Every twisted game mentioned in this series is wrapped by the God Like game: I want it-I own it-You have it-I want it-then I own you and it too.
So much can be said about this game but in the movie Hunger Games, we see Donald Sutherland’s character personifying anyone with a god like attitude.
There’s enough in history to assess the evil behind any atrocity of those playing this game, but I want to illustrate this game player’s attitude by twisting scripture. That’s right – deliberately changing what God says – to be god like, and not like God. I won’t talk about Satan misquoting God to Adam and Eve. We all know about that impact on humanity.
So here’s one. “The LORD is close to those whose hearts are breaking and he rescues those who are hurt by that.” Ps. 34:18 TTB or The Twisted Thinker Bible. There’s no such Bible because this game player is too lazy to write one. They’d rather twist truth instead of coming up with an original thought.
Here’s what it actually says. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.” Ps. 34:18 NLT
In the proverbial TTB, this game player acts and feels like their heart is breaking and uses God-talk and the Bible to control others that they think shouldn’t hurt, leave, or be independent of them. They’re so hurt and pull on you to feel bad for the hurt! They control the storyline and out of jealousy make you pay if they think you act like you’re out of their control.
I’ve seen this god like game being played when counseling groups of men who did and said unmentionable things to or about their wives. Most of them were not crushed in spirit because of what they perpetrated.
In the NLT, the context is about the LORD’s people calling out to him for help. It’s preceded by “But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil….” Quite different from the TTB rendition isn’t it? These people were crushed in spirit by what was happening to them by those who do evil.
To mind this gap it’s imperative to see the difference between acknowledging the rights of others and demanding our perceived rights; avoiding and exposing double standards where what’s right for this game player isn’t right for anyone else; and believing that ownership of people only belongs to the creator.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Jn 3:16 NLT
There we have it! The creator gives us a choice. He won’t play this game. He respects our dignity and although he provided the sacrifice of his one and only Son for our sin/depravity – we still get to choose to believe him or not.
What other thoughts would you like to add about the god like game to end this series?