"Just be yourself!"
Try telling this to a pedophile, rapist, or psychopathic killer. Should they be themselves? I pray not. Human nature is deprived and inherently inclined toward evil. This is why the world is in the condition it is today. Don’t be yourself; deny yourself (Mt. 16:24). Strive to be like Christ.
"Everything happens for a reason!"
If you fail a math test because you didn’t study, you failed because you didn’t study. If you got thrown in jail for doing something stupid while drunk, you got thrown in jail for doing something stupid while drunk. While there is some truth to this saying, many people will use it as an excuse to justify a mistake. If you sin, confess to God as David did: “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Ps. 51:4). Don’t try and cover it up with this saying.
"Follow your heart!"
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick (Jer. 17:9), so why would you follow it? Doesn’t your heart tell you some pretty stupid and even evil things sometimes? If everyone followed their heart, society would be chaos. Don’t be deceived by your heart, but discipline it and follow Christ.
"Live, Laugh, Love"
Live? Live what? For pleasure, folly and sensuality? For evil deeds, selfish pursuits and worldly gain? There is no real meaning in this. And laugh? Laughter is fine, but this is putting way too much emphasis on it. Solomon declares it foolishness (Ecc. 2:2) and Christ states those who laugh now will mourn and weep (Luke 6:25). And love? Absolutely, but whoever made this quote up probably does not understand what real love is. The Bible’s command is far more helpful and clear: Love God and love your neighbor.
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
So being conceited, foolish, and rude is beautiful? Marilyn Monroe apparently thinks so. And hold on… madness is genius? Hm, so Lady Gaga is equivalent to Isaac Newton? Right. As for the last part, there is a false dichotomy here: one does not have to choose between absolutely ridiculous and absolutely boring. The most interesting people are often the least ridiculous. Christ was the most interesting person to walk the earth and He was neither boring nor “ridiculous.” Furthermore there is an incredible amount of vanity in her statement.
“Live life to the fullest!”
Now what does this entail? Going out partying, getting drunk, living adulterously, doing whatever you please, etc.? There is a huge sense of debauchery in this statement. Christ would never recommend such a thing. Though He said He came to give us life to the full (John 10:10), we are to seek Him and His ways, not our own. Only in Him do we receive life in all its fullness, because our highest pleasure is in walking with God.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind."
This is one of the most selfish sayings I’ve ever heard. He might as well have said do whatever you want. What if ‘who you are’ is a pedophile, racist, psychopath, or rapist? What if ‘what you feel’ is to put somebody down, boast about how great you are or hurt somebody? Apparently you are supposed to follow through on these things because anyone who minds doesn’t matter. Foolishness. Discipline yourself in the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 1:7) and do that which leads to the most good.
"I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best."
Another Marilyn Monroe quote. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think I want to deserve her. I’d prefer the woman of Proverbs 31, the wife of noble character, over her any day. She is hardworking, faithful, a God-fearer, kind, loving, generous, and more. Monroe might have learned a thing or three from this woman of faith.
You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
Read the last sentence and stop. That’s all you need to hear.
I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.
Not only does this assume we can’t improve ourselves, but it’s also instigating continued bad behavior. If a person is violent and rash, should they remain that way? Should we eliminate the Alcoholics Anonymous program because alcoholics cannot change? That is absurd and potentially dangerous. Again, don’t tell this to a serial killer or something similar. Instead, let us heed the Proverb: “He who hates correction is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1)
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