inspired manipulation

inspired manipulation February 27, 2013
inspired manipulation cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
“Inspired Manipulation” by nakedpastor David Hayward

Just imagine hanging this print in your office! Haha! That would start some conversation! No?

Here’s a fascinating verse for you:

“to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself deceitful” (Psalm 18:26).

Oh the wealth that could be drawn from that sentence alone! The wise writer knew a fundamental truth: there is a direct correlation between your condition and your conception of your god. Have you thought about the possibility that your ideas about your god are a projection of your own state of mind?

This is why so many people in authority feel sanctioned to manipulate, control and even abuse people. They wouldn’t call it that. They would say that they persuade, guide and discipline people.

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  • David;
    In any other culture, this kind of ‘manipulation’ would be referred to as ‘witchcraft’. Hmmm!

  • David, are you saying that
    (a) God tries to manipulate people;
    (b) that some people’s concept of God is of a manipulative God;
    (c) are you criticizing those who use the idea of God as leverage to manipulate others;
    (d) both (b) and (c); or
    (e) none of the above

  • not (a)

  • ESV has:

    with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

    The Lutheran Study Bible has this note: While God is good and gracious to all, He does not treat iniquity and righteousness alike. God is merciful to those reflecting divine attributes.

    I think the analogies to family life often work really well. A mother for example, has the work of feeding, loving and teaching a child. She, of course, loves each child, but one who is more easily led will enjoy a more positive image and relationship, but one who is always bucking, will have more trouble and view the mother also differently, even with emnity at times.

  • “Have you thought about the possibility that your ideas about your god are a projection of your own state of mind?”

    I think it goes the other way too; those who conceive of God in a hierarchical mode tend to view society hierarchically too, and tend to view hierarchy as divinely sanctioned. Those who emphasize the relationships between the three members of the Trinity tend to channel that belief into their earthly relationships as well. Kind of like the link between what you think and what you do: what you do reinforces what you think, but what you think is what motivates what you do.

    This is why theology is important. We must always be re-evaluating our theology, measuring it against Scripture, reason, tradition, experience, and I would add conferring with our brothers and sisters, and listening to the Spirit. When we are incorrect about God, that can have major implications throughout life.

  • really wish there was an edit button:

    should have said “those who are taught that God exists in a hierarchical mode”