Reflection. Magical thinking in the Church. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google translator.



THE MAGICAL THINKING IN THE CHURCH.

Magical thinking is a way of thinking and reasoning, relating the practice of certain actions (rituals, superstitions, sayings, designs or acts) with supernatural results. This is, for example, what happens with superstition and various popular beliefs.
For example: To think that if one a red ribbon is placed on the wrist, or hanging behind the door of the house, or somewhere in the car, automatically benefit from a protection against "the evil eye" that is against any bad thought you might have someone by jealousy or envy.
In this brief note I refer to evangelical Christianity, as with ours we have enough to talk about. You can see the magical thinking in beliefs such as:

1. Always leave an open house, or on the bedside table Bible. The belief is that the Bible protect us from any "evil spirit". paper and ink: The Bible itself is a book. What is written are just words. The Bible becomes a powerful weapon when the person understands and doer in his life.

2. Hang a crucifix or have one in the room "to protect us" that would use the cross as an amulet more. The cross itself is nothing. It is our faith in God and our walk the path that puts us under the protection of God and "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall abide under the shadow (protection) of the Almighty" Psalm 91.1

Magical thinking is also reflected in church attendance and meetings, thinking that we enjoy meet a ritual of protection and provision of Heaven. In my years of Church I have seen countless people attend various cults week and absolutely not understand anything that I hear, not even deal with trying to understand.
Also I have seen how people gather in the famous "cell groups" to see a text, without ever able to give a word to anyone, because they were not interested in understanding Scripture. But they implement their "magical thinking: If I meet this then God will help me because I did all this for him" to think that we will receive blessing to fulfill, when in fact will understand, appreciate, love to put God's will in practice.

In ancient peoples they practiced animal sacrifices, libations (offerings of liquids such as wine, oil or blood of the victims) offerings such as food, luxury goods, gold and silver, etc .. In this way the old soothed hunger and thirst after their gods, and through the offerings of money or jewelry extolled his "ego", receiving a supernatural help solve or get what they wanted.

Instead sacrifices for God in the A.T. (Although consisted of animals and offerings of grain, oil and wine) were not intended to "feed God" but the repentant bidder sacrifices a substitute animal as a reward for their sin (the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23):

7, "Listen, my people, I will speak; Israel, I will testify against you: I am your God, the one God 8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which always ofreces.9 I do not need your barn calves or goats from your pens 10 because mine are forest animals and my cattle I cerros.11 also know the birds of heights; all the beasts of the field are mías.12 If I were hungry, I would not tell, because the world is mine, and all that food contiene.13 Do me with the flesh of bulls, or blood of goats? 14 offer to God your gratitude, your vows to the Most High 15 Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me. "Psalm 50.7-15 NIV


Similarly, in the ancient pagan societies, men offered gold and silver to their gods to gain an advantage and be prospered. But God says, "Mine is the silver and gold of this world" (Haggai 2.8). Therefore, following the instruction given by the Lord in Psalm 50, if He is the owner of all the riches of the world I can offer him some money so that he is forced to benefit me? I Negociaré with the owner of the whole universe with mine, which will always be little?

But that's what they propose the pastors of Prosperity and heretics Link: ". Covenanted with God, give your money to him (but take it to my bank account) so God will prosper him to you" These Mercaderes the Gospel take advantage of magical thinking of their congregations to enrich themselves at the expense of their ignorance.

Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free "John 8.31b-32 NIV.

  • Being free of magical thinking, for that we have the Word of Life.
  • Being free from the merchants of the Gospel, for that you have the Bible. Look no magic in the Church, seek God and He will be found, because everyone who asks receives; If you search you will find; and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7.8 NIV


And if the place where you congregate works on magical thinking, is not a church but a den of thieves, flee for your life !!


Week 70 is about to begin. The word was given, the promise that we would understand if we were proposing has already been made (Jeremiah 31.33-34).
When time runs out Grace, and can not plead innocence for not understanding.


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