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Sunday, April 10, 2011

God as Butler and/or Therapist

I've held off commenting about any specifics from the April 2011 General Conference. I wanted to wait for the text versions to be available so that I could quote from them.


The talks from the Sunday Afternoon Session reinforced so much of what I have come to believe and many things I've already posted on this blog.


For example, many of the points I made in, "Burger King Religion: Have it Any Way You Want It!" was stated by Elder D. Todd Christofferson in his address, "As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten."
Sadly, much of modern Christianity does not acknowledge that God makes any real demands on those who believe in Him, seeing Him rather as a butler “who meets their needs when summoned” or a therapist whose role is to help people “feel good about themselves.” It is a religious outlook that “makes no pretense at changing lives.” “By contrast,” as one author declares, “the God portrayed in both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures asks, not just for commitment, but for our very lives. The God of the Bible traffics in life and death, not niceness, and calls for sacrificial love, not benign whatever-ism.”
Heavenly Father does demand things of us. In Matthew 5: 48 it says, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." 


Heavenly Father requires great things of us all. 


How can anyone in Christendom argue otherwise?

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