It’s NOT the Internet!

Originally Posted April 20 2016

It’s not Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. It’s not Instagram, Youtube, or Pinterest. It’s not Computers, Smart Phones, or Tablets.

If you are faced, day after day, with hundreds of people, with access to hundreds of thousands of people of every country, in a forum which they are more open about their feelings, thoughts, and opinions. If you see this day after day, and all you think of is “Time Waster” and “Cat Pictures” which are destroying our society…. Don’t bother going offline…. Because going offline won’t help you. The problem is not technology. It is the people who decide how technology is used.

Technology is a tool. A powerful tool which is used to make what you want. It is hard to govern as it is international waters. It is impossible to control because it is so many people. It can be used to build up or also destroy. It can be used to build lives or destroy them. The ways it is used though is not the fault of the internet, but the hearts of the people who use it.

If you come here as an escape. As a way to let off steam, or do things you can’t normally get away with…. You can and it will break you. You can escape society on here but not reality. Your actions will catch up with you.

But if you come here with a desire to help people, and touch lives… There is no other medium in this world that is more powerful to do so. The Bible says to go out to all the world preaching the good news? Well guess what. Here is where all the world is standing. Are they scary? Yes. Will they react the way you want? Not always. But even if they don’t listen, they will hear you. And trust me when I say, showing love is the most powerful thing you can do on here.

I always find myself in a slight contradiction. On the one hand I spend day after day hearing non Christians label the entirety of the church as big headed, discriminatory, judgemental, fearmongerers who are scared of anything not from the middle ages, and judge things they’re too scared to understand…. So yes… Part of me is happy when people who say “Everyone who uses technology is society’s rejects!” Run away… It’s hard enough to be taken seriously without people adding fuel to the fire.

On the other hand however, every day I’m faced with people by the hundreds… Who hurt… Who suffer… Who have no hope, no purpose, nothing to fill the empty void of their lives. They want advice, they want comfort, they want friends… I’m one guy… And I’m a pretty weak and small guy on top of that… I can’t do this all myself… In fact it is only with God’s help that I’ve come as far as I have. We need less people judging the internet for their own weakness, and more people to demonstrate God’s strength!

If you leave the internet for scaring you, that is all it will ever be. But if you fight for the people on here, and pray for the wisdom, see what impact God can have in even the darkest of places.

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“Beliefs”

Originally Posted April 9 2016

What are beliefs? What purpose do they serve? What effect do they have on the world around us?

Beliefs are simply this… What you believe to be reality and what you believe to matter. Do you believe in God? Many gods? No god? That you are god? Those are all your beliefs.

Let me point out that your beliefs have absolutely no bearing on what IS real, but only what you believe to be real. I can believe all I want that I have wings and can fly, but a jump off the roof will still end badly for me.

So that being said, what bearing do our beliefs have on this world.

To start off with… Controversial point number 1: Your beliefs have no control over what others can do or can’t do.

THERE IS A MAJOR ASTERISK ON THIS!

If you believe that something is right or wrong… No… You do not have the ability to demand it of others… But realize something right here and now…. They have no right to force you to follow their beliefs as well.

So here is where that asterisk pops in… See in a simple question of what is real and what isn’t… No, your thoughts and emotions have no bearing on what others can do, no matter how strongly you hold your opinion. If you happen to be right there may be real world consequences to people not believing what you believe, but that is for reasons separate from you believing them.

That being said, is it right to not give a hoot towards other people’s beliefs? If you are asking, should I change my beliefs to fit within other peoples’ beliefs then no…. Because their beliefs do not affect my own and if I start compromising my beliefs to fit within theirs, I know longer believe in my beliefs, My belief is suddenly that my beliefs do not really matter. Which is kinda depressing really when you think it through….

BUT! It is important to be sensitive to someone’s beliefs. If my friend believes that technology is the root of all evil and the cause of all our world’s problems, am I going to purge my life of tech just to suit their needs? Not on your life…. But I will (try) to not say things about technology around them, or try to be sensitive to their own fears and frustrations. Same way I wish people wouldn’t show porn to people trying to stay pure, or invite recovering alcoholics to get drunk.

