Moralistic Therapeutic Deism:

  1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth. 

  2. God wants people to be good, nice & fair to each other (as taught in the Bible & by most world religions).

  3. The central goal of life is to be happy & to feel good about oneself.

  4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.

  5. Good people go to heaven when they die; or turn in to angels, as the case may be.

 

Verses:

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

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How have you experienced tragedy, struggles &/or grief?

  2. What did those times reveal to & about you?

  3. How do you feel about events/expressions like "One Love"?

  4. How are they really good? How could they send mixed messages?

  5. Review the 5 precepts of Moralistic Therapeautic Deism: do you think Frost is accurate & fair in his assessment?

  6. How do these line up with Biblical Christianity? How should a Christian engage in these & people who knowingly or un-knowingly adhere to these?

  7. (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?