Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:
The Cosmic Cop: The Killjoy Myth
Believe it or not, God does not want to spoil your fun. He wants you to experience a full and joyful life, the “eternal pleasures” that the psalmist talked about:
“You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
Read 1 Peter 5:8
How does this verse portray Satan? Why?
Read Job 2:1-8
What does the devil want to happen to Job? Why?
Some people believe that God is exactly like a cop who’s everywhere, otherwise known as a “Cosmic Cop.”
The people who believe this believe that God is always directing, like a police officer who is trying to micromanage traffic.
They believe that the moment we just want to have some fun, that God immediately tries to shut it down and ruin it for us. Just as they believe this, they also believe that the devil, Satan, just loves to have fun.
Flip Wilson implied in his jokes that the devil wants you to have fun, but the truth is, Satan doesn’t care one bit if you have fun.
In 1 Peter 5:8 says that Satan is always seeking out those who he will devour, which means if you have fun or not, he will attempt to destroy you.
Adding on to that, in John 10:10, it says the devil only comes to kill, steal, and destroy.
The truth is that God does not want to ruin your fun. He wants you to enjoy life from now, then on to eternity.
The Lord God is good, and He wants you to live life knowing that He will provide for you, and He never wants to ruin your fun. He just wants you to stay humble, and know that He is God.
Jack, age 12
The killjoy myth states that all humans want to do is have a little fun, and God says we can not do that. Many people believe that God wants us to be perfect all the time, follow the rules twenty-four-seven and not have fun. Don’t hear me wrong, we need to love God, follow His path and not do whatever we please.
Satan likes to whisper into people’s ears and tell us that God doesn’t want us to have fun, and that Satan will let us have fun.
This is false because the devil only comes to steal, kill and to destroy (John 10:10-29), not to help us and so he definitely does not want us to have fun.
Satan only wants to whisper tempting lies into our ears so he can stop us from believing and trusting in God, so he can take more people down with him.
God wants the best for us and He wants us to have fun, while still glorifying Him through it.
In the Bible, I don’t ever recall God saying that we couldn’t have fun.
In conclusion, the killjoy myth is false and God wants us to have a good time, and Satan only wants to lead us to destruction.
Alexis, age 13
People understand this myth as the fact that God doesn’t want any Christians to have fun because of the “strict” rules from the Bible. This myth in fact, is false. Because God created all men in His image, He wants us to enjoy the life He has blessed us with. However, Satan wants us to suffer in his wickedness.(1 Pet. 5:8).
Satan [wants us to] turn against God and blame Him for what He has done, even though Satan is actually the one to blame and is constantly bringing suffering into our life.
The fact that God is the killjoy can be easily disapproved by Christians through three fruit of the spirits, which are love, joy, and goodness. These three acts prove that God gave us the ability to have these attitudes, which mean God loves us and finds joy in us. (Galatians 5:22)
However, just because God wants us to have fun, we still need to obey Biblical laws so that we are still honoring God.
The only reason many people think that God is the “Cosmic Cop” is because He wants to protect us.
Even though many people would read through this paragraph and still live by their false beliefs, remember that God is for us, and is not the cosmic cop of life.
Ana Kate, age 13
If you believe in the Killjoy Myth and how God likes to “kill joy,” sorry to break it to you, but you’re wrong!
The Killjoy Myth is when people believe that God purposely tries to ruin fun. In actuality, He is just trying to protect you!
As a matter of fact, I too, sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that God is trying to be intentionally mean. Sadly, other people are tempted to think that Satan doesn’t care if you have fun, but that’s the only part they notice.
Satan’s main goal is to seek and destroy. He absolutely hates every single part of you.
On the other hand, God doesn’t want to spoil the fun, He wants you to enjoy life to its fullest.
Even though God can put us through trials, that’s when we can become more connected with Him!
For example, Satan asked God to put a man named Job through a lot of tough trials. Satan tried to make Job turn away from God, but Job stayed strong in his faith. Even better, Job was rewarded at the end of his trials for staying so faithful!
To conclude, God loves you unconditionally and wants you to enjoy life and live it to its fullest through good times and your times of trials.
Kate, age 12
The killjoy myth states that God is very strict and that we can have no fun as Christians, and that the is devil the fun guy. This is absolutely not true! It is a myth.
God wants what’s best for you, but this does not imply that you can’t have fun. You can have fun, but just because you want to have fun doesn’t mean you can break the rules.
On the other hand Satan hates you. He wants you to fail in everything, that’s what I call a killjoy. Like Paul said the devil “is seeking whom he will devour.” Jesus tells us this “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
God only wants what’s best for us so we can live life to the fullest. He wants us to have “eternal pleasures”, instead of temporary joy.
Daniela, age 12
“Today the sincere seeker of truth can have complete confidence, as did the first Christians, that the Christian faith is based not on myth or legend but on the solid historical fact of the empty tomb and the risen Christ.”
(Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door, p. 78)
- Does it really matter what you believe, as long as you have faith?
- Are there errors in the Bible?
- Was Jesus just a good teacher?
- Can anyone prove His resurrection?
- What does that have to do with me?