Bucket List

bible blog bucket list.

This 2 week bucket list we were challenged to make was a fantastic idea. I wrote down 7 things that i thought could be accomplished if i put in some effort, and i actually did a few of them!
One of the things on my list was to hang out with the guys more. This one was probably my favorite one because i had been pretty lazy recently. I hung out with the guys a few days a week and had a lot of fun! On this past monday night, a few of us had a sleep over where we stayed up past 2am playing xbox. This was very fun and it brightened my day. but also made me dead tired the next day.
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Another thing on my bucket list was to not be such a douche. I kind of struggled with that one. Ive gotten in the habit of being very sarcastic and not the nicest person. It was hard to control what i was saying or how i was acting. I feel like i did a pretty good job at being nicer though. I had to hold back on what I was about to say a few times and remember that what i was going to say wasn’t very nice.
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This is a bible verse that is all about being nice and kind to everyone. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Heres another one.
Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
And one more.
Matt. 6:1-34
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

So yeah! Thats what the Bible says about being kind. It is something I’m glad i had made a goal for these last weeks of high school and i think ill continue it into summer and further into life. Thanks for reading.

Nihilism

“Nihilism comes from the Latin word nihil, meaning ‘nothing’ or ‘not anything.’ The most common definition and use of nihilism, is the belief in nothing or a rejection of objective truth, social conventions, and moral meaning.”
Nihilism can be found in all types of popular media; movies, tv shows, music…etc.

Here are a few examples of songs that I can see Nihilistic views in

#1 Dust in the wind by Kansas:
“I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams, pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind
Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do, crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind

Don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, all your money won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind”

In this song, we can see that it talks about how we are only dust in the wind. Our lives are virtually pointless and full of nothingness. We are just a drop of water in an endless sea, again this shows how our lives make no difference in the scheme of life. No mater what everything will crumble to the ground and nothing will last forever but the earth and sky. There are so many examples of nihilistic views in this one song! It is such a good song too.

#2 Smoke Marijuana by Sizzla

“Yea (herbalist) smoke all day
Let music keep on play

Chorus:
Sometimes the things you need in life may be difficult
Not all the time its gonna be easy
A so it go
Smoke the marijuana and get high
Stay above the wicked and fly
Im feeling so very good about myself
Babylon aint feeling good DARN thats there problem
I smoke the marijuana and get high
Stay above the wicked and fly
Ah when Ive got problem at home domestically
And my girl she just wanna quarrel me
I smoke the marijuana and get high
Stay above the wicked and fly
Love is the order of the day you better find it
Im a big man I put my problems behind me
I smoke the marijuana and get high
Stay above the wicked and fly”

This song by Sizzla shows that if there is a problem ever, just to smoke pot and make yourself feel good and forget about those problems. It is saying that there is no point in anything or to worry about anything, so just waist your life being high the whole time.

#3 Not Afraid by Eminem

“I don’t give a DARN what you think, I’m doin’ this for me, so FRICK the word feed it beans…”

In this popular song by Eminem, this section of the first verse shows that he doesn’t care about the earth or anything. He only cares about himself and wont listen to anyone else.

#4 Another song that I can see a nihilistic view in is the song Rock and Roll all Night by Kiss.

In this song it is about them wanting to rock and roll all night and party every day. That seems to be the only reason for the song and it seems like the only thing they want to do. Having sex all night and partying every day is the life Kiss is singing about in this song. This is nihilistic because that is the only thing they want to do with their lives and that is the point of everything.

#5 And we Danced by Macklemore

This song by Macklemore is about dancing and laughing and just having a party. Throughout the song all it talks about is what happens at this party and how they want to just have fun and do crazy things. In the music video it shows Macklemore dancing and going crazy with the people, as well as him with girls.

 

Torture

Jesus Was Tortured.
Andrew Engstrom

I believe that in some situation, torture is acceptable. Maybe not morally or ethically all the time, but under certain circumstances it is necessary. Some topics we should look at are, how it is more of an interrogation method taken to further, if it is completely necessary, is it useless, ends justifying the means, and sometimes is it deserved. These questions are some of the main questions one would ask while thinking about torture.

In some cases, regular interrogation is not enough to get the information we need out of the prisoner. This would cause the interrogator to have to go to more extreme measures if the information was crucial for saving lives or solving an issue. Lets say we have some Taliban members in our possession, they will probably not just tell us their next attack location. Now if their next plan involved killing a large group of americans, either pedestrians or our troops, I believe that it would be totally acceptable to torture the few of them if it meant that we could save a large number of people.

