Jerry Falwell

May 16, 2007

Jerry Falwell, a conservative evangelist, has recently passed away.  Falwell was probably one of the most politically influential evangelists in the US, who has been credited for basically “mobilizing” the religious right, making them realize how much power they had, as a block of voters.

Falwell has always been a very controvercial figure.  This is painfully obvious as, around the world and the net, people are bitterly celebrating his death.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan of Falwell, but I can’t believe that people would actually celebrate the death of this man.  I think that’s extremely poor taste.  There are a lot of people who didn’t like him, but the truth is, he wasn’t that different than the plethora of evangelicals out there, and the people he influenced are still registered to vote, and still of the same mindset.

His death is not a victory, no matter what your beliefs are.  How can people rejoice in someone’s death?  Honestly, it makes me sick beyond words.

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“It’s Not a Religion, It’s a Relationship”

May 12, 2007

I hear those words uttered frequently from my fellow Christians….”It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.”

I do believe that a relationship with Jesus is the most important things that we can experience, and the most important part of Christianity. That being said….I still have to argue with those who claim that Christianity is not a religion.  I do believe that it’s a relationship, but I believe that it’s a religion as well.

Religion is a belief (spirituality, some might say), and the practices associated with those beliefs.  God created us, and reveals Himself to us, so we do have that belief in Him. We also have practices associated with that belief, such as baptism, ministering, helping the poor, etc.

God basically created Judaism, giving priests instructions to teach the knowledge God gave them and the practices He commanded. Man might have changed it a bit, but God created it.

The Bible does seem to speak of true religion on a positive note….So I can’t help but disagree when people say that Christianity isn’t religion, or that we shouldn’t be “religious.”  Religion is belief and practices, and we shouldn’t forsake the belief in God, nor should we forsake the practices that He has commanded.

Are you in a rut?

May 6, 2007

Here are some words of encouragement….from someone else 🙂

“Smiley” Faces

March 13, 2007

Sometimes when I’m writing letters or notes….actual handwritten things, I get the urge to insert sidways smiley faces, like “:)” or “:P” or “:D” or “:-)” or “;)” or “;-)” or “^_^” or….well, you get the idea.

I guess drawing smileys, in and of itself, isn’t that bad….but the fact that I want to draw them sideways on a handwritten paper is, well….a sign that I’m on myspace to much : P < – – See?

Why I Don’t Believe in Eternal Torment

March 13, 2007

This is a post I made for another discussion forum, but I spent some time on it, so I’ll throw it on here.  This blog lists some of why I don’t believe in the mainstream concept of hell, aka eternal torment.

I definitely don’t believe there is a hell now, because the Bible says that the dead know nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5).  If we went to heaven or hell when we died, Lazarus probably would have said something about it worth writing down (John 11:17, 43).

I believe that the dead are dead until they are resurrected.  The dead in Christ are resurrected first, then the rest (Revelation 20:4-6).  Notice it says the “second death” has no power over the people who are part of the first resurrection.  Again, as we see in Ecclesiastes 9:5, the dead know nothing.  That’s enough for me to be confident that the dead are destroyed, not kept alive in suffering.

More scripture supporting the destruction of the wicked includes:

Ezekiel 18:4, Ezekiel 26:21, Ezekiel 28:18-19, Malachi 4:1, Psalm 37:20, Psalm 104:35, Isaiah 47:14, Nahum 1:10

I believe that it’s important to remember that words like eternal and forever aren’t always literal, things can be lost in translation.  If I say “may the king live forever,” that’s not necessarily literal.

2 Peter 2:6 and Jude 1:7 might be compared…..the fire might be eternal, the punishment might be eternal, but the life isn’t eternal.  Sodom and Gomorrah are obviously no longer standing, right?

The promise of eternal life was promised to God’s people, to those who have righteousness, by faith.

Romans 2:7, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 15:53-54, 1 Timothy 6:16, 2 Timothy 1:10, and…

John 3:16
16″For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

I believe that there are two kinds of people, those who will receive eternal life, and those who won’t.

I’ll try to wrap this up by showing that the lake of fire, which is called the second death(Revelation 20:14), is on earth(Revelation 20:14), and it seems earth is destroyed(Revelation 21:1).


I do admit that there are a few verses that are hard to understand, I see where people are coming from on each side, but this is what I believe.  The weight of evidence on the subject points to destruction, not eternal torment.  If anyone has any questions….ask.  I certainly haven’t covered it all in this one short blog, but I think the scripture speaks for itself.

I could probably expand on all this, but for now, I’m done. 

God Bless 🙂

Short Assessment of Operating System Users

March 13, 2007

Mac users tend to be the most over zealous, imo….even when they might not know what they’re talking about.  Windows users for the most part don’t seem to care too much, although there’s a few who are antiMac.  There are zealous linux users, there’s a lot of antiWindows linux users, but they at least seem to know a lot about what they’re talking about, for the most part.

Daylight Savings

March 13, 2007

I love the surreal feeling that comes with daylight savings…..I got out of my last class (at 7pm), and there was actually sunlight out!  Awesome…. 🙂

A Beautiful Day

March 12, 2007

Today was an beautiful day 🙂

I’m always astonished at how quickly winter passes.

Trust strangers

March 11, 2007

How much do you trust random people?

I was studying at the library at my school, downtown….huge library, when this guy who was studying near me walked over and asked me to watch his stuff while he used the bathroom.  I had no problem with that, and it didn’t seem that odd at the time, but then I realized….it is a bit odd.  I didn’t know that guy, at all.  It was probably pretty obvious that I was a student, though, and not one of the homeless guys walking around (which we plenty of,  on our lovely urban campus).

At my old school, if I was studying on the top floor the library, and I got thirsty, I would go to the bottom floor to get some white hot chocolate….leaving my stuff where it lay, on the top floor.  This isn’t my old school, though.

How much do you trust completely random people?  Is that something you would do?

I might write a real blog one of these days…. 🙂

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Metro

March 2, 2007

So I transferred from Mines to Metro, recently. Metro’s a nice school, but it’s certainly very different. One thing I noticed is that there are a ton of smokers here(I don’t know why that is, or why I thought it was interesting, but yeah). I think the classes are a little easier, but that could be because I’m taking easier classes. Another thing I noticed is that people here seem more disconnected(with the school). A lot of people here workfull time, I think. This girl I talked to yesterday said she was working 40 hours a week on top of taking 18 credit hours at metro…..that’s a buisy schedule.

On another note, John Edwards came to the school yesterday 😛