Moralistic Therapeutic Deism:
A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
God wants people to be good, nice & fair to each other (as taught in the Bible & by most world religions).
The central goal of life is to be happy & to feel good about oneself.
God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
Good people go to heaven when they die; or turn in to angels, as the case may be.
James 1:2-4 / Deut. 31:6 / Isaiah 41:10 / Psalm 121
Hebrews 13:16 / John 15:12-13 / 1 John 4:9-11 / Philippians 4:4-7
How have you experienced tragedy, struggles &/or grief?
What did those times reveal to & about you?
How do you feel about events/expressions like "One Love"?
How are they really good? How could they send mixed messages?
Review the 5 precepts of Moralistic Therapeautic Deism: do you think Frost is accurate & fair in his assessment?
How do these line up with Biblical Christianity? How should a Christian engage in these & people who knowingly or un-knowingly adhere to these?
(Read James 1:2-4) How can trails develop & reveal Jesus' presence in your life & situations around you? How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?