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Religion, a crutch Fri, Dec 17, 2004
Some people say that religion is a crutch for the weak. I agree with them to some extent, except for the fact that religion causes more problems than it fixes. Christianity, for example, helps people deal with the problems of life by reminding them that there's an afterlife where all life's problems will go away and we'll be experiencing bliss with God (assuming you're saved). The thing is, Jesus also said that we should be perfect like God, we should offer our bodies to other people who want to harm us, and we should tell everyone about the saving grace that God offers. My argument is that if someone made this stuff up, they would have made it at least slightly more fool-proof. If you're gonna invent a religion, don't make it impossible to follow. Make it easy! This is why Christianity isn't an invented religion: it's got too many holes and doesn't exactly simplify life. Thank God for his grace, which allows us to still go to heaven despite our failing to live up to the perfect standard of Jesus. #religion

Drinkin Mon, Nov 22, 2004
About 2 weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to stop drinking, and I told my decision to Wendy who promptly agreed with me.  Here's why:  I claim to be a Christian.  The Bible talks constantly about drunkenness in a bad light.  In other words, we shouldn't be getting drunk.  My justification up to this point has been this:  What's the definition of drunkenness?  Is it when you have more than one or two drinks, or is it when you black out and puke?  To me, there's a fine line.  To the world, there's a huge gap.  This doesn't matter to me.  My problem is that I like drinking.  Like most questionable actions, drinking is fun.  I've almost never had a bad time when I was drinking, though there were a few times when I ended the night in a terrible way by throwing up everything that ever entered my body.  My enjoyment of drinking makes it so that I can't really have only one or two.  I want a lot.

In addition to this reason, there's the cover-all reason for doing or not doing everything:  Drinking doesn't glorify God.  Although it's cheesy and weak, it's true and I believe it.  If I really think about what honors God, that's when I realize what I'm doing that I don't like (and God probably doesn't like either).

So another reason is that, when I was a freshman, that was my thing.  I had sooo many conversations with people at frat parties and such, and sooo many of them started with them asking me, "Why don't you drink?"  At the time, I might not have followed up that question with a profound answer, but I realize now that it gave me so many opportunities for ministry. #religion

Jonah Thu, Nov 18, 2004
In the story of Jonah in the Bible, Jonah spent some time in the belly of a fish. First of all, the Greek word for fish is ketos, which can also be translated as "a sea monster". Unfortunately, the book of Jonah was written in Hebrew (I think), so this doesn't really apply. Second, the people in the city of Nineveh worshiped a god represented by a fish. So when Jonah showed up, it gave his message so much more significance because they thought, "Wow, he's sent from God!" Third, Jonah was in this fish, which was in the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Nineveh is in present day Iraq, which is several hundred miles from the Mediterranean Sea. If Jonah walked 25 miles per day (2 mph for 7-8 hours), he would've made it there in a few weeks. #religion

College kids Sun, Oct 31, 2004
After going to the Bethlehem Church ministry fair and thinking about where I should serve in the church, I was stumped. I don't really want to get involved in worship because it looks like they're doing just fine as it is. I'm not really into kids or missions or anything like that. But I still wanted to try to remain open to things. But this Sunday, a lady named Ann approached Wendy and me about coming to the college-age fellowship group. I think this could be a great opportunity to help others grow and maybe reach out to the community. #religion

Just do it Wed, Jun 30, 2004
Chapter 2 of Ezekiel is about God telling Ezekiel to go rebuke the Israelites.  He says a cool thing:  "You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious." (2:7).  It's cool because I think it applies to other areas of life too.  I remember the contemporary story of God telling a person to push a stone that was at the bottom of the hill.  So the person did it night and day, but never moved the stone anywhere and was very frustrated.  But God comforted because He only wanted the person to push the stone, not move it.  This part of Ezekiel is similar to that because God tells him to talk to the Israelites, but don't worry if they don't listen.  In other words, we're told to do things despite their outcome.  The final result isn't our responsibility or worry, just the actions. #religion

Traffic laws are awesome Wed, Jun 09, 2004
So it appears that there's a cover-all New Jersey traffic law that says that the speed limit on any road where there is no apparent speed limit posted is in effect 25 mph.  This nice little convenient law cost me $88 and who knows, maybe some points on my license.  I thought about asking the cop if he enjoyed his job...if he enjoys ruining people's days and making them bitter towards law enforcement in general...if he takes satisfaction in bringing terrible news to people under the guise of "enforcing the law," "keeping our roads safe," "protecting us."  But I decided not to say anything. #travel

First one Wed, Jun 02, 2004
This is my first one ever... #technology