During today, I had a chance of doing some meditation. I went to my room, sat down on my bed and just sat there with my eyes opened. I had my lights on, so my parents would think I was up to no good. So I sat on my bed, just in silence for like 5 minutes, then prayed for the remainder of the time. I just prayed and thanked God for the time, I spent with him. I manage to not sleep and focus on the task. Then after that, I stayed on my bed just looking up to the ceiling and just thinking. Thinking of my future, my relationship with God. So I ended the session. Overall, it felt right and I am in a happier mood.
Well, Mr Gabe Lyons spoke about how today, Christianity has been viewed as a negative perception. He states that it has been changed since centuries ago; how today many young people are criticizing Christians. He says that today many Christians are judgmental anti-homosexual, and hypocritical. He tells in the conference that Christians should be restorers instead of cultural Christians or separatist. Where the cultural is a Christian who just believes and doesn’t put into practice what Jesus said. A separatist is one who likes to be outside of the world. Where Gabe says we should be Christians who create, called to be and be provoked. By creating it means to use talents/gifts to solve problems. To be provoked is not be offended but want to be engaged Lastly, called to be is where ever our faith takes us.
My Thoughts: I agree with fact that today Christianity is being viewed differently compared to protestant age. Today we live in a modern time where, people believe for just believing. To which I am not one of those, I believe in Christ and know how to deal with different scenarios. He points out three common issues against Christianity, anti-homosexual, judgmental and hypocritical. To which is true many Christians are what the issues claim to be. I myself know where I fall into those categories. But I try to fix my perception. We are not perfect, no one is, therefore no one has the right to condemn a Christian for being the way they are. Yes, I know people who are hypocritical, who are Christians. Mr. Lyons says that we should be restorers than to be the other two he says. I agree, we should be different and do in our best interest to make a difference. I will do my best to do God’s will and do something in my life where God wants me to be. Whether its my career or a business I am at. Finally, if we make a difference on earth then Christianity shall prevail on everything.
What was challenging or could be challenging to you about the film?
A: Something challenging to me, would be to have enough confidence to go up to people and pray for them and talk to them about Jesus, especially if its people I don’t know. I would probably feel scared or nervous when ever I get the chance to do this. But its something I guess I have to work on because Jesus told us to do so, and I have to conquer this challenge.
What did this movie reveal to you about Character of God?
A: The movie didn’t necessary reveal something new to me about God’s Character instead confirmed what I believed through the film that God is all powerful and loving. In the movie from every single story God’s power prevailed through every situation. And it just helps me to know that God does care for his people and his love is found everywhere.
Did the movie address any, “misconceptions” you have/had about God?
A: The movie did bring some misconceptions, when they encountered the people with picket signs and they were declaring God’s anger to everyone. I found that frustrating because God is all loving and is a judge. And to me, the best way to show who God is to tell people His love and how he wants us to be with him in paradise. Just something that the movie showed how to me it was a misconception towards God.
How would you describe the Evangelism Strategy or Heart of Evangelism in the film?
A: I would describe the strategy, as a way that best depicts God’s love toward his people and how others should do so. By showing God’s love through one showing love to others it a great way for others to believe and to bring healing to people.
What story struck you the most and why?
A: The story that struck me the most was of the family that left their life in the US and left to another country to do God’s Will. The reason is that they sacrificed their “good” life for a life that many wouldn’t trade. To me that really takes a big LEAP of faith because not many would do that. Also, to know that they realized they left everything to do God’s will is exactly what God commands us to do and that people should ought to do more.
What would you like to do differently in your life after seeing this film?
A: Something I would like to do differently is to do God’s will and do something with my life that best would please God. Whether its my career or hobbies, just something that best glorifies him. And to not be nervous If i get a chance to talk to people about Jesus.
Describe God: There are 5 possibilities; no God, man as God, many gods, one immanent God or one transcendent God
How did the faith come to be: This faith came from the “OLD” paganism, most of its information came from the old religion. With new modifications that the new one doesn’t have which are supernatural/transcendent, absolute morality, man as the new god.
what are core components of this faith: Heaven and earth are their core components.
who is Jesus: To them, Jesus would have been another god like the rest of the others.
