Christian Hedonism: Biblical or Unbiblical?

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  1. BibleBob

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    I was wondering what everyone's thoughts on John Piper's concept of Christian hedonism was. I tend to agree with most of it and I was curious what others thought. If you're curious as to what it is check the online library on Piper's website DesiringGod.org.

    Soli deo gloria,
    Bob
     
  2. Bartimaeus

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    A quote from the site, "Pleasure is the measure of our treasure".

    Same old garbage, different line, prosperity gospel.

    Which can't be preached in China, or in any jail in America, by the way.

    Thanks --------Bart
     
  3. Dr. Bob

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    Hedonism (pleasure for the sake of pleasure, pleasure is the principle good) is antithetical to true Christianity which had a much higher goal than pleasing self - pleasing GOD!
     
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    Bart, you've got to read a little further. There is no way Piper's doctrine can be compared to the prosperity gospel.

    While I am a little uncomfortable with the choice of the word "hedonism," I understand the point - the greatest pleasure is found in pleasing God.
     
  5. Gunther

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    But our greatest enjoyment, pleasure, whatever, is found exclusively in God.

    So when you are delighting in the greatness of God, you are also bringing yourself more joy than anything else.

    It is entirely biblical and no Christian can afford to miss the message.

    It has NOTHING to do with prosperity.
     
  6. BibleBob

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    I would have to say I don't think I like his title for it, specifically the use of the word hedonism, but I think the core of it all is that we derive our pleasure from pleasing God. For the most part I think its very biblical, but I'm still pondering the veracity of his claims that we should use our own desire for happiness as motivation to please God though. I always have thought that we worship God because He is worthy and our benefit, our satisfaction is a derivative of that, yet Piper argues that we should worship God with the aim of being satisfied in Him. Any thoughts? And IMHO Piper's ideas are no where near prosperity gospel.
     
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    I have read many of Piper's works (including Desiring God) and still do not understand completely what he means by Christian hedonism. Its definition is unclear at best. Piper is a talented writer who sometimes writes in a manner out of touch with the everyday Christian experience.
     
  8. Pete Richert

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    First of all, Piper does NOT teach a prosperty gospel or anything near it. Second off all, he doesn't teach that our own happiness should be the basis of worshipping God. He just believes people will be truly satisfied when they rest completely in God, it will make them truly happy.
     
  9. Bartimaeus

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    "....and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it"

    2 Chr 34:
    27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.

    "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up".

    "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself....."

    Seeking my own pleasure in God or for God or to God still seems to "rub the cat the wrong way".

    Thanks ------Bart
     
  10. Kent Witcher

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    We must deny ourself in order to please God. Self denial is intrisic to God worship and service.
     

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