Archive for August, 2011

The Road to Destruction is Wide

Posted in Humour etc., The Narrow Path on August 30, 2011 by RWZero

The Christian concepts of heaven and hell must be the product of an introverted mind. Because there’s nothing more awful, I say, than spending eternity with lots and lots and lots of people.

That’s why the road to life is so narrow, and only a few find it. A man needs some peace and quiet from all this racket.

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Vacation

Posted in Primary on August 20, 2011 by RWZero

I’m off for a week. And guess where I’m going to be?

A church-run music camp.

If you really want to know how this happened, you can ask me. But that’s where I’m going to be.

Also I went from having a 10-year-old Nokia phone with an antenna and a broken keypad to having a Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone yesterday, because the phone was just getting too ghetto. So you can now… rely on my cell phone, if you haven’t been doing so before.

I upgrade my technology in quantum leaps, and never for the sake of trendiness. Form follows function. End of line.

Conspiracy Theory

Posted in The Narrow Path on August 18, 2011 by RWZero

I first posted this as a comment on one of D’Ma’s posts, but it is an idea that I have been thinking about for some time.

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I think one of the most frustrating things about the Christian perspective on “struggle” or “doubt” is that it really is a conspiracy theory, in every sense of the word.

The way to engineer a conspiracy mindset in someone else is to think of every rational reason why they might doubt or dismiss the conspiracy… and then warn them in advance that “this is what they want.” No other questions allowed: just a pure warning that “here’s what’s coming, and you have to stay true.”

Nothing accomplishes this better than the “you will be mocked and persecuted for following” tactic. You can legitimize anything in the world, no matter how crazy, with this tactic, because lo and behold: it comes true every time. Somehow, the fulfillment of this prophecy manages to impress the minds of the people involved. Furthermore, this is everyone’s dream. Everyone dreams of having a special purpose in life, and of fighting for the truth alongside a small minority–fighting for the truth against overwhelming opposition from the greater legions of evil people on all sides, who have weaker convictions, and have fallen prey to the lies and deceit of the enemy.

UFO’s

Posted in The Facts and Ideas on August 14, 2011 by RWZero

At some point I became concerned about UFO’s and began to read about them. I went from believing that they were just textbook cases of sensationalism and hysteria to believing that they were probably real. I fit this into my Christian worldview by resolving that they were of demonic origin–sent to lead humanity astray and into all sorts of strange UFO cult worship and quests for non-Christian enlightenment.

Well I don’t believe they’re demons anymore. That would be all kinds of unfair, if you think about it. But I’ve read too much about UFO’s to go back to believing they’re nothing.

Quite a pickle I’m in, on that issue.

I’ve become afraid to read any more about other absurd phenomena, lest I become convinced of them, and have to live with believing in them. And I’d lose the credibility and prestige that comes with saying “I don’t believe in that stuff,” which is a much more respectable thing to say these days.

Mom, Dad and the Youth Pastor

Posted in Evangelism on August 13, 2011 by RWZero

Some people can accept the meaning of the data, and others cannot.

I don’t think this was one of those things that only troubled me: I think that deep down, this was something that troubled most of us. I think that’s why we never talked about it.

“This data illustrates the importance of influencing children to consider making a decision to follow Christ.”

Unbelievable.

When I attempted to confront the author of this page and ask him what he thought it meant, or at least, how he would respond to the implications I saw in this, he became somewhat defensive, ultimately never answered me, and ended the e-mail exchange.

Miracles and Healing

Posted in The Facts and Ideas on August 7, 2011 by RWZero

I’ve heard a bunch of miracle stories that involve the healing of cancer. I think I have to believe at least some of them… perhaps even most of them.

Now, there’s an atheist website (or campaign, whatever you want to call it) called “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?” When I first saw it, it was years ago, so naturally I was indignant. God won’t heal amputees because that would be… that would be demonstrably proving his existence, whereas it’s possible to doubt the healing of cancer? I had some strange rationalizations for it. The easiest answer is that God isn’t sticking his fingers into the universe, and that’s that.

But there really do seem to be these cases of people’s cancer (and other internal diseases) miraculously vanishing, with no medical explanation. However, the prayers and the timing of the healing do not always line up as neatly as people make it sound.

If they’re “miracles” caused by some intelligent force, then why do only very specific types of things get healed? Why are there very clear limits on the types of miracles that happen, just like there are limits on the types of… natural things that can happen?

But if they’re not “miracles,” and they’re some undiscovered super-placebo effect, or what not, then how do they happen? Shouldn’t someone be interested in figuring that out?

BBC’s “Life”

Posted in The Facts and Ideas on August 5, 2011 by RWZero

The other week, I watched some of the BBC documentary “Life” (which I have not yet seen) at a friend’s house. As it happens, I started watching during the part about mudskippers.

The first thing that came to mind was, simply, that I couldn’t believe what I was watching. I find this incredibly absurd.

But the second thing that came to mind was: I wonder how many creationists have watched this. It’s practically a joke. As a creationist I would have presumed that evolutionists fabricated this video to support their point.

All else aside, I watched some more of that documentary, and I must recommend it. It’s jam-packed with stuff that makes you think.