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Archive for March, 2008

Rob Bell videos

Just discovered these videos by Rob Bell

I think I’ve heard about these before, but first time I’ve seen them.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

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Love – The Message

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.
–1 Cor 13

A friend recently posted something that I thought was cool.. he said “to see if someone is a real friend, simply go to 1 Corinthians 13 and replace the word ‘love’ with your friend’s name”.  That made me think… have I been a good friend?  Hmmm..  You can try it with with the names of your friends, and you can try it with Jesus too.

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I like reading Slashdot because there’s usually interesting discussion. In response to this news items someone commented

Well, if the Church wants to give the impression that they want to fix their mistakes and apologize for them, I think it would be better if they apologized for supporting dictatorships and benefiting from them (as they did in Spain for 40 years, for example).

They could also get rid of child molesters and stop paying (lots of) money to keep things under wraps, which obviously is not the best way to solve the problem.

These kind of news really pisses me off. A statue to Galileo 400 years late? WTF?

I often think that religious institutions are evil. I think they are like organisms, they grow and evolve and seem to have a mind of their own, a spirit of their own, even. And its spirit reflects that it is ruled by man, a creation of man, not of God. I’m sure the Catholic church would vehemently deny that it is a human institution, but even if it was originally established by God, that doesn’t mean it was always led by God since.

Of course non-religious institutions, i.e. corporations, are even worse. I recommend watching the movie The Corporation.  Here’s something from Wikipedia:

One central theme of the documentary is an attempt to assess the “personality” of the corporate “person” by using diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV; Robert Hare, a University of British Columbia Psychology Professor and FBI consultant, compares the modern, profit-driven corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath.

And then there’s Google, whose motto is “Don’t Be Evil”, and I have to admit I like Google and I think they actually do a pretty good job at keeping with their motto, unlike many companies whose mission statement is a bunch of BS. Is it possible for an institution created by man to be good?

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5. Our prayer is not relational. Prayer is not supposed to be mechanical. It’s not a formula that we follow which guarantees God will answer. God already knows our needs and desires, a lot of repetition won’t help him understand any better. Also, often we just ask ask ask God, instead of conversing with God and listening for the answer He may be trying to give to us.

6. Our sin is blocking God’s power. Sin is like a clog in the pipe that connects us to God and his power. It blocks communication with God and blessings from Him.

7. We don’t feel compassion. The Gospel cites Jesus’ compassion as a motivating factor for him healing the sick.  Surely, compassion is also important for us in our intercession for others.  But how much do we allow ourselves to feel compassion, for others and even for ourselves?

8. Do we still lack understanding? Jesus said “Very truly I tell you, all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  This is really hard to believe sometimes, isn’t it?  Do we truly understand it?  Do we believe it?

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