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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Empathy Deficit Disorder??
Now I have heard everything.

It used to be that being socially clueless, more than a tad self absorbed, and emotionally distant - these were things that explained why it is that you come across as such a cold person. Really, the truth is, you are just so utterly into yourself, you don't really care about others unless doing so will benefit you in some way, or unless failing to do so will impact you negatively.

When the veneer of our sin is rather thin, we tend to act and react in a way that looks (more or less) more like the real state of our heart than those who have learned that better social skills means a higher quality return on self investment.

Yeah, I have rose coloured glasses, baby, rose coloured glasses.

Anyway, now it seems there is yet another label with which to paint over our sinfulness; a new label to re-cast ourselves into the tired old role of victim yet again - we are callous, yes, we suffer from a "disorder" - as if normally people are empathetic, and our lack of empathy were some sort of chemical problem.

Apparently, unlike the rest of nature, humans are generous and selfless at heart, and those who aren't are broken in some way.

Anyway, clearly I suffer from this disorder, as I lack empathy on a daily basis. Yet I find that understanding who I am in Christ and who I am without Him makes my sinfulness something I am not inclined to excuse as a malady, but rather something I am inclined to seek deliverance from under its dominion - not through group therapy or medicine, but through a right understanding of all that Christ did for me (sin sick as I am), and through the love that springs out of that understanding - the love that springs from faith, has overcome, is overcoming, and will overcome all that the flesh, the world, and the enemy throw at me, or you, if indeed we are in Christ; we overcome, period.

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posted by Daniel @ 1:19 PM  
  • At 5:32 PM, June 18, 2008, Blogger Marcian said…

    I am beginning to understand all of this, glory be to God. I am thankful He doesn't leave us in that blinded state, though we be for a while as one who sees "men as trees, walking."

    Timely thoughts, as usual.

  • At 9:19 AM, June 19, 2008, Blogger David said…

    I read about this here. It just amazes me that the author can't see the absurdity of it, that after writing such foolishness, he can still take himself seriously.

  • At 9:34 AM, June 19, 2008, Blogger Daniel said…

    Marcian - amen.

    David - I can't remember where I read it first - I think on a link that took me to some Oprah thing, but as I read it I began to lament that secular society is clearly showing signs of Reality Distortion Disorder (RDD ™). Sigh.

  • At 10:54 PM, June 19, 2008, Blogger Lisa said…

    ugh... if this were a true disorder than just about every man on the planet would be inflicted with it. :-/

  • At 11:00 PM, June 19, 2008, Blogger Lisa said…

    RDD... that's funny!!!

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