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  • Shame

    Far too many believers are feeling dirty, worthless and ashamed of themselves; shame is a silent, but deadly disease that pollutes the lifeblood of many believers faith. As a result, we feel unclean and therefore unworthy to approach God and have the living and intimate relationship that he wants to have with us. Shame prevents us from intimacy with God because it makes us feel unworthy and distant from him. God’s standard is nothing less than perfection and none of us measure up, if we did or we ever could measure up sufficiently righteous for heaven through our performance, we would not have needed a savior at all. For it is God’s grace, not our striving, that makes us accepted and acceptable. It is God’s performance through Jesus Christ, not our trying hard to perform, that eradicates our shame. Some of us spend most of our life giving up. We are tired, burned out, disillusioned, depressed, addicted to something. People around us feel frustrated by the huge disparity between our capabilities and our performance. They either pep talk us concerning our value, or shame us for not performing. No one can have a close relationship with us; we push people away physically and emotionally, and push God away. We are the ones in families, churches, and society that people take care of-for a while, until we are given up on because of our lack of response. For all the performance-based people around us, we are simply bad for public relations. Once in a while we find ourselves in an environment that shames us for being so defective, then we start trying harder, but it does not last for long, we are simply out of gas to start with, we merely survive.

    God’s Reconciliation of Man, read more about it (PM the OP for additional info please)
    Last edited by kathyv; 8th January 2014, 16:50. Reason: cleaning up some things!
    2 Timothy 2:15, approved where? At the Judgement Seat of the Savior. A workman worthy of Godís praise rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • #2
    Shame diminishes with the supply of alcohol to the citizens.
    Where is moral leadership?

    Families are destroyed by this drug, yet it is legal and
    has been coming to us, as an example from royalty, for thousands
    of years.

    Religion will not help where shame is concerned.
    The oulawing of alcohol will restore shame and pride
    to the citizens, and set good examples to the children
    as a result.


    • #3
      good ol Christian guilt eh

      try leaving the 1st century once in a while and your misplaced guilt trip will slowly disappear


      • #4
        Originally posted by tig View Post
        good ol Christian guilt eh

        try leaving the 1st century once in a while and your misplaced guilt trip will slowly disappear
        Good suggestion Tig -- but it seems that so many people enjoy the guilt trip journey.
        "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire


        • #5
          Money can buy happiness - or at least relieve guilt !

          I remember on the entrance wall of a big RC church in Batangas City, Philippines, l saw a big board with a long indulgence list, complete with price for each. It's a win-win for church and sinner !


          • #6
            Original sin is a doctrine which pro-actively encourages shame and feelings of guilt - given that it is a cornerstone of Christian belief I think it's a bit pointless to complain about Christians feeling shame.
            "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."

            - Martin Luther King Jr.


            • #7
              just as pointless as feeling guilty for something that happened thousands of years ago Andy.

              i get your point tho


              • #8
                Shame is a tool that Christianity has cultivated to the max according to this Bishop.

                I tend to agree with him. That is why Christians are told of a fall in Eden while the original Jewish interpretation was of the elevation of man. Not a fall. There is a lot more money in a fall. Think about it.