TIRED NOW WITH BIOPSYCH MIDS AROUND THE CORNER. AND TURN-IT-IN DOESN'T HELP.
Just wanna say that tomorrow I will be launching a series called "Realism Defined". I'll leave it to you to think about that. Till then.
I LOVE CLASSICAL MUSIC.
My spectacles detached a few days ago, and immediately I felt that sense of helplessness, insecurity, fear, dread, and pain. Although I had spares around, they weren't the same as the ones I was already used to. They were different. And after a flicker of a moment, I was a different person, my personality so transformed by a single entity: the spectacles.
We wear many masks throughout our life. The question to ask is not how many masks we are able to don. The question is do we have a true face behind all that masquerade? When something happens and all that disguise is tripped away, what are we left with? Are we just a cold empty shell? Or do we really have our true selves hidden away?
You live in an average family, brought up with an average lifestyle, go to an average school, score average results, make friends with average peers, have average amounts of stress, graduate with an average certification, get pay averagely to do an average job, fall in love with an average person, get married and grow average children. All the time being happy.
But, at those rare moments in time, when the world seems to stop around you, you start to look at others. Those better off in richer families. Those suffering in families in poverty. Those people who are more successful than you. Those people who try with all their heart but never got a chance to succeed. Than you ask yourself: Is he world a fair place? For a moment you reflect on your life, you wonder what went wrong and what went right. Then in a blur of a moment, the world moves into motion again, and your thoughts are swept away, never to be mentioned till the next fleeting moment.
Sometimes it visits us again. Sometimes it never. And it has always been a graceful game of choice. There is no forced decision. Yes, there might be greener pastures on this side of the fence, but it is still up to you. Despite what the world claims, turning around to the other side does not make you a stupid, idiotic, irrational person. Just because you exercised your freedom, suddenly everything else around you falls, rots and repels itself of you.
But you knew. You knew that you have made the right choice. You know that the path you take will lead you to places that can touch the heart, the mind, the body, the soul. Places that can make you cry out of joy, out of love, out of enjoyment.
No matter where you go, there will be people around you. And when you try to meet expectations again, you naturally start to wear your mask again, forgetting about the true meaning behind every stage. And all is forgotten.
Till you wear the repaired spectacles again, you know that the experience will be different. But you know that this is what you want. This is what kept you going all these years. And you will be willing to sacrifice all you have for everything that you believe in.
Never letting anyone step on it, condemn it, deface it.
Never lose that passion.
Apparently, the only way to get people to visit your blog is to post ugly pictures of other people. I mean, what happened to the good-ol'-blog-about-something-useful tactic? So not working. People seemed to be more entertained, or 'informed' when they can laugh the hell out of distorted images of their close friends.
This, however, is my personal favorite:
Extracted from David Icke's Infinite Love is The Only Truth, Everything Else is Illusion. You can read the entire book here.
The Bible, when portrayed as the actual word of God, is the most destructive book on earth. The literal rather than symbolic interpretation, no matter how contradictory, leaves no room for independent thought or reappraisal in the light of new understanding. It is a sheep pen for the mind. There is no question, no discussion, no debate. The religion dictates what is and what isn't and that's all you need to know. The sight of soldiers praying to God and asking Jesus for support
before battles of mass murder in Iraq reveals a level of contradiction, self-delusion and childlike naivety that beggars belief. I also cringe when I see sports people crossing their chests and asking Jesus to help them win. What has he got against their opposition then? An England rugby captain said when appointed that he had always believed this was what the Lord had planned for him. I am sure Jesus thought of nothing else. 'Say, Dad, we need a new England rugby captain, but leave it to me, I've got just the bloke.' And God saw that it was good.
1. Broken spectacles.
2. Broken thumbnail.
Can anything get worst? No seriously I dare it to come, 'cause you don't scare me!
What's with the title? Just wanna say that I'm gonna keep my head wrapped up tomorrow. Will update about it tomorrow. Till then.
This is the sequel to this.
Exodus 20: 13/Deuteronomy 5: 17
You shall not murder.
