Pleasure-seeking? Or finding real happiness?

Happiness: a long-term investment with immediate dividends

An awful lot of people think that religion is anti-happiness in its orientation. They grow up with its "thou shalt nots" and its preaching against all the things that advertisements and movies and friends promote as fun.

At first it may seem that way. After all, a lot of the Bible's teaching comes in the form of prohibitions. But to think of the Bible or of religion solely in terms of restrictions, curbs, or prohibitions is to be blinded to the happiness it is striving to promote. And we are not talking about otherworldly happiness, but that which we can experience here, today.

Defeating the whisperers
September 7, 1998

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