Job 9:9 "He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades And the chambers of the south"
Job 38:31 "Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?"
God reveals so much to us in creation and He reaffirms it in the Bible. Yet man feels special when we confirm it with our limited knowledge?
Job 38:4 "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding."
(Note: For the non-astronomers Orion is on the left and Pleiades is on the right)
There has been much discussion recently about God's grace and His other attributes. While I usually focus on His lordship and sovereignty, which is because I think it is sometimes overlooked due to His overwhelming grace. I think people can get caught up in His mercy and grace and forget about Him being Almighty God and ultimately lack fear.
I think the best way to remind ourselves and come to grasp with both sides of God is to look at the foundation of Christianity. God's mercy and grace was so great that He sent Jesus to redeem us. Yet in His righteousness and justness He poured His wrath upon Jesus when He was on the cross bearing our sins.
The familiar story we've all heard so many time is the best example God illustrates for us to understand Him.
As much as I like Huckabee it may be time for him to exit. He does have a good sense of humor though.
"O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen- Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!"
David says so much in this psalm. What do you take from it? I see the praise of God in His sovereignty and His creation. I see David feeling insignificant or small within the creation, but realizing man was made in God's image and likeness. God gave man a huge responsibility in regards to having dominion over the earth. And most importantly, David has an overtone of Jesus Christ as Savior.
This word unlike the word "Christian" defines more of a characteristic. In one of my classes I have to write a paper contrasting white evangelicals to black evangelicals. In my readings I discovered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rejected Jesus' virgin birth, rejected Jesus' resurrection and rejected the inerrancy of the Bible.
This recent knowledge has uncontrollably altered my view of MLK Jr. I cannot consider him an evangelical because the things listed above are foundational principles required for believers.
Was anyone else aware of this? Does this effect the way you view him?
(Disclaimer: This is a reaction to his theology and not a reflection of his achievements during the civil rights era.)
I am not sure if anyone has read this before, but you should because I believe it is being forced upon the world more and more everyday. This is just a section of it dealing with religion and God. View the complete version here.
For those who do not like to read I bolded the main points.
" FIRST: In the best sense, religion may inspire dedication to the highest ethical ideals. The cultivation of moral devotion and creative imagination is an expression of genuine "spiritual" experience and aspiration.
We believe, however, that traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place revelation, God, ritual, or creed above human needs and experience do a disservice to the human species. Any account of nature should pass the tests of scientific evidence; in our judgment, the dogmas and myths of traditional religions do not do so. Even at this late date in human history, certain elementary facts based upon the critical use of scientific reason have to be restated. We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of a supernatural; it is either meaningless or irrelevant to the question of survival and fulfillment of the human race. As nontheists, we begin with humans not God, nature not deity. Nature may indeed be broader and deeper than we now know; any new discoveries, however, will but enlarge our knowledge of the natural.
Some humanists believe we should reinterpret traditional religions and reinvest them with meanings appropriate to the current situation. Such redefinitions, however, often perpetuate old dependencies and escapisms; they easily become obscurantist, impeding the free use of the intellect. We need, instead, radically new human purposes and goals.
We appreciate the need to preserve the best ethical teachings in the religious traditions of humankind, many of which we share in common. But we reject those features of traditional religious morality that deny humans a full appreciation of their own potentialities and responsibilities. Traditional religions often offer solace to humans, but, as often, they inhibit humans from helping themselves or experiencing their full potentialities. Such institutions, creeds, and rituals often impede the will to serve others. Too often traditional faiths encourage dependence rather than independence, obedience rather than affirmation, fear rather than courage. More recently they have generated concerned social action, with many signs of relevance appearing in the wake of the "God Is Dead" theologies. But we can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species. While there is much that we do not know, humans are responsible for what we are or will become. No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.
SECOND: Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices. Modern science discredits such historic concepts as the "ghost in the machine" and the "separable soul." Rather, science affirms that the human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces. As far as we know, the total personality is a function of the biological organism transacting in a social and cultural context. There is no credible evidence that life survives the death of the body. We continue to exist in our progeny and in the way that our lives have influenced others in our culture.
Traditional religions are surely not the only obstacles to human progress. Other ideologies also impede human advance. Some forms of political doctrine, for instance, function religiously, reflecting the worst features of orthodoxy and authoritarianism, especially when they sacrifice individuals on the altar of Utopian promises. Purely economic and political viewpoints, whether capitalist or communist, often function as religious and ideological dogma. Although humans undoubtedly need economic and political goals, they also need creative values by which to live."
It was a great game. This one will go down as a classic. I was glad because I am not a fan of the Patriots nor Tom Brady. Coach Belichick unsportsmanlike conduct of leaving early has been consistent with the rest of his cold shoulder acts.
As for the commercials, I thought they were decent. I liked the Doritos one where the giant mouse attacked the guy and liking politics I liked the Coke one with Bill Frist. Overall it was an outstanding game and decent commercials.
What are your thought/remarks about the game or commercials?