Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday Bullets: The point at which the processes that maintain an organism alive no longer function

•  The Conservative Party of Canada will become more publicly 'progressive' for the sake of political popularity and relevancy.

•  Bobby Buff showed me a video, via his son, that featured a midget boxer (???) stating 'Come on, baby!' A catch phrase, I have often used with mock muscle poses, for many years in regards to Mr. Buff and his obsession with both Elvis Presley and Arnold Schwarzenegger, also known as listening to Elvis and bodybuilding.

• I just bought a ticket online to see An Jela, Deeaann, and their superstar daughter, perform on stage tomorrow. Dean has two jobs, and travels the world, but was likely still heavily persuaded to participate and act on stage. Wonderful folks. This performance in contrast to the equally grand, free one from behind the kitchen counter, with the props and various animals at their house. Love to the family...

• Visiting the 'Boss' at her residence, with her dementia, and the decreased mental states of many of the residents; I ponder on the theology of death due to disobedience to God:

Genesis 3: 17-19 from the New American Standard Version Bible (NASB)

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. 18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; 19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.

• I absolutely am not denying the scientific aspects of death, cited: 'Death' 'The point at which the processes that maintain an organism alive no longer function.' (Oxford: 223). Oxford Dictionary of Science, (2010), Sixth Edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press. My theological, biblical and philosophical education has me reason that death also has a spiritual aspect. Death is a result of God limiting the temporal life of human beings, due to the fall of humanity, sinful human nature and resulting sinful human choices.

• God is the cause of science, theology, philosophy and all sources of learned truth.

• Suffering and death are scientifically and biblically, theologically explainable.

• Romans 5, in the New Testament  again the the NASB:

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

• The suffering and coming death I can empirically view at the residence is troubling. On a personal basis it is still sad for a relationship with a loved one to be very damaged due to his/her very decreased brain capacity.

•  Even while observing and experiencing, suffering and death, the Hebrew Bible and New Testament do offer documented religious history that promises remedy for suffering and death, ultimately post-mortem for those with a regenerated nature, resurrected body and spiritual faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ, from both historical historical sides of the cross.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Explosive personality?

I am not a mechanic...My mechanic has told me to monitor oil levels on my SUV, and leave the rest up to him.

A new dance move called the Dumb-ass...

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Saturday Bullets: Law & order & democracy & political correctness Saint Paul's Hospital
• This topic was discussed in an SUV as Zombie, Chucky and Kingpin, journeyed home from a Vancouver event. Seems to me, a reasonable view of democracy as a biblical, Christian (moderate conservative, in my case), is that he/she is biblically commanded to obey the state in regards to the maintenance of law and order.

• This would include, social order and economic order.

• Concerning Romans 13, F.F. Bruce writes that human government is a divine ordinance and has the powers of coercion and commendation which it has been given by God. By Christians obeying the state, they are serving God. Bruce (1987: 221). Bruce reasons that the Apostle Paul, in Romans, does not deal with the issue of unrighteous government here, but as with Acts 5: 29, Christians must obey God and Christ and should not obey the state when the state claims divine honours. Bruce (1987: 221). In other words, the state is not the equivalent of God.

• Cranfield explains that in Romans 13, Paul is not asking for an uncritical obedience to the state, but rather that God has placed the state in authority over persons. Cranfield (1992: 321).

• Mounce writes that in Romans 13, there is a divinely sanctioned role of government and that Christians are responsible to that government. It did not make any difference that the governing authorities were secular. God is the sole source of authority and established the authority for the state.

• Concerning 1 Peter 2 13-15, biblical scholar, Barclay reasons that the concept of anarchy by the Christian is far from New Testament thought. Barclay reasons what belongs to Caesar (the state) should be given to it, and what belongs to God should be given to God (Matthew 22: 21). Barclay (1976: 205).

• I reason that non-Christians, within western democracy can basically agree with the concept of the state maintaining law and order, without embracing biblical Christianity.

• Seems to me, in a western democracy, within law and order, there are many philosophical worldviews permitted. Views within that law and order, are required to be held respectfully (at least non-offensively, if not obviously respectfully), while all citizens, residents and non-residents, respect the legal rights of others where philosophy, ideas and premises, disagree.

• Within law and order, those that hold to biblical Christianity should therefore not be culturally bullied to comply with philosophies, ideas and premises that disagree with his/her worldview; nor should a biblical Christian by intellectual bullying, attempt to force or coerce others that are non-biblical Christians to hold to philosophies, ideas and premises that he/she disagree with within a worldview.

• In other words, culturally within western society, legally held views and opinions should not face bullying and cultural attempts to place them out of existence, because these are understood as negative by opponents.

The societal priority should rightly be maintaining law and order within democracy, not maintaining political correctness within democracy.

• At the same time, attempts at forcing or coercing some other secular or religious worldview and/or political/religious agenda on the unwilling, is not democratic.

• I leave future, prophetic, divine rule up to the infinite, eternal, perfectly holy, triune God (Revelation 21-22). This will be done without sin and evil, unlike any human attempts at rule.

BARCLAY, WILLIAM (1976) The Letters of James and Peter, Philadelphia, The Westminster Press. 

BRUCE, F.F. (1987) Romans, Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 

CRANFIELD, C.E.B. (1992) Romans: A Shorter Commentary, Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

MOUNCE, ROBERT H. (1995) The New American Commentary: Romans, Nashville, Broadman & Holman Publishers.

MOUNCE, ROBERT H. (1990) The Book of Revelation, Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Marvel: When I tried to hit Chuck, last night at the Christian church event...

Friday, December 06, 2019

Giant bookcase

Street artists Jan Is De Man and Deef Feed teamed up to create a literary mural for a neighborhood in Utrecht, Netherlands


8 months ago Dutch Artists Paint Giant Bookcase On An Apartment Building Featuring Residents’ Favorite Books

Not the Incredible Hulk's personal bookcase...

Very colourful. I like it.

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