Living in the Age of Emotions

With everything going on in the world (the social/political changes of the past decades), I’ve decided to write my thoughts concerning it all. How I see and understand the chaos of our new world order is scary, but not original. Many people in Christian circles have voiced such concerns, but here is my conclusion:

We are living in an age of self-righteousness and emotional (un)security,an age where we are easily offended for our sake or self-perceived sake of others. Believe what you want to believe; behave how you want to behave. Tell everyone they have the freedom to believe what they want to believe and behave how they want to behave…as long as they believe exactly what you believe and behave exactly as you want them to behave.

The Protestant Reformation saw the freedom of belief being upheld against the dogmatic Church with its self-righteous clergy and self imposed rules.

The Age of Enlightenment saw the rise of science as a new freedom to observe the world in a different light against religious fundamentalism.

The Age of Emotional Rights is seeing a rise is questioning every set belief system: religious, scientific, political, and philosophical. Just as emotions are in constant flux so reality seems to be in flux. The claim of free speech is only permitted for those who hold to the belief that life is what you make it to be: you are the sum of your beliefs and actions.

Any form of dissension is met with hostility. Any form of challenge is met with protest and hate.

Why has our society gone to this extreme? Why are we allowing it, promoting such behaviour among those of the new generation?

Like in the days of the judges, “Everyone [does what is] right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25b). May God forgive us, for we do not know what we are doing!

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The Fourth Member of the Holy Trinity

The issue of the Holy Members of the Trinity: God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These are the three members of the Holy Trinity. Why then do many Christians act as if there is a fourth much holier member?

The Holy Bible points us to the Truth, because it contains messages of the Truth, but in itself the Bible isn’t “The Truth”. This title belongs to Jesus Christ , and to Him alone. For Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, HCSB).

If the Bible was “The Truth” then all we would need is the Bible and not a personal relationship with Christ Jesus.

Do you follow the Bible or the Author of the Bible? It the Holy Bible the fourth member of the Holy Trinity or is it the message from the Holy Trinity?

Merry Christmas, 2015!

Dear friends and readers,

I’d like to thank you all for following my blog. I look forward to another year of great writing, not only from this blogs but also from yours. Today is Christmas Eve! Tomorrow is Christmas! What does this mean to me as a Christian? Is it Jesus’ birthday? His blessed and miraculous advent? I’ve read many Christians and non-Christians using their misinterpretation of historical event in their way to attempt to discredit the idea of celebrating Christmas.

Whether pagans had their own holiday around the winter solstice is totally irrelevant. You could pick any day of the year and claim the exact same thing. December 25th is a day that was chosen and let’s leave it at that.

I’d like to say, “It does not matter what day of the year or season Jesus was actually born in.” What matters is we remember. Not only are we to remember the fact that He came, but also the reason for His coming and His immanent return.

Let’s focus on this and this only. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, came down as an infant to live, be tempted like any other man. He died for the sins of the world and raised to life so that all who truly believe will have eternal life with Him. The best Christmas tradition we can partake in this holiday season is the reading of Christ’s birth.

Will you join me this week to focus not on Christmas but on the true meaning of Jesus Christ’s first coming and all that it entails?

My Rights vs Your Rights

The concept of personal rights or human rights has become a major part of the western society. Every one here believes he or she has “rights” to do something, be somewhere or just behave in some manner. But what happens when your “right” infringes on another person’s “right”?

Don’t get me wrong; I do believe we have rights, but I don’t believe “everything” society (generally speaking that is) claims to be rights. When I was younger, when VHS’s were still the norm, I went for my driver’s license and adults back then told us it was a privilege to drive and not a right. Okay, that’s all good and dandy, but why are people now, and ages past, acting in a way that is contrary to this piece of advice?

I can stretch this personal rights stuff to most aspects of life. In retail stores I’m constantly hearing people throwing a hissy fit when a product they “have a right to have” is out of stock. Or parents suing schools for not allowing their child to go against the school’s written policies. (I don’t think I need to expand on this. But the latter example is a growing issue, especially in USA.)

Enough random ranting–I’ll get to the point of this essay now. I have some perceived rights; you have some perceived rights; the person next to you has some perceived rights. But how far are you willing to go to exercise them? Who are you willing to sacrifice to get the next big thing you “have the right to have”?

Let’s reverse these questions: how far are you willing to go to allow someone else exercise their “rights”? Who are you willing to sacrifice to allow them to get the next big thing they “have the right to have”?

