“You are brainwashed, Love.” #atheist
The blistering comment caught me off-guard. Tweets of Christians publicly mocked by the Twitter account, Brainwashed.
Are Christians brainwashed?
The tweeter’s cover photo, “Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.” Atheists attribute the statement to Mark Twain. But, research doesn’t confirm they’re Mark Twain’s words. Whereas, several sources note it as one of the quotes he didn’t say.
Regardless, I wouldn’t argue the meaning as falsehood. Religion, my atheist friend, and Christianity are dissimilar. The first, puts confidence in man and religious rites. Christians hold confidence in One man, Jesus Christ, God incarnate who came to abolish religion. His death and resurrection overcame sin and provided freedom from the bondage of religion.
One definition for brainwashed, “to effect a radical change in the ideas and beliefs of a person.” (dictionary.com.)
Do I desire to be radical for God? Yes. Have my ideas and beliefs changed since coming to Christ? Yes.
So, please call me brainwashed by God. Label me a Jesus freak. You see, it’s a compliment.
My father, an avid atheist for years, was blind to truth until he met The Truth. Jesus Christ.
10 retweets by our atheist friend and God’s truth.
(1) Karen Girl Friday: “Pastor’s wife who’s helped others find hope asking, ‘God where are you? Did we pray enough?’” Brainwashed: “You are brainwashed, Love.” Truth: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Peter 1:3 NIV.
(2) The Gospel Daily: “Jesus died for you, knowing you may never love Him back. THAT is true love.” Brainwashed: “Stop. Telling. Lies.” Truth: “But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 AMP.
(3) Christian Associates: “It is on our knees, that we come before a Holy and Mighty #God, Who is well pleased when we come before Him as one in mind and unity.” Brainwashed: “Filth.” Truth: “Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!” Psalm 99:5 ESV.
(4) God’s Love: “Reading the Bible without mediating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing. Brainwashed: “Almost right, reading the bible without laughing is like eating without swallowing. MENTAL.” Truth: “…his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” Psalm 1:2 ESV.
(5) Joyce Meyer: “It confuses the devil when he throws his best at you and all you do is praise and worship.” Brainwashed: “Oh grow up.” Truth: “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies” Psalm 18:3 ESV.
Brainwashed with God’s Truth
(6) God’s Daughters: “Praise to our God who grants us peace & rest in Jesus Christ.” Brainwashed: “Any proof for your gibberish?” Truth: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” John 14:27 ESV.
(7) Bishop Kevin Farrell: “Today, if we find ourselves worrying about something that is out of our control, let us pray for the grace to trust God in all things.” Brainwashed: “Stupidly relying on fairytales IS in our control though isn’t it?” Truth: “…My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” Psalm 91:2 ESV.
(8) TY Cash: “God is so good.” Brainwashed: “9 million children die every year under the age of 5. Please define ‘good’?” Truth: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” Psalm 136:1 ESV. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ …there is none who does good” Psalm 14:1 ESV.
(9) John Piper: “Here is how we know the Bible is true.” (Article link provided below) Brainwashed: “WAIT, is it because the bible says so? Thought so. Truth: “…the word of the Lord proves true” Psalm 18:30 ESV. “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” Psalm 119:160 ESV.
(10) Life: “Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” Brainwashed: “Almost right, it’s what you need when you have zero evidence to prove the fairytales you believe.” Truth: “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God…” Romans 4:20 ESV. “…so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” 1 Corinthians 2:5 ESV.
Prayer: God, radically change me! Line up my ideas and beliefs with Your truth alone. Brainwash every part of my mind with Jesus and Your Word. I pray my atheist friend comes to a knowledge of the truth and meets Jesus. Amen.
*Scripture emphasis in italics are mine.
*Bible photo by Pexels
John Piper message, How we know the Bible is true.
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June 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Uncategorized