Monday, April 21, 2014

God Is Angry, For You Have Sinned

I was walking across campus the other day when I saw a large crowd of people amassed on the central green known as “The Oval.” When I went to investigate, I discovered the source of the crowd was a couple of Christians wielding signs, and telling the amassed to turn from their sin, especially of the sexual variety. It’s pretty common for evangelists to come to The Oval.

Probably 80% of the crowd was there for the entertainment, and they had a good time mocking the Christians. One guy thought he was pretty clever and made his own sign by writing with a sharpie marker on a piece of cardboard. “American cheese is the only cheese!” He shouted, proudly holding up the sign. I have to admit, that was pretty funny.
The Oval

The Christian signs were less humorous. One denounced homosexuality as a perversion and was accompanied by a Bible verse. Another condemned abortion, and yet another sign pronounced that “God Is Angry For You Have sinned,” and listed a whole slew of sins that have made God angry. Two sins were bolded and highlighted in red: “Hating God” and “Hating Your Neighbor.”

Over the noise of the crowd, I heard the Christian speaker’s voice. I’m not sure what the context was, but he said something along the lines of, “The only difference between prostitutes and many of the girls here is that prostitutes get paid, while you give it away freely.” This statement was followed by a chorus of angry “OHHHs” and looks of disdain. I was pretty shocked he would say that myself, even though there was quite a bit of truth to his words. A lot of people left after that, but plenty more people came and eventually replaced the depleted numbers.

I heard one guy say to his friend, “This is so entertaining. It’s so funny how no one walks away from this thinking, ‘Oh, I really believe this stuff now.’ This guy gives Christians a bad name.” I walked away wondering if he was right.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What Is A Person: Another College Paper

Below is a paper I wrote for my Philosophy class not too long ago. Rather than teaching hard philosophy, I would probably describe the course as more of an ethics class than anything else. One of the topics we discussed was abortion. One of the articles we read was by Mary Ann Warren, a vocal abortion advocate. I wrote my paper in response to her article, opposing some of the arguments she made. One of the most frightening arguments she made--which I don't address in this paper--is that there is nothing really wrong with infanticide. It's just relatively wrong because we live in a culture that values newborns as a whole.

Here is my attempt to combat some of her arguments. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

University Unmasked: 16 - I Got A Job

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post on college, so I figured I would give an update. Part of the reason I have not been blogging as much of late is that I got a job/internship.

In earlier blog posts, I spoke about how my main purpose for going to college was to gain access to jobs though internships. Sure enough, back in late November, I was able to land an internship. While I have been very critical of the culture and agenda of college, one very good thing is the plethora of opportunities available, especially when you attend one of the largest universities in the world.

The internship I’ve started is with a company called “Young Entrepreneurs Across America” who hired me to be a Branch Manager for their sub-organization called “Student Painters.”

This internship is meant to teach me how to be an entrepreneur through the hands-on experience of running my own exterior house painting business. I’ve already learned so much about sales, marketing, conflict management, and handling employees, and I’ve only been working for about three months. This is the best way to learn, actually doing the work and being taught in the field by those who have done it before—rather than in a classroom.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 Paradoxical Commandments

These "commandments" have been encouraging me, so I thought I would share them on here. I imagine many of you have heard of or seen these before, but I still think they're good to dwell on.

  The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

1.People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

2.If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

3.If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

4.The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

5.Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Man With Experience Is Never At The Mercy Of A Man With An Argument...Or Is He?

The most frequent criticism I receive on my blog is that I haven’t personally experienced some of the things I talk about or make arguments for. I have not dated, so I can’t know that it’s bad. I have not courted, so I cannot argue that it is better than dating. Sure, I quote people who DO have experience, but it doesn’t matter because I personally have not experienced it.

One such critic told me that, “A man with experience never has to answer to a man with a theory,” which seems to be a rephrasing of the common expression, “A man with an experience is never at the mercy of an argument.” I prefer the second iteration of this expression, since the first is self-contradictory, and blindly dogmatic. It’s self-contradictory because the expression itself is a theory, and to say you believe this theory is true because you have experience that it’s true, is circular reasoning. Also, there is quite a difference between “never has to answer to” and “is never at the mercy of.”

There is some sense in which this saying is very true. A person who has experience building databases on a computer is likely going to be more knowledgeable than someone who has never built a database. This quotation is very applicable in specific instances. Indeed, experience is extremely valuable.

However, there are several very real problems with relying too heavily on one’s experiences, or using the fact that I have not dated/courted to disqualify me from writing about my beliefs.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

God's Gift To Women: A Book Review

"We men have been taught that, no matter how hard we try, we will never figure women out. It's a lie!"

This book was so good I read it in two days. I would have read it in one day had not other activities been planned. I really like the way Eric Ludy writes his books and communicates in general. He combines a stirring, inspirational message, with solid Biblical understanding, and ties it all together with humorous examples from his own life.

What I liked about this book specifically, was it got to the very heart of the matter. This wasn't a book of cheap tricks to manipulate women into liking you. Like classic Eric Ludy, he esteemed the hard and narrow path, and left the sugar coating off! However, as he is also so good at, Ludy paints a beautiful picture of the reward in store for those who do the hard things to obtain it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Submission: The Biblical Command For Women To Make Sandwiches for Their Husbands

Submission: it’s a very dirty word within some Christian circles. I know many Christians who will try to explain away or ignore the many passages throughout the Bible which instruct wives to submit to their husbands. Allow me to point to some of these passages:

1 Corinthians 11:9 states, “Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.” Other examples of scripture supporting wives submitting to husbands can be found in Genesis with the relationship between Adam and Eve, as well as in Colossians 3.

1 Peter 3:1-7 agrees with Paul that wives should submit to their husbands, and Sarah even called Abraham, “lord.”

Paul teaches us in Ephesians 5:22-24, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”

The Bible is clearly comparing our submission to Christ as how wives should submit to husbands. Are we not to submit to Christ in all things? Yes! Therefore, the wife should submit to her husband in all things as well.

That’s right. Wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Everything! That means if a husband tells his wife to make him a sandwich, she’d better do it, and it had better be good! What do you think the SUB in SUBmission stands for, anyway? Clearly, it is a reminder to women that they are to make sandwiches for their husbands, especially of the submarine variety.