The god of Positive Thinking Is Too Small, We Need The Real God

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   7/9/2015

Is ‘positive thinking’ the secrete to life?   Well it can be, but only if you begin with Christ.   

Scripture begins with explaining how we were created, with intrinsic value in the image of God. 

And it goes on to say that we can live forever, giving evidence that Christ was raised from the dead and is alive today.   This means that our lives have meaning beyond our life time.  This is the foundation of joy, and it is so great that it can support us no matter what comes our way - the same joy Christ had.

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2 

This is unique to the Christian worldview.

If you don’t begin with Christ, then you have no real reason to be joyful.  If you were not created by a personal and loving God, than you have no purpose to your life.  Your life is only valuable to those around you while you’re living.  Since there is no purpose to your life, there is also no purpose to the lives of those that you love and therefore there is nothing to gain by investing your life into theirs.   It quickly becomes very depressing. 

Ok, what if you steal the idea that life is meaningful from Christianity without believing in Christ?  This is what the Atheists do, and what one of my family members recently asked me.  Here are three reasons why this does not work out.

  1. It results in making ‘positive thinking’ our god and the god of positive thinking is not large enough to explain all the realities of the world.  When bad things happen, we are unprepared and discouraged because the god of ‘positive thinking’ cannot explain them. 
  2. It forces us to lie to ourselves, to deconstruct everything that does not fit into the box of 'positive thinking'.  We remove or explain away everything in our lives that does not believe in our god of ‘positive thinking’.  This causes us to suffer when bad things happen, we are unprepared for them and cannot make sense of them.  
  3. It is a fake god or an idol setup in our imagination to replace the real God that we are avoiding.  This false god is inadequate and unable to explain life or reward us or make our lives meaningful. 

Optimism in optimism is not good enough.  We need the real God in our thinking or we will suffer massive disappointment.

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