“There are some things about myself that I can’t explain to anyone. There are some things I don’t understand at all. I can’t tell what I think about things or what I’m after. I don’t know what my strengths are or what I’m supposed to do about them. But if I start thinking about these things in too much detail, the whole thing gets scary. And if I get scared, I can only think about myself. I become really self-centered, and without meaning to, I hurt people. So I’m not such a wonderful human being.”—Haruki Murakami, A Slow Boat To China (via eoduun)
If you ask me to leap Out of my boat on the crashing waves If You ask me to go Preach to the lost world that Jesus saves
I’ll go, but I cannot go alone Cause I know I’m nothing on my own But the power of Christ in me makes me strong Makes me strong
Cause when I’m weak, You make me strong When I’m blind, You shine Your light on me Cause I’ll never get by living on my own ability How refreshing to know You don’t need me How amazing to find that you want me So I’ll stand on Your truth, and I’ll fight with Your strength Until You bring the victory, by the power of Christ in me
Live each day as if it were your last I tell you dear friend time is running so fast All of us would one-day return to dust I know it’s hard to accept but we must
Tell the people you love about the way you feel Give them a hug and show them love that is real Say sorry to those you offended so wounds would heal Accepting your faults is not really a big deal
Do it now and don’t tarry lest it be too late Sometimes it’s not wise for the right time to wait Because your plans could be ruined by fate If you do it now you would feel really great
Smell the pretty flowers, listen to birds singing so gay Enjoy the beauty of nature give yourself time to play Remember on this earth we can’t forever stay So I tell you now is the time, go ahead and seize the day
I am often told that when we pray to God we should pray out loud. At first I never could understand why that was the case, I mean, God is all-knowing, He knows us better than we know ourselves, so surely God knows what’s on our minds. Why should we pray aloud?
Well recently, I’ve been reading a book titled The Shack by Wm. Paul Young, and I think that i’ve found the answer to my question there.
As much as God is an all-knowing God, God is also an all-loving God. He loves us so much that He respects and honors the relationship we have with Him, and to do so, He has chosen to limit Himself with regards to what He knows about us. Confused? Let me clarify. What I mean to say is that:
He has limited Himself out of respect for us. He is not bringing to mind His knowledge of us. As He is listening to our prayers and stories out loud, it is as if it is the fist time He has known about it. He does this because it gives Him great delight to see our knowledge, our world, through His eyes. This is the same reason as to why we don’t play a game or color a picture with a child to show our superiority (paraphrased from chp7).
So you see, even though God knows every single thing that we think off, He still wants us to talk with Him as if we’re talking to any other human because He finds pleasure in such a simple task. Shall we please God even more from now on? ;]
Professor:My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent.)
Professor:You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Professor:Is satan good ?
Professor:Where does satan come from ?
Student :From … GOD …
Professor:That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Professor:Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Professor:So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor:Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student :Yes, sir.
Professor:So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor:Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student :No, sir.
Professor:Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student :No , sir.
Professor:Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student :No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor:Yet you still believe in Him?
Professor :According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student :Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor:Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student :Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student :And is there such a thing as cold?
Student :No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student :Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student :What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor:Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student :You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor:So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student :Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor:Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student :Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor:If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student :Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student :Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student :Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student :Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor:I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student :That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
“…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—~ Romans 8:38-39
“Grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”—~ Ephesians 3:18-19