Yes, I know I spelled hypocrisy wrong...
Hypocrisy in religion, evil in the world, manipulation and fraud through religion, cause of wars and conflict, science has evidence, religion doesn't have evidence, crutch for the weak... so on and so forth.
The purpose of this video is to put all these reasons into one video, and to show that I understand where most of you are coming from...
At the end of the day, when you are emotionally drained and aren't really walking around smiling or in a good mood (although you're not in a BAD mood either), it doesn't mean you have dropped in your spirit.
Sometimes our body becomes tired and emotionally drained, but it does NOT mean that you're in a wrong state before God. It is completely okay to be emotionally tired. HOWEVER, if you mistaken your state and start listening to what your body wants in order to make itself happy, and those things do not align with the desires of your spirit, then you are in trouble. Also, if you become easily irritated and your emotional state begins to affect your spirit, you are also in trouble. You will end up doing fleshly things which seem to make you happy in your emotions, but they leave you spiritually empty, and as a result you'll feel drained in your emotions AND your spirit.
I have an important revelation to share that may set you free (If you're a Christian).
You are not your body. Your body will always have the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, it will not go away until the day you die. Once you accept that fact, you can stop fighting your flesh, because it is a useless pursuit.
When your body desires something, it doesn't mean that YOU do. "My body wants this, my eyes want that, but I want neither, I want to do the will of God because that pleases me." Both the desire of the flesh and the desire of the spirit will be present at the same time until we die and are given a new body. All you have to do is realize that when your flesh asks for something, YOU don't want it [if you truly don't], and you can let the desire remain while you simply do what the spirit calls you to. This applies to wanting something that your neighbor possesses, sexual desire, eating the wrong foods or overindulging yourself, laziness, etc. By this you will take your body captive into obedience to Christ.
Girls are almost nude in commercials, advertisements, websites, pictures, and even selfies. STOP SELLING YOUR BODY. Do you not know people absolutely don't care about YOU when they are looking at you half nude? They don't care about your personality, your character, or most of all, your soul. You're an icon for their lust. They look at you to entertain themselves or think about all the dirty things they can do with you. Why would you give them a way to do this? Why?
"But now,after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain." - Galatians 4:9 - 11
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday,or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." - Colossians 2: 16 - 17
"Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD." - Proverbs 18:22
Now there are two ways that we can find something: we can search for it until we find what we are looking for, or, we can go about our way , and come across something as we travel along. I understand that in this verse, the latter is meant. We come across a wife, or as Abraham's servant put it, when he was going to Isaac's relatives to "find" a wife for him, "Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of His mercy and His truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren. (Genesis 24:27) Might each Christian be able to say, "I being in the way, the LORD led me to __________, to be the One for me to marry."
Here we see that the basis of salvation is faith (trust, or belief), not works; and it is given to those who have faith in this means of salvation. Now faith is not faith, unless it has an object that it is trusting in. (Something that it believes.)
Fortress gets a lot of requests on how to stop the addiction of lust. Now an addiction is a state where you cannot get enough of what you are addicted to. In the case of lust, you can't get enough of what you are lusting after, and few people can contain it just to their thoughts! Ultimately we have to "act out" or live what we believe, and are thinking about it. Therefore lust is a main contributor to fornication, adultery, masturbation, homosexuality, and perversion (and sometimes murder). Once we have given into lust in our lives, we are inevitably drawn to higher and higher levels of imbalance, and perversion. (I am using perversion in the sense that something is being used contrary to the way it was designed to be used. In this case, against God's design for love, sex, marriage, etc.) We can liken it to starting to climb a ladder - we start at the bottom and climb to the top. (in this case, a "biological hand-grenade " ladder :) )
If I understand you correctly, a friend with benefits means a friend with whom you can have sexual intercourse. If that is correct, then of course, you would be down a little! In fact, you could be down a lot, since you are defying God's design and plan for relationships. If a woman sees that you can't respect her before marriage, and aren't a trustworthy person that she can count on before marriage, then how can she have any assurance that you could be trusted after marriage? I mean, you're acting like a rutting animal, and if all you do is follow your "instincts", then there is nothing there for her to commit to. Your romancing is seen for what it is, a way to get under the sheets, and is no romance at all.
The short answer is, "Yes, but not likely." :) This is because God sees the Christian as he is in Christ, in all the fullness of what Christ is. For Christ did not sin, and He is in the Christian! "Christ in you, the hope of glory." For this reason in 1st John we are told, "Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God" (3:9) So, if a person thinks it is hard to "live the Christian life", he is right, IF he tries to live it; because it can only be lived by Christ in you! And until He is allowed to live His life fully through you, you will experience the discrepancy between what you are in Christ, and how you behave in the flesh.
"All around are familiar faces,
worn out places, worn out faces.
Bright and early for the daily races,
going nowhere, going nowhere..."*
"The big wheel keeps on turning
On a simple line day by day
The earth spins on its axis
One man struggles while another relaxes”**
"I traveled the world and the seven seas.
Everybody's looking for something.”***
If we accept God's self-revelation about Himself in the Bible, then we know that He has revealed Himself as a Holy God that cannot look upon sin, and definitely cannot condone it, since it is an offense to His holy character. Sometimes, wee think of Him as just an enlarged human; a fallible, frail person like ourselves, so that we can hope that He will "wink" or "overlook" our foibles, follies, and sins. But He can't, and He doesn't. Hebrews 2:2 reminds us, "every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward." This is why God has to provide salvation, a way "to flee the wrath to come." For we are currently under "the wrath of God" (John 3:36), if we are not saved.
To answer such a question properly and honestly, it would first be necessary to try and clear the field of all the brush and weeds that would prevent us from understanding what God had to say about it. As early as 180 AD, Clement of Alexandria was correcting the misunderstanding that you can "go to church." He had to mention that the church is not a place or building. Since then we have another 1800 years of misconceptions. The church is not a congregation (from a collection of cattle); it is not a denomination (the Bible calls those sects and divisions); it's not a parachurch organization (a unique creation of religious man) - so it's not what most people conceive it as.