- Potential Energy
- Are We Only Dust?
- Egotistical Science
- A Young Nation
- Day of Reckoning
- Perspective Adjustment
- Choosing A Church
The following is simply a collection of our unorthodox thoughts, ideas, opinions, questions and researched facts that might go against the flow and off the beaten path. So let the rational mind and logical thought process take its course as the Creator intended.
Have you ever wondered how savants possess their extraordinary abilities in art, music, math, etc.? Take Leslie Lemke, for example, who was born premature with brain damage. He also has no eyes, because they had to be removed due to complications in the early months of his life. In spite of all this, at the age of 14, he was found by his adoptive mother playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No.1 impeccably after having only heard it once on television the night before. Now he’s known all over the world for his exceptional musical abilities.
Could these facts lead one to conclude that man was created with a much higher potential? Are human beings, as a whole, functioning on a level not up to the original blueprint? Are prodigious savants and other rare finds allowed to tap into one circuit of genius while the rest of us have the potential but are forbidden? Whether you accept the Genesis account (literally or figuratively), one can come to the conclusion that man is now in a state of thinking that is well below his design potential. The potential energy seems to be there, but turning it into kinetic energy is the mystery. It appears only a select few are ever allowed this privilege.
Are we only dust?
Are we just unknown, insignificant specs of dust stuck on a microscopic sliver of matter that’s in the shape of a sphere floating in the midst of an unfathomable universe? Of course, this is taken from a billions of galaxies perspective, with billions of stars comprising each galaxy as can be surmised from pictures taken from NASA’s Hubble telescope. If we are just made of unknown particles, then why does it feel good when we help out another insignificant spec of dust? Why do studies show that insignificant particles of dust that pray actually have physical health benefits over those that don’t? We pity the poor specs that just say life is only a by-product of another gene mutation that has just coincidently occurred over _____ years. We have left the number of years blank, because there is no consensus among these mere specs that believe this, and so for the sake of not offending another piece of dust, we would like all to have the right to guess for themselves.
We leave this thought with a reminder to our fellow dust particles. On the day we least expect, an inevitable, fatal squirt of Windex with a swipe of a dust cloth could lie around the next corner. Thank God He sent His only begotten Son in the form of a “particle of dust” to save some insignificant, rebellious “dust balls” spinning around in the Milky Way.
There has always been good science and bad science, but now, because of the way our institutions of “higher learning” have developed, we are faced with egotistical science. Getting name recognition by propagating some new research or theory, whether in the form of a dissertation, book, or other media, is foremost to some over careful observation with notable integrity. Take anomalies, for instance. How many times are they swept under the carpet, because they just can’t honestly be explained? Yet the theories still keep coming and are accepted as “science” even though factors and facts go unexplained.
Do you think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were ADHD? Just think if they had been prescribed and monitored to take Ritalin, Samuel Clements may have never become famous as Mark Twain.
A Young Nation
In the thirteenth chapter of the book of Romans, it says to be subject to the governing authorities, yet this country was founded on rebellion and even engaged in a revolution to gain independence. By all outward appearances, this country seems to have been blessed, and this we don’t deny. But when looking back through history, we must realize that this country is still in diapers compared to other civilizations and empires. Is it plausible that we will ever make it to our 300th birthday party? Just look how slowly, but surely we are deviating from what our Constitution actually says. Look at the damage we have already done to “our” water and land since we took it from the Native Americans.
Look at the state of the family. The cost of living keeps climbing causing most households to send both parents off to work, thus leaving daycare centers to “raise” the children. See how many grandparents have become just that; grandparents. Look how desensitized and disengaged our youth have become. Violence has escalated among youth, especially within and against their own families.
Look at our society as a whole; overweight, lazy, and materialistic having an ‘if it feels good, do it’ mentality with little to no regard for consequences. Look at our ridiculous “justice system” with overflowing jails and prisons. Look at the threats that face us abroad and from within. Look how politicians and preachers are viewed with their hands in the cookie jar, because they have made once honored positions of servant-hood into a comfort-seeking occupation. When you have corruption both in government and in “the church,” those are warning signs.
You don’t need the Bible to preach doom and gloom. It can be preached with a history class and an honest look in the mirror. Whether you agree or not, one thing is for sure. The year 2076 and 1776 are both encapsulated in the same grain of sand that passes through the hour glass. The Apostle Peter must have taken a course on general relativity at the University of Jerusalem since he is recorded as saying in 2 Peter 3:8 “…that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” NKJV
Day of Reckoning
Almost every professing Christian we know is put to shame by the life of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1952. It is dumbfounding to think he thought Jesus’ eschatology was wrong, yet he lived a life that no present day Christian can speak ill of. The words of Jesus (Yeshua) in Matthew 7:21-23 should haunt all those who profess faith in Him. There is no doubt that the day of reckoning holds many fearful and tearful surprises.
How would the bidding be affected at an auction for a precious antique or famous work of art if a news bulletin would be heard on the radio or flashed across the T.V. screen that said a rogue, intercontinental, ballistic missile is expected to reach Washington D.C. within 5 minutes? How quickly the veil of materialistic deception and manmade worth would be temporarily lifted. Parallels can be drawn regarding the sinking of the Titanic here as well. It would do us all a bit of good to put ourselves in the shoes of those who couldn’t get on a lifeboat that fateful night. It would probably be unanimous that their last thoughts had nothing to do with the Titanic’s elaborate chandeliers or any of their prized personal possessions.
Choosing A Church
Picking a church to attend is now like choosing a salad dressing or flavor of ice cream. In an overall scriptural and historical perspective, it makes as much sense as pouring balsamic vinaigrette as a topping on two scoops of mint chocolate chip. What happened to the one body and one spirit in Ephesians 4:4,5? Is it asking too much for a little enlightenment in the minds of those that profess faith in Christ about the prophetic warning in II Timothy 4:3? Do any Christians read church history with an open mind? The reason open mind is in bold print is to cut off at the pass the numerous churches, sects and cults that all claim history is on their side. Logic reveals to us that everybody can’t be right, but everybody can be wrong. It makes more sense that each group has some truth mixed with error, but the One that all professing believers say they serve and worship wants a called out assembly “without spot or wrinkle.”