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Friday, January 10, 2014
We believe! Why?
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We believe! Why?
Believe that life is worth living
and your belief will help create the fact. ~ William James
Why is life worth living then?
The bible says...
1 Peter 3:15
15 But make sure in your hearts
that Christ is Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. Be ready to give the
reason for it. But do it gently and with respect.
How do you answer about your hope to someone who may not believe?
is important but in our modern world so is being logical.
This is one of the ways we can explain what
we believe and why…
We believe that we exist and that we are alive and know it. I guess than means that unlike other forms of life on
earth that we can understand and make decisions to identify truth.
We would probably agree it is reasonable to expect that most of us try to live a quality
life daily. Also most can decide on what
is true and what is untrue right? Then independent of whether we agree or not, life is made up of a series of decisions we
need to make, isn’t it?
This means that while living I will come across things that to me are true,
and some other things are untrue. I also realize my understanding of truth can be wrong without me knowing it. Belief
progresses and is not a single experience.
Our belief statements live as we live and develop them further.
At the moment, I believe that to
understand truth, we must evaluate everything through our perceptions and we focus our perceptions with logic.
Logic is learned by experience, and is better understood by more
mature people. (Though this a bit of a generalization and sometimes not true. :) )
Since we live on earth, we must consider everything
we experience in terms experiences in our daily environments. This should include using all history, art,
science, and other disciplines to understand the boundaries between truth and non-truth.
To do this means we must currently face the questions
of evolution, human development and life, since these are key aspects in the truth determining process in current
In these areas, I have
some fundamental statements regarding my own current beliefs, but perhaps you may agree with some of them if they are investigated.
I believe that to date, nobody has
given a sufficient explanation of how life originates.
Discussing life: To date no scientist can show how life originated. Not one! Nobody can even currently provide
a plausible argument about how life could originate either on earth or in the universe anywhere. This means that currently
there is no mechanism for development of life without allowing for there being an external force constructing the
building blocks of life.
evolution: While I see the probability of the earth having formed out of the cosmos as being high, and evolution of life within
species as being high, I see that Darwinian evolution dictates a migration from one species to another as mandatory
to it’s process.
Now if this migration between species occurred, there would lots of fossils of these between species creatures, at least
as many as any specific specie of the fossil found so far. This is logical but when we investigate it appears that this does
not appear to be so. This leads me to believe an external directing force needed to be involved with any interspecies
evolution, if it occurred.
I must also state I am using the word “force” loosely. I am also not saying inter-species evolution did
not occur, but I am saying that if it did there was some external force involved.
Now I do believe that this universe is uniquely made,
and that science itself has posited that the probability of our existing by chance is extremely small. Options for disaster
to occur by slight variances in balancing forces of various types outweigh success if this is the only Universe.
Then the level of complexity in the
variation in densities of energy in the original “big bang” being setup perfectly for
life to have occurred as it has, is so improbably, that the
fact it did occur should probably be ascribed as a “miracle”.
Yet, we would all probably agree that science suggests
that evolution is the current program by which we and our universe have reached our level of complexity.
So, despite the holes in this evolution theory
which are as yet open and unproved, I accept that this universe, if it evolved, did so like
a huge complex brain of immense proportions.
No person could ever have thought this all out
and set it up because we were not yet in existence when it occurred. So there was some other “brain” that did
this. We have less thinking ability than that “brain” (I am using the term “brain” to refer to decisions
driving the multiple laws, forces and processes of universe in which we exist).
So this “brain” , our highly evolved
universe, is extremely complex and beyond mankind’s ability to fully understand at this point.
Now is it not logical to state that
anyone who says that this “brain” of our universe is the only “brain” of this complexity, is limiting possibilities and being narrow minded.
Following this logic there must
be other “brains” other than the “brain” of our known universe.
