As Strongholds Crumble

It is really a mistake when we view people of this world and think “Wow… That person is so strong.” or “Wow. That person was weak.” Is there any one strong enough that this life can’t tear them down? Is there really anyone out there who isn’t in some way giving life what they believe is their best?
 
Do not consider yourself superior because you can keep a cool head in a crisis, or won’t show your emotions. Do not consider someone inferior because they give into a different weakness than yourself.
 
Is anyone strong enough that God cannot bring them to their knees? Is there anyone too weak for God to raise up above the rest?
 
Even the highest tower of pride we have can be toppled so easily. Even the strongest fortress of confidence we have can be crumbled without a second thought.
 
The thought that Christianity is about us becoming strong, and improving ourselves to take on life’s troubles is wrong. We are human… and no matter what we do and how we improve that is all we will ever be.
 
It is about trusting in God… through the storms, through the sunny days, through the lonely nights…. and believing in Him. Not because of what we get out of it… but because He is God and we have chosen to follow Him.
 
“I believe that our God can save us, but even if he doesn’t, we will follow Him.”

Existence in Absence?

Is absence an existence?
 
We talk about things in our world, like evil, darkness, peace, health, hate… But when we think about it… these things are not things at all… they are simply a state with the absence of other things.
 
An action lacking good (even though it may contain SOME good) is evil.
 
A room lacking light (Even though there might be a little) is dark
 
A time without chaos (even though there might be a bit) is peace
 
A body without disease (though there is always some) is healthy
 
A life without love has hate
 
And yet we treat these as existing things on their own… Good vs Evil. Light vs Darkness. Wishing for peace. Trying to attain good health. What we view as two opposing forces butting heads, when really it is more like a glass of water which has both full and empty.
 
You cannot beat evil by fighting it, any more than swinging a sword at nothing will accomplish anything. You fight evil by filling the world with good. For if the glass is full with good there will be no evil.
 
You do not achieve peace by fighting. You can protect others by fighting yes, and there are times when I believe it is necessary to fight. But realize you do so at the cost of chaos. To attempt to achieve peace by fighting is like attempting to empty a cup by adding to it!
 
You cannot cure hate by hating it. For your cup is already dry, and doing so will only make you bitter. You fight hate by filling it with love… love even for those you hate…. and then even though people still hurt you… you do not hurt yourself because of them.
 
We like to stand up against the things we don’t like in this world. It makes us feel heroic and like we are accomplishing something. Our enemy seems massive and seems to destroy all we care about… but by focusing on it… and our attempts to “Conquer it”, we neglect to build and maintain… which only makes our enemy stronger.
 
Think of what you can give… not what you wish you could take away. It is a losing battle if you don’t!

Stop! Think! Pray

What do we do as Christians?
 
Do we progress? Do we stay the same?
Are we accepting? Or are we firm?
Are we liberal? Or are we conservative?
Do we outreach? Or do we focus on improving ourselves?
Do we take the fresh creativity of the young? Or the experienced wisdom of the old?
Do we go out into the world? Or do we shun it?
 
The more I think about it… the answer is “yes”… to all.. in balance. Because while there are many good things out there…. extremes cause problems.
 
But how does one keep all those things in balance? It’s not something you can make a method for as each situation is different. It is something beyond data crunching and memorization. It requires wisdom, knowledge, reflexes, the knowledge of all variables at every given time and how the infinite possibilities will affect those variables individually…
 
So in other words… yes… it is impossible. But didn’t you become a Christian, because you accepted that this life was something bigger than you could handle?
 
See, Christians aren’t called to “Make their way to God” to “Forge a path to God.” to “Climb their way up to God.” Christians are called to “FOLLOW” God. To trust His paths, and look for His guidance. It’s terrifying in practice, yet very reassuring when you think about it.
 
Yet we don’t do that. Instead we find ourselves simply reacting to our current circumstances. Creating scapegoats to ignore higher responsibility. Trusting our own decisiveness over God’s divine direction.
 
