“Killed God”

Originally Posted May 26 2016

They say that they killed God.

They laugh and jive and cheer. “God may have created man!” They cry “But man now has killed God!”

They sing it like a war anthem while locked in their little walls. The walls they put up to shut the world away. The world that scared them, the world that was bigger than them, the world they could not explain or understand. They lock it all away so that the illusion can stand. The illusion that man has grown in power and that this little corner is all there ever was.

But outside the walls a storm is brewing. The war continues to rage on. The enemy need not breach the walls, for the walls do not protect, they contain.

The battle goes on, but the end is near. The enemy knows he has lost. There is no point in trying to win, only in taking as much with him as he can. He laughs as he knows all he holds.

Inside the walls the trouble grows. The walls are cramped and limiting. There is not much room for growth, and there is so much missing. But to suggest the walls exist would be to suggest the world outside exists, so instead people stay quiet and complain.

There is no room to grow, so instead they dig deep. They dig a pit of which there is no escape. They dig deeper and deeper into their little plot of land releasing all the terrors and dangers which lie beneath. But this must be the direction they were meant to go, as it is the only direction there is, afterall they have explored all there is in the world… At least within their walls.

Most of all they hate those who look beyond the walls. Those who warn of dangers approaching, or travel to seek new lands. Such actions are foolhardy and fantasy! Man has no need of such things! Man is safe! Man is contained! Man is where man is meant to be!

Beware the feeling that you have a grasp on this world, for the world is too vast for the human mind to grasp. Man has not grown in power the last 7000 years. We still live the same way we always have, complain about the same things we always have, draw the same lines we always have.

Humans have not grown, their worlds have only shrunk. A world which still exists is blocked out of view. In spite what people may think, what you do not see CAN and WILL still affect you.

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What Is Strength?

Originally Posted May 23 2016

What is strength? I mean people keep asking for it… and looking for it…

“To be strong and independent!” “I need to be stronger!” “We are a strong nation!” “Don’t show weakness!” “I only want a strong man!” “I only want a strong woman!” “My coffee needs to be strong enough to bench press a car AS I drink it!”

I mean, the pursuit of strength and fear of weakness has such a huge impact on our society but what on earth is it??

I mean… some would say “Strength is the ability to be yourself no matter what others say!” but… that is a use of strength… not what strength is… and to tell you honestly… there’s a limit to the strength of someone who tosses away the advice of others so that pursuit of strength holds an ultimate weakness…

Others might say “I will know I’m strong when my biceps will kiss my pecs when I flex!” but again… is that strength? It’s a little disturbing… but honestly a lot of the physically strongest people I’ve met have also been some of the weakest, so what strength is in physical strength?

Strength is the ability to protect those you care about? To do the right thing even when it’s hard? To seek improvement in all things? All these are forms of strength but not strength in itself. So what is strength??

Well… simplest way I can put it is this:

Strength is the ability to overcome difficult obstacles.

….yeah… that’s it… when you really boil it down, that’s all that strength ultimately is. Ironically though, strength on its own is fairly weak. We see this a lot in our culture now a days.

Without wisdom, strength can only take you so far. It is one thing to be able to fight battles, but it is another to be able to know which battles are worth fighting. If you are the type of person who will threaten underpaid employees for slow service, stand up for your beliefs by belittling others INSTEAD of supporting your own arguments, or believe you can out argue anyone with logic without first thinking ‘do they want to listen?’ then… I am sorry… but your ‘strength’ is probably doing more damage than good.

Strength is power, but wisdom is precision.

But that being said. Even with wisdom, strength can still be dangerous. I have met many strong and wise people who have destroyed many including themselves… why? Because without love, strength and wisdom will tell you how to fight, but not what you’re fighting for.