Is it completely necessary? Yes, I believe that it is one of the only ways we can get information out of someone. it would be very unbelievable to think that the prisoner would just give up their future attack, and killing them wouldn’t get us any information. we would need the prisoner alive but we could physically and mentally abuse them to the point where they will tell us. In most cases like this, I can believe that the ends do justify the means, the torture of a few people could result in the saving of a large group of people. That would be very justifiable in my mind.

Last, if the prisoner is a part of a group known for killing innocent civilians, they would definitely deserve some torture. In the US if you take one persons life you are able to get a lifetime in prison, and if the prisoner has killed many many people, there is torture deserved for them.

I would support the continuing of Gitmo. If they have stopped many attacks and figured out the plans of enemies that way, then I would see no problem with it. There are circumstances though where I do not like having a place like that. Not everyone that goes there is a terrorist, they could have just been taken prisoner and not have been a part of anything bad at all. That would be very unfortunate but no body is perfect and sometimes we will get the wrong guy, in the end I feel like that camp saves many lives and should continue.

For other countries to do the same to Americans, I would have to stay consistent and say yes. If we are doing it to their soldiers, they should be able to do it to ours. If they are doing it to save innocent civilians lives or to help the general good I feel like that would be more acceptable. I do not like the thought of it happening to our men one bit, they probably feel the same about us doing it to their men though.

WWJD? What would Jesus do, that is the real question. I don’t think that Jesus would be cool with torture.

Heres some verses about torture

Job 19:2
“How long will you torment me And crush me with words?

Psalms 137:3
For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

Isaiah 13:15-18image
Anyone who is found will be thrust through, And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword. Their little ones also will be dashed to pieces Before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered And their wives ravished. Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them, Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold. read more.

Sources:
http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-torture-ever-justified
http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Torture#sthash.qlosKrVe.dpuf

 

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Naturalism

Naturalism

nat·u·ral·ism [ˈnaCHərəˌlizəm/]

noun

1. (in art and literature) a style and theory of representation based on the accurate depiction of detail.
2. a philosophical viewpoint according to which everything arises from natural properties and causes, and supernatural or spiritual explanations are excluded or discounted.

Theism: God is the infinite, personal Creator of the cosmos

Deism: “God is reduced; he begins to lose his personality, though he remains Creator and (by implication) sustainer of the cosmos.”

Naturalism: God does not exist. Deism claims that God has always existed as a brute fact. Naturalism realizes that if that can be true, then it is equally valid to claim the physical world has always existed in the same way.

Propositions of Naturalism:

1. Matter exists eternally and is all there is. God does not exist. (pg. 61)

“In the whole universe there is but a single substance with various modifications.”

2. The cosmos exists as a uniformity of cause and effect in a closed system. (pg. 62)

The universe is not open to reordering by either… (Joe Krahn)
… a transcendent Being (because no such being exists)
… or autonomous human beings because they are a part of the uniformity
Because humans do not exist outside of the continuity of cause and effect, their decisions are not ultimately theirs – meaning most naturalists are philosophical determinists
3. Human beings are complex “machines”; personality is an interrelation of chemical and physical properties we do not yet fully understand. (pg. 64)

Most naturalists view “mind” as subordinate to “machine,” in contrast to Descartes’ claim that mind and matter were separate yet equal substances (Joe Krahn)
Naturalist still believe humans are unique for the following reasons (Annika):
Capable of conceptual thought
Employ speech
Possess a cumulative tradition (culture)
Unique method of evolution – technology is incorporated (Joe Krahn)
Moral capacity
“Let us conclude boldly then that man is a machine, and that in the whole universe there is but a single substance with various modifications.”

4. Death is extinction of personality and individuality. (pg. 67)

“When the matter that goes to make up an individual is disorganized at death, that that person disappears” (67).
“Human destiny is an episode between two oblivions” (67).
“Pigeon Feathers” by John Updike—> life after death means that your life’s effects can have an influence on future generations (ex: Abe Lincoln)

5. History is a linear stream of events linked by cause and effect but without an overarching purpose. (pg. 68)

In a naturalist framework, there is no goal for evolution.