This means that belief that there are other “brains”
other than our known universe is LESS narrow minded that believing this one universe in which we live in is the only
Now, if there
are multiple “brains” of this nature, then it stands to reason that if we apply evolution then these other brains evolved from or were created from a source.
Therefore, I am suggesting that there is potentially an originating “brain”
from which these others evolved, and contend that is what many people call “god”.
We can therefore state that those
that believe god does not exist (atheists) are less broadminded than those who state a god probably exists (agnostics).
Then if a god
exists, it seems logical that the god would probably want to leave a “signature” or evidence of his creation
within his handiwork.
So, I guess
the universal task of looking for truth would be an investigation within which this
signature would be capable of being found. That finding this “signature” is capability available to anyone.
Now doesn’t the ability to identify
a signature or signatures (and obviously I am using this word in the broadest possible way) is dependent on accepting these
“signatures” could exist?
means that only those acknowledging that a god exists (even if they do not know him personally) are likely to see
the evidence of these “signatures”.
That’s why we can say that agnostics(believe in a god) are more broadminded than atheists who do not accept this since atheists
exclude themselves from the possibility of finding this truth.
It is also true that “agnostics” have the greatest potential of discovering the signature(s).
Understanding this, we must also accept as
true the fact that different people could also “discover” multiple perspectives of what they consider
to be THE “signature” without actually being correct.
So if there is only one correct “signature”
or group of “signatures” hidden in creation, submitting other versions as being the correct one(s) would be interesting but untrue and invalid. This would be true no matter how fiercely
anyone holds to beliefs in these false signatures or signature groups being correct, right?
Isn’t it true that the only one who can know the
signature(s) is/are correct must be from outside the created universe,
and hence must be a god out there somewhere.
Also isn’t arguing a signature is correct is limited and incapable of being evaluated without assistance of
a god who creates a person would probably want to interact or even have a relationship with that person and would
establish a way to have such a relationship.
means it is probably more broadminded to state that we believe a god does exist and may want
to have a relationship with us, than to state such a god does not exist.
In other words agnostic’s who accept but don’t know god, to be more broadminded than atheists who deny
the possibility of god’s existence.
for the true “signature” to be correctly identified, the “god” would have
to interact with the people in creation to enable
this truth to be discerned correctly.
means that it is broadminded to consider that a god exists and this god potentially interacts and wants to interact with those
of us within this universe that are alive and know it.
It’s probably that the god if they exist would not go counter to the known truths in unveiling
how this universe was established, wanting to add to and
expose truth rather than misdirect us.
I step to a region of my own personal belief and to which each person I believe needs determine and to develop for themselves.
I am moving from logic to faith on this step, but this does not mean I do not have facts to back this migration.
I do NOT believe in an
impersonal god, because at a point in my life development, at a time when I was in a no-win position (having totally
screwed up my life), and where any action I could personally have taken to rectify it would have been negative, I was given
a exposure to this god and the option to accept this god as the God in my life.
I had this option presented to me by an interaction with GOD and without being
in a religious group, also without having any current knowledge of or respect for any religious person or persons
at that time.
This was at a time
when I was not even investigating anything spirituality and was looking for physical ways of saving my own skin from
impending doom and pain. In fact I was also looking for a way out without any subscription to the concept
of good or evil. I was selfishly focused on self-preservation.
I believe that I was exposed to God at this time in a rather unusual specific way simply
because I as a person am very unlikely to accept God under any other conditions.
Hopefully you and others will have perhaps more friendly and supportive
paths to this knowledge.
I believe that God, once I had accepted him, moved me from atheist to believer without passing me through that agnostic option.
God then directed me to Jesus Christ as pointed to Him as his signature in this world and as the source of truth.
This is a personal belief, expressed in faith,
but consider this... if I encountered the true God, then it is also a true belief. I want to add my life
experience to this point confirms this experience.
So I believe in God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit, as defined in the Nicene Creed and as exposed to us by
the original texts from which the Christian bible was compiled and translated.
