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March 13, 2014

Child’s version of Revelations: The New Heavens and the New Earth

Inspired by Revelations: The New Jerusalem
“I promise you there will be a land where there are rainbows and smiles, no more tears anymore. There will be candies, kindness and peace. You will have a white snow-like robe and a golden crown. There will be no fear of beatings, of extra homework and curfews. Instead, your hamster will lie with your cat fearlessly.You shall dance with the Lamb and sing with the angels. You will see God in the throne room and you will worship Him happily everyday,”so said the little elf from the woods.

Here’s an effort to practise relaying symbolism and imagery from Revelations in a different way.

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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”.

April 6, 2013

Blog Carnival update!

Filed under: How we relate to God,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 8:25 am
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My entry “How the theory of evolution can harm one’s faith”, is in this month’s edition of Faith and Philosophy. Go check it out! 🙂

March 30, 2013

How the theory of evolution can harm one’s faith

In this entry, I would just like to touch briefly on how the theory of evolution could be subtly harmful to one’s faith.

God’s creation helps inspire faith in God. For this, there needs to be an underlying philosophical framework of creationism instead of evolution.

On the subject of faith James McConkey wrote: “Faith is dependence upon God. And this God-dependence only begins when self-dependence ends.”. J.B. Stoney agrees by saying ” I believe the Lord allows many things to happen on purpose to make us feel our need of Him.”. (http://bible.org/seriespage/faith)

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”. Rom 1:20 (NIV)

God’s creation magnifies God by showcasing his transcendent qualities, thus throwing light on our dependence on God, an important aspect of our faith.

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For example, seeing this picture of a mountain through the philosophical framework of creationism, I am reminded of God’s “invisible qualities” of majesty, power and greatness of a transcendent nature. One needs to know that we are created, that this world is God’s creation to see these transcendent qualities. By being starkly aware of how small we are in the grand scheme of his creation, we realise our dependence on God the Creator.

Antithetically, seeing it through the framework of evolution, we do not see its utterly transcendent qualities, but simply as a random incident of chemistry and motion. It points to the simple instinct of survival and a persistent theme throughout evolution, “the survival of the fittest”. This takes us away from God-dependence to self-dependence. This is possibly one of the destructive and harmful influences of the theory of evolution can have on faith, which can subtly creep into the church and society.

We need to have an underlying philosophy of God as creator and one who created this world, to redeem this aspect of our faith.

Note: I am not utterly condemning the theory of evolution, it could be true in some aspects, would just like to point out a harmful influence it can subtly have.

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This post is also in the blog carnival, Faith and Philosophy.

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

January 30, 2013

What to do when one is bored with nothing better to do

Filed under: How we relate to God,Identity,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 8:41 am

What does one do when one is bored and with nothing better to do? One thinks about the reasons for one’s existence. This brings to mind the idea that we were created for God. The reason for our existence (inclusive of activities etc.) is God.

This brings to mind the Purpose Driven Life and the five purposes it advocates (//purposedriven.com/books/pdlbook/#purpose):

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What would it be like in a fully Christian society, the heavenly world which we were created for? What would be most of our lives be consumed by? Education, as suggested in Plato’s “The Republic”? Or Work, as suggested in Marx’s theory of history?

From my analysis of  Genesis 1 – 2 in the bible, man was created to

1. To be the likeness of God

2. To have dominion over creation

3. To reproduce abundantly

4. To tend the garden

I suppose one can glean more glimpses of God’s purpose for man throughout the bible. Perhaps I will just describe what I gleaned from the beginning of Genesis, which is an account of the creation of mankind.

 To answer my question directly, it seems that work, as suggested by point 4, does consume man’s life mostly, as  one out of two chapters in the beginning of Genesis describes this setting of work.

Perhaps, with such an analysis of scripture, one can live one’s life with a greater sense of purpose when one is bored with nothing better to do?

January 19, 2013

I’m back! A Philosophy of love

Filed under: Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 9:19 am
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Dear readers,

I’m back to posting in this blog. It’s time to start blogging again!

This entry is about a philosophy of love. What does it mean to develop a personal philosophy of love? Is it a way of life, of doing things, of relating to others? Do unto others as you would have others do unto yourself?

What constitutes a philosophy of love? For example, how one defines love. A noun? A verb? An emotion? A mental state? A choice? A limitation? (Refer to http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/love/ )

Or how about if one imagines seeing the world through a world view of love, instead of let us say a world view of communism or evolution. How would one then see the world?

These are some incisive thoughts for the beginning of the year 2013.

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November 30, 2011

Love the Lord your God with all your Heart and with all your Soul and with all your Mind and with all your Strength

Filed under: Bible verses,How we relate to God,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 1:23 am
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Recently I felt challenged to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, MIND and strength. In particular, I felt challenged to love the Lord with my MIND. what does it mean to love the Lord with my MIND?

 I think it means not conforming to the pattern of this world, but renewing my mind according to the word of God.

Choosing to let God’s word be the authority over what I study, my career. Letting God mould my beliefs, shape my thoughts.

I think this is also closely tied in to the idea of Creation. As His creation, knowing that everything is Created by Him and for Him, I know that

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Prov : 9 – 10

 

“The heavens declare the glory of God;

The skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech,

Night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language

Where their voice is not heard.” Ps 19 : 1 – 3

 

Some food for thought! Some keywords on loving God with our minds are : wisdom,  understanding, speech, knowledge, language

November 22, 2011

The truth

Filed under: Bible verses,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 7:41 am
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I’d like to share an excerpt from what I read from the book “Philosophers who Believe” by Kelly James Clark.

According to Psalm 51, the Lord desires truth in our innermost being; but according to Jeremiah, ‘the human heart is deceitful above all things; it is desperately sick; who can understand it?’ Truth in our innermost being is not easy to achieve. It is hard to see what the truth is; it is also hard to tell the truth, to say what you see without imposing some kind of self-justificatory and distorting framework.

                       – Alvin Plantinga, considered the world’s leading Protestant philosopher of God.

September 6, 2009

Life is beautiful

Filed under: How we relate to God,Philosophy — applecherrypipz @ 7:36 am

The beauty of God around us. God is present everywhere…in the whisper of a baby, the golden moss lined on the trees, the chirping of birds as we wake up in the morning.

 If we only pause and look, we will see how God’s creativity and magnificence and love for order is manifested in all things of the world.

If I walk down the street, I can see so much to admire.. Have u noticed the swaying of the trees as they shed their golden leaves during autumn? Or the life and abundance bouncing off the green leaves in summer? Have u seen how their branches crystallise into angel’s wings during winter, and turn baby supple and soft during spring?

As the breeze cradles us gently, can u recognise it as the breath of God? As the wind howls and shrieks greatly, can u recognise it as the terror of God?

I’m sure all of us recognise the beauty of God the most when we see beautiful people (for example according to scientists it excites a certain area of the brain – the reward centres http://preventdisease.com/news/articles/faces_trigger_reward_center_of_brain.shtml).

I believe as we live closer to God..all things become clearer, brighter and more beautiful. The world comes to life around us as we ourselves come to life. Life is beautiful.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20-21

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