A Question

“What do I do with my life, Lord?”

“I’m sorry, at what point did you get the idea that it was yours, to do with as you please?”


Conversations With God

Photo by Etienne Boulanger on Unsplash
Photo by Etienne Boulanger on Unsplash

“Now I say, walk in spirit and you most certainly will not bring the longings of the flesh to pass.” *

Evangelical Christianity reckons that the newborn Christian is both alive and dead at the same time, a Schrödingerian nightmare of a person, with a ‘good spirit’ and ‘evil flesh’ warring until the day he or she dies.

Jesus, on the other hand, seems to be convinced that he came (among other things) to destroy the flesh, and that he completed the job: tetelestai, ‘it is finished’.

I humbly suggest we listen to Jesus on this one, and leave behind Western Evangelical lunacy.

“For you have died and your life has been hidden with the Anointed in God…”

When Jesus died, you died.

Your old nature, the evil-desiring part of you, died on the Cross 2,000 years ago, mystically. (…and when I use the word ‘mystically’ here, I mean, ‘it definitely happened, but we can’t scientifically explain it’.)

“I have been crucified along with the Anointed. And I live no longer, but the Anointed lives within me…”

Crucified. Dead. The old you doesn’t exist any more.

So where are you getting your information from?

Christians and mental illness have a long history together, a history that is attempted to be concealed by Empire and Legalism, Pride and Vanity, but one that, nevertheless, remains.

I am convinced that schizophrenic theological teaching, leads to schizophrenia. (And to other forms of mental illness.)

It is impossible to believe that you are alive and dead at the same time.

Either you are alive, or you’re dead: children know this. Western Evangelical adults, not so much.

That bird that hit the windshield is dead. Short of a divine miracle, it’s not coming back.

Zombies do not exist, and never will exist. It’s just not part of the Creator’s plan.

Yet we are taught that Christians are ‘some kind of zombie’ (to quote one of the very worst Western Christian rock songs).

You have died in Christ. And now you are alive in Christ.

So we return to Galatians 5:16:

“Now I say, walk in spirit and you most certainly will not bring the longings of the flesh to pass.”

And I say again: from where are you getting your information?

Inside, are you hearing competing voices? Not lock-you-in-the-looney-bin voices, I’m talking about the normal internal dialogue of most adults.

One angel on the shoulder, one devil on the other?

Competing natures?

It’s all a bunch of religious, Platonic, Augustinian, Calvinistic, nonsense.

(In case you’re not familiar with these characters, these guys, though they are pillars of Western Christianity, had a history of taking a seed of truth and taking it to an ungodly end.)

You died.

You were buried.

You rose.

Your old nature is dead.

Where are you getting your information from?

Are you sad? Lonely? Depressed?

All lies. These are all lies of the enemy.

Where does the enemy find a foothold?

In the human flesh.

And what happened to the flesh?

It is dead. Buried.

Gone…yet not forgotten.

Memories linger still.

Memories from that old man.

Lies that that old devil, the defeated foe, told you.

Lies that your hungry soul lapped up like a starved puppy.

Where are you getting your information from?

Life in the Spirit involves hearing God: hearing from the Holy Spirit.

Yet we are told, by liars, ‘you can’t hear God!’ Or, since you can, ‘you can’t hear God accurately.’

Lies. Innocently-crafted lies, but lies nonetheless.

Where are you getting your information from?

From the Truth? Or from lies?

You get to pick. As a Christian, you have the choice of where to get your information. There’s ‘the world, the flesh, and the devil,’ and then there’s God and the New Nature.

Pick your team.


But it’s not so easy, is it? At least, sometimes it’s not.

The old man and the devil, they made powerful arguments: a complete legal team, in your head. Judge, jury, and executioner, all residing between the human head and heart.

But the old man is dead, gone, buried. And the new man is alive.

“…and to don the new man, the one created by God in the righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

The new man is created by God, the old created by your parents. The old nature is dead, the new is alive.

Where are you getting your information from?

* All scriptures are quoted from the David Bentley Hart New Testament, an excellent read)