It’s been a minute. I’ve been telling myself to read for the last week but never got a time when I could just sit and think. But here are some pre-reading thoughts for this week:
The topic of the Church discouraging people from reading Harry Potter came up again. It saddens me that many people can’t enjoy the well written stories of this book. But it saddens me even more that the morals of this book can’t read a certain demographic of children due to, well, religion. It’s easy to google search: “Things that Harry Potter taught me” and find many posts of lessons people have taken away from the stories. I guess i’m more connected to it because Harry Potter was a definition of my childhood. But consider this: maybe one of the lessons we learned in Harry Potter was to “Questions Authority” , and maybe that’s something the church doesn’t want children to consider.
“Throughout the series, powerful institutions are sabotaged to benefit those doing evil. Because the leader of the Ministry of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, won’t admit he’s lost control, many characters end up suffering. A powerful lesson for everyone, learning to question authority is a crucial lesson for muggle and wizard alike.”
Could it be that the church is afraid to lose control? To admit that less people are going to church? That Harry Potter books are nothing but stories with a good moral and don’t actually use real “spells”? Are they afraid that the children who read the book will think critically and abandon their religion? If everything was in God’s plan. Did he plan for J.K. Rowling to write her books and plan for the success of the franchise? Or did he plan for the Church to tell people to stop reading the book? What is it really?
Perhaps the people in church should consider this
“Which only goes to show that the best of us must sometimes eat our words,’ Dumbledore went on, smiling.”
Life Is a Temporary Assignment. Though I agree that life is short and fragile. I question the meaning of temporary. The actions you take every day and the words you say all have a lasting effect on this earth. The garbage that you dispose is definitely not temporary. If life temporary, aren’t you only encouraging suicides? After all. “Life is a Temporary Assignment”
- “You won’t be here long, so don’t get too attached. Ask God to help you see life on earth as he sees it.”
- …I just. don’t understand how this encourages people to live full and full-filling lives if you tell people to get attached. Then what’s the purpose of being here? If i won’t stay for long….i just don’t understand how this is supposed to be encouraging. If you went to some party, or you’re about to enter a relationship. and someone tells you “You won’t be here long, so don’t get too attached” then shit imma peace it?! It’s easy to ask God how he sees the world, as someone that “knows everything”. That’s like asking an inventory if his inventions are useless. Of course not. It’s their invention. I mean God already destroyed the planet once. Why can’t he do it again? (Ref: Lil Dicky “Pillow Talking” Hold up/ So god made the earth/ And god was like hold up, this shit is boring/ It need more shit/ God was like Imma put dinosaurs on that bitch/ Dinosaurs on that bitch/ Then he like why I put dinosaurs on that shit?)
- “Repeatedly the Bible compares life on earth to temporarily living in a foreign country. This is not your permanent home or final destination.”
- Is this why some people reject the idea of Global warming? Because our stay on earth is temporary? Bitch please. We’re screwed. I dislike the ideas that the Bible is constantly telling me that my life has no purpose (without God) and that i’m just a visitor? How do i make myself feel like I belong? How is all of this supposed to encourage me to stay in this life longer? If i’m just a visitor, i just want to go home
- “God says his children are to think differently about life from the way unbelievers do. “All they think about is this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.” “
- I’m sorry that i can’t afford to spend my time thinking about a kingdom, when all i want is to live a humble life right now. All i want to do is spread love, knowledge, and compassion.
- “God is very blunt about the danger of living for the here and now and adopting the values, priorities, and lifestyles of the world around us. When we flirt with the temptations of this world, God calls it spiritual adultery, The Bible says, “You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way” “
- *jaw dropped* First, I don’t see a problem with living for the here and now. It reminds me of the kids I tutor. Most of them are so concerned with finding the answer that they don’t stop and take the time to work out each step. I always have to tell them to just do it and write it own, and stop skipping the steps. This is the same. Why are we so concerned with what happens after death, when we aren’t even thinking about what is happening in our faces? Am i supposed to close one eye and open the other and just whisper to myself “it’s okay. life on earth is temporary. life on earth is temporary…….” Am I supposed to look at all the gun violence in America and tell myself “Life on earth is temporary. ” Second. Spiritual Adultery. If “cheating on God” is “Spiritual Adultery” i think this is an abusive relationship. How is this not an abusive relationship!? He’s literally saying to you. If you flirt with other people or listen to other people’s way then you’re my enemy. Going back to the Harry Potter thing above, i mean is this why they don’t want people to read Harry Potter?! This story book contains “temptations of this world” ?!
