was lovely. I got to experience stars, mountains, hot chocolate, and pie, and candy and music and car rides and family, and they were all great. Definitely things for which to express my gratitude.
…now hasn’t a single song that isn’t for God.
It was pretty hard, actually. Some were okay to get rid of, but others, like my most favorite duet of all time, The Civil Wars, took some doing. One of the members used to be a Christian-label artist and eventually fell through. I kept using her background as justification for my listening to them, but I wasn’t foolin’ nobody. The lyrics of the songs were less than worthy, and they were bringing me down.
Music means a whole lot to me. It’s a lot of who I am and what I do. So at first when I started scrolling through my song list, I thought, “You’re going against yourself by doing this, Midori.” But then I realized, you know, that that’s exactly what this is about.
When you say you’re giving your whole life to God, you’re giving your whole life to God— that is, everything you look at, smell, taste, touch, think, do… and hear. Everything should be a manifestation of your gratitude toward the being who gave you life. And so that’s what this is, and I’m not going to regret it.
It’s pain, but it’s good pain.
Gettin’ all worked up writing/editing/practicing my speech for HCOM. Phew. Think I broke a sweat.
“But there is a prior question: is there actually any such thing as Christian belief, conceived as Christians conceive it? Some thinkers (often citing the authority of the great eighteenth-century philosopher Immanuel Kant) argue that we couldn’t so much as think about such a being as the Christian God, infinite and transcendent as he is supposed to be. That is because our all-too-human concepts could not apply to such a being our concepts can apply only to finite beings, beings who are not transcendent in the way Christians take God to be. But if it is really true that our concepts cannot apply to an infinite and transcendent being, if we cannot so much as think about such a being, then we human beings also have no beliefs about such a being. Indeed, we can’t have beliefs about such a being. And then the fact is there isn’t any such thing as Christian belief: Christians think they have beliefs about an infinite and transcendent being, but in fact they are mistaken. In part I, “Is There a Question?” (chapters 1 and 2), I argue that there is no reason at all to accept this skeptical claim: Kant himself provides no reason, and those contemporaries who appeal to his authority certainly do no better.”
— preface, Warranted Christian Belief, Alvin Plantinga
Love’s as hard as nails, Love is nails: Blunt, thick, hammered through The medial nerves of One Who, having made us, knew The thing He had done Seeing (with all that is) Our cross, and His.” —last two stanzas, “Love’s As Warm As Tears”, C.S. Lewis
“The reason why scientists must assume that God is imaginary in order for the scientific method to work is because God is imaginary.” (http://godisimaginary.com/i4.htm)
Tell me what’s wrong here.