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Do All Paths Lead to God?

Can you identify these different belief systems?

#1—Our ultimate goal is the extinction of desire—to become nothing. Come join us!
#2—We’re still waiting for our Messiah to appear. Come join us!
#3—Sow in this life, reap in the next, and eventually be reunited with God. Come join us!
#4—The world is an illusion. Reality is spiritual and invisible. Come join us!
#5—God creates both good and evil. God controls all that we do. Come join us!
#6—God is called good because he causes good, but goodness is not part of his essence. Come join us!
#7—”I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.” Come join me!

Each one of these belief systems have exclusive claims. That means that they cannot all stand side by side with equal validity.  They all may have an  element of truths, such as basic moral truths. Take the time to examine the core beliefs of these different faiths.

Let’s be honest, to say that each one is the same,.. is to disrespect the teachings of each. By all means do the research and look at the core beliefs of each, laying them side by side. Can they truly all be saying the same thing? No, Not when they each have not only different ways of getting to God, but different concepts of who and what God even is!
The answers are below,..just in case you want to check your answers.

(#1—Buddhism. #2—Judaism. #3—Hinduism. #4—Hinduism or Buddhism. #5—Islam. #6—Islam. #7—Christianity.)

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Campus Debate

“Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

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?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

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?

Student : Yes.

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?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

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.

P.S.

By the way, that student was EINSTEIN. “

I was informed it  WASNT good ol Albert,.. but it is funny non the less, as well as a good lesson in basic apologetic. Christians DO have a right to speak up in class and there is no reason not to do so!

B.O.O.K.

A book with a bound bookmark.

A book with a bound bookmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Introducing the new Bio-Optical Observable Keeper, trade named B.O.O.K.

 

 

 

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology; no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It’s so easy to use, even a child can operate it. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere — even sitting in an armchair by the fire — yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.

 

Here’s how it works.

BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now, BOOKs with more information simply use more pages. Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain.

A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.

BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.

BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, though like other devices, it can become damaged if coffee or soda is spilled on it, and it becomes unusable if dropped too many times on a hard surface. The browse feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet and to move forward or backward as you wish.

Many come with an index feature which pinpoints the exact location of selected information for instant retrieval.

A Manually Accessed Retrieval Knickknack (M.A.R.K.) allows users to open BOOK to the exact place they left off in a previous session – even if BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOKmarks can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in a BOOK.

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave.

BOOK’s appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking to invest. In some areas, entire buildings are constructed to house BOOKs for public access. Look for a flood of new titles soon.

 

Valentines Day

I think that this has always been about the sappiest holiday for me. Don’t get me sweet, but this is a holiday that makes you feel like you just can’t win. To be honest, it feels so,.. well forced. You are obligated by the powers of “commercialism” to go out and buy stuff to demonstrate your love for your wife, and if you forget a card or worse yet pull together something at the last-minute, that is your try to pull off as legit and she knows you forgot,.. well lets just not go there.

I mean come on, overpriced cards, chocolate, teddy bears and the pressure to buy buy buy, so unoriginal. However I do think that there are some redeeming qualities in regards to this Valentines Day. Maybe,.. it’s what we make it?

Valentines Day provides us guys a chance to tell our wives whats truly important.  It is easy to take her for granted, to forget the little things and lose touch with what brought us together in the first place.

An array of Valentine's Day-connotated candy d...
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No matter how long we have been married, we can always work on our marriage. Use Valentines Day as a jumpstart to I pray that each of us recalls what drew us to each other.

THOUGHTS and IDEAS

  • Remember to say I love you Everyday
  • Never go to bed Angry
  • Find ways to show your appreciation
  • Guys,.. don’t try to solve problems,.. listen first,… be there
  • Remember you are in it together
  • Look for ways to make her smile and feel needed
  • Tell her why you love her
  • If you have kids,.. they are watching….
  • Take over responsibilities she doesn’t like from time to time
  • Leave notes to your wife hidden around the house in places she will find
  • Don’t do things like these only once a year,…

In Ephesians, Paul tells husbands to love their wives. He gives Christ’s relationship to his church as an example. He says that husbands should strive towards emulating the perfect love that Christ exhibited to us.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Eph 5:25

How did he do it,.. well ultimately,.. he died for her!

“We love because he {God} first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Tyler’s Surf Camp 2011

Tyler got to have a great time learning to ride the waves with his aunt at surf camp. He has never done this before and I have no skill whatsoever for surfing so I wasn’t sure how he was going to do. He said that he was a bit nervous the night before he went and when he came back he was thrilled. He had a lot of fun. Seems he got a nickname, “The Natural”. This was a four day camp to learn basic skills and the waves were great for first timers.  His aunt who took him longboards and surfs a bit so no doubt he learned a lot from her as well, plus he just loves to hang out with her. With any luck he will go sometime soon and maybe he will go to camp again in 2012? I am so proud of my son!!!!

Oh by the way, I hear that they will have a special guest next summer. He is supposed to have amazing skills. His wet suit is a bit different, but you had better not tell him you don’t like it. Check the bottom of the post for a sneak peek!

Down

Down

Yep Keep Going

Almost There

It should be a heroic summer!

Bryce Avary – The Rocket Summer

This guy Bryce Avary is an amazing musician and can play just about anything including the Kitchen Sink. He self played most of every cut on most of his projects. His musical style is hard to pin down.  He writes about hope, struggles, and faith that we experience in life.

Growing up in Texas he got his first guitar from dad as a gift at the age of ten and released his first EP at the age of 16. I will say it again, he is every member, he plays every instrument on all his early releases.  The 28-year-old said that he is not a natural musician and hope that he will continue to improve. He is currently touring and has several releases, you can find a link for free live project at the end of this post.

