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READ THIS!!!  Or read it below, I’m pasting it. What this creep is selling is harmful lies. Never let anyone tell you that any religion can cure mental illness. Don’t let anyone tell you it is a replacement for treatment. This is a very dangerous aspect of christianity and it needs to be shot down NOW!


The following is from HERE. Not mine.

Christians Can’t Be Depressed: Shift The Culture.

Did the title of this post catch your attention?
Perhaps it sparked something inside of you. 
A righteous anger? An adamant "But they can be depressed!"
If so, I commend your heart.

First and foremost, to clarify any misconceptions, “depression” is not simply a feeling of sadness. It is described as a prolonged, ongoing state of hopelessness or disinterest. It is not an emotion, it is a mental illness. 
I address this clarification because society cannot seem to wrap its head around the fact that a human being can be living a perfectly normal life, achieving great things, and heading towards a bright future, yet still want to kill him/herself at the end of the day.
It is real. It is misunderstood. It’s more prominent than one might think.

Now, let’s think about this topic in the realm of the Church.
Negative feelings seem to be a taboo in much of the Christian community. 
No, let me rephrase that. Negative feelings beyond the “norm” seem to be a taboo in the Christian community.
For example, when a person breaks down during prayer time, he/she is almost expected to jump for joy towards the end of the worship session. Why? Because the gospel brings joy, yes.
But what about the person who is still crying, even after everything is over?

I’ve been battling depression for a long time now.
Since around middle school, I’ve had ongoing thoughts of self-harm, complete isolation from loved ones, and suicide.
In April of 2013, I was a jerk of the wrist away from killing myself.
To this day, I have random moments of breakdown and nights in which I would like to disappear and be alone. 
Keep in mind, I have been the President of the Christian Club in high school, the main leader in my youth group for years, and a source of mentorship for others. And yet, I still battle with this.
There are millions like me.
And the Church did nothing for me. Rather, God did.
And for months, I had become jaded and bitter towards the place into which I invested my service and heart.
Does anyone else see a problem with that?

And so what if we shifted the culture? 
What if we turned it upside down?
What if we stopped making the church a place of obligatory service and mechanical motion, and made it a place of rest, genuine love, compassion, and ultimately worship?
The church doesn’t have to always be a happy place.
We don’t have to plaster on fake smiles, sharing surface leveled struggles, and then achieving a short-term remedy. 
The church should be a place where we can come with our real battles:
"The other day, I didn’t talk to anybody. I feel so empty."
"Today, I lied in bed for 2 hours just thinking about not living anymore."
"I don’t feel safe with anybody, I’m so alone."
And it should be a place where there is such a lack of judgement and such a surplus of empathy, that there would be no need to hide or sugarcoat the things going on in our minds and hearts.

Throwing a few bible verses at someone and expecting the problem to be overcome is something that the Christian community has picked up, and it frustrates me to no end.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not effacing the power of Scripture. But I am saying that the human mind is complex.
Sometimes a person doesn’t want to be told “to be strong” or to “pray about it”, as our Church culture has taught us.
Sometimes a person needs to know that there are people out there who will listen. Or that there are people who may not understand nor will they try to understand, but will simply be there.

Church, let’s learn to love like Jesus loved.

Perfectly Imperfect

Have you ever stopped to think how blessed we are to not be perfect.
Imagine if we were all perfect, the few of us that do know God would probably turn away and imagine the standards that would need to be reached. I can understand some people being a perfectionist about certain things like and event, to be honest I’m one of them. Just when I eat there is an order and certain way I must eat everything on my plate and if something is missing from a usual meal I feel like something terrible has happened. Haha well not quite that bad but enough of me. I can understand people wanting something to run smoothly no dilemmas no upsets but if life were like that where would that leave us. No mistakes means no lessons to be found in the mistakes. Some of the greatest things I’ve learned have come out of some of my biggest mistakes. So in saying all that I’m blessed an thankful that I’m not perfect. Though this is amazing there is something even more incredible amongst this. God doesn’t hold it against us. He doesn’t care that we are not perfect we can make mistakes without feeling judged. So the real blessing is that we are not perfect but God loves us all the same. So yay to being perfectly imperfect!

Baptism

Baptism is a repentance of sins, it is asking God to cleanse you of all the wrong you have done and let you start anew.

