by Keith Henry III
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Unfortunately as we begin the process of stepping up to solid food we are also introduced to junk food. I watched my daughters nonchalantly, and without a second thought, hand my grandsons chips, candy, cookies and so on to quite their hunger. My daughters love junk food (I was such a terrible father) and it is only natural to pass their cravings on to their children. Junk food is easily accessible and often less expensive than healthier solid food. These foods are designed to turn on receptors in the brain that cause us to crave them; and we are bombarded with advertisements that were created for one purpose to trigger craving receptors in your brain. These foods however have little if any nutritional value and we as a society are beginning to see the results as obesity has become an epidemic. Spiritual junk food is similar in that it is designed to trigger certain emotions in the brain and the heart that cause us to crave it. Spiritual junk food is easily accessible and is advertised in our television shows, movies, songs, and books; everybody else is doing it so it must be all right. Spiritual junk food cost less as well which feels great on our spiritual wallet (our heart). Like physical junk food the consumption of spiritual junk food has become epidemic causing lethargic half Christians who consume only “milk” and “spiritual junk food.”
As mentioned both physical and spiritual junk food is designed to deceive us; they look like, smell like, and taste like real “solid food”, but have little to no nutritional value. “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God Himself.” Blaise Pascal’s “Pensees”. This is where we get the phrase “God shaped heart.” Pascal mentions the “craving” of spiritual junk food which we try “in vain” to fill the God shaped hole in our heart with; Pascal says that we try to fill this hole with “everything around him, seeking in things that are not there.” Pascal does not go into detail as to what spiritual junk food is, but “everything” other than “an infinite and immutable object” should cover it.
The truth is that I could spend another twenty pages discussing the different types of spiritual junk food; personally I would love to spend the pages as it is one of my favorite topics. However, because of self induced space constraints here is a short list of some of our favorite spiritual junk food: Television, movies, books, and music; most of us take in these items intravenously; these are probably the worse spiritual junk foods we consume because they are so addictive and soul altering. Next are those so called “religions” that sound like “solid food”, but when you take a close look at the ingredients you realize that they are full of useless nutrients; these include Buddhism, Taoism, Paganism, Wiccan, Scientology; all of which claim spirituality, but there is no “infinite and immutable object” involved in these practices. Finally on this short list are what I call the “Natural Belief Systems”; these make claims that we can be filled with “solid food” by becoming one with nature (since we are all part of the universe); this junk food has us looking to the stars, moon, and sun for our spiritual hunger; we also seek the energy of crystals, trees, water and even seek our spirituality in the souls of animals. Spiritual junk food leaves us hungry, lethargic, and listless; soon we begin to take on extra spiritual weight and become dependent on junk food which only pulls us farther and farther away from that “infinite and immutable object”, the only object that can fill the God shaped hole in our heart.
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