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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