If you focus your life on destroying those who oppose you… I am sorry, you have no future. There is no hope for a destroyer. They will only achieve their goals by ultimately destroying themselves as they have destroyed everything else in their lives. The world will be dark and empty. There will be no hope or light. All their world will be consumed by the darkness they cannot snuff out and that seems to grow the more they fight it. This is how hatred works. It spreads. To those around you, and through yourself until you are saturated with it and it is all you see.

This is where love comes in. Don’t fight to destroy those who oppose you. Fight to build a brighter future. Fight to protect those who are hurting. Someone who is strongly fighting to build and protect will actually never even see the enemy save for when they are foolish enough to try to cross you. You will be far too busy and too focused on those you care about and look out for to be distracted by them.

So where does this bring us? Well… if we truly want to be strong people, I guess we need to realize some things…

1. A strong person is not a destroyer. Any weakling can destroy. A strong person will build and protect.

2. Strength alone is not strength at all. Without wisdom for precision, and love for aim, there is no strength in strength. Only a wild and indiscriminate force

3. The strong soul does not always walk the path we expect.I mean… let’s admit it. Who doesn’t like to get all worked up? “OH MAN! I AM TOTALLY GONNA POST THESE PRO *insert trendy cause* STATUS AND CHANGE THE WORLD BY FRUSTRATING PEOPLE BY MUD SLINGING! AND THEN! IF ANYONE STANDS AGAINST ME I’M GONNA TEAR A STRIP OUT OF THEM LETTING OUT ALL MY SUPPRESSED ANGER LIKE A TRUE RAGING STRONGMAN!”

news flash… rage and hatred is not true strength… actually they take very little strength to use… they come quite naturally to us… It takes true strength to keep scrolling. It takes true strength to weather the insults. It takes IMMENSE strength to see someone who hates your guts and everything you care about and think “…that person is still a wonderful human being loved by God and I still care about them.”

I’m a simple guy myself. I have two modes. Support, and annihilate, and have trouble with anything in between. If someone is a jerk, or hurting people I care about, or spreading false info about something I care about, I think about how easy it would be just to absolutely and utterly destroy them, and how good it would feel doing it… but that is not strength… nor is strength built from doing that… nor is anything accomplished by doing that…

I do not weather storms well… so quite often I try to dodge and avoid instead… but life calls for more than that… I don’t know if true strength is ever achievable but… it’s worth fighting for… it’s worth growing in… We are meant for more than just destruction… we are stronger than we ever know… we just have to use the true strength, not the fake one our society has come to worship and uphold

Old and New Testament

Originally Posted May 23 2016

I find it interesting how in the bible the old testament is almost entirely devoted to saying “What they did” and “What to do.” This creates a very long book which can actually be pretty confusing on its own… “Obey God. Follow these rules. These people did all this stuff. Some of it was good, some not so good but we won’t tell you every time there is a difference.”

The new testament on the other hand is like the opposite. We have instead a book devoted almost entirely to WHY we do the things we do, with very little information as to what was happening at the time. Because of this we have a much shorter book which tends to lead a much heavier impact on peoples’ lives.

But then there is a third method I don’t see people using very often. And that is using the New Testament almost like a key to unlocking the depth that lies within the old testament. To realize from the new testament how we serve a God that loves us. Who wants what’s best for us. How it is our heart more than our actions that hit him as we are not perfect people and do mess up… You then get left with a very long book of God trying to explain to people “DON’T DO THIS! YOU ARE MADE FOR MORE THAN THIS!” But those people just not getting it through their heads.

Human Beings

Originally Posted May 12 2016

Human Beings:

Incredibly complex creatures capable of actions that surpass logic, instincts, and expectations for reasons they themselves don’t fully understand. In spite of this you can predict most their actions within half a day of studying as they have repeated the same patterns for the last 7000 years in the name of rebellion and progress.

What Gen Y Needs

Originally Posted May 10 2016

I get asked a lot what Gen Y needs to get by. It’s no secret, though a bit of an elephant in the room.

