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November 30, 2013

Image of God

On the weekend of my birthday, I received a revelation from God – what it meant to be created in the image of God. It was an answer to a recent question that has been surfacing in my mind with regards to the topics “Human self-development and the work place” and “humanity” and “evolution”.

As an arts student, I have preferred to be a humanist. (Roughly speaking, Humanism is a group of philosophies and ethical perspectives which emphasize the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers individual thought and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism).) This has especially been so since I entered the workplace. But there is a type of humanisim that embraces christianity

Experiencing how people behave at work full time,it has led me to think of people as glorious self-made constructions, or as  organisms with a selfish agenda. Two opposites. that just goes by humanistic assumptions,which much of secular society goes by. However, I still had a question “who are we, really” and it was in my subconscious.

I have always read the verse “created in the image of God” and just understood it surface value. but now i understand better what it means. we are created to be LIKE GOD – that means having the kind of worth, glory and honour that goes along with it. we have God’s attributes – love, holiness, grace,mercy,justice, righteousness, creativity, diligence and so on.

Isn’t it wonderful to have been created in the image of God? Instead of being slaves at the workplace, we have the worth of God-like status. Instead of being cogs in a machine,we have the moral attributes of God designed in us. Instead of being money hungry evolutionary beings, we are crowned with glory.

well, just happyabout the answer to the question “Who am I”.

November 17, 2013

Freedom

Democracy gives us freedom from restrictions,to have freedom in action.
Investing gives us freedom from money, to have freedom in life.
Medical discoveries give us freedom from illnesses,to have freedom in our bodies.

Jesus Christ gives us freedom from sin, to have freedom to be like Him.

Which is the best kind of freedom?

October 20, 2013

Heavenly voice! :)

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October 14, 2013

God, make me beautiful

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God,

make me beautiful as Eden,

as the 7-day creation,

before Adam and Eve disobeyed,

and sin entered the world.

 

God,

make me beautiful,

as the love marks on your palms,

the crown of thorns on your head,

and the empty grave which you once lay.

 

God,

make me beautiful as heaven,

like the holiness of the saints,

like the new heaven and new earth.

 

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”- 1 Peter 3:3-4

 

 

 

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March 24, 2013

Christ and Culture

Filed under: How we relate to God,People — applecherrypipz @ 8:37 am
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Here are some thoughts on this blog and it’s relation to culture:

First, I would like to introduce some famous thoughts from Richard Niebur.

Niebuhr was, by training, a Christian ethicist. In this capacity, his biggest concern was the way in which human beings relate to God, to each other, to their communities, and to the world. Niebuhr’s theological ethics can be described as relational. His greatest ethical treatise is The Responsible Self, published shortly after his death. It was intended to be the seed of a much larger book on ethics. His sudden death prevented his writing this work. In The Responsible Self, Niebuhr dealt with human beings as responding agents. Human beings are always “in response” to some influence, whether another human being, a community, the natural order or history, or, above all, God.

His most famous work is Christ and Culture. It is often referenced in discussions and writings on a Christian’s response to the world’s culture. In the book, Niebuhr gives a history of how Christianity has responded to culture. He outlines five prevalent viewpoints:

Christ against Culture. For the exclusive Christian, history is the story of a rising church or Christian culture and a dying pagan civilization.

Christ of Culture. For the cultural Christian, history is the story of the Spirit’s encounter with nature.

Christ above Culture. For the synthesist, history is a period of preparation under law, reason, gospel, and church for an ultimate communion of the soul with God.

Christ and Culture in Paradox. For the dualist, history is the time of struggle between faith and unbelief, a period between the giving of the promise of life and its fulfillment.

Christ Transforming Culture. For the conversionist, history is the story of God’s mighty deeds and humanity’s response to them. Conversionists live somewhat less “between the times” and somewhat more in the divine “now” than do the followers listed above. Eternity, to the conversionist, focuses less on the action of God before time or life with God after time, and more on the presence of God in time. Hence the conversionist is more concerned with the divine possibility of a present renewal than with conservation of what has been given in creation or preparing for what will be given in a final redemption

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I suppose my blog deals with topics related to “Christ tranforming culture”, of a reformative nature. How can we transform culture? Culture, defined by Oxford dictionaries, refers to

  • 1the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively
  • 2the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society

I would like to add, what creative ways can one live that relates to culture in this way? One way is self-help, which this blog seeks to do: showing Christ’s relevance, through art forms like philosophy and literature, in our lives.

Please let me know if you think that my blog can transform culture in more ways, and/or what you wish to see more of in this blog! E-mail me at applecherrypipz@gmail.com or leave a comment, I am waiting to hear from you! 🙂

March 18, 2013

What does it mean to be human? – Ravi Zacharias’s take

Filed under: How we relate to God,Identity,People,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 2:23 am
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As our moral sensibilities seem to drift further and further apart, we must ask ourselves, “What does it mean to be human?” For, as Ravi Zacharias, Christian thinker, writer, and speaker, reminds us, upon this definition all else hinges.

http://www.veritas.org/Talks

February 13, 2013

What does it mean to be human

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Is it enough to laugh, to jump, to cry, to sing, to shout, to dream, to hope, to die, to live?

Is it enough to think, to work, to study, to play, to just be?

What does it mean to be human?

November 15, 2011

Children of God

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Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Rom 8:17

What a great hope we have in Christ!

– the glory of God is shining around them

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October 17, 2011

Nothing to offer in my own strength

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“1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

Romans 12:1-8

 
Thank you God, because of you and what you did on the cross, I can be broken before you, and you can have my life. I can live for you.To live is Christ, to die is gain.The Beauty of Brokenness.

 

October 19, 2010

People have something in common

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Sometimes, I find that it is easy to feel that people are just very different. Don’t talk about the constant political struggles as a constant feature of the news. Even within your own home, there is conflict and strife, like your parents’ divorce.

Sometimes, I find it easy to think that people are always changing, and never the same. With the theory of evolution creeping into our culture, embedding our psyches with ‘scientific truths’, which even reach to mythical proportions, shaping how we see ourselves and the world, there is a constant feeling that people are always on edge, fighting with each other, in the famous ”survival of the fittest”, just striving to improve and improve and improve and improve…..

No doubt there is some truth in both – people are always changing, and there is conflict. But has our world become so diverse in these poststructuralist times, that we forget that we do have some things in common?

Was reading about the copywriting business recently and marketing strategies, and it just amazed me to see that what people want can actually be pretty much universalised, given the tried and tested ideas about what succeeds in the media industry:

Movies:
1. Love – man loses girl, wins her back again.
2. Family
3. Conversion – bad man becomes good man
4. Jeopardy – life threatening situation where characters try to perserve their lives
5. Taboo – Lesbian, gay relationships and so on.
6. Relationships – a triangulated relationship

and so on and so forth..
what about the news?

News
1. Natural disasters
2. Manmade disasters
3. Political Scandals

and so on and so forth..

People aren’t so different afterall? The same things captivate us, over and over again. What does this tell us about what people want?

At the end of the day, we are all human beings, not monsters trying to eat each other up. Let’s learn to empathise with one another more, love one another regardless of their nationality, culture, ethnicity, race, gender and even sexuality. Are we willing to be more open to accepting others for who they are? and loving them the way Jesus loves them? Loving to be merciful and gracious to everyone?

Most of all I feel challenged to accept and enjoy people despite their differences from me.

Because God’s heart is not just for me, it’s for everybody.

”For God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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