⫸ Format Kindle ✓ Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart uk ❮ Book By Dr Greg K Popcak Ph.D. ⇸ Chapter OneMore Than You Can ImagineImagine that you were to wake up tomorrow to discover that, by some miracle, you had become a god overnight Not the Godomnipresent, all knowing, all powerfulbut a god in the classic sense That is to say, you wake to find that you are perfect, immortal, utterly confident in who you are, where you are going in life, and how you are going to get there It might seem ridiculous to consider at first, but allow yourself to imagine this truly miraculous transformation What would it be like to live without fear How would it feel to be completely at peace with yourself and the people in your life Imagine what it would be like to be able to resolveonce and for allthe tension that currently exists between all your competing feelings, impulses, desires, and demands What would change in your life as a result of your having become that sort of divinely actualized person Perhaps a better question would be What wouldnt change What Does God See When He Looks at You What youve just imagined is exactly the destiny God has in store for you The truth is, God really and truly intends to make you a goda being who is perfect, whole, healed, and, yes, even immortal So whoever is in Christ is a new creation the old things have passed away behold, new things have come 2 Cor 5 17 Christians often talk about being saved, but than being saved from something i.e., sin the truth is, we are saved for somethingto become divine The idea seems crazy, maybe even blasphemous, but thats only because we are used to seeing ourselves as the world sees usbroken, struggling, failing, and frustrated But when God looks at you, an eternal and boundless love wells up inside him and he sees past every doubt, every fear, everything you think is shameful or broken about you When God looks at you, he sees something beautiful, remarkable, and amazing than you could ever even wrap your head around In the words of St John Paul the Great, We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures we are the sum of the Fathers love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son Pope John Paul II, 2002.When God looks at you, he sees within you the fulfillment of every hope, every dream, every desire, and every potentiality In short, when God looks at you, he sees a god.I am not spinning some beautiful illusion The doctrine that humans are destined, through Christ, to become gods is a lost treasure that is at the very heart of Christianity Hidden in plain sight, it is a truth that can transform every part of your spiritual, emotional, and relational life if you know how to claim it.Become Everything You Are Meant to BeIn the following pages, not only will you discover the incredible vision God has for your life you will also come to see that the parts of yourself you like the least, the temptations that tear you apart, the longings you seem never to be able to satisfy, the desires you try to repress, can, through Gods grace, reveal the path to the new creation God wants to make of you Most important, you will discover, step by step, how to transform the weakest, most broken, and even shameful parts of yourself into the engine of your perfection.First, well explore the shocking truth about divinization, the ancient and surprisingly orthodox Christian assertion that God truly intends to make you a god and what that means, practically speaking, for your life today Next, I will reveal how your desires, even your darkest and most troublesome passions, expose the engine God intends to use to work this amazing transformation in your life Finally, I will present a step by step plan for cooperating effectively with the miracle God wants to work in you so that you might experience the deep joy that comes from both satisfying the seven divine longings of your heart and fulfilling your destiny to become the god you were meant, by God, to be.You Are Gods Theologians use terms such as deification, divine filiation, theosis, and, as I mentioned above, divinization to refer to Gods incredible plan to make those who love him into gods Although these words can be a mouthful, each term is just another way of saying you are destined for a greatness beyond your wildest imaginings Whatever crazy dreams you have for your life, God has you beathands down By means of his epic and eternal love for you, God intends to make you a godperfect, whole, healed, fearless, living abundantly in this life and reigning forever by his side in the next.The remarkable truth that God became a human being so that human beings might become gods is revealed in Scripture The Second Letter of Peter 1 4 says that through Christs saving work we become partakers of the divine nature Likewise, it was Jesus who said, Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect Mt 5 48 When we read that passage today, we often think it means, Jesus wants us to be really, really good, but Christianity has always taught that this verse means much Jesus told us so when he reminded the Pharisees, Is it not written in your law, I have said, You are gods Jn 10 34, in which Christ quotes Ps 82 6 C S Lewis notes the miraculous significance