It is my duty to continue to explore truth and offer
this evidence to everyone.
Yet, I believe that this pursuit needs to be done with respect and tolerance for those who are on this journey at
different levels and without thinking in any way that we can be superior or sub-ordinate to any other person.
I believe that on the continuum of most broadminded
to least, the believer in God is most broadminded, the agnostic believer
lesser so, and the atheist believer the least broadminded of people.
Mostly, I believe that my daily relationship
with this God gives me a vibrancy that those without it simply fail to achieve in their existence.
These are my beliefs.
The version of the Nicene Creed to which I subscribe is on my website for anyone to
review. I do honestly pray for us all to reach a vibrancy of life found by acknowledging God and I suggest it is more reasonable
to believe in God than to not do so.
For me this is true, I hope it is or will become true for you too!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Do we really care anymore?
Do we really
Wed, January 8, 2014 | link
Convict turns himself in…sometimes Jail is a good place!
Yesterday in the news there was
an interesting story of an escaped convict who turned himself in after a day being free.
Well here in Canada and the USA we have had a freezing cold time.
Something people called a polar vortex brought in temperature that in his area was about -20F.
A few hours of experiencing the true pain of life resulted in hypothermia and his walking into a motel and telling them to
call the police.
Jail was at least warm, with warm food and a bed!
This story got me thinking of how the average person treats this world.
many, life is the great escape to be enjoyed and people consider themselves “free” to do anything that pleases them, then time catches
up with everyone. “life” turns out to have some really nasty side effects as a result of evil, and selfishness once thought of as the great pleasure becomes
the great trap.
It seems as if everyone is doing evil in differing degrees!
People say “There is no God”. They seem to think as long as they don’t
get caught at it, that they can do anything. In pampering to selfish desires many people do vile things.
Even the best of us at one time or another
are not proud of something we have done.
Evil appears to win in so many instances and yet, some people even proclaim there is no evil as if by denying it, they can escape it.
They can’t escape evil, none of us can!
looks at us and sees us for who we are.
searches to see who understands him, knows the truth and loves Him. Yet so many do not love God and all of us have done evil
at some time or other. None of us is pure of our own accord.
We know it don’t we?
We know so little of truth, yet so many of our scientists proclaim
they know it all.
Talking to a friend yesterday, I find out that it only takes an elderly person to go to a doctor
because they got dizzy and after an array of tests the answer was often, “I don’t know” just “take
In a different circumstance if the doctor had an ego problem it may be that he would try to blame
it on an activity by the elderly or something else, anything to avoid saying he doesn’t know.
We don’t know so much!
We don’t know how bioengineering
will impact our human race or the environment yet. We can feel that if bioengineering is not dealt with
carefully there is a horror waiting to happen. Is CO2 destroying the planet? We think so but there are still questions as
to whether this is true.
What keeps unethical people from destroying our planet with greed?
Only God restores us to the warmth of His presence and teaches us truth and the ultimate
good values and morals. Only through Jesus can this world really understand truth.
Let’s pray today that we as mankind will learn real fast.
Here is a bible excerpt
that discussed what I have commented on more fully than I can…
The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
on all mankind
see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 Everyone has turned away, all have
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on God.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
where there was nothing
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
you put them to shame, for God despised them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel
would come out of Zion!
When God restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
Christians lets pray for God's intervention in teh world and that truth will increase. Non-Christians,
perhaps consider carefully what is happening to this world and where ultimate safety is to be found, relaizing that we live
forever, even after death.
Have a great day!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
How does the little guy combat the wealthy evildoer?
How does the
little guy combat the wealthy evildoer?
Tue, January 7, 2014 | link
“Silently, sadly, the earth covered life coinage is read both ways; so much vs. so little and…so little vs. …so
much!” ~ Wes Adamson
Big corporations, little people!
Most of us work for big corporations, since
they are the biggest employers.
