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Monday, April 17, 2006

A Dinosaur Tale

I was reading a post on MSNBC about a Dinosaur discovery today - these articles always fascinate me because for one, I am a history nerd (I love things about history and artifacts) but also because I think it is always interesting to see how modern science can make a discovery of one bone and come up with a story made out of assumptions that they present as facts about an entire species. And of course - this article did not disappoint. In this case - they found 7-8 bones and from that they were able to tell that this was "what appears to be one of the biggest meat-eating dinosaurs known" and "Perhaps they hunted in packs, though there is no direct evidence for that, he said in an e-mail." I counted over 13 times that words like "perhaps", "suggested", "what appears", "estimated", (you get the point) were used to create this "factual" story. In fact, almost every sentence, and definately every paragraph has some sort of assumption made. But wait! They even have a graphic of what the dinosaur might have looked like and of course how old it was and where it fit into the line of ancestry. Amazing!

It amazes me how many people will read articles like this over and over and over and never begin to question things with little evidence to back them up, that even admits the amount of supposition going into the conclusions presented in the article, but when they read the Bible and are shown all of the historical, narrative, and physical evidence to back up what is presented there they reject it.

How sad. For a while - I used to watch the Bible related documentaries on Discovery and the History Channel until I begin to realize how much they twisted facts or "filled in the gaps" with their own conclusions - this made me think - if they do this with the Bible, something I know a little bit about so I can see what they are doing, what else are they filling my head with that is based on supposition and probability? I guess my point is this - do we consider what we read or hear - or do we just take it all in without thinking about it? How often do you fall for a "Dinosaur Tale" - cheesy I know, but hey - we all need to stop and think about what we are filling our minds with.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Do You Know What You Believe?

One of our Sunday morning bibleclasses is on the doctrine of Calvinism. This past week, several of the people in the class were assigned to call various denominations to ask about what they believed on different points or areas of Calvinism (i.e once saved always saved, infant baptism, etc.) and why they believed that. As the people in our class talked about their conversations with various individuals it became apparent that not only some, but ALL of the individuals they spoke to didn't know what they believed. In fact, in one case, one of the women a man from our class talked to just looked up a fact on the Catholic Church's website and forwarded him a link -inferring something to the effect of "oh, here it is - this is what I believe."

That started me thinking...how many of us go through life not really knowing why we believe what we believe? One of my favorite hymns is "I Know Whom I Have Believed" taken from what Paul says in 2 Tim. 1:12 "Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day." I honestly believe there comes a point in each person's life where he or she questions what they believe - to me, this is where conviction is built; or where it is never able to start. I don't think conviction can come from any other place than by picking up your Bible and studying and reasoning about a topic for yourself.

When my brothers and I were growing up and asked our parents questions about why we believed such and such...they would never just tell us - they always made us look up the passages alongside them in the Bible. As I have gotten older - there were times, especially in college and in my mid-twenties that I found that the only thing that kept me grounded was my conviction and finding myself (sometimes out of habit) going back to the Bible and reasoning things out.

So - my 2 cents of the day - let's all take a little time to 1) not be afraid to question what we believe and 2) be ready to give an answer if someone asks us.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Be Still....

I am a twentysomething single professional who works hard...and alot. In fact, I tend to be a workaholic...I tend to take the concept of "no idleness" a little too far and if I am not doing something I consider "productive" I don't really know what to do with myself. However, this evening I was bemoaning the fact that I had no plans, no one calling me, no one to hang out with, not even a single email on my home account or work account; essentially what a pathetic life I had. I had finished my laundry, cleaned house, worked on some assignments and yet - nothing to do. I surfed the TV channels like 10 times only to give up since there wasn't anything good on - I had a great case of old-fashioned boredom.

Then, the strangest thing happened...I started to have time to reflect. I started to have time to consider spiritual things. I started to have time to think about other people and catch up on the spiritual things in my life I have put on the backburner lately. I turned the TV off, turned on a hymnal CD and started praying. Then, I started thinking "How did I get to a point in my life when taking time to pray and think of others and spiritual things was a luxury?" "How did I get to the point where kneeling by my bed in prayer and repentance was a rare occasion and taking time to do my Biblelesson for the next day was a sheer miracle?"

If you are another single professional out there reading this you probably know what I am talking about. There are days that I feel like my career is sucking the life out of me slowly - sure it is challenging and I love it, it pays the bills, it makes me feel successful - but I think too often it takes priority in my life; slowly and unsuspectfully. The ironic thing being, that as a Christian woman, this isn't something I even wanted for myself - a career. When it gets to the point to where I don't even take the time to do the simple things like read my Bible, call a friend, visit or pray to my God - there is a problem. One of my favorite verses to read now and then is in Psalms 46:10 where it says "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"

We, as young people, have a struggle ahead of us, we have to work and we want to be successful at what we do but it is imperative that we make time to think on spiritual things. What I realized tonight is that while in the worldly side of my mind, being alone and not having a full schedule of events and social activities is a horrible thing, the truth is that I can't make it through this world alone. When I start believing that I am doing this all by myself, I start forgetting God and worst of all - God will stop supporting me. I may not have a husband or children, or tons of friends - but the one thing I do have going for me is my relationship with God and if I let that go, there simply won't be anything worthwhile left in my life.

So - take time, Be Still, Remember God, detox yourself of worldly things and focus on why you are who you are and renew your focus and goals as a Christian. I promise you, it will be rewarding and comforting - it has been for me tonight.


 
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