Everything we do, every single second of everyday can be used as a metaphor for how we should be living our lives as Christians walking with God. Take cleaning a paint brush for example. If you put water in a clear container and then put a dirty paint brush in the water you can watch as the paint is rapidly cleaned off of the paint brush and the water becomes a murky version of whatever colour paint was on the brush. The water completely cleanses the paint brush making it good as new and ready to use another colour. This is the same with baptisms, when we as Christians give our lives to God and then make the decision to get baptised God is the water and we are the paint brush. The instant you step into that water God is cleansing your life one part at a time. If all our sins were a colour covering us they would be black and you would see the crystal clear water turn black almost instantly. The point of baptisms is to be cleansed and start living life reborn like a clean paint brush ready to paint another part of the painting. The paint brush and water scenario also shows us how we don’t have to be clean and have everything right for God to be able to clean us. I mean it would be ridiculous to clean the paint brush with a paper towel and then be like oh well better check it’s clean and put it in the water. No one would do that. We can come to God completely messed up and have no idea what is happening with life as long as we trust that God is going to clean and help us. So just because you become a Christian and get baptised doesn’t mean you can keep living the way you are. You have to make a purposed decision to change how you are living and start living with God. It would all be pointless otherwise. If people could just keep recommitting and getting baptised every week. What’s the point of that? There is none. So in saying that just because you get baptised doesn’t mean everything thing is suddenly going to be perfect and easy and go your way, that’s not how it works. But what it does mean is that everything is possible. God has already won this battle for you; you just need to choose to let him protect you. 

Forgiveness

Hey so I don’t know if your aware of this but thanks to Jesus we have this amazing thing called grace. Basically when Jesus died on that cross He did it for each and everyone of us. He took away our sins before we had even committed them. Due to grace we are forgiven. No matter what we have done God forgives us. The sad thing about this though is that some people mistake Gods grace, Jesus’s sacrifice as a reason to do wrong. This is not the case. Just because God has forgiven us for every bad thing we have ever done and will ever do does not mean we can abuse that. Now this post isn’t meant to be all negative a target people I myself am someone who has done something I know in my heart I shouldn’t have done. Yeah it’s great that God forgives me for that but how amazing would it be if I didn’t need forgiveness because I didn’t do something that I knew wasn’t right. How great would that feel to know in your heart you not only did the right thing but you don’t need to ask God for forgiveness of that thing because there is nothing to forgive. Obviously there are times when we are going to do wrong unintentionally and these times are the times where Gods grace really comes upon you. The comfort in knowing that because of Jesus that one mistake you made is completely forgiven. Jesus died for us, so we could have a relationship with God. What a shame it would be to let Jesus’s sacrifice go unrewarded. It’s simple if you feel in your heart it’s not right don’t do it. This is easier said then done and yeah you might have to sacrifice something for doing the right thing but what you will get in return is so incredible you can’t turn it down.

Silent Anger

Sometimes it is better to just leave a situation well alone. Sometimes anger really does need to be addressed or it will turn into bitter resentment, other times not so much. Sometimes it’s best to just leave the situation well alone because addressing the anger will cause even more disastrous outcomes. When deciding how to deal with anger you have to consider is it really rational to be angry about what has happened. This is one of the hardest things to do, decide if your anger is warranted or if in fact you are over reacting. If it is warranted you need to consider who it is aimed at and if it’s aimed at multiple people do they all deserve your anger. This helps to avoid dragging in more people then needed. Next you need to consider how important the person/s is to you. Are you willing to put aside your own pride to work it out or as far as your concerned are you always right. Obviously there are other little things to consider such as how will the person react if you do bring it up, how do you bring it up in a positive mature way etc. But the basics above help you to decide if it needs to be sorted out.

A little is better than a lot.

So I was thinking today about how sometimes I can get kinda off track and not read my bible for a long time. Then I might read a huge amount or just pick up where I was. But the thing is a little bit a day is better than lots one day a week. Even if you only manage to read one chapter of a book that is better than none at all or huge amounts on special occasions. The bible is supposed to be a daily thing. Something as essential as water each day. The bible needs to be woven through our lives through every season not just the good and not just the bad. This is the same with prayer. Prayer should be a daily thing. Take time to thank God for just one little thing if nothing else. Praise Him in the good and praise Him in the bad, because no matter how bad the situation everyone can find at least one thing to be grateful for. 

Reading

Don’t you just love it when you can just read non stop for hours and hours and hours on end? Yup :) it’s so great and you can just completely dive into the book. That has pretty much been my day so far reading and tumblr. It’s fantastic although I definitely would prefer to be down in Sydney for Hillsong Conference this is coming in at a close second.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INANIMATE OBJECT?

Probably walls haha I’m always running into them and giving them hugs or the floor I constantly feel the need to get closer to it by falling over it, actually steps and me are pretty tight as well you know what I just can’t decide every inanimate object is awesome haha!

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