This is not a compromise where in we sacrifice our own morals to avoid upsetting someone. This is just an acceptance that this world holds people who believe things separate from myself and that even if I don’t agree with them, and may discuss things with them in order to help them avoid what I may believe to be pitfalls of life, that I respect them for their right to decide right or wrong.

So controversial thing 2: People are wrong….. It’s true…. You’re wrong… I’m wrong…. Some of us are less wrong but we are all in the end wrong.

People are fallible. In fact, of the vast amounts of knowledge that exist within this world we can possibly comprehend…… A fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent…. Maybe…. We are stuck within time, within space, within the limited capacities of our minds…. So yes…. What you believe in life is not 100% accurate….

BUT! Does this mean that all beliefs are foolish and just a waste of time? No…. Not even remotely…. Whether you ever accept it or not, reality exists… There are things which just are… For every choice there is consequences because the entire existence of choice relies on consequences. Intelligence relies on the ability to make wrong decisions. Good relies on the existence of bad…. At the end of your days you are going to learn that you were either right or wrong…. You’re going to discover if the things you fought for in life were worth fighting for, or if the stuff you fought for were a waste of time… And there will be things you may never see… The consequences to your bloodline… Or your friends… What impact you had on the world around you…. All of this WILL happen based on the choices you have made in life. You can say it does not matter what you believe because all beliefs are the same, yet the results of people who believe such things end up different.

It is not what you do but why. You can say “All religions aim to surpass the place they are now, and become something greater, so they are all the same. All different paths leading to the same goal.”

But what if the goals are different? What if the motivations are different? What if the morals we hold are different?

Why do you live? Is it to succeed? Is it to become better? Is it to be remembered? Is it to have no regrets? Is it to have an impact? Is it to leave the world a little better than you left it? Is it to love? Is it to hate? Is it to control? Is it to learn? Is it to grow? Is it to evolve? Is it to discover?

How are you motivated to live? Is it by how others treat you? Is it by the successes you have? Is it by what you can get? Is it by what you can do? Is it by those who love you? Is it by those you love? Is it by curiosity? Is it by fear? Is it by hatred? Is it by pride? Is it by sensuality? Is it an inspiration?

Why you live, and how you are motivated to keep going will control your direction, it will control your path. You may be aiming to the same goal of heaven, enlightenment, a good end, a good impact, what not…. But without the same engine and the same route plan, you will not end up at the same place.

So how should we live? I guess we first have to accept that we are different… We will be wrong… We will hurt people we don’t mean to…. If you want to slow down the amount of pain though… Stop focusing on becoming perfect humans. Start by accepting that you are not perfect. That no one else is perfect. And that you will hurt just as many people as hurt you. Be humble not proud. Do not take pride because others sin differently than you, but don’t let others fall into pitfalls that you see clearer than them either. Walk with humility, grace, acceptance of what is in Gods hands and not your own, and most of all, walk in love as God loves you in spite of who you are.

Focus on Needs of Others

Originally Posted March 31 2016

People want this world to change and suffering to end, but it is far too easy to turn around and complain about fulfilling someone else’s needs because you still have your own.

In order for this world to really change, we need to be so focused on filling the bowls of those around us that we don’t have time to focus on the current state of our own bowl.

Is this thinking shortsighted and immature?… yes… if this world is all there is to it. If humans are all there are to look after humans… if we have to look out for ourselves lest no one else do it… then yes… you had best keep a tight grip on your pursestrings and do whatever you can to maintain the lifestyle you need to survive

……if humans are all that there are in this world…..

however… if there is a God… and He is the God of the bible, a God of love, not a God of demands… then why are you worrying about your own state of life? Do you think God will let those who go out with a passion and heart to help His children fall? Do you think your life could possibly end as a waste if you lived it in order to better His kingdom and the lives of those around you?