Most of us fail to see that corporations are composed of people who drive them and we often start to talk
as if corporations have a life of their own. We buy stocks in them and demand they perform to meet our expectations rather
than that they provide a modest realistic return but treat their employees well.
Then, as the company
executives opportunities recede and times get harder (and we all know about that), they start to make decisions that are “cost
saving”. This means reductions in areas that often have to do with support of the very people who have supported the
The little person gets hurt!
Is it perhaps because the public holding the stock do
not demand that companies exercise compassion and love as well as turn a profit?
Where is the stock exchange
that shows not only the $’s but other company indicators, like the staff turnover and reduction, the average wage of
executives and workers, or some other measures of this nature. How do we reward companies that take care of their people?
companies get to struggling to a certain level, their boards normally throw out the compassionate executives and bring in those we label a “sharks” to “save” the company.
Often these people have
even less interest in the “soft” aspects of running the company.
They often have less morals and so the
chances of getting Christian’s involved in these types of positions is even less.
That’s why so many
companies have evil outperforming good in their management.
We as a public reward evil over good as we selfishly want a dime for
every dollar we invest in stocks.
Yet, we know one thing, God still protects the little person! Psalm 52 is all about
this…the first part says…
Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast
all day long,
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 You who
your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened
3 You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking
4 You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!
Is this not what we see happening so often.
Those who do evil are not even ashamed of what they do. They cut costs and send people home to cold poverty and then take
home million dollar bonuses. What is wrong with that?
They are a disgrace in God’s eyes. Surely cost cutting means no bonuses and everyone at all level’s
contributing equally out of their disposable income. This way executives and higher incomes should be contributing more dollars
and those with less, less, but in proportion to what they receive as gain.
Have you notices how deceitful some people can be, particularly as
they plan to take over wealth. They can hide things and speak in ways to convince people that situations are different than
they really are. They justify these ways and make out its necessary and good. It’s not, it wicked or evil!
The psalm continues…
5 Surely God will bring you
down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous will see and fear;
will laugh at you, saying,
7 “Here now is the man
who did not
make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”
Notice that the loss
is everlasting not temporary. It is eternal, not limited to this life. Those who laugh haughtily and treat others badly in
this life will get into a rut of doing it. Their downfall is determined by their own evil routines.
Yet, those who suffer a little in this life,
who rely on God, those who chose to do right even when it hurts, who love and care, even when times are tough. Those are the
ones God loves! Those can say
8 But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.
I trust we fall into the latter group and
that we try hard not be like those in the former group.
Let’s look for ways of caring and respecting others
not matter what their station in life or their ability to create, control or manage wealth.
Let’s invest in
stocks wisely because we are moving companies by the way we invest. It is often us that determine the management style of
companies through stocks we buy in times of stress. Even if we do not buy stocks, do we pray for the company we are part of?
Doing these things means we are being more Godlike! That way our eternity will be joyful and perhaps
we can make life a bit better for everyone.
Monday, January 6, 2014
How can I be “holy”?
How can I be
Mon, January 6, 2014 | link
The bible says
with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at
his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written:
“Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1
Okay, so what is the true biblical meaning of “holy”?
It means set apart, placed aside for a purpose.
We are to be set apart
for God. Placed aside for a purpose that is according to God’s desire.
This unique relationship with God is a shared relationship. God and
us share in a special relationship.
Yet, a relationship requires two parties doesn’t it. Only people with problems have relationships with themselves.
The rest of us understand a relationship is with another.
To be holy means more than just a relationship, it is a mutually enjoyed relationship.
Because we enjoy the relationship with God
it turns us towards Him and unites us with Him.
That’s the wonderful part of being Holy. It’s that relationship that shows us what is worthwhile
in life and so we go towards those worthwhile aspects rejecting those that aren’t. We do this in a voluntary loving
That’s Holiness folk!You and I can be Holy!
Let’s try and be worth of being set apart for God.
Have a great day!
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