The world goes hot, we go cold. The world goes cold, we go hot. We demand to be the polar opposite when both sides have fallen off the line.
 
“The world makes relationships too open. Let’s make them incredibly awkward and overthought! In fact! Paul says singleness is close to Godliness so let’s make bumperstickers of that!”
 
“The world has gone from skimpy clothing to nudes posted everywhere! Let’s say technology is a plague upon our society distracting us from God’s path and talk about people of different styles behind their back!”
 
“The world is fascinated with witchcraft, bhudism, and yoga! Let’s say all fantasy stories,, wise sayings, and flexible exercises are the devils work!”
 
When you see them written out together like this, they seem even more ridiculous than usual… yet I see so many people flip from one extreme to another at the drop of a hat.
 
There are two ways you can find yourself in moral territory you never meant to arrive at.
 
First is the slow method… Go one step at a time. If you slowly crank up the heat, a frog will boil itself alive before it realizes the water is hot. In the same way, as we slowly justify one step then the next, it is easy to go frighteningly far.
 
“Humans evolved from monkeys. That means our differences must be from different strands of evolution. That must mean some of us evolved differently than others. That must mean some of us are further ahead than others. That means that if we breed the strongest together then we will evolve faster. That means that we should stop the weaker from breeding by sterilizing them. That means we’re spending good medical supplies and money treating lesser humans who we want to die out anyways. That means it would be more efficient to just kill them out now.”
 
That was what happened in WWII (though many countries arrived just before those last two steps) I hope that one is an old enough process to raise less drama, but we arrive at equally disturbing justifications in many areas today.
 
The second method is the one I’ve been talking about today… and that is being so focused on your assumed enemy that you lose focus on where you are yourself.
 
There are three ways to be controlled by something. To love it and do what it wants. To hate it and do what it hates. And to fear it and do whatever it doesn’t do. In all three of those situations you have no control over your life anymore. Your obsession with your quarry is what controls you.
 
So stop reacting! Stop acting like you’re told to act. Stop believing what you’re told to believe. God wants a relationship with YOU. The curtain in the temple was torn. You don’t need a translator anymore!
 
Pray through your opinions and beliefs! (Even this post!) You have a 24/7 open line with the creator of all of creation! Stop looking to News Stations or Christian Magazines about what your opinions should be! Those are meant to aid your thinking, not replace it!

For What Do We Stand?

For if there is no God, then what is there to live for? What reason is there to try? What hope do you have to look forward to? Do you rely on mankind who betray you and hold you only at the value of what you can give them? Do you trust yourself when there is so much you cannot control or see coming? Do you just hide yourself away and try not to think about how meaningless your existence and attempts to be good and decent are in this world?
 
But… If there is God…. then what have you to fear? When life comes crashing down around you. When things don’t work out the way you expect. When threats come towards you at every angle… what do you have to fear?
 
Because it was never your burden to carry before you break. It was never your only hope that society will humor you and provide for you. It was never some sheer bout of luck or chance that some people survive and some people don’t. The God who created this world looks out for you. Cares about you. Has a plan for you so long as you rely on Him.
 
Those who turn to the Christian path for a life of comfort and ease will not last long. One does not follow God’s path because it is easiest… in fact more often than not it is the most terrifying… one follows God’s path because it is Good! And because you will do the Most Good on it!
 
Life is hard and holds many hardships. Many unexpected turns. Many let downs. Many things that will terrify you. You will make mistakes, be betrayed, be abandoned, be ridiculed, be abused, be taken advantage of, be hurt, be scarred, be broken, but so help me you serve a God who refuses to let you be Destroyed!
 
Stand up. No matter what you are going through. Know that this may catch you off guard. That this may make things harder than you thought. But this was never about what YOU could do.
 
You are not alone! You never were. Take comfort, take confidence, and move forward!
 
Amen

Truth and Lies

A proper lie does not simply contradict the truth, it redirects it.
 
