Monthly Archives: August 2014

Thoughtless thoughts of information

Learning to think deeply, passionately, and intentionally is an important thing we must be trained to do.

Important as it is, it’s often overlooked in America because we think we know how to read. We’re a literate nation. There are nearly 200,000 books published every year, millions (if not billions) of magazines and newspapers, along with billions of blogs, social media posts, and paper ads. The sheer numbers can be staggering, but also deceiving. It gives the illusion that we know how to truly read. However, reading is not just the brains and eyes mechanical process of taking in signs and symbols (letters) and forming them into words, sentences, and paragraphs which give us information and meaning. Reading is a way we obtain the information someone is trying to communicate. Behind the form of communication, however, is a mind, a person, a being, that is trying to communicate. In a sense, if we read well, we should pick up on what’s “between the lines,” or the intention, motive, and mind behind the piece of writing.

In the schools I grew up in, they certainly wanted me to read between the lines, but often they gave me tasks that only wanted information. They may have called it reading comprehension, but they simply wanted to see if I knew who was pushed down the well, why the character pushed Tommy down the well, or where the well was located, which is not true comprehension. Comprehension is understanding the nature of, or meaning of something. Tommy may have been pushed down a well, in New Mexico, by Sophia, but behind these simple facts are questions that lead into more insight. Is this written for entertainment or learning and understanding? Is this fact or fiction? Why did the writer want me to know this? Does the writer know what they’re talking about?

You see, reading is only important because it is one of the keys to knowing how to think solid, clear, deep, true, and good thoughts. If you can learn how to read well (which there are dozens of books on how to read, which sounds funny), you can be freed from needing to be fed information.

I will give you a little background as to why I write this blog today.

I am a Bible loving, God seeking, child who had grown up with a lot of conflict over what was true. My pastor would say one thing, scientists would say another, and then my parents and teachers would say another. I was being told that what they we’re saying was true and right, but each of them was saying that the other was wrong. Being a young kid, who am I to believe? Of course I believed them all, and so it was difficult and I was never able to reconcile all that they said. Even at times I doubted either the Bible, God, or Science.

I know that this is one of the reasons most students, college students, and even adults have difficulty believing in God: They haven’t been taught to think for themselves, read well for themselves, and be able to logically come to true conclusions. This goes on both sides as well, because many Scientists push an agenda as well, though they may claim to be presenting only the facts and what’s true. So instead of teaching children to think for themselves, with sound logic, sharp thinking, and a clear mind, we indoctrinate them with teachings of every kind. Feeding them vain, worthless, and empty philosophies.

And because of this, I know that as a Christian I need to tell people what I believe and why I believe what I do. I need to express both what and why to my younger brothers and sisters in Christ. This is why I write.

We must teach others how to think by providing not only what we believe but also why and how we have come to those conclusions. And some of it will be subjective experience, but as a Christian, it will always be subjective experience understood through the light of Scripture.

If you’ve been reading, then learn to read well.

Being a mediocre Theologian

It’s a Tuesday. Generally it comes after Monday, that day of the week we’re all glad to have passed but dread passing because we know it’s coming again. But, it’s Tuesday and we know today is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it. Though, we all admit that it’s hard to rejoice and be glad in it because it is another day of driving to work, driving from work, doing our duties for our money, and hopefully forgetting about it when we get home (can’t believe my co-worker said). Yes, it’s a mediocre day, this Tuesday. Nothing special will happen. Nothing adventurous, amazing, crazy, or spectacular that will change everything in life. No revolutionizing thoughts will strike us. No meteors from the sky will fall, nor will the fat baby with a bow and wings shoot the single people (that is, unmarried).

Well, I lied. Nothing of such amazing magnitude -like discovering aliens, if you believe in those things- will happen, but something more amazing will happen, that is, the mediocre.

One mediocre and mundane and normal thing is thousands of woman being pregnant at this moment. My wife being one of them, and at least seven people I know as well, I realize that I may be underestimating the number, but I’m allowed to do that. And if you believe in pregnant woman but don’t believe in aliens, I might convince you right now that aliens do exist.

How? Well most people define aliens as little green monsters from another planet or region of space. But the truth is far closer. Aliens exist right here. And, the little monster growing in my wife’s body, sucking away nutrients, and growing at an enormous pace, is far more bizarre than an intelligent green being somewhere out there in the cosmos. Far more alien.

Scientists often define “Alien Life” as any living thing (bacteria being the smallest, and if I am wrong correct me) that comes from outside the earth. Thus, often they make claims of finding “bacteria” off their robots on Mars and the like, and stamp it with the sensational term “primitive alien.” Okay, maybe I made up the primitive alien part, but my point is this: if aliens can be bacteria, then surely far more alien and weird is the fact a cell dictates when and how my wife will bleed monthly, to remove itself from her body, so that another cell can warp from her ovary to her uterus, so that it can hang out until a little white alien that comes from outside so that it can enter in, and together they merge and form a whole other being, complete with capabilities to continue the process as well as speak, move, learn, and believe in aliens.

Scientists are looking in the wrong direction for alien life. But I guess they don’t want to acknowledge what they know until they know that we know that life only exists here, and then maybe they’ll explore all the alien life on this planet.

Speaking of this planet, do you know what day it is?

Tuesday. Another mundane and mediocre day where tons of little aliens are taking over the bodies of wives and women, preventing some from eating normal, causing others to vomit what they eat, and even making more room for itself by pushing the womb and skin further and further out.

And thus I conclude with this, which doesn’t seem like a normal conclusion but I’ll toss it out anyways: We all have a Theology. We are all mediocre Theologians. We believe something about God and draw conclusions from it. Many scientists believe God doesn’t exist, so they look for the little white, I mean, green men who planted a part of themselves on this planet so that we would exist, though they don’t know where those green men came from, if there were purple men who created the green men planet.

Many mothers forget Scientists exist, so they go on finding it amazing that life is happening inside of them, and are tired of being so tired, because that little alien just can’t seem to let her alone. And, some mothers believe with the Scientists, and turn to the alien channels, hoping those Scientists or searchers have found their alien parents. Not wanting to acknowledge their own parents.

And all mothers and scientists have decided what they think about the Bible. Not merely believing or disbelieving, or thinking it an ancient book… But deciding if the book is good, true, interesting, boring, old, young, vibrant, dead, or if it really is about God.

And I feel bad both for the mothers and Scientists, because one is experiencing life, and it’s tiring, and another is searching for life, and it’s exciting. But my understanding of God creating all things allows for me to believe in Scientists and Mothers, but not aliens. Simply because there are too many aliens all around me, and these aliens seem to be fascinated with the idea there may be aliens out there, but not with the idea that they are the aliens right here. And my understanding that God must renew my mind to conform my thoughts about Him to match His thoughts about Himself, and His thoughts about everything, makes me realize the Bible is different than what I think, and different from what the mediocre mother theologian and mediocre scientist theologian thinks, especially when they don’t think they’re theologians.

Oh, and I’m okay with the fact that God created a humongous universe and it having no “practical” purpose because it’s “wasted space.” But, space isn’t wasted especially if it declares the glory and handiwork of the Creator. And if it is, then let the space be a waste, because it wastes itself on the purpose to all of life, God’s glory.