Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | June 7, 2010

Apologetics

Apologetics is the branch of theology having to do with the defense and proofs of Christianity. (Webster’s)

That was the dictionary definition. But even though I looked it up, I’m not confident that I understand it fully.

My best guess/understanding is that apologetics is proving the factual things. Like giving historical support for the existence of Christ outside the Bible. This is becoming more needed as there are forces asserting that the very existence of Christ and all He did was nothing more than a myth.

I’m not done studying what apologetics is and plan to read up on it some more. Also, anyone who has more to contribute on the topic is more than welcome to comment further and even correct any misconception I have. Thanks.

A friend told me that this is what a Christian apologetics movie might look like. It’s a bit Alfred Hitchcocky and intense, but gets the point across.

Enjoy :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qd1LPRJLnI&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | June 3, 2010

Fearless Intellectual Fellowship

How’s that for a title?

You are probably wondering what on earth I’m talking about.

Well, let me tell you.

Growing up, my father was an intellectual. And in his younger days, he was a bit arrogant. He’d tell you this himself. Serving God has mellowed him into a dear man. But it has not always been.

Anyway, the point is — growing up in his house has been very interesting and has developed areas in my personality in certain ways.

Here’s an example. My father loved big words and using words other people didn’t understand to talk over their heads. Observing this and being subject to this from time to time has developed two things within me. I may be wrong, but I don’t think either one is a bad result. Someone else can let me know if they think I’m wrong.

The first thing it developed was a reaction against using big words in every day communication. I don’t fear big words, as I will demonstrate later. But I tend to not use them a lot, except in certain situations. Because, you see, I decided early on that the purpose of communicating is not to wow people with your (self-perceived) intellectual superiority, but rather to… Ahem… Communicate.

I even like talking about complicated principles using simple language so the anyone can be inspired by the depth or beauty of the principle in question. I’m not saying that I’m good at this. But I am saying that it is one of my goals in communicating.

Then there is the other thing I developed, growing up in a house where big words (known as $5 words) flew around freely. Fearless intellectual fellowship.

Big words don’t scare me. Hanging out with people who use big words does not intimidate me. Even when, maybe it should intimidate, it doesn’t because my dad routinely used words I didn’t understand, either unknowingly, or as a joke (see below), or some other reason.

As a joke, my dad used the sentence, “If you don’t refrain from this behavior, I am going to perpetrate abuse upon your person.” I swear to you, as eight years of age, I had no idea what refrain or perpetrate meant but knew it had something to do with something I wouldn’t like.

So, anyway, back to this fearless intellectual fellowship bit. As a result of my up bringing, I also like intellectual stimulation. So at times I pursue it. I have a few places on the internet that I go to where some of the people study Greek and Hebrew. They know what the words hermeneutics, exegesis, and apologetics mean without having to look them up in the dictionary. But not being intimidated by those words, even not knowing what they mean, I fearlessly fellowship with those people. I’ve learned a lot from them and have enjoyed their intellectual exchanges.

So what am I saying here?

Well, for one thing, I’ve come to the place where I’ve finally had to look up these big words (hermeneutics, apologetics, etc) up in the dictionary and find out what they mean and how they apply to me and my pursuit of understanding God and the world around me.

So next post is going to be me defining a few of these words and talking a bit about why they are important. But don’t worry, I still think actually communicating with people is more important than using big words.

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | June 1, 2010

One Solitary Life

Most people are aware of this essay. If not, here it is set to music and pictures on youtube.

Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqqZSCVpCls&feature=channel

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | May 25, 2010

Forget None of His Benefits

Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, Bless His holy name. Vs 2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits: Vs 3 Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases; Vs 4 Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion. Vs 5 Who satisfies your years (desire) with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

We looked at these verses in Sunday school. And I mentioned that they were so good, I couldn’t stop at verse 2. I told the class it was a good thing that there was a gap after verse 5 or we might have had to read the whole chapter.

Well, here is the whole chapter set to music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtKfBXXgOkU&feature=related

Told you it was good.

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | May 21, 2010

Ocean or Swimming Pool, part 4

Ezekiel 37:3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, Thou knowest.”

Ezekiel got it.

He understood that God’s ways are much higher than his own. He knew he didn’t have the smarts to answer God’s question. If he said yes, the answer most likely would have been no. If he said no, the answer most likely would have been yes. He knew God’s ways are that much higher than man’s. He knew that whatever the question was, God had the answer, not any man including himself.

Now a link to a song and video by Michael Card about that valley of Dry bones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng8r_lIwQSk&feature=related

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | May 19, 2010

Ocean or Swimming Pool, part 3

Psalm 103:13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. Vs 14 For He Himself knows our frame (what we are made of); He is mindful that we are but dust.

God’s ways are higher than our ways, just like the sky is higher than the ground, or the dust.

Here is a video that takes us from the smallest planet to the biggest star known to man. And then from a view of our galaxy to the smallest parts we have been able to see on the nucleus of a carbon atom in an oak leaf. Those tiny parts are called quarks. The video is called, “We are but dust.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng5Sysv8XDM

Kind of helps us keep things in a bit more perspective.

If His ways are higher than ours, like the heavens are above the earth, how far out into the heavens are we talking about?

When, in His compassion, He remembers that we are but dust, we, as dust, should remember His vastness and that He is made of things so great, our minds cannot grasp it fully.

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | May 17, 2010

Ocean or Swimming Pool, part 2

Psalm 50:21 These things you have done, and I kept silence. You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.

Sometimes we think God thinks like us. Sometimes we mentally bring Him down to our level and project onto Him our likes and dislikes, our thoughts and feelings.

We must take care to learn who God really is to the best of our ability on the earth. Because we will never reach the end of all that can be understood about Him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSnxM6hsTYA&feature=related

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | May 13, 2010

Ocean or Swimming Pool, part 1

Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. Vs 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

We talked about this in Sunday school. We know it. But sometimes we forget it. We compared who God is, infinite, to an ocean that we cannot swim across or to the bottom of. We can only think so much about Him. Like we can contain only a swimming pool size understanding of Him. And that He is gracious to us, knowing we can only contain so much.

But where we fall into trouble is when we start understanding a swimming pool amount of Him, we begin restricting His size in our mind to something finite rather than to something infinite. Though we can contain only so much, we must never forget that He is so much more.

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | May 11, 2010

Jesus as Author/Source, part 5

Psalm 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions (pits).

Psalm 119:25 My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Thy word.

Psalm 119:25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. (KJV)

Rhm – Give me life according to thy word.

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, That Thy word has revived me (preserved me alive).

KJV vs 50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

The above verses call attention the fact that God’s very word brings healing and deliverance and life.

I ran across this video of someone speaking about how God’s word brings us back to life and thought this person had some good things to say and thought you might like to hear their take on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4SHvgbyzWE

Posted by: lightexcelsdarkness | May 10, 2010

Jesus as Author/Source, part 4

Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds (ages) were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.

Vs 9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast (forth).

Psalm 148:5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.

There is power in the Word of God.

(NOTE: I do not know anything about the Secret Church so cannot say either good or bad about it. I just really like this video promo. They did a really good job putting it together and bringing up some of the wonderful qualities of our infinite God.)

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