Unemployment/underemployment/going back to school for lack of employment is around 77% of our generation, the amount of student debt is skyrocketing while value of degrees are plummeting, common law has so flooded out marriage that it has caused the divorce rate to actually go down, anxiety and depression both have skyrocketed to ridiculous levels, and more. There really is no secret that our generation is the doomed generation that has well earned the post apocalyptic future dream that has knocked out the days of hope in the past.

So what is the answer?

“We need jobs!” seems like an answer… until you realize that by posting more jobs we simply lower the treatment of employees. Sure companies hire twice as many people, but give those people a third of the hours. No benefits, no hope, nothing can be found from employment like that.

So is it money then? Should we cancel out student debts? Raise the minimum wage? Create cheaper housing? Again… that would be nice. The average amount needed to live a VERY tight budgeted life right now is about $35000 a year… the average Gen Y employee working 2 or 3 jobs might be able to pull off $23000… Things like rent are simply throwing money down the drain but the downpayment of houses is far too much for most people to save up… But is money simply the answer? No I think it runs deeper than that….

There are a lot of things that COULD help the situation (personally I’d feel encouraged if for one if people stopped calling us Millennials… it was a typo that started it and it doesn’t even make sense! Millennials are the generation after us as they were born the new Millennium. We’re gen Y because we come after gen X!) but all these things are simply just applying cream to the wound… not stopping the source of the problem.

If I was to ask for one thing that Gen Y’s need right now… that maybe this whole world needs… that I know I need… it would be “Hope”

We are a generation without hope… What do we honestly have to look forward to? What can we turn to to rely on? What are we even working towards?

Do we want a future where we can get married, raise a family, live financially secured? What hope is there!? Very few will ever make enough to go that far in life. As the older generations cling onto their old jobs and punch and stab each other to try and add another penny to their paycheque… is there any way we can shoulder our way into that horror show?

Is it relationships we want? That in itself has become a source of anxiety in itself. We were raised in a world where the messiness of relationships falling apart was not only a fact of life but considered to be inevitable. The statistics of marriages staying together for life is so low that it seems almost like mythology, and it’s not the legality that makes the marriage falling apart messy… it’s that there are two people who had that bond together that are now tearing themselves apart…. such a division is NOT a clean cut. Growing up watching that happen time and time again, how can anyone have the courage to say “I will be strong enough to not put someone else through that pain?” but at the same time… the pain of being alone is far too great to ignore… so we close our eyes… we have light hearted relationships without commitment… we tell ourselves when they fall apart “It hurts… but the pain if I had ACTUALLY committed would have been far worse!” to hide the fact that it still hurts like mad.

Do we wait for the government to save us? or the law? Hah! What hope is there in that?? We grew up hearing those names scraped through the mud all our lives. “Whoever is in charge is a tyrant. whoever makes laws is unjust. Everything is meant to abuse us. You can’t trust the cops, the law, the government because they’re all out to destroy us….” So we keep flipping… we chase after whoever isn’t in power thinking that maybe THEY will save us only to be let down again. People fear the law… they hate the injustice they claim to exist…. they feel they have no one to trust but themselves… Government turns to anarchy, law to vigilante, justice to vengeance. There is no hope to be found in such a place. Where double talk between countries, betrayal, false faces, fear, mistrust, abuse of power, propaganda, fear mongering, and more exists.

Do we continue to trust in ourselves? It’s what we’ve been taught to do…. “Only you can control your destiny! Don’t rely on others when you can do it yourself! You have the power to be whatever you want to be! Everything anyone does is firstmost motivated by what is in it for them! That is all humans can do.” But…. that is the least reliable thing we can rely on…. We are human…. we are weak… can anyone deny that? Honestly? We let ourselves down all the time…. “I’m not strong enough…. I’m not smart enough… I’m not brave enough… I’m not attractive enough…. I’m not popular enough….” So we put on masks… we try to be who we are not…. We throw away any belief that we were made to be who we were for a reason and decide that we need to pretend to be who we think would be strong enough to handle this….. But we can’t… because that’s not who we are…. you think you can keep up the charade long enough to weather the storm… but the storm never ends… in fact it just grows stronger…. there is no hope for someone who relies on themselves…. only the anxiety and denial of how pathetic you feel when you realize how little you can accomplish

Hope….