of this passage when he writes in Mere Christianity,Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas Nor is it a command to do the impossible He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command He said in the Bible that we were gods and He is going to make good His words If we let Him He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, dazzling, radiant, immortal creatures, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to Him perfectly Lewis, 1952.Early Christian leaders and saints wrote widely on the topic of divinization The authors of the Catechism of the Catholic Church gathered some of their prominent reflections on this concept in their response to the question Why did God become man The Word became flesh to make us partakers of the divine nature 2 Pt 1 4 For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God St Irenaeus For the Son of God became man so that we might become God St Athanasius The only begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods St Thomas Aquinas CCC, no 460.The Catechism isnt cherry picking random quotes from fringe figures These sayings come from some of the greatest minds in the history of Christendom, all of whom are universally respected by Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants alike for their scholarship and their sanctity Moreover, these few quotes cited by the Catechism are only a small sample of a much wider pool of similar quotes dating back to the earliest days of Christianity For instance, In the beginning, humans were made like God, free from suffering and death, provided that they kept His commandments, and were deemed deserving of the name of His sons, and yet they, becoming like Adam and Eve, work out death for themselves let the interpretation of the Psalm be held just as you wish, yet thereby it is demonstrated that all men are deemed worthy of becoming gods, and of having power to become sons of the Highest.St Justin Martyr, c AD 100165 Dialogue with Trypho, chapter 124 H e who listens to the Lord, and follows the prophecy given by Him, will be formed perfectly in the likeness of the teachermade a god going about in flesh.St Clement of Alexandria, c AD 150215 The Stromata, 7.16 book 7, chapter 16 From the Holy Spirit is the likeness of God, and the highest thing to be desired, to become God.St Basil the Great, c AD 330379 De Spiritu Sanctu If we have been made sons of God, we have also been made gods.St Augustine, c AD 354430 Exposition on Psalm 50 The idea that we are destined to become gods through Gods love and grace was supported by the Protestant reformers as well John Calvin wrote, The end of the gospel is, to render us eventually conformable to God, and, if we may so speak, to deify us Wedgeworth, 2011.Martin Luther also took up the theme of deification when he preached, God pours out Christ His dear Son over us and pours Himself into us and draws us into Himself, so that He becomes completely humanified vemzenschet and we become completely deified gantz und gar vergottet, Godded through and everything is altogether one thing, God, Christ, and you Marquardt, 2000.Perhaps the most shocking thing about this promise of God to make us gods is that it generated virtually no con troversy within the early Christian communities This is incredibly odd because the first few centuries of Christianity were rocked by epic arguments even about the nature of Christ Despite this, there is no record of any first century Christian seeming the slightest bit put out by the idea that human beings are destined to become divine through the saving work of Jesus Christ In the words of theologian Juan Gonzalez Arintero, So common were these ideas concerning deification that not even the heretics of the first centuries dared to deny them 1979 Indeed, Arintero goes on to say, This deification, so well known to the Fathers but unfortunately forgotten today, is the primary purpose of the Christian life.As you can see, divinization is a foundational teaching of mainline Christianity, but it is a lost treasure Of course, there is only One True God But we are made in his image and likeness and, because of the saving work of Jesus Christ, we have been gathered up into the life of God, and become partakers in that divinity.Why Should We Care But so what Whats all this to us Sure, its a provocative idea, but what difference does it really make It would be easy to write off divinization as just some moldy theological concept But it is so much Though we are often tempted to feel that our lives and hopes and dreams are burning down around us, deification is the blueprint that allows us to rebuild our lives from the ashes and become everything God intended us to be from the beginning It is the treasure map that helps us to rediscover just how truly wonderfully and fearfully we have been made Ps 139 14 Understanding deification enables us to finally stop running from our sins and instead begin running toward divinity It enables us to become not only our best selves, but so much besides When we embrace the idea that God wishes to make us gods, we are set free from fear and encounter within our hearts the peace this world cannot give Jn 14 27 Along the way we become empowered to resolve all the