If I were to stand in front of you flapping my arms and say “HEY LOOK! I’M FLYING!” That would not be a very effective lie as it very clearly contradicts several truths you believe and see. However if I were to tell you I HAD flown, without explaining the method or time. This would be far more believable as your brain allows you to rationalize this.
 
Every effective lie has some nugget of truth to it. Imagine if you will that truth was in fact a straight road that led a certain direction. Lies would be side paths which slowly curve off from it.
 
Much like the poor and lowly frog who is boiled to death in a pot of water that is slowly heated up. We often do not realize what a lie is, until it is far too late to turn back.
 
Why is this important to know? Well for one thing… to realize that lies don’t always seem nonsensical. In a lot of ways, lies can often seem far more rational than the truth. Think of the problems Sherlock Holmes had to face arguing for the true culprit whilst the police were satisfied with their easily explainable catch. Just because something makes sense to you, does not mean that it is true. For we are humans of limited perspective. We are not omnipotent… even the things we “know” we only assume we know. How long did we believe the sky was blue until we realized that was only an optical illusion? How long did people argue that space and time were eternal until we realized there were edges and even holes to both? How long did we feel this planet was all there was until we saw there were planets further still? Do you honestly think that out of the 7000+ years of recorded history, that NOW we understand everything there is to know? That’s a frighteningly foolish thing to believe. Especially when we don’t even understand everything they knew 7000 years ago!
 
The second reason why this is important to know is that there are always areas of our world that we don’t understand due to our limited perspective and often our reaction to these issues are to ignore them and pretend they don’t exist. Be they spiritual issues, morality issues, purpose issues… Everyone has something that they would rather just deny the existence of than face and discuss… however the issue with this is that just because you don’t deal with an issue enough to face it, doesn’t mean no one else does.
 
I cannot begin to count the amount of people I know of who have walked down very VERY dark paths simply because the people on said paths were far more willing to discuss topics that had made them curious than the people around them. The promise of knowledge has always been one of the most effective temptations out there… possibly even more than the promise of power!
 
So how do we face truth and lies then? Do we take the currently trending method of believing that EVERYONE is wrong in some way or point and therefore EVERYONE is equally right in our wrongness?
 
This is within itself a fairly dangerous belief…
 
In a way, this belief makes the most sense… If every lie holds some resemblance of the truth, then shouldn’t we simply have to search for the semblance of truth in every lie to understand the world?
 
While the theory is sound. It lacks in one very vital area. That area being that it places YOURSELF in the judging seat as to what is truth and what is lie. And as we have covered several times already; We are VERY limited in our perspective to be able to make such a decision.
 
When people are their own judge of what’s right and wrong, we begin to slowly veer off course into highly dangerous territory. There is no one easier to lie to than yourself, for with each successful lie, your blind spot grows larger with your pride.
 
Why has a vengeful nature become so justified? Why has greed and pride become so celebrated? Why has most anything that feels good become such a constitutional right in spite of any future effects? Because as humans… our only judge of what’s right and what’s wrong is ultimately what feels right and what feels wrong… and bad things feel AMAZING!
 
There is a reason why the most reoccuring description of an irredeemable, sinful country in the Bible always ended with “They did what was right in their own eyes.” What has been more dangerous to mankind in the past 7000+ years than self justification??
 
So what do we need then to balance out our search for truth? Well it will seem redundant…. but to FIND truth, we must first HAVE a truth to compare it to. (Kind of like looking for a colour while having paint swatches and samples) And to know what IS truth… in that area we must have faith….
 
Now “Faith” is treated as a scary word in our culture today… but the truth is that EVERYONE has faith to some extent. You have faith this is Malcolm writing this. You have faith your food isn’t overdo or poisoned in spite of all the people it passed who could do that. I have (sometimes unfounded) faith that my computer won’t crash before I finish writing this status! Faith is not something you can live without. It’s something we all have and use daily.
 
