The Lack of Reality in Evangelicals

The evangelical movement in my opinion is in a big crisis, caused by oversimplifying, shallow theology and by a lack of reality.

The crucial question is: Did I encounter Gods ultimate reality? Where did the reality of God come into my life? In which parts of my life did I make a transcendend experience that formed my faith in God?

In recent times more and more people have such experiences outside of the church, but the church is the agency that should provide the possibility for such encounters and the place where these experiences should happen. More and more people encounter Gods reality in music, in art or other areas of their life. Sadly they immediately start doubting the usefulness of the church, cause they connect the failure of mankind with the church.

The church has to come out of its fantasyworld and ask itself: How is it possible, that more people are connecting with God outside of the church than inside?

If you haven’t encountered the reality of God, than sooner or later you probably will abandon your faith in God. The question is not wether you name yourself „evangelical“, „liberal“, „reformed“, „conservative“ or any other nametag, the ringing question that everyone has to answer is:

Have you encountered Christ, who is the ultimate reality of all spiritual things?

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This Quote Nails Our Educational System

"So we end up populating what we call the intelligentsia with people who are delusional, literally mentally deranged, simply because they never have to pay for the consequences of their actions, repeating modernist slogans stripped of all depth. 

In general, when you hear someone invoking abstract modernistic notions, you can assume that they got some education (but not enough, or in the wrong discipline) and too little accountability [...] 

Those who don't take risks should never be involved in making decisions!"

– Nassim Nicholas Taleb: On Neocons and their Mental Defects

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Who is crushing whom?

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
- Romans 16:20


Who is crushing whom in this verse? God is crushing Satan, thats clear for everyone. The thing that is not so trivial is this: How does he crush Satan? Didn’t he do it on the cross? That is the right religious answer, yes, the cross was the final blow, the ultimate demonstration of Gods manifold wisdom to the powers and principalities (Eph 3:10 + Phil 2).

But apparently there is still an actual need of crushing Satan right now, because he is kind of not dead and bothering with the christians in Rome that Paul is writing to. Now thousands of years later Satan is still active, still accusing brethren, deceiving kings of the earth and perverting our culture. There is still an actual need for some headcrushing!

The nontrivial thing about this scripture is that He is crushing Satan, but with our feet. God does not wave his magic wand and Satan is somehow crushed, he needs our feet and he wants us to be involved in this headcrushing. There is no place for escapism here, nor fatalism or some kind of superspiritual “God’s grace will somehow accomplish this without me beeing involved”. Your are still on the earth, you are not raptured yet, because God needs your feet to crush Satans head.

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A.W. Tozer – The Vacuum created by objective Truth

We are only now emerging from a long ice age during which an undue emphasis was laid upon objective truth at the expense of subjective experience.

Wise leaders should have known that the human heart cannot exist in a vacuum. If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh for enjoyment.

Our teachers took away our right to be happy in God and the human heart wreaked its terrible vengeance by going on a fleshly binge from which the evangelical Church will not soon recover, if indeed it ever does. Christ died for our hearts and the Holy Spirit wants to come and satisfy them.

– A. W. Tozer, Gems from Tozer (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 1979)

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Quote of the week – Jesus changed his priorities

"In the book of revelation Jesus is looking for christians who will conquer, now he is looking for christians who will be raptured. He has changed his interest and priority. Western christianity and theology has changed!"

– Vishal Mangalwadi

"Is the bible really a light for the nations or is it only the light to light my way into heaven?"

– Vishal Mangalwadi

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Quote of the Week

"Robustness is when you care more about the few who like your work than the multitude who hates it (artists); fragility is when you care more about the few who hate your work than the multitude who loves it (politicians)."

– Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

– Epictetus

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb about the EU, Decentralisation, Education & Failure

I believe that forcing researchers to eat their own cooking whenever possible solves a serious problem in science. - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The scholar Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains why he hates the modern education system, why he hopes that the EU breaks into more small decentralised states, why he doesn't like france and why he likes germany and how to treat failure.

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Adam Curtis – Hypernormalisation

We are living in a world, that gets more and more unreal and fake.

Adam Curtis shows in his documentary, how people cope with this fake life and how we adjust to the unreal world without realising it.

Deutsch: Wer noch nie den Namen Adam Curtis gehört hat, der hat jetzt Gelegenheit, das nachzuholen. Curtis ist ein Dokumentarfilmer, dessen Filmen hauptsächlich aus BBC-Archivmaterial bestehen, welche mit schräger Musik unterlegt sind und zu denen Adam Curtis als Erzähler seine Geschichten erzählt. Das ganze ist manchmal auch ein bisschen gaga, aber seine These, die er in seinem neuesten Werk plausibel darstellt, ist jeden Gedanken wert.

Wir leben in einer Welt, die zunehmend mehr “fake” und unecht ist. Wir fliehen uns in diese unechten Welten hinein, weil die Komplexitäten des Alltags uns zu sehr verwirren und wir uns nach einfachen Narrativen sehnen. Gleichzeitig haben wir ein Gefühl der Passivität und Gleichgültigkeit, denn wir glauben nicht wirklich, dass unsere Entscheidungen einen Einfluss haben. Meiner Meinung nach sehens- und bedenkenswert. Hier ist eine Seite, auf der man seinen neuesten Film sehen kann:

+ Watch Hypernormalisation by Adam Curtis
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