2 – Blaming God, Others and the Devil

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Read pages 19-49 of Free At Last (2nd Edition)
–But It Wasn’t Me
–The End of Mysticism

1. Name several ways that people blame God for their problems.  What popular theologies are actually ‘code’ for this?
2. Name ways that we blame others. What responsibility do you have when someone victimizes you? What popular theologies are actually ‘code’ for this?
3. Name ways what people blame the devil. What popular theologies are actually ‘code’ for this?
4. Which one of these are you most likely to do?

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  1. 1. Name several ways that people blame God for their problems.
    – When a loved one with cancer dies because God didn’t heal him/her
    – When an unexpected tragedy happens, for example to a child
    – When a person has prayed for a specific situation and the outcome is not as “prayed for”. In this one is where I hear more complaints over and over. I have found that in this item, most of the time is because the motive of the prayer [a selfish desire] or the kind of request is wrong [praying the problem]. Most of the time we are the answer of our own prayer, if we just can see that “we” or ourselves are the problem, particularly our attitude towards the different situations in our lives. Change start in us and more likely the rest follows.

    2. Name ways that we blame others.
    We blame others when we are ashamed of ourselves, feel inadequacy or even “inferior”.

    What responsibility do you have when someone victimizes you? Stop it.

    3. Name ways what people blame the devil.
    When people made bad choices and doesn’t want to assume the responsibility of their actions. This is a highlight in the addictions of religious people.

    4. Which one of these are you most likely to do?
    At this point in my life I do not do it. I do take responsibility of my actions all the way doesn’t matter how intense could get. Due that initially this is a hard thing to do, the more I do it, the more natural and easy it gets–not to fall back. It is awesome! There is an aspect of this that I find quite interesting, this is “not to take the bullet” for anyone else, I just need to be responsible for the part that corresponds to me because it causes a “domino” effect, then everyone assumes theirs.

  2. Carol… thanks.. What I had in mind with “blaming the devil” and “blaming others” had to do with this: “What popular theologies are actually ‘code’ for blame?” as you answered in the God question.

    1. Sorry.

      2. Name ways that we blame others.
      – Marriage
      – Listen a message and applying it to someone else instead of ourselves
      – Excusing our present situations blaming on our parent’s mistakes or generational curses
      – Playing victim

      3. Name ways what people blame the devil.
      – The spirit of _______ influenced me
      – The mysticism [focus on the devil, the occult, mind control, conspiracy theories and end times], the belief that God is a mysterious god, fantasies or lotto mentality, breakthrough patterns, super-spiritual leading, destiny, soul mate searching based on fantasies].

      I do not not exactly in which category place “circumstances” and “the flesh”. I think something that was not address in the reading and I do not know if is going to be address in other chapters is “ignorance”, the “I didn’t know” posture.

      Thanks for taking time to go through my answers and point out when I miss something.

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