Continuing where we left off in the last article on this subject, ‘The Eight ‘Christian Steps to Psychological Recovery…’, here we will take a brief look at step three of this metaphysical atrocity:
3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek” Matthew 5:5
Okay, let’s play a game…a variation of something I, and you, probably, played in the car as a child on the long drive to grandmother’s house. The game was called “I spy”.
In this case, we will play “I spy the contradiction”.
Too slow. I’ve already got it. But of course you are at a distinct disadvantage. I have in front of me all eight of Rick Warren’s disastrous steps to “recovery”, and, alas, all I have given you in this article is one. No matter…I still will concede that your epistemology is far more relevant and efficacious than Rick Warren does, I’ll bet.
So after reading this point my mind immediately protested. I’m looking at step number one, which reads, in part: “I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing.” Now, juxtapose that thought, which I criticized in detail in my last post on this subject, with point number three, again: “Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s control…”
Now, here’s the problem. If man is, by his very sinful nature (his categorical existential failure) unable to control his “tendency” (a bullshit term…again, if humanity cannot control a tendency then it isn’t a tendency it is an innate characteristic), then man has no appreciable “will”to commit to Christ.
Rick’s first point makes clear that it is impossible for you or me to commit our will to Christ because it explicitly describes humanity as utterly unable to act in service to the right/good thing, which naturally must include committing our lives and will to Christ. That’s the whole fucking point of step one, right? You have no will of your own. All your will is subjugated to your “tendency” to do the wrong thing.
You cannot control your tendency to do the wrong thing, therefore in every choice you make, you always choose evil, which again makes “tendency” a deceptive euphemism for never doing ANYTHING good at all, ever. Thus, you cannot commit your life and will to Christ because this presupposes that you are able to choose freely (and adding the word “free” to either “will” or “choice” is a proper redundancy…for there is no such thing as will or choice which is not free) to do the right thing on your own, which point one clearly explains you are not. Thus, how on earth can you choose to do the right thing and commit your life and will to Christ when choice is precluded by your infinitely sinful nature, which completely holds captive any “will” to do anything good at all, to the point where the “will” of man is an utterly irrational notion in the first place? Man has no will to do good, which means he has no will at all, but is a slave to the absolute determining force of his metaphysical essence of depravity…yes, THAT is the whole motherfucking point. Man’s “will” is always in service to sin.
This means that choice is an illusion…and if choice is an illusion then so is volition. For the volition of man cannot exist if it is bound to a metaphysical absolute of: EVIL. Man IS evil is the underlying assumption of all eight points of this list and likely of Rick Warren’s entire theology. Since man is evil, everything man does or what he thinks, no matter what it may look like to us or how we may define it, IS evil. Which makes the idea of man possessing an ability to choose between a good action, like committing one’s life to Christ, and an evil action, like rejecting Christ, completely false.
Thus, the poor victims of this kind of “counseling” are left to wallow in the metaphysical and epistemological wasteland, hemmed in on all sides by Rick Warren’s commands and counsel, and yet they are utterly unable to capitulate. They understand that since they are the root of all evil, being evil itself incarnate, they can no more hope to employ Rick’s counseling tips than they can hope to cook their own head and then eat it for dinner.
Thus, the metaphysical and epistemological assumptions which are at the heart of this evil theology create in man a passive acceptance of the totality of his own utter moral AND existential failure. Or better said: creates in man an acceptance of the totality of his own utter moral failure because there is no distinction between his moral failure and his metaphysical (existential) failure.
Man’s only hope is for God’s mercy…for there is literally nothing he can do to assuage his torment. It is as a result of his root existence, and thus, he is helpless against the tide of destructive consequences which God and the universe afflict upon him as punishment for his very birth. And since, again, it is God who is sovereign and thus God who is “justly” punishing him for his own immoral existence, how much mercy can the defunct currency of his hope buy him?
The answer is: probably none at all.
Which is why teaching Christians that there is no such thing as anyone committing any injustice against them, no matter how seriously or completely they are physically and/or psychologically abused, tortured and exploited, because they are so evil and thus whatever suffering and abuse they endure is par for their existential course as well as the well-deserved punishment for having the motherfucking audacity to be born at all, is the most popular means of curtailing any resistance amongst the laity in today’s Christian church, and of building a following of completely complicit and self-surrendering financiers and laborers.