6. Ethics is related only to human beings. (pg. 72) (Heidi Dart)

7. Man certainly was not the goal of evolution, which evidently had no goal. (Naturalism Mini Notes – Riley Smith)

Naturalism in Practice
Secular Humanism (Derived from the Humanist Manifesto II – 1973):

Humans are special just because – No god (Riley Smith)
God is a symbol of who humans strive to be.

Marxism: Ideas and beliefs of Karl Marx (someone else add details) (Riley Smith)

Marx believed that history was going somewhere, heading towards utopia.
Communal living on a large scale.
Control the means of production (bourgeoise)–> exploit proliteriat
Division of labor—> social classes (bourgeoise & proliteriat)

Propositions of naturalism:

“Let us conclude boldly then that man is a machine, and that in the whole universe there is but a single substance with various modifications.” (Heidi Dart) Very very good H-Dog
Naturalist still believe humans are unique for the following reasons:
Capable of conceptual thought
Employ speech
Possess a cumulative tradition (culture)
Unique method of evolution
Moral capacity

Death is extinction of personality and individuality.
“When the matter that goes to make up an individual is disorganized at death, that that person disappears” (67).
“Human destiny is an episode between two oblivions” (67).
“Pigeon Feathers” by John Updike—> life after death means that your life’s effects can have an influence on future generations (ex: Abe Lincoln)

According to Naturalism.org, naturalism believes that intelligent design cannot exist because there is no scientific merit for it. Not every naturalist scientist believes that there is no supernatural. The main thing that you need to know about naturalists is that they do not believe in intelligent design. (Ian “big boy” Strommen)

History is a linear stream of events linked by cause and effect but without an overarching purpose.

Ethics is related only to human beings. (pg. 72) (Heidi Dart)

Man certainly was not the goal of evolution, which evidently had no goal. (Naturalism Mini Notes – Riley Smith)

Naturalism in Practice:

Secular Humanism– Humanist Manifesto II
God is a symbol of who humans strive to be.

Marxism
Marx believed that history was going somewhere, heading towards utopia.
Communal living on a large scale.
Control the means of production (bourgeoise)–> exploit proliteriat
Division of labor—> social classes (bourgeoise & proliteriat)
(Annika van Oosbree)

Everything we are and do is completely connected to the rest of the world. Our bodies and minds are shaped in their entirety by conditions that precede us and surround us. Each of us is an unfolding, natural process, and every aspect of that process is caused, and is a cause itself. We are therefore entirely at home in the physical universe. (Kyleigh Hall)

Professors that teach evolution in Universities are usually supporters of naturalism and their main concepts. (Marissa Gamache)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines naturalism as the following:
1 : action, inclination, or thought based only on naturaldesires and instincts
2
: a theory denying that an event or object has a supernatural significance; specifically : the doctrine that scientific laws are adequate to account for all phenomena
3
: realism in art or literature; specifically : a theory or practice in literature emphasizing scientific observation of life without idealization and often including elements of determinism (Tanner Tripp)

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Deism notes

Deism Notes

Deism notes update

Deism [dee-iz-uh m] 
noun

1. belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation (distinguished from theism).

2. belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.

3. “God’s alleged disclosure to man of himself.” -Deism.com (Sara Zwick)

The Universe Next Door: Chapter 3 “Deism”

Part 1 (p. 45-50)

What is the first possible reason for the development of Deism that the author gives? {It was a way to unify the constantly fighting religious sects of the day -Joe Krahn}

Another factor in the shift from theism to deism was the belief that knowledge of the Divine is rooted not in special revelation but in {reason. –Regina Mott}

What did Plato believe about the nature of reality (matter , spirit) and how did Platonic theory of knowledge influence thought and scientific study in the Middle Ages? {He believed matter was somehow not good. The idea was that knowers become what they know. A lot of scholars then shifted their studies toward God in order to that. ~Courtney Peterson}

Why is this error in study and thought not really a Biblical perspective?
[This is an error in study because you simply cannot become what you know or study. You certainly cannot become God because you have knowledge of Him or study His word. –Rachel Crellin]

Do you agree or disagree that God “is a rational God”? {Why? I believe that God is rational in the sense that He often/usually acts in ways which make sense (appear “rational”) to us. However, this certainly does not mean that God is incapable of acting “irrationally” from our perspective: He may defy His own laws of physics, do something the purpose of which we as humans cannot fathom, etc. So in that sense, He is not entirely “rational,” because any way you slice it, God’s ways are usually beyond our logic and understanding! -Allison Deckert} {In addition, I believe that the idea of God is irrational- because of the entirety of the faith concept- However, God is rational, because who are we to define what is rational and what isn’t? Even if we think His acts are irrational, we cannot fathom, as humans, the purpose of what He is doing or the reasons behind it (like Allison said above). –Emily Hunt}

Coming out of the Middle Ages, there were those like Isaac Newton who thought that God’s universe was orderly, knowable, rational and worth exploration. What kind of picture of God’s world did scientists like Newton begin to paint?