In a world of no absolute truth I will give you an absolute truth. But before I do I need to warn you: you may not agree with me and you may find this truth unnerving. I will tell you this, my claim to this truth will infringe on your right to claim it is not truth. The truth is “Everyone’s right infringes on everyone else’s right.”

Please, before you think or act like something is your right to have or do, think what if another person thought or acted the same way about the same thing? If you exercise your right to sit in the only chair in a crowed room, then you are infringing on another individual’s right to sit in the only chair in the room. What are your perceived rights? What are your perceived privileges? What are the differences?

An Outsider?

Have you ever felt like an outsider? Have you ever felt like your life was an intrusion on everyone else? Like your right to exist infringed on their right to breathe?

Well, you’re not alone; this is how I’ve felt most of my life, whether with friends, in college or at work. I will tell you this, my brothers and sisters, do not worry about anything in life. As the lilies are clothed by God’s hands, and the birds of the air are fed my His grace so He will be with you. God, our Father, knew you before you were in the womb. He had a purpose for you from the moment time began.

Do not worry about what others will say about you, or what they do to harm you. At the end of the day and life you will stand before Christ Jesus, who is our God and Redeemer. Only to Him will you give account of your life. Only our actions, words, and thoughts will be laid before His feet. All others will give accounts to Him for their own deeds, words, and thoughts.

Convictions

When God convicts people of sin, through the Holy Spirit, there are two Paths they can take:

The first is the Wide Path, which most tread. It is by far the easiest one to follow. Here one does as he or she pleases. Pleasures of the flesh parasitically take hold of the soul. It is easy to go down this Path, but extremely difficult to evade. Leave the Religion behind and embrace the Sin – the Path of this world.

The second is the Narrow Path only the humble dare to take. It is most difficult of the two. Here one does as his or her morals dictate, in regards to God’s Word and Love. Ultimate Truth, not pleasures, frees the mind and spirit of guilt. It is hard to follow this Path, but rewarding when accomplished. Leave the Sin behind and embrace the Religion – the Path of Jesus Christ.

Which Path will you take? Will you allow the pleasures of the flesh to dictate your life? Or will you allow God to keep you from straying out of control? Which path will you choose? The way that leads to times of guilt you want to forget? Or the way the gives you true happiness now and forever?

When the Holy Spirit convicts you of Sin please take the Narrow Path to Righteousness. It is a war for the mind and spirit; here the battlefield is your life. In the end only you can choose. God will always be waiting for you with open arms, but the world waits with open jaws.

For the Sake of Fighting

I’ve heard this many times, people (random strangers) arguing with someone for the sake of “being right”. Most issues people raise primarily concern children and pets. Why are strangers so animate about how others care for their young and animals? Quite frankly I believe it should be “NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS!” Now the only two exceptions of this are in cases of obvious abuse and neglect, and even then it needs to be “OBVIOUS!”

A good friend of mine had this happen to her right in front of her children. In her case it was regarding their puppy who was safe and comfortable in their van with the windows rolled down a wee bit on a cool spring afternoon. Tell me this: what is wrong with this picture? Was the dog being abused? No! Was he neglected? No! Pets can be left alone for long durations of time. The windows cracked open allowed air to pass through and his owners only went into the store for less then half an hour.

The angry woman threatened to break open a window and “free” the dog. I’m not sure if she was a dog owner herself, and to be honest that doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter. From what I’ve heard the woman in question was the vicious type who always “wants to be right”, she “needs to be right” at all times. She, like so many others, picks fights and threatens others over her small and irrelevant opinions.

Recently I was sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops and heard a lady mention to another customer regarding a similar experience with her child. A stranger accused her of being a “bad mother” because she left her stroller for a brief time, few seconds, so she could remedy the difficulty she had with getting it over or around an obstacle. Was the child being abused? No! What he or she being neglected? I would honestly say No! (I don’t know the whole story here and quite frankly it’s beside the point.)

The moral of this essay is “Don’t judge a complete stranger until you know the whole story.” I don’t want to see or hear families being torn apart because as fool has the selfish and delusional need to be always right.

Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5, ESV)

The most common paraphrase of this passage is “Judge not least ye be judged”. This can go for many other aspects of life. Another common example is non-parents accusing new parents of treating their child wrongly. “Judge not least ye be judged!” If know the entire story will you have the same opinion? Think about it.