Wednesday, February 27, 2013

One true religion

Why can't there be just one true religion and why does there have to be so many to choose from?

There may have been a time in the dim past when there was only ONE religion. That time would have been when the first human mind came up with the concept of there being a superior entity out there somewhere and they had a desire to make contact with it. That person's search for that entity became their religion.

Now, tackling the TRUE portion of that question gets a lot tougher. I believe that religion is so personal, each individual has their own specific religion. Their religion will vary or differ from some other individual's religion even if they have the same God as their focus for worship.

I know this is true. I have studied it for a long time. When you take a religion, let's say Christianity and break it down into tenets and doctrines, reducing them to statements of belief and posing each one to several individuals, you will discover disagreement concerning several or many of those statements.

The scriptures of the Christian Bible warn us not to lean upon our own understanding. Then again, it goes on to warn us about accepting the explanations and understanding of others also. There seems to be no end to the instructions found in the scriptures. Study to show yourself approved. That one has always caused me some confusion. Show myself approved by WHOM?

So Christians, needing to reach agreement with some other seekers, align themselves into denominational groups. Yet, if you look closely enough, you will find disagreements about something even within that select denominational group. Those differences and the continuing search for TRUTH is what keeps them digging through the word and discussing topics in Sunday School and Bible Study.

All these boards and forums you come across out here on the Internet are involved in that same activity. If it were not for disagreements and debate most of these boards would not exist. To myself, this whole area of activity is involved in one thing...searching for TRUTH. In my own views, what we are participating in is MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.

As human beings, we have this predisposed habit of thinking everything to death. Truth is so personal, it has become impossible for us to reach agreement. Jesus said "I am the truth!" How many of us can agree on what He meant by those words? Who Jesus IS as pertaining to our Christian religion is basic and essential. Isn't He what we base our salvation upon?

If you will just take a moment, step back and look around yourself, you will see that many Christians cannot agree on even that essential TRUTH. Some believers rely upon what Jesus taught, his words, his preaching, but they do not always agree about who He IS. Is He God? Is He the Son of God? Is He the Son of Man? Is He the Son of Mary? Is He the son of Joseph? Is He a created being? Is He an Angel? Is He a Man-God or a God-Man? Is He all man or is He all God? Did He really die? Was He actually resurrected? The questions never stop. If we Christians can't reach agreement about these matters, might I ask each of us...upon what are we basing the salvation that we claim to have? Just how secure are we in our faith?

Is there a God...the one and only LIVING God? Did you at some point in time reach out to Him in some unexplained way and touch Him? Did He react to your touch and respond in some way? I would ask "Do you know Him" but I don't want to tempt you to tell a lie. Who can KNOW God? What person has looked UPON Him? Here's the know as much about God as I less. For some reason unknown to any of us, He chose to reveal Himself to us in some vague unexplainable way and we KNOW that there is a living God.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Adult truths revealed

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Adult Truths *** or words of Wisdom!
1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Jeans? Jeans never get dirty, and you can wear them forever…
22. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey; but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3-feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
24. People who forward e-mail without deleting the tons of previous recipients should be shot and then tarred and feathered.
25. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important. Ladies quit laughing!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Involuntary detox saturday

If everyday was anything like yesterday (Saturday 2/9/2013) I'd be so thin I couldn't cast a shadow on a very bright day.

I can only theorize that my old body was so full of chemicals and/or drugs due to six weeks of being treated for a mystery bug that it had all it was going to take and decided to rid itself of anything that didn't belong in it.

There was no input to speak of, only elimination from the two main orifices involved in fuel handling.  I felt so bad, I didn't think of putting anything into my GOB hole. I would have needed to die just to get better.

Maureen made breakfast but the smell of bacon frying was repulsive and I normally love everything about bacon.  If I wasn't curled up in the fetal position on the couch, I was hunched over and sitting on the bathroom throne ... getting rid of toxic liquids.  I can only believe that my body didn't think that method was moving it out fast enough, SO ... it decided to use the elevator up to the input device and do some projectile vomiting until the gauge read EMPTY.

Maureen was working feverishly, trying to clean up the messes I was making as she applied a thick layer of compassion liberally over my whole body.  God Bless her heart.

The girls ran up to the store and picked up some Gatorade, a remedy my doctor recommended, and a few other items they thought I might want.  I've got two flavors of Jello in the fridge, both are delicious and feel so good going down to an empty stomach.

I laid around all day and evening, napping when I could and didn't feel like going to bed when it was bedtime, but I went and slept until around two this morning.  According to the old clock on computer room wall, it is now 3:44 am.  My innards are making some terrible gurgling noises now and then.  I hope that's not the rectal cannon loading up to fire another round into the thunder mug.

For now. I feel pretty good.  I hope it continues that way for the rest of the day.  I need a break from the whole process. 

Thanks for your concern and sending it in my direction, along with any prayers you may have handy.  I believe in prayer.  The next time you aren't feeling well, I will surely return the favor.

It's four o'clock and I'm signing off for now.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Good reports in the midsts of difficult times

Today, Maureen, my dearest wife went through a "STRESS TEST."  For most, having someone you care for going through that is worrisome and if it's someone you love more than your own life, it's especially horrific for them and you.

Our daughter was so concerned about it, she wanted to take off work and go with her Mother while it was being done.  We assured her that I, FATHER and HUSBAND, would take her to the appointment and stay with her all the while, even if it took the four full hours they told us it COULD take. 

It only took three full hours and I stayed in the waiting room, wide awake all that time.

On the way home, we stopped for something to eat because Maureen hadn't had solid food since yesterday at six o'clock in the evening.  I know she had to be famished. As we sat in the car and ate, Maureen began to talk between bites.  She said how proud she was of me. "you were so calm and at peace all the while this scary stuff was going on.  Normally you would be anything but either of those things."  She was right!  I had been something other than the normal ME.

That was not a FIRST for me.  It has happened a few times over the last 29 years.  I became a new Christian on that day 29 years ago and along the way I learned to trust God's will in all matters relative to my new life. You only need to do it once and after that, it's an easy thing to do, so Maureen had no reason to be so proud of me.  Besides, our daughter was at her desk, multitasking ... that is ... doing her job and praying for her Mother AND ME.  I knew it and so did Maureen. 

So, I say once more ... Thank You Lord! for showing us once again that you are FAITHFUL and worthy to be praised and given thanks in all things. AND ... Thank you Kellie for being all that you can be in Christ Jesus.  The good reports concerning you doing what you do for Him and those He loves are constantly falling upon our ears.  We never tire of hearing them. Our spirits soar to heavenly heights and are refreshed always with the good works you do.