This time period and pursuit of knowledge about the universe and reality began the modern study of what subject?
[modern science –Rachel Crellin]

Peter Medewar argued that the 17th century’s doctrine of the necessity of reason paved the way for what belief?

How did deists come to the conclusion of God as a “giant clockmaker”?

God was viewed as the “giant clockmaker” because they viewed the world in very mechanical terms, like clockwork. Since God made creation, He was referred to as the “clockmaker.” After He set the earth into motion, they believe that God established the laws of science and nature to govern it, and then He left His creation. {Andy Hamilton}

What would be the main difference about the belief in what/how one can have knowledge of God between theists and deists?

(One of the main differences about the belief in what/how one can have knowledge of God between theists and deists is ha… Theists have a belief that we will never know or understand everything about God, they believe all the answers can’t be found in nature, unlike deists.) –Paige Berge

Give a couple examples of how basic deism was not a united school of thought:

How would a deist define God as “Prime Mover”?

(They view God as a “Prime Mover” because they think that he created the world, but stepped back after that to just watch it and let stuff happen.)-Tanner Tripp

(Deists define God as a “Prime Mover” because he set all of creation up. He put everything into place, but is not directly involved in it. As the book states, he is merely a “force of energy”. He just “moved” things, but had no personal influence on them.) -Drew Kleinschmidt

In what ways is the universe “closed” to a deist? {Not only is it outside God’s active interference, but it is also outside our ability as humans to control its laws and events. In one sense, as we talked about, the universe is like a large, intricate clock: fully complete, ticking endlessly on and on, independent of our control and God’s intervention. -Allison Deckert}

How does this eliminate the possibility of miracles? {In this view a miracle cannot happen because God is not able to interfere or else it would appear to be tampering with the universe; therefore it would look like God was making a mistake. –Regina Mott}

Deism notes update

Deism [dee-iz-uh m] 
noun

1. belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation (distinguished from theism).

2. belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.

3. “God’s alleged disclosure to man of himself.” -Deism.com (Sara Zwick)

The Universe Next Door: Chapter 3 “Deism”

Part 1 (p. 45-50)

What is the first possible reason for the development of Deism that the author gives? {It was a way to unify the constantly fighting religious sects of the day -Joe Krahn}

Another factor in the shift from theism to deism was the belief that knowledge of the Divine is rooted not in special revelation but in {reason. –Regina Mott}

What did Plato believe about the nature of reality (matter , spirit) and how did Platonic theory of knowledge influence thought and scientific study in the Middle Ages? {He believed matter was somehow not good. The idea was that knowers become what they know. A lot of scholars then shifted their studies toward God in order to that. ~Courtney Peterson}

Why is this error in study and thought not really a Biblical perspective?
[This is an error in study because you simply cannot become what you know or study. You certainly cannot become God because you have knowledge of Him or study His word. –Rachel Crellin]

Do you agree or disagree that God “is a rational God”? {Why? I believe that God is rational in the sense that He often/usually acts in ways which make sense (appear “rational”) to us. However, this certainly does not mean that God is incapable of acting “irrationally” from our perspective: He may defy His own laws of physics, do something the purpose of which we as humans cannot fathom, etc. So in that sense, He is not entirely “rational,” because any way you slice it, God’s ways are usually beyond our logic and understanding! -Allison Deckert} {In addition, I believe that the idea of God is irrational- because of the entirety of the faith concept- However, God is rational, because who are we to define what is rational and what isn’t? Even if we think His acts are irrational, we cannot fathom, as humans, the purpose of what He is doing or the reasons behind it (like Allison said above). –Emily Hunt}

Coming out of the Middle Ages, there were those like Isaac Newton who thought that God’s universe was orderly, knowable, rational and worth exploration. What kind of picture of God’s world did scientists like Newton begin to paint?

