Instruction Manual for Life

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About Aaron Gardner

Aaron is a counselor and student of the Bible, passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, one-year-old son and their two dogs. View all posts by Aaron Gardner

8 responses to “Instruction Manual for Life

  • Aaron

    Even within sects of Christianity there is no room for different opinions and ideas.

  • Tommy O'Keefe

    Interesting video… thanks for the link.

  • Ted Powell

    Is it significant that the video’s spelling of “manual” was changed to “manuEl” in the article title? An allusion to El, a typo, or???

  • Aaron

    Okay, smartie… ridicule me about my typo 🙂

  • Justin

    Aaron, I found your site via your stealthy inclusion in the recent Creation Museum secular group. I read your post in depth and I am very fond of both your writing style and world outlook.

    (Tiny bit of my backstory: I’m a former Republican, Conservative, Racist, Fundamentalist Evangelical Christian since birth, only since graduating college (from a Southern Baptist school, no less) did I become an atheist.)

    I live in Lynchburg, VA. A quick Google search should explain why that is significant. (Liberty University, for you lazy folks)

    I am amazed that a liberal(?) Christian such as yourself cannot see the irony in this video and how it reflects upon your own mission from Christ.

    When I began my higher education at our Baptist college, I was set out on a mission to find the answers that our youth pastors could not (sufficiently) answer. As I delved deeper into the texts of our Holy Book, I realized with each passing year that either my ability to interpret the text was flawed, or the book was flawed.

    I assumed, of course, that I was flawed. But then I had to ask, why would our Lord create a book unable to be easily interpreted by it’s intended audience?

    Etc., etc. …

    In the video this post is about, the young boy realizes that his manual is flawed and that everyone’s ideal bookcase manual is flawed.

    The only way to have your perfect bookcase is to create one without a manual.

    This seems to be an endorsement of Humanism/Atheism.

    Am I misinterpreting your reason for posting?


  • Aaron

    You have illustrated my reason for posting it: dialogue and questions!

    I think that your bias may have led you to see that the manual is flawed and that he had no recourse but to build something completely separate. And certainly it is my bias, but I see that he took the same manual and built something completely different from his parents. That would have been find and good, except his parents (and likely other Christians) rejected his efforts which for him were firmly grounded in the instructions he read from the manual.

    I would say that is Christianity that drives people away, not Christ.

  • Tommy O'Keefe

    Interesting… I interpreted the video very similarly to what Aaron describes above…

    This probably is due to my belief as well…

    One thing I would add is that his “version” isn’t necessarily “opposed” to the bookcase he made based on the manual… the manual seemed to allow for a very colorful expression…

    In a sense, I saw the finished case as a contextualized version of the whole. Shaped similarly to the first, reduced to something manageable, full of the color and life evidenced in the one built off the manual, able to interface with society while speaking out against the black and white bookcase of the “faithful”.

  • Sabio Lantz

    Great sharing, Aaron, thank you.

    When I was 14 years old I became an atheist by rejecting my parent’s Lutheranism. They grounded me for 6 months. At 18 I became a Christian “again” — an evangelical one this time. But I deconverted again in my mid-twenties after finding lots of new drawers and taking off the magic gods drawer. I didn’t get grounded this time, but lots of relationships got broken. And since, many many fine relationships have blossomed.

    FYI: The Japanese drawers said, “A curious heart (好奇心) is strong”

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