Objectum Spirituality

Having the controversial orientation of Objectum Sexuality, church organist Amy Wolfe finally married her beloved rollercoaster this past summer.  After 3,000 “dates” (or rides) Amy changed her surname from Wolfe to Weber, after the manufacture of the ride, that smitten her about 20 years ago.

Similar to Amy Wolfe, or even the famous O.S. subject Erika Naisho Eiffel (last name indicating her marriage to the Eiffel tower seen HERE), maybe we all suffer from O.S.?…That is “Objectum Spirituality.”

Objectum Spirituality (a.k.a. idolatry) is a past and present-time activity that the human race has “enjoyed” since their existence.

Recently reading through the book of Judges to my children, one of my sons chimed in asking:

“I don’t get it dad.  Why do they keep making these idols and worshipping them, instead of just worshipping God?  They saw the plagues, the parted sea, and God getting them to the promise land, but they still start worshipping other gods that aren’t real!”

And as those suffering from Objectum Sexuality can sometime be linked to deep social disorders, mankind’s “Objectum Spirituality” can also be linked to a history and “DNA” of dysfunction.

For the book of Judges (& storylines prior), it is quite evident that the idea of monotheism was a completely new concept for the nation of Israel, living in a polytheist world and mindset for over hundreds of years.

To hear of a God that was the ultimate power, subordinate to no one, and couldn’t be manipulated by cultic ritual was almost too much to handle.  To break the cycle would take time, and that is why God in his mercy and patience allowed Abraham and his people to worship Him, while also worshipping other gods.

But the issue of idolatry runs deeper then just the socialization under certain cultural systems.  To be human is to be an idolater.  As image bearers of God we all have within our fabric to rule with God.  However due to sin, this desire has been skewed, with longings and passions contaminated and transformed into lusts.

And so we all have longings.  In their original form these passions are good and pure, but are now linked to wrong objects like material possessions, rollercoasters, towers, experiences, and pleasant escapes. We have all made subconscious wedding vows to various objects and experiences.  Somehow we continue to believe that the job promotion, car, or mistress will bring the happiness we need and deserve…assuming God will never deliver such happiness.

Sure, the marrying of a rollercoaster seems absurd…however that very absurdity runs deep in all of us, with only the power of God as our cure to “Objectum Spirituality.”

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~ by Dave Smith on November 21, 2009.

One Response to “Objectum Spirituality”

  1. PART TWO:

    But not only do we still show our signs of idolatry in the longing for things and experiences, there are some who say that idolatry is also the REDEFINING OF GO. That instead of worshipping Baal or Molech, maybe we still redefine God to fit our box, worshipping our own version of God instead of who God really is?

    In the most in-depth study ever done on spirituality and teens a few years back the research concluded that today’s teens have created a moralistic, therapeutic deism…in other words, teens have created their own God as a “divine butler and cosmic ginnie.” Researcher, Christian Smith explained:

    “By moralistic I mean being good and nice . . . By therapeutic I mean being primarily concerned with one’s own happiness in contrast to focusing on glorifying God, learning obedience, or serving others. Finally, by deism I mean a view of God as normally distant and not involved in one’s life, except if one has a problem one needs God to solve. In other words, God functions as a combination divine butler and cosmic therapist.”

    Idolatry is attractive because it puts us in control. We can create our own God, adding stuff we want and subtracting other stuff we don’t like.

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