This time period and pursuit of knowledge about the universe and reality began the modern study of what subject?
[modern science –Rachel Crellin]

Peter Medewar argued that the 17th century’s doctrine of the necessity of reason paved the way for what belief?

How did deists come to the conclusion of God as a “giant clockmaker”?

God was viewed as the “giant clockmaker” because they viewed the world in very mechanical terms, like clockwork. Since God made creation, He was referred to as the “clockmaker.” After He set the earth into motion, they believe that God established the laws of science and nature to govern it, and then He left His creation. {Andy Hamilton}

What would be the main difference about the belief in what/how one can have knowledge of God between theists and deists?

(One of the main differences about the belief in what/how one can have knowledge of God between theists and deists is ha… Theists have a belief that we will never know or understand everything about God, they believe all the answers can’t be found in nature, unlike deists.) –Paige Berge

Give a couple examples of how basic deism was not a united school of thought:

How would a deist define God as “Prime Mover”?

(They view God as a “Prime Mover” because they think that he created the world, but stepped back after that to just watch it and let stuff happen.)-Tanner Tripp

(Deists define God as a “Prime Mover” because he set all of creation up. He put everything into place, but is not directly involved in it. As the book states, he is merely a “force of energy”. He just “moved” things, but had no personal influence on them.) -Drew Kleinschmidt

In what ways is the universe “closed” to a deist? {Not only is it outside God’s active interference, but it is also outside our ability as humans to control its laws and events. In one sense, as we talked about, the universe is like a large, intricate clock: fully complete, ticking endlessly on and on, independent of our control and God’s intervention. -Allison Deckert}

How does this eliminate the possibility of miracles? {In this view a miracle cannot happen because God is not able to interfere or else it would appear to be tampering with the universe; therefore it would look like God was making a mistake. –Regina Mott}

How do deists deny the real possibility of free will in humans and what is their reasoning for doing so? {Deists believe that we all have a predestined plan that we can’t stray from. We can only be puppets. ~Courtney Peterson}

Facts/Notes on Deism Part 2 (p. 51-58)

What do deists believe about the state of the universe? Some deists see design in nature and purpose in the universe and in their lives (Prime Designer). Others see God and the universe in a co-creative process (Prime Motivator). Some deists view God in classical terms and see God as observing humanity but not directly intervening in our lives (Prime Observer), while others see God as a subtle and persuasive spirit who created the world, but then stepped back to observe (Prime Mover).[Kyleigh Hall]

Deists believe that God created the world. However, once God created the world, they believe that he left it alone. (Erik Schultz)

What inconsistencies do deists face about the knowledge of God by eliminating the possibility of “revelation”?

On the topic of “Everything that is, is right” and the dilemma that it creates with ethics. {If whatever exists is right, then wrong/evil do not exist. Only what is right exists. Pain and sin are obvious in our nature, so evil must exist. But if whatever “is” is good, then evil does not exist. You can’t hold to” whatever is right” and still have morals in a world full of evil. The two concepts are contradictory. -Molly Matuszak}

How did some deists view Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? Deists view Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is that it is natural law. They view it as simply rules on ethics rather than moral guidance to glorify God with (Annika van Oosbree).

What might some deists believe about history and how would this differ from a Biblical perspective? (A deists perspective on history would be that it is generally not important. Deists would believe that every single moment is a part of the clockwork, so they are insignificant. Specific acts from the past are indifferent. As Christians, we can see divine law in action. We can see humans past mistakes and learn from them.) -Drew Kleinschmidt

Deism was most popular in France and England in the 17th Century. (Nick Wilson)

Deism could not survive as a worldview. {People were left with a relativity of knowledge that they found hard to accept. -Emily Hunt}

On the topic of human significance in Deism{If everything is determined and set in stone, then nothing humans say or do has any impact on any other human or situation which eliminates all significance of what we choose to spend our time doing because it is all meaningless. If we have no choice, we have no significance within ourselves. -Molly Matuszak} {A human cannot have significance if the universe cannot be reordered -Emily Hunt}

Deism is seen as a transitional viewpoint, meaning that it was derived from a viewpoint and has somehow evolved into the thing that it is today. In the case of deism, it has evolved or was derived from a form of theism, and in some way it is leading then to naturalism.

