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Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters by Timothy Keller
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“When people say, "I know God forgives me, but I can't forgive myself," they mean that they have failed an idol, whose approval is more important than God's.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“If you want God's grace, all you need is need, all you need is nothing. But that kind of spiritual humility is hard to muster. We come to God saying, "Look at all I've done," or maybe "Look at all I've suffered." God, however, wants us to look to him - to just wash.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“As many have learned and later taught, you don't realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“When anything in life is an absolute requirement for your happiness and self-worth, it is essentially an ‘idol,’ something you are actually worshiping. When such a thing is threatened, your anger is absolute. Your anger is actually the way the idol keeps you in its service, in its chains. Therefore if you find that, despite all the efforts to forgive, your anger and bitterness cannot subside, you may need to look deeper and ask, ‘What am I defending? What is so important that I cannot live without?’ It may be that, until some inordinate desire is identified and confronted, you will not be able to master your anger.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“God's salvation does not come in response to a changed life. A changed life comes in response to the salvation, offered as a free gift.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“Have you heard God's blessing in your inmost being? Are the words, "You are my beloved child, in whom I delight" an endless source of joy and strength? Have you sensed, through the Holy Spirit, God speaking to you? That blessing- the blessing through the Spirit that is ours through Christ- is what Jacob received, and it is the only remedy against idolatry. Only that blessing makes idols unnecessary. As with Jacob, we usually discover this only after a life of "looking for blessings in all the wrong places." It often takes an experience of crippling weakness for us to finally discover it. That is why so many of the most God-blessed people limp as they dance for joy.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“The text says that when the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, _he_ loved her. God was saying, 'I am the real bridegroom. I am the husband of the husbandless. I am the father of the fatherless.' This is the God who saves by grace. The gods of moralistic religions favor the successful and the overachievers. THe are the ones who climb the moral ladder up to heaven. But the God of the Bible is the one who comes down into this world to accomplish a salvation and give us a grace we could never attain ourselves.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“People "at the top" are eager to attribute their position to their own intellect, savvy, and hard work. The reality is much more complicated. Personal connections, family environment, and what appears to be plain luck determine how successful a person is. We are the product of three things- genetics, environment, and our personal choices- but two of these three factors we have no power over. We are not nearly as responsible for our success as our popular views of God and reality lead us to think.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“If you want God's grace, all you need is need, all you need is nothing.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“As many have learned and later taught, you don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“If you marry someone expecting them to be like a god, it is only inevitable that they will disappoint you. It's not that you should try to love your spouse less, but rather that you should know and love God more.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“God saw Abraham’s sacrifice and said, “Now I know that you love me, because you did not withhold your only son from me.” But how much more can we look at his sacrifice on the Cross, and say to God, “Now, we know that you love us. For you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from us.” When the magnitude of what he did dawns on us, it makes it possible finally to rest our hearts in him rather than in anything else.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“Now I know that you love me more than anything in the world.” That’s what “the fear of God” means.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“Why didn't Jacob simply refuse to go along with this bold, obvious swindle? Again, Robert Alter's insights are invaluable. When Jacob asks, 'Why have you DECEIVED me?' the Hebrew word is the same one used in chapter 27 to describe what Jacob did to Isaac. Alter then quotes an ancient rabbinical commentator who imagines the conversation the next day between Jacob and Leah. Jacob says to Leah: 'I called out "Rachel" in the dark and you answered. Why did you do that to me?' And Leah says to him, 'Your father called out "Esau" in the dark and you answered. Why did you do that to him?' His fury dies on his lips. He sees what it is like to be manipulated and deceived, and he meekly complies with Laban's offer.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