Hope….

Hope….

Is there none to be found? Is there really nothing we can grasp onto? Nothing we can work towards? Nothing that can keep us moving forward? Is life really such a meaningless torture which we have no control over where we’re forced to sit down and just be destroyed day after day without any chance to escape?

….but there is hope….

….there is purpose…

….this is not all there is….

….it could never be….

And so I give the most unpopular answer… the answer we have spent our whole lives being told is insanity! Primitive thinking! Cruelty! Holding back our world! What lunatics would say! What anyone with half a brain would realize could never be!

I say it not because of desperation… not because of insanity… not because of weakness… no… I say it because of truth… and because I refuse to be too weak to admit what needs to be said any longer!

THERE

IS

HOPE!

There is God. God exists. God is real. If there was no God there would be no hope. No purpose. No reason to live! The fact that the generation who had his existence taken out of their lives the most is the generation that struggles the most with hopelessness proves this!

We have fallen not because we are weak. But because we refuse to turn to He who made us strong!

We are not living for fame

We are not living for riches

We are not living for power

We are living because God made us! Because God loves us! Because God made this world! Because God made us! Because God has a plan for us! Because God sent His son to die for us!

Without God, nothing with change. But with God, Everything is different!

Our purpose is not what we think it is!

What is of value is not what we think it is!

Weakness is not what we think it is!

Power is not what we think it is!

You have strength! The strength to say that you are weak! The strength to turn to the one who will make you strong! The strength to rely on the one thing we feel too scared to do! Why are we so scared? Why do such weak arguments as “You’d be foolish to believe it!” ring so true?

Because it is a scary jump! Because if you turn to God, nothing will ever be the same again!

Life with God doesn’t destroy all that stands in our way. As I said… I struggle with hope too… I have trouble seeing a way out…. but I have faith… faith that has seen me through… strength that makes me want to live another day…. strength that makes me realize there is still things left to see in life… because no matter what happens… no matter how weak I am… no matter how many walls I hit… no matter how dark the path ahead seems… no matter how much I feel like I serve no purpose…. God is not done with me yet!

I have seen how little I can do… God… let me see how much you can do through me

Amen

Morals

Originally Posted May 5 2016

Morals are an interesting thing.

As humans we have instincts. Carnal desires which drive our actions based on our feelings and desires alone. Many scientists talk about these instincts and many scholars these days state that all of our actions are based on these actions, and all essentially boil down to “What’s in it for me?”

But this is where morals are weird… See morals aren’t bound to out instincts… In fact, most of the time they go straight up against them. To live with morals is to fight the very person you are for the purpose of what is the right thing to do. Though some would argue that this is done for a sense of self righteousness or sake of feeling good about what one does… I get the feeling people who hold such theories are not very moral people to begin with…. Because living by morals doesn’t always feel good… It doesn’t always feel worth it… In fact, most days, watching your friends seeming to have more fun, seeming to go farther in life, seeming to avoid any consequences for their actions makes you feel horrible and frustrated for going down this path.

So why are morals a thing then? Well to understand morals, and why people live for them in spite of the lack of self gain for themselves, we need to first understand something.

Morals are bigger than just ourselves!

It’s not about what WE gain or what WE feel. It is about doing what is right because right or wrong do exist and there is a reason that we should do what is right!

Such theories go very counter to the self preservation, there is nothing beyond us, culture we have created which is probably why for the last 7000 years, morals have always been the first thing hit by “cultural progression”… Usually in the exact same ways and order as well…

To think about morals is to realize that there is something beyond ourselves which influences our actions. To realize that is to realize that we are not all there is in life to live for.

