Archive for May, 2010

Men, Angels, & Aliens

May 27, 2010

Our Wednesday night Bible study can be an interesting time of discussion.  Last night we were going over Genesis 6:1-4 which reads:

“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful: and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.  And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh: yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”  There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them.  Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (NKJ) 

I presented that there were two basic theories over the identity of  the “sons of God” and the “mighty men”.

One theory is that they are simply humans.  After all, Adam is called the “son of God”, so why shouldn’t his descendants be called the “sons of God”?  In this case the “mighty men” are  simply the race of men before the flood.  They had long life spans and so could rightly be called “mighty men”.

A second option is that “sons of God” refers to angels.  If this were the case, any children born would be half angel, half human.  This could result in humans with extraordinary powers; truly “mighty men”  It could even provide a historical basis for the existence of Greek mythology.  It was further pointed out that since these sexual unions were not condoned by God, that the angels were fallen angels, or demons.  That would explain the rampant evil of the time.

It was then suggested that perhaps the “sons of God” were aliens.  Since the Bible never says that there isn’t life anywhere else, it is not unbiblical to suggest the possibility of life on other planets. This too, would result in “mighty men”. 

It’s good to keep an open mind.

The point, of course, is that evil was rampant, and the judgement of God came upon the earth.  What is the correct interpretation of these verses?  I do not claim to know; but the reality of a worldwide judgement against evil is the final end.

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React!

May 26, 2010

Sometimes we choose to act.

Sometimes we simply react.

I have found that some of my more regrettable actions have come about, not as a result of a poor choice, but rather as an impulsive action taken without premeditation.  Sometimes, I have immediately recognized my error, but it is too late, the action is done, or the words have been said.

How do you prevent impulsive words or actions?

You can’t…not always.

So instead we  try to train ourselves by repetition to say and do the right thing.  As often as possible, to think before we speak or act.  This will create a habit of doing the right thing and, hopefully, will keep us out of trouble.

In addition, and even more importantly, we can seek to maintain a relationship with God which will allow us to remain filled with the Holy Spirit, so that our reactions are not caused by the “flesh”, but by the Spirit.  If we are Spirit-led, we will do the right thing, even in reaction to unforeseen circumstances.

Choices and Value

May 25, 2010

Most of us have limited resources.  What we choose to do with those resources reflects our values.  How do we spend our time? Our money? Our energy?  Are we investing in things that will ultimately make a difference? Do we think about others? Do we think about the Kingdom of God?  Or is it all about our own enjoyment, comfort, or status; our own lives?

Our choices define us.

Are we making the right ones?

Summer Session

May 19, 2010

For the next three weeks, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 to  4:00,  I will be teaching a summer course.  It is Survey of World Religions.  Basically, each day will cover a primary religion, with several days containing multiple religions.  It is a fast-paced introduction to the religions of the world.

This class actually works quite well in the min-session format.  This year is the second year that I have taught this course in the May session.  The only adjustment that I had to make was to shorten the research paper requirement by a few pages.  The class is off to a good start, and I hope that all will go well.

Two days down, twelve to go.

Want To

May 18, 2010

On my preceeding post, I presented that there are many, many things that require my attention on a daily basis.  There is not time enough for everything, so I am trying a different way of ordering my life. 

However, life is not just about what I need to do, and what I should do,  there should also be some room for what I WANT to do.  

Balance.

Choices.

I have found that I miss blogging.  I enjoy the opportunity to write out  my thoughts.   So I suppose that it is appropriate to make some choices about what I want to do with my time.

Need to or Should do?

May 6, 2010

I am a very good money manager.  I understand budgeting, planning and the difference between needs and wants. 

I am not as good at managing my time. 

For almost two years I have posted a new article Monday through Thursday pretty consistently.  That may now change.

I am going to try to apply the same reasoning to my time management that I do to my money management.  Need versus Want: that expresses my understanding of money issues.  It is translated into: Need To, Should Do and Want To when it comes to time matters.

I am going to do what I need to do first each day.

Then I will do as many of the things that I should do that I can find the time or energy to accomplish.

I will fit in the things I want to do when possible.

Writing new articles is something that I should do, as I feel that it is an extension of my ministry, but it is not something that I have to do, so there will be some days that it does not happen. 

We’ll see how it goes.

Initiative, Judgement, and Execution

May 5, 2010

Good initiative.

Poor judgement.

That was a critique that was frequently given to individuals during my days in the Marine Corps.  It was meant to applaud the fact that an individual recognized a problem, and tried to fix it.  The problem was that the solution that was attempted, was not a good idea.  The individual lacked good judgement.

Sometimes it was good initiative, good judgement, poor execution.  In this scenario, the problem was recognized, a good plan was established, but something went wrong with the execution of the plan.  Things didn’t go as anticipated.  Sometimes this was avoidable, and sometimes it was something out of anyone’s control.

Of course, sometimes things went well.  Ah, the sweet smell of success.  The problem was recognized, a plan was established and the task was accomplished.  Problem  solved.

This process must start with the recognition of a problem. 

Sometimes that is the hardest part.

Arizona Immigration Law

May 4, 2010

There certainly is a lot of fuss about the new law that was passed by the state of Arizona.  As I understand it, the law basically states that law enforcement personnel have the right to ask individuals for proof of citizenship. 

There are laws against entering the country without permission.

There are many people who have managed to enter the country illegally.

This new law is meant to provide a means of enforcing immigration laws.

So what is the problem?

I suppose that the problem is that many people feel that being asked to provide proof of citizenship is a hassle.  The fear is that people will be routinely harassed because of their appearance. 

That is a possibility. 

However, I suspect that as a general rule, law enforcement personnel have better things to do with their time than to question everyone with dark skin.  I hope that they would be trained to apply this new law in a proper manner.

I carry a wide range of cards in my wallet, and even more in my vehicles.  How hard would it be to carry the necessary identification?  How often would I be asked to provide this proof?   

They are simply trying to enforce laws that have long been established, that have long been broken.

Give it a chance.

Keep Praying for Our Country!

May 3, 2010

I have just heard about the attempted bombing in Times Square.  I understand that smoke was noticed coming from an SUV.  Upon further investigation, the vehicle was found to contain explosive elements.  They were able to prevent the explosion thanks to observant by-standers and courageous individuals who got involved and put themselves at risk.

We should also say thank you to God.  After all, this is the second bombing attempt that failed to detonate properly.  The second time that there was smoke, when there should have been a bang.  Is it luck?  Or is it an answer to the prayers of thousands of people who pray for our country?

This Thursday is the National Day of Prayer.  I would encourage everyone to continue to pray for our country.  I understand that not everyone is a believer.  That’s ok.  We will pray for you as well.