The act of killing a person with the state of mind of intentional, purposeful, malicious, premeditated, and/or wanton.
Killing is deemed wrong because it involves taking away something that belongs to someone else.
Okay, this is the big question:
Huh? Is this some sort of trick question or something? Seriously. Is killing absolutely wrong regardless of situation and circumstances? It is akin asking the question "Is lying wrong?" Wait a minute, killing is definitely more socially unacceptable compared to lying, right? How can we compare this two dissimilar acts together?
Let's unravel 3 situations together:
1. The Fascist Ruler
You are a citizen under the ruling power of a fascist leader. The ruler governs with an iron fist, suppressing individual freedom and controlling mass media to an extent where people are brainwashed to fear, to blindly follow, and most importantly, to become mindless automatons with only one purpose: to become subtle slaves of the government. There is, however, one man whose only objective is to bring down the government so that the people can be free again. There is one catch: he is killing people. You have just discovered this person.
What do you do? Do you report this person to the authorities or turn a blind eye?
Try watching 'V for Vendetta'.
2. The Lifeboat Dilemma
You are tied to a train track and the train is racing towards you. You have a choice. You may pull a lever located beside you to divert the train onto another parallel track. Unfortunately, your wife is tied onto the other track.
What do you do? Do you pull the lever and kill your wife or do nothing and kill yourself?
Try watching 'Titanic'. LOL. I COULDN'T THINK OF OTHER MOVIES/SHOWS.
You are locked in a cell with two of your best friends. All of you are left in the cell without food and water for three days. In the midst of becoming psychological unstable from the lack of resources, the mysterious kidnapper drops a knife into the room with a message attached: "Only two of you will live, one of you must die." You are the only person to have noticed the note.
What do you do? Do you show the message to the rest? Do you kill anyone? (Remember you are mentally unstable due to lack of resources.)
Try watching 'North Mammon', Criminal Minds, Episode 29, Season 2.
Based on the three situations given, would you change your mind on the justification of killing? Although those situations might not be the most common scenarios, they are the few of the morally difficult ones. There are many others that might be more naturally occurring in people's conversations. For example, are holy wars considered justified? How about the Iraq war? Should capital punishment be abolished?
How do we draw the line?
Does the line even exists to start with?
1. If you shake younger babies too vigorously, they will grow up to have mushier brains.
2. Shaking your legs does not make you lose money, like the old wives tales say. Instead, you can burn as much calories as taking a slow walk, whilst irritating people who are sitting on the same conjoined chair as you.
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WHITE BLANK EMPTY CANVAS YOU SHOULD JUST CLOSE YOUR BLOG SUXXOR MAXIMUSNESS! ARGH! HELP~~~ THIS IS A DISTRESS SIGNAL HELP THE HELPLESS BLOGGER~~~ I'M GOING MAD! SEMESTER IS STARTING SO YOU BETTER WATCH OUT! CAN YOU SEE THIS? I COLORED EVERYTHING WHITE SO YOU CAN'T READ THIS IF YOU ARE NOT SMART ENOUGH BUT SINCE YOU REPLIED YOU MUST BE A GENIUS CONGRATULATIONS! WEEEEE I THINK I REALLY AM GOING MAD I PROMISE YOU I'M NOT GONNA COLOR THE LAST DOT. PROMISE.
Like, what's wrong with guys reading chick lit? Is it some form of social taboo or something? What are we supposed to read then? Car Maintenance for Dummies?
Seriously. Could people be any more daft than that.
If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having neither parts nor limits, He has no affinity to us. We are then incapable of knowing either what He is or if He is....
..."God is, or He is not." But to which side shall we incline? Reason can decide nothing here. There is an infinite chaos which separated us. A game is being played at the extremity of this infinite distance where heads or tails will turn up. What will you wager? According to reason, you can do neither the one thing nor the other; according to reason, you can defend neither of the propositions.
Do not, then, reprove for error those who have made a choice; for you know nothing about it. "No, but I blame them for having made, not this choice, but a choice; for again both he who chooses heads and he who chooses tails are equally at fault, they are both in the wrong. The true course is not to wager at all."
