Other disturbing games religious people play include the absurd belief:
- that God cannot hear a believer who does not first seek sinlessness by asking for it.
- That humans needed cleansing but animals did not (who made unclean humans and animals?)
- That God has to do what he has always done
- That God can only say what he has always said
- That Love crashes and burns every day when believers sin
But we are not hopelessly trying to please God
Loving him never fails. Hope affirms that there is something to strive for. Our tendency to seek out sin and the condemnation of others shows the child’s game that most religious people are engaged in. They promise people victory and deliverance but they wear a permanent robe of condemnation and all kinds of illness, disability and lack of knowledge.
In our haste to imitate the people of Bible times we run from “Lord I need You” to commiserate about where we have fallen from, desire what “we have lost”. We were never in Eden, nor were we ever in possession of eternal life (and lost it).
God only restores things we had.
and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5