Many deist define faith as “truth perverted to serve the superstitious dogmas and doctrines of the revealed religions which are nothing more than the vane creations of men – not God.” (Brutus Tipton). Brutus was raised a Christian, but he wanted to think truer and be in the world. He believes that “truth can never be fully domesticated.” Deism.com if a website about deism, obviously. The website explains much about what Deists think. (IAN STROMMEN)

Give me some examples of a kind of practical deism found in some scientists:

Albert Einstien- “Sees” a higher power at work behind the universe and want to maintain reason created in the world. Einstien can be considered a deist at heart. (Spenser Bland)

Isaac Newton – His mathematical explanation of universal gravitation essentially explained both the behavior of things on earth, and the behavior of things in space. This basically promoted a worldview in which the natural universe is controlled by the laaws of nature. This theory supports the idea that God created the universe, and set it into motion that is controlled by nature and then left it alone to run it’s course. (Tyler Furry)

Stephen Hawking– In this clip Stephen uses the example of saying that could God create a rock a rock big enough that he couldn’t lift it? Meaning God could have created the universe and not done anything after creation.(http://www.unifieddeism.com/discussions/stephen-hawking-on-god) (Joel Virshek)
Dr. Francis Collins-”Science is…a powerful way, indeed – to study the natural world. Science is not particularly effective…in making commentary about the supernatural world. Both worlds, for me, are quite real and quite important. They are investigated in different ways. They coexist. They illuminate each other.” (Huffington Post) (Tristan DeMorett)

 

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/554646-let-us-remind-ourselves-of-the-terminology-a-theist-believes

“Let us remind ourselves of the terminology. A theist believes in a supernatural intelligence who, in addition to his main work of creating the universe in the first place, is still around to oversee and influence the subsequent fate of his initial creation. In many theistic belief systems, the deity is intimately involved in human affairs. He answers prayers; forgives or punishes sins; intervenes in the world by performing miracles; frets about good and bad deeds, and knows when we do them (or even think about doing them). A deist, too, believes in a supernatural intelligence, but one whose activities were confined to setting up the laws that govern the universe in the first place. The deist God never intervenes thereafter, and certainly has no specific interest in human affairs. Pantheists don’t believe in a supernatural God at all, but use the word God as a non-supernatural synonym for Nature, or for the Universe, or for the lawfulness that governs its workings. Deists differ from theists in that their God does not answer prayers, is not interested in sins or confessions, does not read our thoughts and does not intervene with capricious miracles. Deists differ from pantheists in that the deist God is some kind of cosmic intelligence, rather than the pantheist’s metaphoric or poetic synonym for the laws of the universe. Pantheism is sexed-up atheism. Deism is watered-down theism.”
― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

{Miguel Holguin}

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“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.” 
― Thomas Jefferson

{Andrew Engstrom}

 

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Church

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There are many things that christians are getting wrong today, it is hard to narrow down the generic beliefs of a christian because there are so many different yet similar views. One of the ideas that I think most Christians are getting wrong is worship and views on worship.

So many times after attending a church service we hear or say “I didn’t get anything out of that” or something like that. The point of church is not so that you get something, its so you can give praise to The Lord. In todays society it is all about “me” and everyone does things for “me”. We are very self centered in our world.

We are NOT worthy of worship, it says in the Bible in many places that God is worthy though:
“Who is worthy?” (Rev. 5:2)
“You are worthy…for you were slain, and have redeemed us” (Rev. 5:9).
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain” (Rev. 5:12).

These verses show how He is the one that deserves our praise and not man. Also in Rev. 5:9 it says that he redeemed us, this is a big reason to prove why we need to have the mentality to give back to him for redeeming us. God leaves it to us to make the decision to worship or not.

The other thing that I feel many christians are getting wrong is not loving our neighbors. As a Christian I have seen this many times or heard this. So many Christians find their Christian friends and stay far away from any non-christians. This is not what the Bible tells us nor does it reflect Christ’s teachings.

Jesus is all about love: loving God, loving each other, loving our neighbors, as well as loving our enemies. This is not what I see a lot of in our world today, there are so many judgmental, hypocritical, and mean people out there who claim to be Christians. But there are times when Christians can get it right.

Here is an excerpt from an article I found about this topic:
“When Christians get it right, they love and give, they work for justice and demonstrate kindness. When Christians get it right, they, like Jesus, befriend those who are outside the Church rather than condemning them. And when Christians get it right, people are drawn to, rather than repelled by, their faith.”
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/features/21997-when-christians-get-it-wrong

When reading this, I feel like they nailed it. This is how Christians should act, this is how i want non-christians to see us and to want to be more like us.

