Now that my first year of college is almost over...
and it really didn’t turn out to be what I needed it to be, I think it’s time to move on. I can no longer sit here traveling through the system in utter discontent. It is time to bring genuine reason and compassion to the forefront of the American consciousness. My best instructors always taught me to go above and beyond and I feel as though it’s time I start accomplishing things the right way.
“Very many emerging adults simply don’t know how to think about things, what is right, what is deserving for them to devote their lives to. On such matters, they are often simply paralyzed, wishing they could be more definite, wanting to move forward, but simply not knowing how they might possibly know anything worthy of conviction and dedication. Instead, very many emerging adults exist in a state of basic indecision, confusion, and fuzziness. The world they have inherited, as best they can make sense of it, has told them that real knowledge is impossible and genuine values are illusions.”—Christian Smith, Souls in Transition (via apologeticsnstuff)
"The Greeks thought that homosexuality was more pure than heterosexuality, because one of the main purposes of heterosexuality is the option of reproduction. The Greeks considered heterosexuals desire for only this to be greedy, where as homosexual love is more about true love for the other person, not just the desire to reproduce. Also, because homosexual love isn't the dominant culture. It's different."
Notably, the panel included Judges Juan Torruella and Michael Boudin, both of whom are Republican appointees. Judge Boudin, who authored the opinion, is one of the most highly regarded judges in the country; he frequently sends his former law clerks to clerk for Supreme Court justices.
I have an 8 page dialogue on religion due tomorrow.
Too bad I spent my time outside of class actually expanding my knowledge on religion rather than writing it. I suppose I’ll probably fail the class even though I’ve probably gotten the most out of it. Half the class just complains about how complicated Hinduism and Buddhism are.
wow, your grandma must be all knowing and infallible.
No, she’s not, but she was alive then and got to see a lot more of her than we ever do. I think people try to make her stand out as more than just another celebrity when that’s all she really was… She was an amazing philanthropist because it was her occupation, not because she was a wonderfully intelligent activist like people make her out to be.
Also, no need for the sour attitude. lol I’m sorry if you really like her, but this is just what I’ve learned. :)
1. What is more difficult for you, looking into someones eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someones eyes when they are telling you how they feel?
2. Think of the last time you were REALLY angry. WHY were you angry? Do you still feel the same way?
3. You are on a flight from Honolulu to Chicago non-stop. There is a fire in the back of the plane. You have enough time to make ONE phone call. Who do you call? What do you tell them?
4. You are at the doctor’s office and he has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? What do you do with your remaining days? Would you be afraid?
5. You can have one of the following two things. Which do you choose? Why? Love and Trust.
6. You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late even once more, you are fired. Do you take the time to save the dogs life? Why or Why not?
7. Would you rather be hurt by the one you trust the most or the one you love the most?
8. Your best friend confesses that he/she has feelings for you more than just friendship. He/she is falling in love with you. What do you (or did you) do/say?
9. Think of the last person who you know that died. You have the chance to give them 1 hour of life back, but you have to give up one year of yours. Do you do it? Why or Why not?
10. Are you the kind of friend that you would want to have as a friend?
11. Does love = sex?
12.Your boss tells your coworker that they have to let them go because of work shortage, and they are the newest employee. You have been there much longer. Your coworker has a family to support and no other means of income. Do you go to your boss and offer to leave the company? Why or Why not?
13.When was the last time you told someone HONESTLY how you felt regardless of how difficult it was for you to say? Who was it? What did you have to tell the person?
14. What would be (or what was) harder for you to tell a member of the opposite sex, you love them or that you do not love them back?
15. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up? Why would it be hard to lose?
16. Excluding romantic love, when was the last time you told someone you loved them. Who were they to you?
17. If there was one moment and one time in the last month what would you change and why?
18.Imagine it is a dark night, you are alone, it is raining outside, you hear someone walking around outside your window. WHO do you wish was there with you?
19. Would you give a homeless person CPR if they were dying? Why or Why not?
21.You are holding onto your grandmother’s hand and the hand of a newborn that you do not know as they hang over the edge of a cliff. You have to let one go to save the other. Who do you let fall to their death? What was your rationale for making the decision?
22. Are you old fashioned?
23. When was the last time you were nice to someone and did NOT expect anything in return for it?
24.Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a broken heart, or never loved at all? Why?
25.If you could do anything or wish anything, what would it be?
So I posed a question to my Bible study group a few weeks ago. We were talking about faith and God in general, and I asked them why our/their faith was the “right” one out of the hundreds (if not five) other faith systems that they could be practicing. I presented them with a hypothesis, that if we cannot give a solid answer to why they believe in Yaweh and Jesus Christ apposed to Krishna or Allah, then what kind of faith do we have? The idea of this is not to “disprove” other faiths, but rather to reassess our own and establish solid reason for why we believe what we do. A girl in my group said that she hated that she could not come up with an answer right off the bat. But my guess is that most Christians could not answer my question immediately either, and like my friend would find it frustrating that they don’t have an immediate, convincing, answer. Some of the answers they presented had serious holes such as, “I just have such a strong personal relationship with God.” The problem with that is that anyone can have an equally powerful spiritual relationship with which ever God they want, regardless of whether that God exists or not. Buddhism for instance has some of the strongest spirituality out there, and yet they do not worship the Christian God or even a specific “god” at all; so sadly, such an argument hardly holds up.
We have been working through this question for the last few weeks addressing various roadblocks such as predestination, the nature of sin, the “bad things” in this world, and things of that nature that get in our way. I have asked each of them to do some private study and reflection on the issue and come back together with their reasoning. In short I told them to pretend for a moment that everything they have believed in the past to be a lie, I asked them to look at the Bible and say that none of this is true, and then convince themselves again that it is true (if they can). So my question for my Christian follower is this; can you step back from your faith for a moment, say that nothing of it is true, and then really convince yourself that it is real? It is a scary thing to do, but I just wonder that if we cannot not even convince ourselves of our faith, how can we spread the Gospel like Jesus has charged us to do? If we cannot step back and really re-evaluate our faith, then maybe we are not standing as strongly with God as we would like to believe.
Feel free to disagree, it was simply something that had been on my heart. It is not easy, but I honestly think it is worth it. Step back, stop taking the Bible at face value and then see if you can truly convince yourself of faith in Christ. I think we can become better Christians by doing so.