Save the Planet- Save Your Marriage?
By now most of us are very much aware of the controversy surrounding the dangers of man made global warming.
If we are to save the planet, we are told we must cut back on the amount of carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere.
But what if we find ourselves driving a greenhouse gas belching SUV to catch a private jet that will leave behind a carbon footprint of Sasquatch-like proportions?
The answer? Carbon credits.
We can actually pay a company to not drive a SUV and not take a private jet ride and so “off set” the damage done to the ecosystem.
All the benefits of an ecologically irresponsible lifestyle – with none of the guilt!
Now, some enterprising internet entrepreneurs have taken this same concept and applied it, well, closer to home.
It’s called CheatNeutral.com and it applies the same tortured logic of global warmism to your own personal relationships!
What is Cheat Offsetting?
When you cheat on your partner you add to the heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere.
Cheatneutral offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises the pain and unhappy emotion and leaves you with a clear conscience.
Can I offset all my cheating?
First you should look at ways of reducing your cheating. Once you’ve done this you can use Cheatneutral to offset the remaining, unavoidable cheating.
So far, cheatneutral has offset 65, 768 cheats and has 9002 faithful people ready to neutralise your misdemeanours.
As bizarre as all this sounds, would it surprise you to learn that it has all been tried before?
It was called “buying indulgences”.
Believe it or not, there was a time in the history of Christendom where you could be “pre-forgiven” for a future planned sin by making a hefty donation to the church.
This thoroughly unbiblical concept was so morally reprehensible that it became one of the deal breakers that lead to the Protestant Reformation.
But this idea of “offsetting” sin is still alive and kicking.
There are countless people who, in the words of the immortal humorist Fred Allen, “spend six days a week sowing their wild oats and then go to church on Sunday to pray for crop failure.”
Many believe that reading a chapter in the Bible, or putting something in the offering, or teaching a Bible study can make up for a mean streak or a moral failure.
And as much as we would like to think there are “offsets” for our sins, God isn’t buying it.
God isn’t interested in gestures or hand outs. When we foul our own spiritual environment He is looking at the heart.
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise. (Psalm 51:16-17)
God isn’t into game playing.
But He will give His grace to those who come to Him in sincerity and truth.
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