Murder? Deception? Brain washing? Sometimes these are the wages of the well-intentioned imagination.
Ever heard of Slenderman? If you have a tween through teen in your family, and you are fortunate enough to have your tween share his/her thoughts with you, then you probably have heard of Slenderman.
Slenderman is a mythical man whose face was burned off in a fire. The legend goes that Slenderman’s entire family was killed in the same fire. Now Slenderman is seeking revenge by murdering innocent individuals.
Yesterday there was a news story on TV about two twelve-year-old girls who lured another girl into a wooded park and collectively stabbed her nineteen times in hopes of becoming Slenderman’s disciples. These young girls thought that Slenderman would favor them if they only murdered someone. Today the victim is still hospitalized.
Back some years, when I lived in the Toledo, Ohio, area, there was an on-going story about Kyle S. Kyle S. was an urban myth centering on Kyle being hospitalized indefinitely and attached to a kidney dialysis machine. The legend went that Kyle S. was denied any visitors, and that she was very beautiful.
Back then someone got the bright idea to lure men into an imaginary relationship with the mythical Kyle S., ultimately bilking the unsuspecting victims out of thousands of dollars.
Through the eons we have had God. Since the departure of Jesus from our realm we cannot see Him, and He does not talk to us directly, yet we believe. What makes belief in God different from the above examples of myths? Why should we believe? There is no Slenderman. There is no Kyle S. But there is, and always has been God.
Well, God is benevolent, and we have examples of His existence all around us. The birds chirping, the leaves budding, the sun shining. God is not a myth. God created all of this.
We also have the small, still voice of God, inviting us into true relationship, and, some call Him, that “inner dog,” offering us guidance and direction.
When things are going “off kilter,” we have our faith to cling to. God does not murder or seek revenge, like the mythical Slenderman. God does not deceive us, like Kyle S. God is pure Love, and when we stop and think about Him, He is all around us, with his benevolent and kind goodness. Have faith.
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