PerfectionDoes sight exist not to see, or hearing not to hear?
So too does existence not exist to achieve imperfection but rather perfection. More still, existence tends towards perfection and not imperfection.
This idea is scoffed at in many ways, one being this: reality cannot be anything other than 'it is.' I.e., nature's imperfections is reality's perfection. We cannot speak of ideal perfection for we do not know it. We cannot know it. Nothing exists beyond 'it is.'
What these ones do not recognize is that every motion is a motion "for" or "towards" some end. Every motion either does not achieve that end or achieves that end in degrees of perfection.
Unconscious, we may feel like we act with no purpose or that all happens around us without purpose. Yet, this is where we must look inward at ourselves: who do I want to become? In what manner am I becomming that person?
We may be surprised that the end we desire is not the one we are moving towards. We may, at times, be surprised by the low, im
SufferingIf one denies suffering, i.e., a greater purpose for suffering, he removes one weightthe lighter weight of the suffering itselfand in turn places the heavier burden of nothingness upon himself. All life tends towards death, nothingness.Suffering3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
And the cousins of these feelings of nothingness are skepticism, bitterness, and despair.
The one who subscribes to nothingness may not be a skeptic, bitter, or in despair, but the problem of suffering forces that one to become as such. This is because if all of life ends with a final breath, then everything between that first and last breath is judged by how happy we are. Sufferingdeep, sorrowful, lasting sufferingis a sign of the end, and approach to nothingness.
Perhaps this is why Christ says that "my yoke is easy and my burden light" (Mt 11:30). He was ridiculed, tortured, and nailed to a treeabandonedand yet he says this still?
The one who suffers may be sorrowful or may have some joy because he understands that
Aphorism: Prayer as RevelationPrayer is not just communication with God, it is also a sort of self-reflectiona mirror that allows us to see, in a manner of speaking, the one who speaks to God. Between God and us lie our inmost thoughts. We need to reflect on our obsessions, our desires, and our struggles. Sometimes our zeal and our fervor become a greater spiritual poison than outside influences. Though prayer often times allows us to see enemies around us, we may be surprised to see the enemies withinif we listen to Godif we listen to ourselves.Aphorism: Prayer as Revelation4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
On Holiness: Subtle CrossesOn Holiness: Subtle CrossesOn Holiness: Subtle Crosses3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
We have to be careful of how we approach holiness and how we better ourselves in Christ Jesus. Indeed we are to 'pick up our crosses and follow Him,' but how often is it that we chase holiness as if we know what is best? For Paul says that "God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with [that] trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it" (1 Cor 10:13). Indeed James also says "Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire" (James 1:14).
What does this mean? Simply this: even our desire for holiness can be a cause of temptation and sin when we dictate it. We often desire glorious crosses/paths to holinesspersecution, evangelization, greater prayerand often neglect the very clear signs God gives us. We tend to ignore the "subtle crosses." For rather than being in fire, earthquakes, and driving winds (i.e., our ideas of glory and faith) God is in a "tiny whispering sou
Conversion (Poem) Part IConversion (Poem) Part IConversion (Poem) Part I4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Lord, it is truly a terrible sound
when lightning strikes and shakes the ground.
Yet is there a thunderbolt more bold,
more powerful, or more sublime
than one that strikes the human heart?
The secret citadels of our pride
constructed by our prejudice and habits
are toppled by a mere word and a gentle breeze.
The call to conversion is not a slow revolution
but a bolt that throws us into confusion.
We may spill a million words forth
but a wise word is an ocean's worth.
The mandala that is given loving form
is wiped away with none forlorn.
But if the heart's conviction carefully constructed
is wiped awaybetter death than destructed!
Even stones of faith and Scripture,
strong, sturdy, and hard to fissure
can be arranged with wrathful anger
truth and wisdom become a stranger
and avoid us with unmatched prudence.
But Lord, how too often we subscribe
to passivity or emotion and let them bribe
our sensibilitiesit is the truth of which we're deprived.
Error in Reading the BibleWhere do errors arise in biblical interpretation?Error in Reading the Bible4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The first is misreading the text, the second is misunderstanding the context, and the third is not reading that section in light of the whole of that section.
The fourth is forgetting who it addresses--that is to say (allegorically) people of a certain heart or disposition.
The fifth is seeing these words distinct from a life that has been lived.
The sixth is to see the Old Testament without considering and making it separate from Wisdom, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and to see the New as separate from Christ's example.
The seventh is to see the Old Testament radically distinct from the New--what does Christ cast aside, what does He fulfill, and what does He do in His life?
We, first of all, are so easily lead into error. Furthermore, the impious, atheistic, agnostic, lukewarm, and indifferent will never read the Scriptures accurately. This does not mean the words are inaccessible; it is q
A Word to the Socially Awkward(10/05/2011)A Word to the Socially Awkward4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
For some time I believe God has been meaning to open my eyes and help me realize a weakness of mine that need not be ignored but faced head-on, and He's been nudging me to get the guts to go out and share it. So here I am.
But first, allow me to explain it the slow way. I promise I'll make my point.
You know when you really want something? You ask that you can have it, right? A lot of us respond much like "I really want it. Please give it to me". When we pray, we're much like, "Dear God, I pray that I can have it. May you give it to me."
But you know what God's like? He's like this old proverb:
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~ Unknown
So, instead of simply giving you what you want just like that, He decides that a better approach is to help you learn to get it. Bear in mind that I'm talking about things or goals that are human
Believe the TruthSome say that He was just a man,Believe the Truth3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Some say that He was not God.
This was in His perfect plan
To test whose faith was strong or flawed.
Through His blood salvation bought
Some say this is untrue.
Whether they believe or not,
He died for me, He died for you.
So as your days draw close to death,
Your body flees from youth...
Will you deny with all your breath,
Or will you believe the truth?
Indirect Idolatry(11/22/2011)Indirect Idolatry4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
To all Christians who are fans of something:
I came across this interesting blog-post/article while surfing the web:
Bear in mind that this is NOT an attack on sports fanatics (or any other fanatics for that matter). But the article does make for an interesting read and does make a pretty good point that is really not all-too-far from the truth in regards to how fandom is generally treated. Although the article is addressing fandom in sports teams, it can very well also be applied to all kinds of fandom elsewhere--the concept is relatively the same in the fanbase of anything out there you can think of. People certainly take fandom pretty far...too far if you ask me. And it can be a pretty scary thing when it does go too far. (Want proof? It'