 

So Much Love

Hills and Valleys

Do You Feel

Never Knew (Live)

Here is a place for a free download while it lasts:

http://www.therocketsummer.com/

Top Ten Objections to Atheism???

Okay this list is a bit tongue in cheek but I hear these objections to Christianity all the time and wondered what they would look like if I just switched out Christianity for Atheism.  Yes it is a bit absurd, but that is the point, you could make many of these arguments about many groups. Well here you go,…

1. Atheists are Hypocrites

2. What about all the atrocities that atheists have committed?

3. Atheism is a crutch.

4. It’s narrow-minded to think that Atheism is the only way.

5. Where is Atheism when bad things happen?

6. Atheism is intolerant and judgemental.

7. The Origin of Species is full of errors.

8. If Atheism is so good, why is there evil?

9. Being a good person is all that really matters.

10. Atheists think that they are better than non atheists.

Okay but seriously what do you think are serious objections to Christianity? Can you give me your reasons?

Fun Music for Downtime

Here are some bands that I love, alas they are no more. Actually, Reese Roper is the front man and he has been in two other bands, one is Roper,.. can you guess where they got the name. They put out one CD, and he is best known for his long running SKA band FIF or Five Iron Frenzy. Reese is an amazing lyricist who has songs of incredible depth about the compassion of Christ, such as “Under the Bridges”, and songs that demonstrate his extreme goofyness about math geeks such as Five Iron Frenzy’s “You can’t Handle this”, and finally a song about enduring love in Roper’s “Vendetta”. He has also been involved in “Guerilla Rodeo” with others from Relient K and the Supertones although it is a bit harder to find!

Easter Eggs and The Missing Link

It’s funny how every year if you are involved with big Easter events where they hide eggs invariably a week or so later, a kid will find a few more eggs filled with candy that by this time has gone bad and they don’t need anyway.  This happened just last week at my internship.  Some of the kids at the agency I have the privilege to volunteer at decided to look around the bushes and sure enough they found eggs.

It makes me think about good old Darwin and his evolutionary tree.  We are still looking for these missing links.  I am amazed at the audacity of what evolutionists call discoveries and then taught in school as fact.  “Java Man” came about in 1891 and no he was not from Columbia, nor was he found with a coffee cup in hand from Starbucks, but what they did find of him was a skullcap, a femur, and 3 teeth. Interestingly, the femur was found 50 feet away and a year later from the skull-cap.  There were many uncertainties tied to Coffee Boy to take him seriously!

In 1922 a tooth was discovered in Nebraska, and this tooth, was the introduction of Nebraska Man.  Not bad actually, God created man from dust, evolutionists only needed a tooth and they constructed a whole person. Amazing! Too bad the tooth was later identified to have come from a wild pig!

Then there was Piltdown Man who was a deliberate hoax.  The jaw of an ape was stained to match the color of a human skull and other bones were stained and reshaped.  Notable paleoanthropologists were deceived and gave their thumbs up saying that Piltdown Man was the closest “human form yet discovered”.

Can I ask the obvious?  If we did evolve and Darwin is right shouldn’t there be prolific transitional evidence left behind?  Why can’t scientists admit what science is telling us? I think it is because they have forgotten what science is about.  It is about letting the evidence take you where it will.  The evidence does not take us in the direction of evolution, but rather in the direction of Intelligent Design and I will say a Creator. However in the Scientific Community taking that stance is a death sentence, but it’s honest. They don’t want to answer to God.  They would rather declare God dead.  Well they are partly right he did die, but he didn’t stay dead!

Alabama Governer Controversy

I am floored by this! The new Governor of Alabama speaking in a CHURCH, says that those who are Christians are his brothers and sisters gets blasted by everyone that is not a Christian!

Here is what he said… (Remember he is speaking to those in a Church.)

(CNN) – Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is kicking off his first term in office with a bit of controversy, telling a church audience Monday that he only considers Christians to be his “brothers and sisters.” “Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters,” he told parishioners at a Baptist church in Montgomery Monday shortly after being sworn in. “So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”

Can we remember something called context. Yes he is a public figure, but he is also a person with his own right to believe and live. He was speaking not primarily as a Governor but as a Christian in a church.

Here is my rant:

• He is a Christian and what he said was theologically correct! No one of any other religion can prove differently.

• His motivation was not division but rather hopeful inclusion. “…and I want to be your brother.”

• He was in a CHURCH people. Sorry but in church you tend to speak about your religious beliefs. In a Mosque Allah and Mohammed comes up, in Mormon temples they will talk about Moroni from time to time, Buddhists will talk about the teachings of Buddhism, Hindus will talk about the teachings of Hindu, in atheism I guess they just sit around and look at each other. Are we seeing a pattern? Are Christian teachings NOT allowed in a Christian church?

• To cut it short… it seems like when Christians make statements that are in agreement with their convictions Tolerance is decreed as the ultimate virtue, except where Christians are concerned, there it ends up in short supply? I wonder where it goes. Strange phenomenon?

• He did apologize. (See it in the link below) Not for what he believed but for how he presented it? So will this set a precedent? Should those of any faith in public service never speak of their faith? They might offend someone. You don’t see this firestorm when those of other faiths speak about their faith.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/19/alabamas-new-governor-apologizes-for-christian-comments-rabbi-accepts/

Should public figures need to hide their beliefs and faith?

Do we expect it of all faiths or does it seem to be just the Christian faith?

How should we deal with this issue personally in a working environment?

How can we be respectful of the beliefs of others and yet not compromise our convictions?

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