- “Imagine if you were asked by your country to be an ambassador to an enemy nation. You would probably have to learn a new language and adapt to some customs and cultural differences in order to be polite and to accomplish your mission. As an ambassador you would not be able to isolate yourself from the enemy. To fulfill your mission, you would have to have contact and relation to them. But supposed you became so comfortable with this foreign country that you fell in love with it, preferring it to your homeland. Your loyalty and commitment would change. Your role as an ambassador would be compromised. Instead of representing your home country, you would start acting like the enemy. You’d be a traitor.”
- i’m. sorry. what!? Wait. What about the people that are part of the LDS/Mormons and have to go on missions to spread the word? They were an ambassador of the LDS in America. But lets say they go to Japan, and they’re like “日本大好き！”(I like Japan) ARE THEY TRAITORS TO AMERICA?! OR THE LDS OF AMERICA!? or like. what if someone becomes Muslim or Jewish or Buddhist!? ARE THEY TRAITORS?! Is this supposed to be like Avatar or Pocahontas?! Or is it like that chinese movie 無間道 (Internal Affairs). Is this like the brother/uncle in Black Panther!? BECAUSE WAKANDA FOREVER! If i’m Agnostic. AM I A TRAITOR TO MY PEOPLE!? actually i would think so. i would feel like i’m betraying my sociological background lol
- “Sadly, many Christians have betrayed their King and his kingdom”
- Shit. i can’t stop thinking about the Black Panther now. WAKANDA FOREVER.
- “They have foolishly concluded that because we life on earth, it’s their home. It is not.”
- Well shit. if it’s not YOUR home, it doesn’t mean it’s not mine. Bruh. I still need to life here. You can’t be so seflish to say. I’m not gonna be “here and now” because your “life is temporary”. We share this earth and so i gotta be here and now so that i don’t die!?
- “With all the fascinating attractions, mesmerizing media, and enjoyable experiences available today, it’s easy to forget that the pursuit of happiness is not what life is about”
- well shit. if i’m not pursuing happiness then what am i supposed to do!? seek depression and anxiety? cuz i’m already there. So. thanks. “I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know/ Everything that’s shine ain’t always gonna be gold (hey)” – Kid Cudi.
- “It also explains why some of God’s promises seem unfulfilled, some prayers seem unanswered, and some circumstances seem unfair. This is not the end of the story”
- This seems to align with the LGBTQ slogan of “It gets better”. (But…..God hates gay people apparently. ) How do you explain this to people that are bullied though? Are they not supposed to live in the here and now (and find a solution to their problems) but instead just wait. Until they die to deal with these issues? If God planned all these “bad things” that happen. What does this say about his actions? “Hey i’ll put you through a trial to test you. But life is temporary, so if you die i’ll take it up to you later” ?!
- “In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life – longings that will never be fulfulled on this side of eternity”
- Why do you do this? Why do you sound like some needy girl/boyfriend? Why can’t you just let me be happy the way i am? Why do you have to make me feel sad so that i NEED you. You’re like some drug. You’re like a weed that doesn’t get me high, so that i need MORE of you. You sound like a toxic addiction.
- “You will never feel completely satisfied on earth, because you were made for more. You will have happy moments here, but nothing compared with that God has planned for you”
- So you’re telling me. That God planned for me to life with Anxiety and Depression so that I can be happy later on. Why. Why do you do this. Why can’t i be satisfied with the friends, family, and life that i love? Why must i keep picking on the imperfections and just live here and now!?
- Side note. This author quotes C.S. Lewis a few times in this book. HOW IS THE WITCH, THE LION AND THE WARDROBE OKAY. BUT NOT HARRY POTTER. Is it because C. S. Lewis is a Christian apologist?! Because have i got a surprise for you?! J. K. ROWLING IS CHRISTIAN. i end my case. (You can read more about the religious debates of Harry Potter here)
- “It is a fatal mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is material prosperity or popular success, as the world defines it.”
- I don’t know who told you that people who don’t believe are only concerned with the material life. But i can guarantee you that there are some “believers” who are very concerned with the a materialistic lifestyle. So what does that say about them? So do they get to go to heaven or not?
- “At death you won’t leave home – you’ll go home”
- This just encourages suicide. If my life here is so bad. Why can’t i just kill myself so that i can “go home”?
Points to Ponder: This world is not my home.
It may not be yours. But it is mine. And i will spend every day making sure that my time here is useful and efficient. I will spend all the resources and power that i have to make the world a better place. I am a tutor and my role is to educate the kids of tomorrow and that’s what i’ll do as i live in the “here and now”