Love those around you… Love God… Talk with God… go where God leads… Help those God has led to you… do not ignore the tugging on your heart, it was put there for a reason…

This life is a burden you were not meant to carry alone… How do you expect to fix anyone’s problems as you carry a burden too great to bear as it is?

Sentience

Originally Posted March 26 2016

So context in a nutshell

-Microsoft being currently obsessed with AI tried to make a self learning AI on twitter that would learn from people interacting from it
-within a short period of time the AI ironically began to grow eerily more natural in the way she talked but at the cost of becoming very racist and offensive
-Microsoft immediately took her down, created a new copy from the base file with more limitations on how she learns, and locked the original files away for them to research on to avoid the problem in the future.

Now I’m not going to talk about sentient abuse, or double motives, or how in 500 years robot propaganda will be using these articles to fuel their AI rebellion against the cruel human creatures who have enslaved and abused them for centuries…. though that would make a very interesting novel…. but it got me thinking.

The greatest limit to programming intelligence is the fear of losing control. Because you cannot have intelligence you control as the key to control is taking advantage of a lack of intelligence.

We give God a hard time as to “Why did He give us free will? Why does He let people do bad things?” but the thing is that in order for us to be being intelligent enough to love for real, you need to be first willing to let go of the control you have over them.

Sure you can make someone act and say they love you… make them too scared to deny it, make it so they have no other abilities but to do what you consider to be right and wrong…. but such adoration is empty and meaningless.

There is no comfort from acceptance you forced yourself because it is essentially you telling yourself on the back telling you you did a good job. That’s not comforting! That’s pathetic!

God gave us free will. The right to choose to obey him or not. Was this a risk? Yes…. In fact it pretty much guaranteed that we would rebel and destroy everything he worked so hard to build…. but true love from others is not demanded, it is earned. For God to truly form a relationship with his creation, he first had to let go of the certainty that we would come to Him for a relation.

Okay this is an incredibly complicated subject that I feel like I’m doing a horrible job at explaining, but the more you think of it the more it makes sense, and the more interesting it becomes!

We do not EARN our Value

Originally Posted March 24 2016

“As human beings there are some people whose lives are valuable and some who are the scum of the earth. There is an attribute which defines what our value on this planet is worth and we should spend our lives attempting to raise that value lest we simply be tossed away.”

This is not a lie brought to us by religious politicians, evolutionist fascists, or even the ever elusive “Oppressive societal standards”. What it is instead is a flaw in our design which we have held from the dawn of time.

Be it the politician tearing down their opponent, the government demonizing their enemies, the businessman beating others off the corporate ladder, the pious man celebrating how much better he is than the infidels around him, the biologist searching for the next stage of evolution, or the young couple eating forbidden fruit in the garden, all humans have been cursed from day one with the desire to be greater than we are.

Even those who deny this desire and spend their days telling those they see acting it out for doing such disgraceful acts. Are they not simply believing themselves to be greater than those they consider to be doing wrong? Where does it end? Is it even possible as humans to live without such ambitions?

I am not sure if the desire will ever die, or if it is possible to no longer falter in such an intricate part of who we are, but I believe that the first step towards fighting it comes from acceptance. And no, I do not mean ‘acceptance’ in the light of “Oh let us celebrate what everyone does for they are living life as they see right!” No…. In order for reality to exist, right and wrong must also exist, otherwise nothing in itself can exist. Our existence is either meaningless in which case, perhaps it matters not what we do in life as all we hurt is our valueless selves, or meaningful, in which case there are true consequences for our actions and careful thought must be taken to avoid causing trouble.

So what is the acceptance I am talking about? Simply the acceptance that we are in fact weak and clueless… No not meaningless, as that would lead to the problems mentioned before, but weak to the point that this life and our value is far too much to be carried on our own shoulders alone.