So what is your foundation of what is true and what is not? Do you have faith in a God who came to created us and wants to save us? A god we have to earn favour with? Many gods we have to entertain so we might benefit from them? Do you have faith in a person writing posts online? (wait a minute…) A theory someone came up with to support a theory they had about an observation they made? Your own gut sense?
 
We all have faith in SOMETHING from which we decipher what is true and what is not. An evolutionist would look at the Grand Canyon and say “Man. This proves the earth is billions of years old as it would take that long for that tiny trickle to make this huge canyon. A Christian (As well as several other religions) would look at the Grand Canyon and say “Man. This proves there was a global flood. What else could cause such world shaping?” (Fun Fact: A Creation Story, a Flood, and An end are three of the most common reoccurences in religions) But see how a different foundational truth affects how you justify and rationalize the observations you make??
 
Even with a foundational truth however; there are many who fall back into the first example.
 
To accept a foundational truth is to accept the consequences that come with it.
 
I cannot say that I will be there for you every Tuesday night and then proceed to make plans with someone else. I cannot say I serve a God who loves His creation but then say He’s okay with us destroying ourselves or each other as long as we enjoy it. I cannot say that man was a mistake and then say but you have a purpose for being here. Once I start picking and choosing, I no longer have faith in that foundational truth and am once again having faith in my own judgement which we have already deduced is a very dangerous thing to do.
 
But who is right in the end? Does it really matter?
 
Yes… Yes it does. Even if you don’t feel the affects of it right away… truth is truth no matter how much you believe otherwise. Should I eat a poisoned meal I would still die no matter how much I believed it wasn’t poisoned. Should I believe that I could insult others without anyone caring, they would still be hurt. As much as I can believe I can write these posts without many shaking their heads and some their fists, there are going to be people out there like that. Our faith has no effect on reality…. but it has an effect on us DUE to reality! So choose carefully and keep thinking and observing. This world is tricky but amazing at the same time

Beyond the Bible

I find a mistake we often make in the church, is that we focus too much on the Bible alone.

Now I will say this up front. I am NOT discrediting the Bible, saying we should distrust the Bible, Saying the Bible is ‘just good literature’ or any of the other arguments bouncing around that scare Christians into clinging too tightly to the Bible alone. But I do feel we have limited our perspective too much.

Many Christians live their lives as if the Bible is a window into God’s world… the only view of God that we have. People spend lifetimes peering through it. Trying to see it from every angle. Many go so far as to start drawing on the walls around the window trying to extrapolate what they can of the world from that tiny little glimmer…. But in doing this Christians often seem to forget one very important point.

We live in God’s world NOW!

God is still alive. God did not send Jesus His son and then go “Welp! See you all in a few millennia. If you want to know what to do, read my book! Bye!”

One of the biggest things that happened when Jesus came down is we were given access to the Holy Spirit. We can still talk with God. We still live in a world where God is very active in. We still live in a world where God is at work in our lives every day.

So where does the Bible stand then? What makes it so important to read in the first place?

Reality needs constants. Without constants, nothing can be true or false. Without a comparative, you will not be able to know which way to go. A skilled woodworker may be able to tell 2 feet of wood from just looking at it, but that does not mean that a measuring tape is a worthless invention.

The Bible gives us a breakdown. A guideline. A foundation for our beliefs. But a building that is just a foundation, is a fairly worthless structure that will never stand out!

Realize God will never direct you against His word, or in a warped view of His word… but also realize you are meant to live your faith in your own life and this current stage of the world as well.

Don’t lock yourselves in introspection! Jesus IS alive! Don’t you realize what that means? Not WAS alive. Not WILL BE alive. He IS alive! Now! This moment! Right here right now!

So stop looking with in. Look up! Look to him as well!

Dimensional Questions

Hello Everyone!

Slightly different post this time in the fact that this was NOT originally from facebook. Nope! I didn’t think anyone on my facebook would find it interesting, but I do so I still wanted to write it which made me think “…wait… don’t I have a blog for this stuff?”

