Americans are told that we have the RIGHT to pursue happiness. American citizens can do whatever makes them happy. It’s our right.
Oh sure, it’s entirely not true, but still, it makes us feel happy to say we have the RIGHT to pursue happiness.
My pursuit of happiness, if fully acted upon, would lead me to no longer pay taxes. Try it. See what happens to your “right to pursue happiness.”
You have the RIGHT to pursue happiness, unless your happiness breaks our laws, is what the Founders meant. They attempt to blame this right on our Creator, but there is no common-sensical reading of the Bible that would lead someone to believe that God made us to pursue our notions of happiness.
Happiness largely depends on lust. Our body wants to feed one appetite or another, and is not happy until that lust is met. Happiness then, can be one of the most destructive forces in your life.
Your body will pursue its happiness until it kills itself. When fleshly cravings go unchecked–when happiness is never set aside–your body will narcissistically destroy itself.
It’s a five-year old after Trick-or-Treating. If there’s no mom or dad around, that candy will be gone, only to make a disgusting reappearance a few minutes later.
I have heard many Christians explain to me that their new theological views have transformed their lives. “I’ve never been happier since seeing this truth.” I’ve heard this phrase from many people in relation to many theological camps.
These theological camps don’t agree with each other, which more than likely means at least one of them are wrong, yet both reportedly make people happy.
–I’ve never been happier since coming to believe the doctrines of Calvinism.
–I’ve never been happier since believing Arminianism.
–Being saved from legalism has made me so happy.
–Being saved from hyper-grace license has made me so happy.
–My life is so much happier now that I’ve left ritualistic religion.
–My life is so much happier now that I’ve found the safety of ages old ritual.
On and on it goes. I’ve heard it all. It all leads me to this conclusion:
Happiness is an unstable foundation for doctrine.
Happiness may be a result of finding true doctrine, but true biblical doctrine has a cost. When Truth enters, the flesh gets pruned and it hurts. The end of the chastening pruning is joy, no doubt about it. The joy will come.
And, yes, there is joy from having come to the truth after living with it clouded over for so long, I’m not denying that.
My point is that happiness better not be your main instigator of doctrinal truth. Just because it “makes you happy,” doesn’t mean it’s true.
It very well could be that you are happier with your new theology because your flesh gets away with more stuff. Your conscience is eased because what were issues before, are no longer issues now.
It’s like the youth who grows up in stodgy Christianity going off to college and becoming an atheist! There is no happier man on the earth than this guy! His flesh can run free! Free as a bird now!
Of course he’s happier.
Happiness is not a bad thing, please don’t take me there. My question is: why does it make you happy?
Is your happiness based on your flesh spreading its wings? Is your happiness based on finding a group your flesh now feels safe in? Is your happiness based on the break your brain can now take from thinking? Is your happiness based on the liberating Truth of Jesus Christ?
Happiness is a poor judge of whether you have found truth. At the same time, if there is no happiness, you probably haven’t found the truth. But just because you are happy, doesn’t mean you’ve found the truth! Just examine the happy is all.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty