If I don't "like and share" every Jesus status, am I denying Him like Peter did in the Bible?
So, if I don't "like and share" every Jesus status which tells me to "like and share" if I love Jesus, does that mean I am denying Him? Can I do it three times and still be forgiven? The serious question is, Why do we feel a twinge of guilt because we skip fb statuses that demand us to "like and share" if we hate cancer, love our mother, love Jesus, hate child abuse? Even though those are great, supportive statuses, why are we left feeling like we love cancer, hate our mother, hate Jesus & love child abuse? Philosophical thought for the day: WWPD--WFB? (What would Peter Do With facebook?)
I think not liking and sharing is something that can't really be compared Peter's denial. Liking and sharing is like chain mail, and in this case, I'm sorry to say it really has no value. It's not going to convince anyone to convert to Christianity. It's not going to win anyone brownie points with God. All it does is play on your guilt and make you feel--well, exactly as you described above! And I feel like it's a kind of mean thing to keep circulating these posts to people and forcing the cycle to continue. I don't say that to insult anyone, but if you think about it, it's like forcing people to say "I love Jesus" instead of allowing them to say it freely as they please. In the end, no one is really happy about it--least of all Jesus, I would imagine!
Liking, sharing and accepting friend requests on Facebook has about as much meaning and significance Farmville. No one has the right to dictate to you what you "should" do in social media nor any other media.
I don't do any of those things on Facebook. I have a policy to skip them all. I refuse to be "bullied" into clicking some stupid button because someone says - those people who hate cancer, love God or whatever, will post this status, or press like.
God knows my heart and so I don't feel guilty or worry about things on Facebook.
This is a good question.
I think it is offensive for the FB images that say "if you love God, you'll share" as though if you do not love God, you won't.
Also, it is offensive to read "99% won't share this" because it is like a dare, which then negates the point of the original sentiment which would be beautiful without it.
If you share some of the images that make the most sense to you then you are not denying God, or Jesus in my opinion. You are one person with your own beliefs and therefore should not be compelled to express the beliefs of others just because they told you to.
I hope this makes sense, and God bless!
Seems contradictory for someone professing to be a follower of Christ to turn around and purposefully make others feel bad, bullied or un Christian-like if they do not happen to click on a button to validate their feelings of moral superiority... but that's just my perspective :-)
What a great way of thinking about it renegadetory. I wonder if people really realize that's what they are doing? There is a bully mentality in the Christian church -- you are right: There's a difference between following Christ & being Christian
Yes, it is called bullying and it isn't only on FB. I posted on my FB page that I had enuf of those and 1 of my friends got highly upset about it and told me to delete all those friends. I don't do that, I just HIDE the post.
Hi Lady Guinevere. I hadn't thought of it as bullying before until I asked this question. It really can be on a personal level. I think its good to hide the post, and agree not to delete friends -- unless they're harmful & not just annoying.
I think Jesus probably hates those statuses as much as everyone else. The more people post stuff like this...the less Christian I think they are. They look like posers.
Actions speak much louder than words or Jesus postings. Sorry!
It would be great if FB provided a 'do not like' button, because I'd be pressing it constantly until people stopped filling up the news feed with irritating posts.
Because you know how you feel, anyone can force a situation even if it the best intentions. Jesus would probably use technology to show us we do not need it, instead of "like and share" a post, Jesus would probably use this fb page to promote direct contact with people. There is hardly any direct communication with other people outside of media. I know I have even begun to do this, yet I have always enjoyed direct communication with people, then when you speak to someone the experience has feeling and emotion that you can see, words have no emotion, they have no feeling, all they are is words. It is what we do with those words and what are we trying to accomplish with those words. All I must ask is, did Jesus ask you directly to "like and share" those fb pages or was it a person who asked this of you? And in doing so, do they get upset if you do not "like and share" this link? Why would someone get upset if you live the words instead of liking and sharing those words!
the people who send these statuses in the first place are just trying to get people to remember Him, or are they? Sometimes I think they do it to get a name or following by associating with one of the most well known people on the planet.
You are not wrong by avoiding sharing these junk messages all the time. They make the Savior just another advert and no longer sacred. I agree with you. Sometimes I do share one that is good, like a message. I do not like all of these artistic interpretations of Him because they distract from what he actually did.
He suffer for our sins, felt all or our hurt and persecution. He felt the agony of each person individually. Then He died so that the price for sin could be paid. With no reason for us to die now, He rose from the dead and we shall all do in like manner. We will diew to shed off our practice bodies and gain an immortal and glorious body like His.
That is what matters; His atonement.
Continue not sharing if you like. Your keeping His name sacred and his visage out of it!
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