Next comes the issues that the churches will struggle with in the future years to come. I believe that a big issue that they will be dealing with will be gay marriage. We can already see this coming up way more than ever before and I believe that it could get even worse in the future and they wont be able to know that its wrong.

Within the last year or two, gay marriage has been legalized, some Christians feel that since the government says that it is ok that it must be okay. This is not true, in the Bible it says that homosexuality is a sin and they will not inherit the kingdom of God. Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it means between man and woman, this is what God commands us and we should follow.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
In this verse it confirms the point about how they will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Leviticus 20:13 ESV
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
This verse seems a little harsh, but it is true and should not be overlooked. the outcome of homosexuality is condemned by God and the ultimate punishment is death.

Pulling this topic back to the original question, I think that these verses will be overlooked more and more as time goes on. More churches will host Gay marriages and pastors will preach at them. The congregation will see this happening and start believing that this is right and not a bad thing.

The final thing that I feel the Churches will loose in the future is Sola Scriptura. “The phrase sola scriptura is from the Latin: sola having the idea of “alone,” “ground,” “base,” and the word scriptura meaning “writings”—referring to the Scriptures. Sola scriptura means that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of the Christian. The Bible is complete, authoritative, and true. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)”

As time moves on, we seem to adjust the Bible to how it fits in the modern lives of the people. I believe that the Bible will be changed and interpreted in many different ways and people will continue to cut parts out and edit it to fit the way they want it to. if we can go back to the roots of what the Bible says, i believe it will solve many controversies and arguments within the Christians and church beliefs.

Overall theres a lot of problems that are soon to come, or that have already come, and I really hope that Jesus comes back soon so we don’t have to deal with all that!

 

 

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In around 3 years, we will be voting for the next leader of one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world. This is a very big decision for everyone, as believers we should take a look at many things that the candidates stand for before making our decision and we should pray over it. Five issues that I will look at most while selecting my choice will be their outlook on wars and preventions of wars, what they believe about abortions and laws that they could make, how they will tax people and what they will do with the money, how they will deal with and change the healthcare program, and their religious views and beliefs.

1: Religion
The United States is considered a Christian nation, this label is something we should hold to as Americans. The leader we elect should also reflect what the majority of our country believes. I will elect a Christian President not only because I am a Christian, but also because there are many morals that we learn and hold to from the Bible. A Christian should understand and agree with many of my same beliefs on topics discussed by the government today, such as abortion and wars. Electing a Christian, will hopefully mean that he will hold to the same beliefs and understandings that I do. If I elect a non-believer and agree with all of the things that they say during election time, who knows how that would change in the future if they do not agree with the Bibles teachings.

2: Abortion
Abortion is a topic that can hit home for many of Americans. I believe that the government should make abortion under any circumstances illegal. The next president should address the facts that abortion is killing a human instead of just some tissue. Millions of abortions happen every year when there are other options for the mother to consider. One main alternative to an abortion is to give the child up for adoption and there are always couples looking to adopt. The next president needs to make it clear that abortion is wrong and it should be made illegal.
In Jeremiah 1:5 the Bible says. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” God tells us that even before we are conceived, He made us and had a purpose for us. If our next president could understand that and truly believe in the Bible, he would do something about all the abortions.

3: Wars
Within the last however many years, we were dealing with the war in Iraq that never seemed to end. When I am voting for a candidate I want him to not be completely against wars, but one that knows when it is right to get involved and when it is not okay. We should only be involved in just wars that are for our own nation and ones that are helping out a nation with a stable government and that we have a strong agreement with. There were so many American men lost in the war of Iraq that didn’t need to die, that is a tragedy I do not want to encounter in the near future.
In Ecclesiastes 3:8-9 it says, “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” I believe that the next president should take this verse to heart and not be too quick to get involved in wars that we do not need to be involved in and to try to make peace and not war.

4: Taxes
One of the top issues voters are concerned about it taxes. If a president choses to put a tax that is too low, then the government will have much less money to deal with, but if they set it too high, they are hurting all of the tax payers. Many people want the tax to be lowered of course, but also the tax can not be too low or else many important things will be cut from government founding. Education, Welfare, taking care of national debt, and many more things will not receive the adequate amount of money to run properly. I want our next president to have the tax issue figured out and ready to go, finding a perfect medium between under founding and taxing the citizens too much. Once we find a good place where it satisfies the majority and also takes care of the founding that our country needs, we will be in a good place.

