Sentences on Happiness & Pleasure… rethink…

(1) Happiness and pleasure are not the same, they are distinct.

(2) All happiness involves pleasure but not all pleasure involves happiness.

~ For example, doing drugs involves pleasure but not happiness.

(3) There are right pleasures and wrong pleasures.

(4) The pleasures involved in happiness are right pleasures.

(5) Wrong pleasures are involved in and lead to an ever increasing emptiness.

(6) Since all happiness involves pleasure, sometimes we mistake pleasure for happiness.

       (6.1) Hence sometimes we find people saying, “I used to think I was happy, but now know that I never really was happy.” ~ This seems to be quite true for relationships.

       (6.2) Existential Incontinence: Hence sometimes people say that they are perfectly happy, however the statements that they make and the actions that they pursue, belie a different story.  {try: Parasites of Dis-contentedness, Vultures of unhappiness}

(7) Happiness involves both subjective and objective components.

(8) Happiness is possible in the bleakest and most dismal of all situations.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,” ~ James 1:2

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings … “ ~ Romans 5:3

~ This joy (subjective) can be experiences on account of objective reasons.

(9) Happiness cannot be found in finite things.

       (9.1) Happiness is not found in money. As the old adage goes: Money can’t buy happiness.

       (9.2) Happiness is not found in Materialism, i.e. amassing material possessions. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” ~Matthew 8:36

       (9.4) Happiness is not found in Simplicity, i.e. ridding oneself of material possessions.

       (9.5) Happiness is not found in a finite human being. What guarantee is there that someone you love will not die tomorrow?

       (9.6) Happiness is not found in any entity of worship that is finite.

       (9.7) Happiness is not found in status, prestige, honor or station in life. ~ The leader of a nation or the CEO of a company can be quite miserable.

(10) Happiness is found in an active, walking, talking relationship with God-in-the-flesh, Jesus Christ.

~ An emptiness within or a God-sized vacuum is characteristic of our lives. Finite relationships fill this emptiness to a finite degree which is never enough.

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” ~ John 4:16-18

(11) Happiness is found in finite things (save the false gods) when they become a means of relational engagement with God-in-the-flesh, Jesus Christ.

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