“La persona que usa el dinero para servir a un ídolo profundo como el del control, a menudo se sentirá superior a las personas que lo usan para alcanzar el poder o la aprobación social. Sin embargo, en todos los casos la idolatría del dinero esclaviza y distorsiona vidas. En cierta ocasión, otro pastor de mi iglesia aconsejó a un matrimonio que había tenido graves conflictos sobre su administración del dinero. La esposa consideraba que su marido era un avaro. Un día, el pastor estaba hablando a solas con el marido, que se quejaba amargamente sobre lo manirrota que era su esposa. “¡Es tan egoísta, gasta tanto dinero en ropa y en su aspecto!” Entendía claramente cómo la necesidad de su esposa de estar atractiva para otros influía en su uso del dinero. Entonces, el pastor le expuso el concepto de ídolos profundos y de superficie. “¿Se da cuenta de que por no gastar o dar nada, al guardar cada céntimo, es igual de egoísta que ella? «Gasta» absolutamente todo en su necesidad de sentirse seguro, protegido, en tener el control”. Afortunadamente para el consejero, el hombre quedó más conmocionado que furioso. “Nunca lo había visto así”, dijo, y las cosas empezaron a cambiar en aquel matrimonio. Por este motivo, los ídolos no se pueden erradicar eliminando sencillamente los de superficie, como el dinero o el sexo. Podemos mirarlos y decir: “Tengo que quitarle importancia a esto en mi vida. No debo permitir que me controle. Lo detendré”. Los ataques directos como ese no funcionarán, porque a los ídolos profundos se los debe atacar en el nivel del corazón. Sólo hay una manera de cambiar en ese nivel, y es por medio de la fe en el evangelio.”
Timothy Keller, Dioses que fallan
“An idolatrous attachment can lead you to break any promise, rationalize any indiscretion, or betray any other allegiance, in order to hold on to it. It may drive you to violate all good and proper boundaries. To practice idolatry is to be a slave.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“Money cannot save you from tragedy, or give you control in a chaotic world. Only God can do that. What breaks the power of money over us is not just redoubled effort to follow the example of Christ. Rather, it is deepening your understanding of the salvation of Christ, what you have in him, and then living out the changes that that understanding makes in your heart—the seat of your mind, will, and emotions. Faith in the gospel restructures our motivations, our self-understanding and identity, our view of the world. Behavioral compliance to rules without a complete change of heart will be superficial and fleeting.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“If you want God’s grace, all you need is need, all you need is nothing. But that kind of spiritual humility is hard to muster. We come to God saying, “Look at all I’ve done,” or maybe “Look at all I’ve suffered.” God, however, wants us to look to him—to just wash.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“The reason for our confusion is that we usually read the Bible as a series of disconnected stories, each with a “moral” for how we should live our lives. It is not. Rather, it comprises a single story, telling us how the human race got into its present condition, and how God through Jesus Christ has come and will come to put things right.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“If you get married as Jacob did, putting the weight of all your deepest hopes and longings on the person you are marrying, you are going to crush him or her with your expectations. It will distort your life and your spouse’s life in a hundred ways. No person, not even the best one, can give your soul all it needs.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“People who have never suffered in life have less empathy for others, little knowledge of their own shortcomings and limitations, no endurance in the face of hardship, and unrealistic expectations for life. As the New Testament book of Hebrews tells us, anyone God loves experiences hardship (Hebrews 12:1-8).”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“People who have never suffered in life have less empathy for others, little knowledge of their own shortcomings and limitations, no endurance in the face of hardship, and unrealistic expectations for life. As”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“La pobreza de Cristo En 2 Corintios 8 y 9, Pablo pide a una iglesia que haga una ofrenda para los pobres. Aunque es un apóstol con autoridad, escribe: “No hablo como quien manda” (2 Co. 8:8). Lo que quiere decir es: “No pretendo ordenaros nada. No quiero que esta ofrenda sea solamente la respuesta a una petición”. No presiona directamente la voluntad diciendo: “Soy apóstol; haced lo que os digo”. Más bien, desea ver “la sinceridad del amor vuestro” y entonces añade las famosas palabras: Porque ya conocéis la gracia de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que por amor a vosotros se hizo pobre, siendo rico, para que vosotros con su pobreza fueseis enriquecidos. (2 Corintios 8:9) Jesús, el Dios-hombre, tenía unas riquezas infinitas, pero, si se hubiera apegado a ellas, nosotros habríamos muerto en nuestra pobreza espiritual. Esta era la alternativa: si él seguía siendo rico, nosotros moriríamos pobres. Si él moría pobre, nosotros nos enriqueceríamos; nuestros pecados serían perdonados y seríamos admitidos en la familia de Dios. Pablo no se limitaba a dar a esta iglesia un mero precepto ético, exhortándoles a que dejasen de amar el dinero y fueran más generosos. Más bien, resumió el evangelio. Esto es lo que decía Pablo. Jesús renunció a su tesoro celestial para hacer de vosotros su tesoro, pues vosotros sois un pueblo “adquirido por Dios” (1 P. 2:9-10). Cuando usted le vea morir para convertirle en su especial tesoro, él pasará a ser suyo. El dinero dejará de ser el fundamento de su existencia y de su seguridad, y querrá bendecir a otros con lo que usted tenga.”