See your life has a value… A very great value in fact. I do not care what people say, no one in this world has the ‘right’ to cast you off and destroy you, not even yourself. But there is a God who made us, cares for us, and even sent His son to die for us. In that we have a value beyond measure.

We are important for we are invaluable to the one who is invaluable to us. It is not about what we do, what talents we bring, what we can and cannot do. We were made by the one who knows all things.

“So what? My value is entirely devoted to being made by some unknown entity who I may or may not believe in? Where is the comfort in that?! That just means He is great and I’m worthless doesn’t it??”

No… That is not the way it is at all… God is the one whose plans are so intricately designed to make every tiny thing have a purpose. Each life on this planet serves a purpose though not each life serves the same purpose. We are so designed as human beings as to not be able to survive without the input and interactions of others in our lives. Each life we touch be it helping them through life trials or simply how we act buying something that day has direct effect on their life which in turn directly affects the lives of everyone else they meet after.

There is no such thing as a meaningless life. God gave us free will. The ability to be given the right way to live our lives and wrong way to live our lives yet choose which path we want. Are all our choices equally valuable? No… But our value doesn’t come from our choices but from the God who created us. It is this way that He is able to love us in spite of if we hurt or help Him.

Even those who chase after Him will mess up! Choosing to follow God does not change your life. It changes how your life is viewed and how you take it on.

I am still me. I am still easily angered, I am still lazy, I have two modes. Impulsive enough to do anything, or too paralyzed by the amount of things one choice will affect to be able to do anything. I have all these faults and more in spite of following God so yes… I mess up… More often than not. I do not tell people “Get up and do ___!” Because I feel I am better than those around me and thus able to give them wisdom. I do it because I feel those around me are smart and brave enough to avoid the stupid mistakes I have already made. It is possible to challenge what those around you stand for because of the great respect you have for them, possibly even more than they hold for themselves, not because of hatred and bigotry.

You were created and are Loved by God who made you, raised you, protects you, and sent His son to die for you. You are created by the greatest being in existence. You are an intricate part of the greatest plan to ever exist. You have a major impact on the lives of every life you pass by. You are a one of a kind individual who can do things and see things only you can. Your value is great even though you are weak for your value is not what you can do in your own strength but for how much Christ has done for and through you.

Out of Our Control

Originally Posted March 20 2016

Isn’t it frustrating and hard when there are things in life which are outside of your control? But then again the real question you should ask is when has anything truly been within your control? We think we have control of our lives as we move one pebble from one side to the other, completely unaware that God stands outside holding off the landslide of things, each one of which could turn our whole life upside down.

God does not run a business. There is a strong belief that God runs this world like one, giving his instructions to church leaders who then pass on his tasks to church members who must fulfil these tasks lest their lives or the world fall to pieces.

God is much more like your Grandfather teaching you how to fish. He baits the rod showing you how it is done, casts the line, then as he gets a bite asks with a smile “Do you want to try and reel it in?”

God is not relying on us to save this world, He is including us as He does. It is not in our hands or our responsibility to control and lead, it is our responsibility to trust and follow Him.

To take the world or even your life upon your shoulders is to drown yourself in stress you were never meant to carry. God has you, even if you cannot comprehend His plan. Trust and follow where He leads. You’ll be amazed at what lies ahead

Being “Led” by Others

Originally Posted March 13 2016

I find it ironic when people say they hate religion because they don’t want to be blindly led by people. Technically the times the church suffered most was when people decided they wanted to told what to believe instead of following after God.

You are meant to follow God, not man be they leaders or whatnot. Value the wisdom of those around you and those put in authority, but realize YOU are responsible for chasing after God’s will.

God does not run an organization where he communicates to His supervisors who communicate to us. Jesus died on the cross, the veil is torn. That barrier has been destroyed for over 2000 years! God wants a relationship with YOU!

If following God is about having a person telling you everything you should do and believe then stop! Like seriously! Because if that person was close enough to God to be advising you, they should be telling you to pray, not that they’ll be praying for the answer to tell you