January 26: “God’s Profile Never Changes”
(Except When It Does)
If you didn’t already have a laugh over the cheesiest devotional title found in the book so far, well – you might be hanging out at too many churches led by cruiseship clergymen. But, seriously – “God’s Profile Never Changes?” It’s not just a cheesy title, it can be easily proven categorically false. Have Christians never reflected on the vast disparity between the Old Testament and the New Testament? Bah… let’s move on to today’s scripture:
Verse Of The Day: “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
Well, now – isn’t that convenient? Faith requires certainty of God’s profile never changing, but such claims are based specifically on the reader’s inability to ever test whether or not that hyopthesis is true. Under this trap of lazy logic, any cleric could make any claim about God or Jesus, heaven or hell, and hide from any questions under the guise of “faith requiring certainty of what we do not see.” Who would fall for such parlor tricks? (Oh, right… me.)
– delusion: an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder.
Word-Swap: Let’s see what happens if we change just one word of the supplied scripture: “Delusion is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Yep – that still works just fine.
Today’s Theistic Themes: Today’s devotional is all playing on the fears of the reader, all about protecting yourself from online con-artists, dishonest dating prospects, and other scammers who hide behind “fake” profiles, specifically reminding readers that we, “literally can’t accept everyone online at face value because we cannot see them.” Of course, that’s before the devotional ends with a single contradictory one-liner that such (wise) caution doesn’t apply to God because his “profile never changes.” Well, excuse me, but If I was really paranoid, I could always run a background check and interview friends and family of someone I meet online. God? He’s been AWOL for about 2,000 years now – file not found.
Short Secular Alternative: I’m not sure how general common sense, street smarts, and cyber-security are somehow a moral obligation to be included in a Christian daily devotional, but I guess I’ll just agree. Don’t believe everything you hear, and protect your passwords.
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