Sailing Solo | From XYZ

21 July, 2012 § 1 Comment

Reblogged from my new tab XYZ:

Real (analog) people are influenced by the people whom they interact with the most. This means that there should be some traits that transcend generational lines. Daughters turn into their mothers, sons into their fathers, wives and husbands into more a conglomerate person and so on and so forth. The problem that I see is that people do not believe that they are formed in any way by their parents, or anybody else’s, undeclared ideologies and actions.  Furthermore I see that people do not believe that they themselves influence the people that they interact with the most.  Thus you hear such naïve statements as, “as long as I am not hurting anyone,” and “what I do with my body is not anyone else’s concern”. Concerning motives, we love whom we love because we both perceive that the other loved us first.In retrospect, I think, both of us are more in love with ourselves and thus are  flattered that the other feels the same way. To say that love is a choice, which it is, only makes matters worse because of the screwed up intentionality of it all! In Christianity one’s love for one’s self is the bench mark for how much to love another person. In the end, I believe that the greatest disservice that a person can do for the people that he or she interacts with is to believe that they are the “captain of their souls,” sailing solo.


On Histories

17 April, 2012 § Leave a comment

After a war the victor sits in his cushioned armchair, pale from the bloodletting that preserves his idea of peace and prosperity. What was necessary for preservation is as good as done; therefore he writes the wrongs in retrospect–chronicling victories and assaying the  events in what light he will.

In any light, our’s is a history of violence.

The Myth of Progression | Educator, Educate Thyself

8 April, 2012 § 6 Comments

Somewhere along the way the human race has equated realizing the truth of the world around us with evolving into higher beings. We expect that we should be able to do more than the generations before us, so we do and can not understand why we’re totally exhausted all of the time, but instead of doing  less, we take a 5 hour energy. We expect that we should be able to contain more knowledge than generations before so we  idolize the renaissance man and the scientific revolution and set those men as the standard, and when we fail we lower the bar and the bachelor’s degree becomes the new high school diploma, while the Master’s degree becomes the new bachelors.

In the meantime, we continue to discover new ways to make our lives more convenient and pat ourselves on the back.

Searching for Good in Good Friday

6 April, 2012 § 4 Comments

 “He (God, the Father) made Him (Jesus, the Son) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21

As a child I often wondered why the day that we commemorate the death of Jesus is called “Good Friday”. The truth is that the result of  our rebellion called sin is death (Romans 3:23).

Recently I finished the first in Suzanne Collins‘ series, The Hunger Games, in which a post apocalyptic North American polity commands twelve districts who at one point in history had rebelled against the capital district. The punishment was that once a year each district would offer up a tribute of one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to be entered into a televised gladiator event that lasts until the last tribute stands undefeated. The punishment for their rebellion was death.

Pay attention–it is not that far from the truth. God, our creator, who loves us, came into this world in very like circumstance. Man has rebelled and turned his back on the Father. Remember that “At the heart of all sin is the vain ambition of angels  and men to be God and to think, speak, and act accordingly” (Sin | Image Series Part 3). The penalty for man’s rebellion is death.

Consider this passage, for in it’s commandment lies the reason that goodness results because of Jesus’ death.

“5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus was sinless because He was fully God yet liable to death being fully man. Remember that God is three in one and that every attribute that He has is magnified by infinity. The third member of the infinite trinity came to die as the representation of fallen humanity so that  in his infinite death, death itself was satisfied, and in his infinite life he was raised again and conquered sin and the grave.

Forty days after the Resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven to sit down at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. This is why we call it “Good Friday”. Because Jesus made it possible for humanity to be reconciled to God.

Sin | Image Series Part 3

30 March, 2012 § 2 Comments

Let’s face it, sin isn’t a very popular topic to cover. However, when considering that great image in which we have been created it is needful for us to also consider the great trouble that we are in that places us in the paradox of being created in a perfect image, yet also being fallen.
At the heart of all sin is the vain ambition of angels (Isaiah 14:12-14) and men (Ezekiel 28:1-10) to be God and to think, speak, and act accordingly. They say that to be mimicked is the highest form of flattery. Well, God didn’t see it that way. He deemed it rebellion and condemned those who rebelled to eternal death–both those angels who rebelled with Satan and the race of man–represented by and communed through Adam.   In Paradise Lost John Milton deems Adam’s fall to be fortunate because of the grace given to man to become right with God (John 1:12) as opposed to Lucifer and his angel’s fall which is void of that grace. This is the overarching predicament we find ourselves faced with when we consider the image that we have been created in. Thus, we are created in the image of God yet marred by sin–both in nature through Adam and by our own volition.
1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10
 We do not have to live lives dominated by sin. Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead declaring His deity so that we might accept Him as our substitute and essentially communicate to Him that we believe that He is God and we are not.  Placing your life under the control of the true and living God would be the most important thing you will ever do. What must you do to be saved? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died for your sins and rose from the dead according to the scriptures and you will be saved.
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