conflicts that fill our days with exhausting, petty dramas and instead experience radical, harmonious union with both God and the people who share our life Jn 17 21 Most important, Gods plan for our divinization enables us to stop the constant emptiness and aching of our hearts and sets us on a path of abundance and the authentic fulfillment of all of our earthly and heavenly desires Jn 10 10.Just as important, the idea of divinization helps place in proper context the central and critical Christian belief that we are broken and in need of salvation Prominent atheist blogger Neil Carter illustrates the importance of this belief in his article We Are Not Broken, where he writes of his frustration in finding common language with even progressive Christians who agree with him on so many social issues.But then I suggest that human beings arent brokenthey arent sinful or lacking something essential to their wholenessthat they just are what they are and theyre not supposed to be something else and then the conversation changes Ive just touched on something bedrock for them, immovable.This beliefthat the human condition is fundamentally flawedis so central and necessary to their way of thinking.If you take away human inadequacy, you take away the basis for the Christian faith If you dont believe me, then try it sometime Try to suggest that we are fine the way we are Not perfect, mind you Not flawless or infallible But not fundamentally messed up, eithernot broken, not wounded, not inadequateand watch what happens next They wont have it You cant take this away from them Carter, 2014.Carter gets at what many Christians themselves struggle to understand and certainly cant articulate to others Atheists like to think they are being optimistic about human naturethat it is Christians who are down on humanity But atheists like Carter are lost in pessimism without even knowing it From the very beginning, Christianity taught that humans were not meant to be merely human We are, in fact, broken gods Because of the reality of sin, humanity has lost its divinity, and it is exactly this life abundant Jn 10 10 that Jesus Christ came to restore You, and I, and Neil Carter might want to believe that we are fine just the way we are, but we are not godswe are not perfect and immortalnot yet, anyway, yet by Gods grace that is exactly what we are meant to becomeThis is the vision of the early Church Fathers their understanding of salvation in Jesus Christ But it is applied as never before, by a renowned psychologist, to our lives and relationships today This book is a prelude to true and lasting happiness, not only in heaven, but right now in our homes and workplaces Broken Gods is life changing Mike Aquilina, author of Roots of the Faith Gregory Popcak s Broken Gods is a canny recovery of a still startling theology of Christian life about our divinization Gods though you be, offspring of the Most High all of you, Yet like any mortal you shall die like any prince you shall fall Psalm 86 Popcak takes this idea seriously, walking us through the false desires the deadly sins that arise from our brokenness in order to discover the authentic desires that lead us to joy His is a hope filled, theological humanism that comes from years of experience in both clinical practice and prayer Tim Muldoon, Ph.D., theologian and author of many books, including The Ignatian WorkoutIn this excellent book, Dr Popcak makes the ancient Christian doctrine of theosis, found in so many of the Church fathers, accessible and understandable He shows that, in a way, everyone can be a mystic, in the sense that they are increasingly aware of the presence of God every moment of every day, and are becoming and partakers of the divine nature Anyone who is in the midst of a crisis, who is doing some soul searching, or who just wants to live intentionally in relationship with God and find authentic happiness, should read this book James L Papandrea, co author of Seven Revolutions How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change it Again.Today the Catholic and ecumenical evangelical traditions often speak of being born again, through the Spirit in our personal encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ But the early Church fathers described the actual organics of this rebirth through the Spirit as theosis, or deification Dr Greg Popcak has authored a great work investigating both the history and pastoral applications of this mystical reality in Christ It is a good read John Michael Talbot, author of The Ancient Path Broken Gods is rooted in this fundamental truth the devil doesnt have his own clay Sin, even the deadliest sin, is the distortion of something good Popcak masterfully reveals how even our darkest desires ultimately point to something beautiful, to a destiny beyond our wildest dreams, and he offers a powerful, practical plan for readers to fulfill Gods ultimate vision for their lives.A must read for anyone who wants to live the redemption Christ won for us Christopher West, Founder President, The Cor Project Author, Fill These Hearts God, Sex, the Universal LongingTo be human is never enough We were made to be We feel it We long for it But we 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