Timothy Keller, Dioses que fallan
“Ernest Becker escribió que nuestra cultura reemplazaría a Dios por el sexo y el romance. Incluso antes, Friedrich Nietzsche propuso una teoría distinta. Escribió que, dado que la ausencia de Dios en la cultura occidental iba a más, sustituiríamos a Dios por el dinero: Lo que induce a un hombre a usar una balanza trucada, a otro a incendiar su casa después de haberla asegurado por encima de su valor, mientras tres cuartas partes de nuestras clases sociales altas se permiten el fraude legalizado… ¿qué da pie a todo esto? No es una necesidad real, dado que su existencia no es precaria ni mucho menos… pero día y noche sienten una tremenda impaciencia al ver cómo sus riquezas se acumulan tan lentamente y les consume el anhelo y el amor igualmente terribles por esos montones de oro… Lo que antes se hacía «por amor a Dios» se hace ahora por amor al dinero, es decir, el amor a aquello que en el presente nos ofrece el sentimiento más intenso de poder y de buena conciencia.42 En resumen, Nietzsche presagió que seguramente el dinero se convertiría en el principal dios falso de la cultura occidental. Han sido innumerables los escritores y pensadores que han destacado “la cultura de la codicia” que ha venido royendo nuestras almas y ha provocado el colapso económico. Sin embargo, nadie cree que las cosas cambien pronto. ¿Por qué? Porque la codicia y la avaricia resultan especialmente difíciles de detectar en nosotros mismos.”
Timothy Keller, Dioses que fallan
“Los momentos culturales como el que vivimos en la actualidad nos ofrecen una oportunidad. Hoy día, muchas personas están más abiertas al concepto bíblico de que el dinero puede convertirse en mucho más que en eso. Puede transformarse en un dios poderoso que altere la vida, que dé forma a la cultura, un ídolo que rompa el corazón de sus adoradores.”
Timothy Keller, Dioses que fallan
“What many people call “psychological problems” are simple issues of idolatry. Perfectionism, workahol ism, chronic indecisiveness, the need to control the lives of others—all of these stem from making good things into idols that then drive us into the ground as we try to appease them. Idols dominate our lives.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“The only way to free ourselves from the destructive influence of counterfeit gods is to turn back to the true one. The living God, who revealed himself both at Mount Sinai and on the Cross, is the only Lord who, if you find him, can truly fulfill you, and, if you fail him, can truly forgive you.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“You’re nobody till somebody loves you,” went the popular song, and we are an entire culture that has taken it literally. We maintain the fantasy that if we find our one true soul mate, everything wrong with us will be healed. But when our expectations and hopes reach that magnitude, as Becker says, “the love object is God.” No lover, no human being, is qualified for that role. No one can live up to that. The inevitable result is bitter disillusionment.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters
“the incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy [the human] heart.”
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters

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