Yes; but you must wager. It is not optional. You are embarked. Which will you choose then? Let us see. Since you must choose, let us see which interests you least. You have two things to lose, the true and the good; and two things to stake, your reason and your will, your knowledge and your happiness; and your nature has two things to shun, error and misery. Your reason is no more shocked in choosing one rather than the other, since you must of necessity choose. This is one point settled. But your happiness? Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is."That is very fine. Yes, I must wager; but I may perhaps wager too much." Let us see. Since there is an equal risk of gain and of loss, if you had only to gain two lives, instead of one, you might still wager. But if there were three lives to gain, you would have to play (since you are under the necessity of playing), and you would be imprudent, when you are forced to play, not to chance your life to gain three at a game where there is an equal risk of loss and gain. But there is an eternity of life and happiness. And this being so, if there were an infinity of chances, of which one only would be for you, you would still be right in wagering one to win two, and you would act stupidly, being obliged to play, by refusing to stake one life against three at a game in which out of an infinity of chances there is one for you, if there were an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain. But there is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite.
Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)
This views are subjective and does not express or imply the current situations of any known churches or its members.
Many churches are progressing towards building a church without walls, a church that steps out from the comfortable spaces of the Christian community to be able to step out and influence the world they live in. However, there is one problem that can be often missed; although we might be breaking the walls on the outside of th church, we silently build walls within the church, within ministry.
Ministry has three primary objectives:
1. To Fulfill the Great Commandment
Matthew 22: 37-38 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.
People active in ministries need to serve primarily out of their love towards God. Ministry is one of the ways we can express our love for God, but it is not the only. In fact, the only way to be joyfully effective in ministry in through God's anointing and grace, and no amount of hard work and discipline can replace that. That is why we need to ensure that the people in ministry are always walking with God.
General tip: Pray. A lot. And read the living word.
2. To Fulfill the Great Commission
Matthew 22: 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Regardless of focus, each ministry must not fail to continually love each other. Duty or responsibilities must not precede this. In reality, it is really easy to forget that the people we work with, the people we meet everyday and even the people we have yet to know are still human beings like us. They still have feelings and emotions and are subject to personal biases. They still want to feel loved. Some people go by the saying, "If you love a person enough, you will tell them the truth even if it hurts." However, this only applies to those who are close enough to you. Ministries are also becoming more and more isolated the same way cell groups are; members only mixing within the ministry. How is it possible to have a church without walls if we fail to look beyond our task differences? Ministries are also becoming hierarchical. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes we think we are unworthy of doing the smaller things or we think others to be unworthy to do the bigger things.
General tip: Don't stereotype and be friendly ALL the time. It never hurts to smile.
3. To Fulfill the Cultural Mandate
Genesis 1: 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Lastly, ministry serves to provide a relevant platform for us to reach out to the lost world; providing a helpful hand in time of need, a beacon of hope in trying times and a honorary example in all fields. When we are in ministry, we are showing the world how walking with God can be like. Can it be fun? Can it be life-changing? Can it be something even a normal person can try? Ministry shows the world that even ordinary beings can do extraordinary things. Sometimes, we get so involved in the responsibilities of ministry that we forget about loving God and loving people. Always focus on loving God first, then people, then only do you get the task done. If you somehow hurt or offended someone in the middle of ministry, stop. Tend to the person in need, then continue (Matthew 5: 23-24). If your job involves rebuking someone, it doesn't mean you have to do it in a bad way. Be sensitive to others. Never, ever have this mentality: "I'm only doing my job."
General tip: Do the job well, after making sure you are still loving God and people righteously.
Yes: THE OBJECTIVES OF MINISTRY IS THE SAME OF ANY OTHER ORDINARY MEMBER. The only difference is in terms of responsibilities. Yet, we sometimes act as if those responsibilities are exclusive, reserved for certain special people, providing us with certain special benefits are protections.
Let's not live it this way.
Let's break down the walls.
The only thing holding him back is the recording capabilities of the video camera.
Where would Dubai be without oil?
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