Monday, November 29, 2010
#209-Going "Deeper" (or to Another level or to another dimension with God)
Also let me preface by saying I may have done a post similar to this a long time ago, but i couldn't find it if I did.
Post: What is up with the Apostolic Infatuation of this strange "other-world" wherein if we prepare ourselves for by adding proper Holy supplements to our lifestyle (e.g. prayer, Bible, etc...), then we will be rewarded by God a la an all-expenses paid vacation (On Him) to go "deeper" with Him.
Seriously, the earlier parts of my 12-15 year old awkward stage were seen by me trying my hardest to go deeper with this obsessive reality of "GUYS, GET YOUR JUNK TOGETHER! WE'RE GOING DEEPER, AND IF YOU AINT ON BOARD, YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!" ..
or "YOU CAN STAY HERE IF YOU'RE TOO LAZY TO NOT SHOW UP TO YOUTH PRAYER, BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE WE ARE SO ABOUT TO KNOW THE MOST INNER CONFINES OF GOD WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!"
And it was all so incredibly weird..we'd sit there on like Sunday nights before church trying to pray ourselves into a semi-trance because in this weird escape from reality, we hoped God would show up in a tornado and be like "YOU ARE SO DEEP RIGHT NOW...SO DEEP RIGHT NOW THAT I'M GOING TO TELL YOU THE FUTURE!"
And when a few lucky ones did go deeper with God, their "revelation" was never in regards to telling us the Super Bowl winner for next year which would have made us all millionaires...no...it was all about how another one of us, if that person will go deeper, he will be a huge preacher preaching to millions of starving Africans...
I never, no matter how hard I jumped, could get past level one:
Hi. It's me Joel. I love you. Thank you. Sorry I watched that TV show with a girl in a bathing suit. And if possible, let me go deeper. I hate people. I shouldn't hate people. Let me love them. Revival soon, okay? TTYL!
(and as I wrote that, i can say that more or less, outside of a speaking in tongues in counter here or there, that this above prayer has been about all I have prayed my entire life with myself expounding on various elements of the prayer to elongate said prayer).
And one time, I decided to see what the Bible says about this stuff about going deeper...
Nothing about "New Dimensions"
Nor about new levels...
Nothing about going "deeper" in prayer (unless you count Paul's Third Heaven experience, but that is a far cry from it actually being a declaration that the "Third Heaven" experience is to be sought whatsoever, and if it is, the "third Heaven" is to be sought by weakness)...
And when you read the book of Corinthians....and how Paul condemns them for claiming a "higher Wisdom" and how much they were infatuated with speaking in tongues in church, you kind of get the sense that "deeper" is really a means of arrogance to "One-up" people...that
or an escape from facing the reality God has providenced them for.
But then the question is...why...why are we still aiming for this "mysterious unknown zone" where few have traveled and fewer have returned?
Next time I hear about a church going to another level, i will kick the entire building in their shin..Because all their deep infatuation for something that is not even discussed in the Bible, is not only an escape from reality, but also in a sense saying "this" isn't good enough...and I don't mean our sinful selves, because we are never good enough...but more so, reality isn't good enough...
The Cross, the resurrection, Acts 2, etc....none of those things are good enough, so we need more God as a Holy Ghost pleasure machine to which weird things happen and we are told weird thoughts....let's let such a concept die soon...