5: Healthcare
Another big topic that voters are paying attention for is what the government will do with healthcare. Recently there has been the launch of the Obamacare program that is getting criticized because of how poorly thought out it was and how the website had many problems. The president I will vote for next will hopefully trash that whole deal and build up a much better healthcare program that keeps its promises and will benefit the country as a whole. We must sort out the issues with the program and create one that will last and help us move forward instead of holding us back.

The current candidate that fits what I am looking for is Paul Ryan. He agrees on many of the things listed above, some were how life starts at conception, abortion should be made illegal, the current healthcare system should go, and many more.

Heres something I stumbled upon. Take a look if you’re bored, its entertaining.

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pages/obama/obama-ashamed-of-jesus.htm

Sources:

The Bible
My Head
http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Paul_Ryan.htm/
http://www.openbible.info/topics/paying_taxes

Bible Blog #4

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In my opinion i don’t think that God would be a supporter of war. I also don’t think He is strongly against it. In the bible it says that He sent the Israelites into battle and he used war to conquer other nations. But when He commanded them to do this they were told that it wasn’t because of their military that they claimed victory but because of God. Here are some verses on war or views on peace.

Matthew 5:8-9

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

in this verse it shows that God does not like conflict, but peacemakers. If we strive to be more like God or “sons of God” we should be for peace and not someone who creates conflict.

Ephesians 6:11-17

Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

This verse that we are all familiar with shows the armor that we should wear into battle, but the battle is spiritual. It is the battle against Satin. That is the only battle that we should be fighting, trying to gain peace and resisting the devil.

In (NIV, Matthew 5:38-45) it is Jesus talking about how we should resist fighting back and creating enemies. the overall message from these verses is that we should not give in and be peacemakers.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

So yeah. Heres my sources: 

http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/just_war_principle.html

http://www.gotquestions.org/war-Bible.html

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Happy Friday: Here’s A Corgi Twerking

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If Juicy J’s college scholarship can be applied to obedience school, then there’s a new frontrunner in the competition.

In this video sure to brighten your Friday, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi shows Miley Cyrus a thing or two about twerking, no Robin Thicke necessary. The internet’s favorite breed has a body built for rump shaking and luckily this pup’s parents don’t need a twerking tutorial and are willing to share their dog’s delightful dance moves with the world. Maybe next time Lily Allen should use an all-corgi backup dance revue for her videos?

Assuming the corgi’s moves will win Juciy J’s heart, let’s hope the pup’s obedience school doesn’t make its students sign anti-twerking contracts.

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Bible Blog #3 (about Hell) only Mr. A should read this

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As Christians, we view Hell as a very real and critical thing. We know that people who have not accepted God as their savior will go to Hell. This is a very scary thought to think about, because there are so many people out there that are not Christian that die every day and go to Hell.   Throughout the bible, there are many mentions of hell. In the old and new Testament there are mentions of Hell, but they use different words to define it. One of the words was Sheol which means grave, and this was also associated with Hades. These refer to the under world. Gehenna is another word used, and this one translates to Hell where the soul and body can be destroyed.   This word Gehenna is seen in Matthew 10:28 ESV where it says, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” This shows that we should fear the one, Satan, because he is able to kill our souls and bodies.   In Mark 9:43-48 ESV it tells us that we must be completely pure before God for judgment or else we will be sent to Hell, “And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”   I feel like Eternal Punishment for something we did during just a short amount of time seems a little unfair. But also, everyone is given a chance to make that decision and pretty much everyone has heard of the Bible, so all they have to do is accept it and take God into their lives. God does give pretty much everyone a chance, yet sometimes it does seem unfair that people that don’t listen are punished eternally.   In 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 (NIV) it talks about what people who don’t believe in God will receive as their punishment: “6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.”  http://gregscouch.homestead.com/files/whatabouthell.html This site is very insightful on the Biblical view of Hell. It gives the truth about how hell is eternal and not something that we as christians should just push aside or try to make light of it. It says things about how hell is painful, it is punishment, it is conscious. We will be awake all the time, being tortured or hurt in some way. Hell is just not a fun place to spend the rest of eternity in.    http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/hell.html  biblegateway.com   http://whatdoesthebiblesayabout.com/archives/what-does-the-bible-say-about-hell

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