Today we are going to delve into SCIENCE!… kind of… Before we start I just wanted to point out that I am NOT a “Real Scientist.” I have not gone to school for science save for aerodynamics, and basic physics, I am just a highly sensitive person/HSP (Person who’s senses are on overdrive allowing me to see, hear, smell, feel, and all around ‘notice’ numerous things at once, a lot of which no one else can notice such as high frequency noises, differentiations in similar smells, tiny bugs and grains of sand moving several meters away, tiny vibrations, electricity running through wires, air pressure, etc) who has spent most of his life testing his observations and making assumptions based on them. (Which in my opinion IS what science is supposed to be…. but people get angry if you don’t have the degree to back it up so I’m pointing this out now.) In addition it should be noted that I do NOT differentiate between theology, philosophy, psychology, and other sciences…. We live in one world so why would these things NOT be connected in some way??

OKAY! Long old disclaimers out of the way. Onto the fun part!

SPACE TIME AND PERSONALITIES!

Anyone who has read my past posts have probably realized I like to ponder and obsess over the concepts of “Identity” and “Who/What/Where we are.”. While I do not think this is something we as humans can fully understand (As one of the more theoretical rules of reality is something cannot fully comprehend something equal or greater to itself), I DO think it is important to address as majority of our modern day questions of morals, theology, psychology, medical science, and politics very often boil down to this point.

When is something “human”? Are we thoughts or chemical reactions? Do we have any control over ourselves or is control simply an illusion? Are our instincts and carnal desires to be trusted or condemned?

All these and more all really boil down to the same fundamental question… Where and what are our identities??

If you’ve REALLY read my other posts, you have seen me discuss my theories that our personalities are tied to, yet not confined to our physical bodies… kind of like…. emotional hand puppets made of meat and matter….

Now when I’ve explained this in the past, I’ve used the example of dimensions.

The first dimension is essentially a straight line. ____________________ It goes back and forth for infinity but it has no up and down.

Add in the second dimension and we have the cartesian plane + which is essentially the realm of every drawing we’ve ever seen. While we can “mimic” the 3rd dimension in the second, it is always an illusion which seems to pale to the real thing.

Then we have the third Dimension. Space… where we live right now… This is back and forth, up and down, and in and out. That’s right. We have depth. And we are thankful for it save for when I try on swimsuits!

Now in my theory, majority of our ability to OBSERVE is about 90% bound to the 3rd dimension as that is the dimension where the body parts WHICH observe are located… but in my theory, the dimensions don’t stop there.

Fourth dimension. Emotions, feelings, thoughts. THIS would be where “WE” are. Where we control our bodies. What changes as we grow and experience new things. What we fight with when we insult, heal with when we encourage, duel with when we debate. This is effected by our 3rd dimensional physical forms, but not tied to them. Much like a 3rd dimensional person is at all times within the second dimension (think about when you trace your hand on a piece of paper) but the second dimension cannot contain us.

Now my theory goes on for a fifth dimension, angels and demons, sixth dimension, time, and eventually working your way up to the top dimension of God. But to start us off I’m going to limit us to the 4th dimension as it can be a bit mind boggling in itself.

So why do I think this? I mean isn’t it crazy? Aren’t we just a bunch of information processing machines that are reacting and adapting to a series of stimuli and making physical adaptions at a subconscious level?

Well aside from how that in itself kind of proves my point…. There are several reasons I have trouble accepting that.

1. We have free will, even if we don’t have strong will.

People get hurt,  emotionally and physically. People get thrown into circumstances. People have urges both carnal and moral… yet we also have the ability to debate with ourselves and decide which one we follow. We are not machines, programmed to react to certain situations. Even if our physical form can limit how we express our thoughts, how EASY or HARD it is to think, or what amount of other temptations there are… the fact that we can still think, shows there is something beyond our physical thoughts or moral memorizations to guide our actions.

