it or can defend yourself against it, shame severs your soul and pierces you to the core with feelings of distrust, ugliness, stupidity, doubt, worthlessness, inferiority, and unworthiness. It makes you feel different. It tells you something is wrong with you. It soils your divine identity. There are some days when I expend way too much time and energy in this conversation in my head about what’s wrong with me. At every turn I am finding something else I don’t like about myself or another way I’m not measuring up. On some days, the moment my eyes open and feet hit the floor, shame appears and follows me like a shadow. It can be the master emotion. It’s that internal voice, whispering words of condemnation. The pain of it can be so intense, that you learn to numb out so you no longer feel it.

Too often religion adds fuel to the fire by telling us that God shares this same disgust about who we are. After a childhood and youth of abuse, I turned to religion to save me from my prison. Instead, it threw away the key.

What people often hear as the so-called Christian gospel is:

“You are a filthy, dirty, incurable scumbag. God is perfectly holy. If it were up to God you’d be tossed into Hell to burn in conscious torment forever. That’s what you deserve by being you. That’s how bad you are. Thankfully, God worked this out by brutally executing his innocent son by death on a cross. If you believe and accept this along with other central doctrines, God will forgive you. God will never be fond of a scumbag like you, but at least you’ll make it into Heaven when you die. In the meantime, you’re off the hook because when God looks at scumbag you, God magically doesn’t really see scumbag you; he sees Jesus instead. You will never amount to much in God’s eyes anyway. But how amazing that God loves someone like you who doesn’t deserve it.”

None of the above is true.

You are not bad. You are not separated from God. You are not repulsive to God. Jesus did not die to save you from God. Please stop telling your children this.

Too often religion tells people that Christ is of the same substance as God but that we are a different class of being, inferior and unworthy, who deserve eternal punishment. By reinforcing this sense of separation and inadequacy, the church teaches us to think and act like sinners. The religious notion of our original badness is a ball and chain that prevents us from embracing our original goodness.

 

 

Latest Comments

  1. colourmecrazee says:

    i soooo agree with you. i’ve actually experienced freedom since i left the “church built with bricks” …

  2. andygreenbank says:

    There is an ache inside us that is a little voice saying please tell me ‘I’m OK. Jesus told a lot of people they were OK – often the ones the religious leaders thought were clearly not OK. The prodigal son with all his mess and doubts knew he was OK when the father through his arms around him. I’m OK. I’m home. I’m loved. For the father it felt good as well – my son is home, i get to see him again, we can walk in the garden chatting in the evenings, my son is home, i’m OK

  3. andygreenbank says:

    There is an ache inside us that is a little voice saying please tell me ‘I’m OK. Jesus told a lot of people they were OK – often the ones the religious leaders thought were Hi. I had hoped to get your price to you this week but it has all been rather busy. I’m away for a week now but will be in touch the week after next. Hope you have good Easter break. Andy him. I’m OK. I’m home. I’m loved. For the father it felt good as well – my son is home, i get to see him again, we can walk in the garden chatting in the evenings, my son is home, i’m OK

  4. silvia says:

    I am also in the same position. I am an outsider though i never felt i was like them ever. The funny thing is that all people who think about God, truely in their hearts find themselves out of religious denominations, out of religious bounding. Thats why God said come out of Babilon, my people! Because we are outside the organized church doesnt mean we are without God as they tend to believe. what we are today is the result of Gods calling upon His people. we are his remnant and many more who are to get out of Babilon (the symbol for organized church).

    Many people tend to feel guilty. i felt guilty many times, this is because the society with all its infused pagan ideas had/has a strong impact on us. From old times people viewed God as an untouchable, holy and righteouss One and they believe in their sick, separated minds that God needs to see blood in order to save them, needs to see you are working your soul out to be right with God and even then, they were not so very sure if God is right with them, and because Christianity got so mixed up with paganism in such way they couldnt see the true face of God, they became separated in their minds.

    Only when you see yourself through the law you see yourself unworthy, because the letter kills, only the spirit gives LIFE.

    People tend to think that breaking the law is sin, or lets put it this way: SIN is breaking the law and there for you are a sinner. Many legalists can not see themselves as the Bible says they should see: wholly, set aside, perfect without blemish or wrinkle, holy. We are his perfect bride. It not an illusion, its not our imagination its really us!

    What you believe, what you perceive you will create. Thats why it is said as a man thinks, so is he. God said we are perfect in His son and He meant it, He even goes further to say we are His righteousness! When we will truely act upon this statements we will be fulfilling the vision that Daniel had in chapter 2, that big rock that fail into the sea and grew bigger and bigger, it is US! We are to enlarge the KINGDOME, that means the KING- DOMAIN. Our KING has already come at the cross, he equipped us with everything that we need, we are perfect and ready to be kings and priests in his KINGDOME!

    So, consider yourselves righteous because it is FINISHED it is DONE!

    I find myself closer and closer to God than i ve ever been before. We will go from glory to glory till the perfect stature of Jesus is revealed in us.

    May your heart believe that you are already abundantly blessed in Christ!

    Cheers!

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