What the church almost without exception STILL teaches today is that man’s only hope of any kind of remediation for the abomination of his own individual existence is through integration into the mystic body collective, which derives all its value and worth from the proxies of the Divine, the ecclesiastical leadership, who represent God in all His relevant forms to the unwashed and unenlightened masses whom God has given these pastors and priests, who are “standing in God’s stead”, to “shepherd”. And their reward for obeying God’s calling is all the fucking mutton they can eat.
And thus we arrive at the most ironical of terms found in Rick’s stupid list: “consciously”. “Consciously choose” he counsels us…and likely without the slightest awareness of just what a colossal boob he sounds like. And probably nary a blush of shame at his irrational imperative. Since man is unable to control his sin, because “sinful” is the moral absolute which defines ALL of man’s thoughts and actions (what Rick cutely calls the “tendency” to do the wrong thing), thus creating the absolute objective of man’s life: to be evil, there is no such thing as choice, as I explained.
Aaaaaand the logical extension of this idea is that there can be no such thing as consciousness. Man’s consciousness is rooted in his awareness of himSELF, as a distinct object from the rest of his material universe. Thus, the fact that man can refer to himself as SELF, implies that man is able to make such a distinction in the first place, and the ability to make this distinction in TRUTH…that is, as a direct observation of his tangible, material, actual existence, is a function of that efficacious (right, proper, truthful) observation.
But for man’s observations to be efficacious requires man’s rational epistemology…that is, he must be able to truthfully know what he IS from what he IS NOT. This is rooted in the ability to make an observable distinction in objects, including himself, which are a function of material reality, not “moral” reality, which isn’t “reality” at all, it is purely conceptual…a direct function of man’s cognition. For material reality is morally neutral, which makes “good and evil” thus a conceptual duality which proceeds from man’s ability to see what he materially is, and to declare it actual and efficacious and truthful and relevant, and then cognitively generate a moral paradigm designed to promote himself (his life) as an actual object which is rooted observable material existence. This ability is the root of man’s consciousness.
Man’s consciousness thus is founded upon and is a direct function of his morally innocent material SELF. But the notion that man’s material reality is a slave and utterly subservient to his moral proclivity (his “evil nature”) means that man’s ability to perceive himself as a material actuality (a SELF) is compromised by his abstract, conceptual moral failure. Therefore, what man observes is no longer a function of a material context (flesh and blood life) but is a function instead of moral insufficiency. That is to say, of the conceptual abstraction: evil.
And if man cannot observe himself as a material SELF, but instead he observes himself from a place of absolute evil…then what we are arguing is that the moral paradigm (somehow, and irrationally) precedes the material SELF of man. The absolute of evil is the place from which the material man, himSELF, is derived. Which makes, by definition, the idea of an actual, material SELF a total lie, being nothing but a direct function of man’s absolute evil nature, which therefore taints his entire epistemology. His epistemology can never lead him to a place where he is able to recognize himself as an agent/object distinct from “others” because his epistemology is utterly bound in the moral concept of EVIL. And if man’s entire concept of SELF is nothing more than a direct function of his absolute evil existential essence, then he can possess no efficacious (practical or functional or relevant) consciousness. Consciousness itself is not a function of “man” as a flesh and blood agent, but is a direct function of his absolute evil; his moral failure, which again must precede material existence. Thus, no matter what man thinks or believes, it is always and automatically evil. Which means that man’s “consciousness” lacks any rational definition. Consciousness itself is merely a direct function of man’s evil essence. Consciousness, like body, and spirit, and mind and heart and choice and desire and belief etc., etc. is simply: evil. Period.
Which means that man cannot “consciously choose” to do anything. Man can only act as a direct function of his absolute and inexorable sin nature, which can observe NOTHING outside itself, because it is absolute, and never mitigated by a rational and efficacious ability to observe any material SELF from NOT SELF, thus making consciousness impossible.
Therefore, point number three of Rick Warren’s steps to “recovery” is nothing more than a self-contradicting, impossible travesty of evil thinking and madness under the guise of compassion and rational consistency. It is logic being burned at the stake of mystic tyranny.