Why is Sin?

Originally Posted May 3 2016

When I was a kid I thought I understood what sin was… see God made rules, and to follow those rules was a sacrifice as it meant living a life of morals vs just doing what was easy. Other people would seem to be getting what you didn’t but in the end, whether soon or at the end of time, God would come down and strike wrath on all those sinful people for breaking His rules

…………..I was rather wrong…….

The older I get, the more I begin to realize that sin is something a lot simpler than that.

Sin is an ancient archery term which means missing the mark. So if God is the mark we are aiming for, every time we deviate from that path, we sin. What does this mean? Well for one thing it means that my entire focus on sin was backwards!

See, if everything that does not aim towards God is sin…. that means there are a LOT of sins…. like more than we could possibly list! How does this cause problems? Well if we focus on what not to do we’ll just get overwhelmed and just sin in a way we haven’t seen listed yet. Instead we need to focus on the right way. The ONE right way. And move our focus to trying to aim for Him. It is not so much what we shouldn’t do, but what we should do. Because if you start living your life aiming for what you should do, and why you should do it, the shouldn’t dos become a lot less important.

This brings us to the second thing we need to realize from this and that is, YOU WILL SIN! BADLY!

So far the only people I’ve met who claim to have never sinned suffer from the additional sin of lying… sometimes to themselves!

We are human beings! We are little, petty, tiny, minuscule. We can barely manage a bank book let alone the entirety of our lives!

So you will fail…. but that’s okay… I mean it’s not right, but don’t let this stop you from following after God.

No one is “Too messed up” for God…. no one is “Not able to believe in God.” No one is “Just not good enough to be a Christian.” Why? BECAUSE WE ALL STINK! (It sounds depressing but there is comfort in that.)

What do we do when we sin? when we fall? When we miss the mark? Possibly even miss the entire target??? We get up… say we’re sorry… and take aim all the harder.

Life isn’t like a school where you fail the test and you fail your grade. It’s not like a job where you get fired and it stays on your permanent record for every job you try to get after. We will mess up. We are bound to mess up. We can’t NOT mess up! So don’t let that stop you from chasing after God! Let it push you to try all the harder to get it right the next time!

So why do bad things happen to those who sin? If God is so nice why are there negative consequences? Why is he punishing us if we have no chance at following Him anyways?

Well one thing I’d like to bring up, is the greatest gift God gave us. Choice.

In order for there to be a choice there has to be consequences. The more negative the consequences, the more meaningful the choice. When I’m choosing a direction to take to deal with a medical emergency, my choices weigh far heavier than when I’m choosing what socks. (Though if you choose those argyle socks, your social life is ruined so choose that wisely too!)

Imagine if you will, if there were no consequences to your actions whatsoever… or even if no matter what you did, good things would happen to you. Sure at first it would be good (I’d love it to work like that in a few areas of my life) but it wouldn’t take long until the meaninglessness of your actions got to you.

We human beings are not supposed to live without meaning. We were placed on this earth for a purpose. We were given choices to make which hold weight to them. We were given people to interact with and our interactions matter. When we believe we have no purpose we fall apart! We go into depression. We self destruct!

They say the biggest killer in POW camps in WWII wasn’t the guards, but the meaninglessness of what they did. They say that people who retire usually die soon after. We are MEANT to have meaning!

So why were we made this way? Wouldn’t it have been easier to just build us as creatures with no other desire than to follow God? Why throw in this lousy choice thing?

Well the answer to that is simple as well…. if we had no control, we would have no intelligence. The purpose of intelligence is to maintain control. There is so much in this world that we cannot control, but we can control who we turn to as what is in control! (follow THAT if you can!) We can choose. Do we follow God? Do we follow pride? Do we follow greed? Do we follow fear? YOU Choose! God chose us! In spite of who we are God chose us as His people to send his son to die for us…. will you choose Him back?