Life is not a board game

Warning: possibly disturbing and or convicting.

Life is not a board game. You don’t spin the wheel and move from square to square. You don’t draw cards to see your fate. Life is not a game.

Life is not a TV show either. In spite of that we seem to spend most of our time trying to prove that we’re not guilty. We know we are, deep down. The Christian at least must admit that much. Yet we still strive to prove that we are worthy of our salvation. It’s very American—older American anyway—to want to seem like we’re earning our keep.

But the only thing we can truly earn is death. That’s a grade school Sunday School lesson isn’t it? We’re all sinners and deserve death? It ought to be anyway.

And yet we seem to want to find the get out of jail free card. We want to find a way to extend our lives once more. We’re trying to push further and further past that three score and ten that God talks about in the Bible. We want Sci Fi regeneration treatments like scenes from Dr. Who where light shoots out of our face and suddenly we’re in a brand new body with no physical ailments at all. We want a Heinlein-esque utopia where any new body part or even a new body if we want can be grown in a vat for our usage at a later date. Heart disease? No problem—got a clone of your own right here in the tank. You TOO can BE Lazarus Long.

And we don’t care that its murder, which is what happens when you snuff out a human life. That’s called murder. Humans want to live. And why wouldn’t they? If this life is all there is, why not do all that you can to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Yeah, lets grind up a few million human embryos along the way, what of it? They’re not really alive until the second trimester anyway right? All along the way humanity is making a statement, that they don’t care what happens as long as they get to live. All the rationale of abortion boils down to convenience for the mother who chooses one or the father who forces her to get one. All the rationale for artificial insemination and selective reduction of implanted fetuses is about convenience and the fact that if we work hard enough, maybe we can get around the idea that God is the one who grants the blessing of children. God blesses as he chooses and yet we cannot accept that as sinners. Unbelievers have to have a work around for it. Because if I have a child, at least part of me is living on after I die. Even those who reject God cannot accept the idea of complete annihilation.

If we walk down this path—or sprint, as it appears that we’re doing—we prove that the only life that’s really worth saving is our own. The only glory that matters is that of the folks that are doing this research. Looky, my name is on that paper! So we are left with millions of frozen embryos that will never be used and millions more used up besides. All because we attempt to deny God his due, because we desire the throne the same as the god of this age, the father of lies, the prince of this world. Should we be surprised then that humanity is moving in this way?

I don’t think so. I’ve read many books and heard many sermons that argue that man isn’t as bad as he could be so perhaps ‘totally depraved’ isn’t a good thing to call our sin but I’ll tell you this: most of the time we are as bad as we can get away with.

The Word of God is not bound…are you?

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9 responses to “Life is not a board game

  1. you seem to be right on at the begining I got down two pargraph I will try to finish reading it

  2. Thanks for that, a good beginning is important and also for stopping by the blog.

  3. That’s a pretty depressing outlook on life. I think that God is a nice dude and he wants us to be happy with the lives He gives us and not worry that we’re going to hell every step of the way :/

  4. I don’t expect an answer to this from Adam as he left no link but he brings up a point that needs to be thought out. Is God a ‘nice dude’ who wants us to be happy? I think the Bible is pretty clear that God has good plans for us. But by us I mean Christians. You have to edit the scripture pretty heavily not to get the point that somewhere along the line judgment and wrath play a part. Try reading the Psalms SBC style where you read the good parts out loud but leave out all the stuff about squashing my enemies. That type of reading is where we get the idea that ‘God is love’ is the be all and end all of his character.

    If you are a Christian Adam, then no you don’t have to worry about going to hell every step of the way. In fact, for us to consider that anything we do or say could keep us in or out of heaven or hell is to think way too much of ourselves.

    The fact is that without justice and wrath there is no love either. The cross was just a waste of time and God not only murdered his son but did it for no reason.

  5. I know I’m going to start a argument but I think what Jesus preached was first and foremost LOVE, in all its manifestations. He lived that life, which I feel as Christians we try to be like He was/is.

  6. I think folks can discuss this without arguing–even Christians–so I’ll bite. Just a couple of things. First, I agree, he did use the word love a lot. I don’t think, however, that it was in the same way that we do. It’s an old argument, but its true. You can’t really love french fries the way Jesus loved us. You wouldn’t lay your life down for a fry.

    Second, I disagree that love was first and foremost on his mind. Obedience was and the glory of the Father. Think Gethsemane ‘nevertheless, not my will but thine’. What I mean by both these points is that Jesus didn’t just preach love, he showed us how to do it in the whole of his life and especially his death here on Earth.

  7. -more on Love, yes I’m not talking about the artificial or superficial type that people call love, like you say love fries. Nor the sexual conflict that some mistake for love. I mean the love as in love thy neighbor, the poor, sick, homeless the disadvantaged and one of the hardest love thyself

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