2. Emotional Pain and the Effects on the Body.

“Sticks and Stones may hurt my bones, but words will never hurt me!” ….it’s a lie….. We all know it’s a lie. Words hurt. They can make us physically ill. They can make us feel like we’re stabbed. Give headaches. Our body madly adjusts to fix things that aren’t broken… but our “heart” is…. How can this happen? How can something not physical create such a reaction within us? How can NON physical interaction scar us? Well what if there is something beyond physical that is getting scarred?

3. The Internet!

We live in an interesting era. We can talk with people around the world without leaving our couch. We can build close bonds with people we’ve never seen. But that in itself raises questions. These bonds are real. I can tell when my friends are happy, sad, angry. I can tell who they are, what they stand for. I am emotionally and physically affected by my interactions with them…. How can I do that with someone I’ve never interacted with physically? Who I can’t even see when they’re talking to me?? There’s something else interacting there. Something which can override the limitations of physical space itself (yet still can’t give hugs… come on technology! Get on that!)

Okay. So there is something of us. Call it soul, spirit, will, personality, whatever you want. But there is SOMETHING beyond the physical realm which appears to be affecting our physical realm. Something more complicated than simple information we memorize and store. The ability to process and more importantly, react to information in a personable level. Sentience. Personality. It’s there. But how?

Believe it or not this is not too far from where science is already headed. To explain, I will head to our friend, the black hole.

Black holes were long considered to be incredibly dense vacuums which sucked everything into them crushing them to oblivion even though matter cannot be created or destroyed. That being said. As we begin to understand gravity better, our opinion of black holes has changed.

We have long since believed the fabric of space time is not just flat… In fact, most scientists draw space time as a series of ripples  and waves. A better example maybe would be the fact of warp speed in sci fi, which is not so much going super fast, but bending the fabric of space around it to change the distance you travel.

Too confusing and what does this have to do with gravity? Okay let’s try it this way.

Take your old spandex jump suit…. if you have one I worry for you. Spandex is stretchy and boingy. Stretch it out so that its hovering in mid air. Stretching stretchy things is fun! Now place a rock in the center of it. See how the rock bends it down? If you had this standing perfectly still, and threw a marble across it, the marble wouldn’t go straight. It’s path would be bent by the weight of the rock and start to go around it. Star to “Orbit” it! (see where I’m going with this?)

Things in existence have mass. Planets have mass, stars have mass, and yes. Black holes have a LOT of mass. Black holes have so much mass in fact that the current theory is that they actually bend space time so much that they break  it! That the reason why they are so black, isn’t because light cannot escape it, but because they are out of physical space and time itself. They don’t exist.. but always exist… BECAUSE TIMEY WHIMEY STUFF!

Now how does this apply to dimensions…. Well as we just said… space has a shape. And black holes bend that shape to the point of breaking. Now here is the thing about shape. In order for something to have a form, that form must be within something itself. Essentially, if you can fall OUT of space… there must be some plane of existence outSIDE of space within which that shape is being manipulated.

THIS would be the 4th dimension.

Okay, I am way overtime on my writing time on this. But that is the basics. If you have any questions or theories yourself, write them in the comments below and I’ll try my best to answer them! Thanks for listening and like all things in science realize this.

THIS is NOT truth…. It’s not a lie either…. at least not intentionally one. It is simply my observations and conclusions drawn from them. Just like any scientific theory or discovery since the dawn of time has been other scientists trying to create as logical of answers as they can from what they can see. But we are human beings. We are small. We are limited. We cannot observe everything out there let alone understand it, so this therefore, is highly unlikely to be 100% true. But it still has value. As it suggests a direction. And it’s from travelling down that direction that we start to see if it works or not. As that is what science is and what science does. Anyways, hope you enjoyed this little ride! Space/time theory takes a few tries to wrap your head around, but once you do it opens up a LOT of possibilities!

Have a good one!

Mac out!