What is something this faith has common with Christianity: They believe in a divine power, they believe people are from earth go to heaven based upon themselves. When baptizing people both sides were naked upon the event of baptizing.
what are a few differences between this faith and Christianity: new paganism doesn’t believe in hell, they don’t disagree with witchcraft. Christianity believes there a hell, and believe witchcraft is evil and bad. Christianity believes in ONE GOD, while NP believes in many. Jesus is not a paganism concept but part of the Christian faith. No official doctrine
Some thoughts that came to my mind while reading this was that Christianity is clear and easily to understand than New paganism. I read how there are parallels to each other and at the same time i saw some differences between them. For instance the old paganism believes that Christians copied from them. To which I say they did not, Christianity came into being because God revealed himself into the form of man who came to earth and taught the people how to live a good life that honors God. I saw that paganism has many possibilities of a god, when they doubt who they worship. At the same time Christianity believes in one God, The God of the creation and true God.
A: Buddhism does not believe in a Creator God; It does, however, have numerous non-creator deities.
How did the faith come to be:
A: It came from India, from Gautama Buddha
What are core components to be:
A: Form, perception, conception, volition, and consciousness, Desire leads to suffering.
Who is Jesus:
A: they acknowledge Jesus was a good man
What is something this faith has in common with Christianity:
A: The faith was birthed from virgin women, women are equal. They both have vigorous missionaries.
What are a few differences between this faith and Christianity:
A: Reincarnation vs heaven. They don’t believe in Jesus’ second coming. Buddha knows he is a man. They don’t have official prophets. Buddhism is known in Asia. While Christianity is worldwide known. Christianity views people following other religions as paganism while Buddhism views as non contradiction. More differences than similarities.
This Friday, I had the chance to see many wonderful pieces of art and at the same time some that I just didn’t enjoy. I spend quite a good amount of time walking around, but once I was near the BOB, I saw some good artwork. One I enjoyed was the egg machine, put in a quarter out came an egg with a prize, most of the time it was a sticker and a voting ticket. But it was still pretty cool, I put in a dollar and got 4 eggs, I got a mini leopard which was cool another try I got a set of small aluminum keys, which I gave the keys to Ced. Also, I went inside the brown bus, it was nice, cabin style; you go in there and you walk straight through, around you was all sorts of wooden items such as furniture, some animal hides to even a marshall amp. Some of the art work I really didn’t like was the random fish in the river, like what was the artist trying to tell people? Was he/she try to say fish swim here? because they kinda do, I just felt it was just boring piece of art.
I believe art is what someone is trying to show their thoughts of an idea in their mind, through making a piece of work.
I believe all the pieces of work, showed morality; because each artist took a good amount of time from themselves to show their emotion. Whether it was from wood, plastic or metal, all the pieces of art showed what the artist was feeling.
Happiness described by Aristotle, is to do what people want to do to make themselves happy but doing things that benefit to others. In today’s society, people do whatever they want to be happy or get to the mind set of being happy, which could lead good things or bad things. For an example, someone might steal money to get some income, but they don’t realize that they stole to be happy, breaking the law. I believe people should live in a virtuous manner, to be cautious of how to be happy. That being said, people need to have some moral while being virtuous, people might want to be happy but they need to do it in a reasonable way; not in a way that in order to be happy causes problems around you.
Which moral philosophy makes the most sense to you of the ones that we have covered? Can you see any downsides(negatives) for yourself in following this philosophy? What about a whole culture?
A: I believe the moral philosophy that made the most sense to me is, Altruism and Self-Interest because I do believe in fact that people have some selfless care for other people’s needs. I tend to always put my needs aside when it comes to helping someone. For an example, a friend of mine needed help with some homework; I had a load of homework but I took the time and helped him with his homework. I could have taken the a selfish approach and not help him, instead I took a selfless approach to help him. Do I see some downsides for myself, simple answer, NO. I always tend to help out and worry about myself later. As a culture, I personally believe there is a selfless character in everyone, this philosophy does work in our society today. For instance, if you were to see someone in the street who needs help, sooner or later someone will come and address the person in need.
What philosophy that you didn’t agree with, did you find the most interesting? why?
A: The philosophy that I didn’t agree with was Aristotle because it says that humans do not need to believe in God. I believe regardless of religion, you have to know that someone had to create the universe, therefore people are not the center of the universe. Instead our creator is the center of the universe and therefore humans are second in line. The philosophy that I found most interesting was Relativism, because I agree with some points like people’s view of truth depends on their own point of view, but at the same time didn’t agree with that majority is always right. The majority may think they are correct, but if one doesn’t agree with the majority they believe they are correct. Therefore in both sides, they believe both are correct, where each person’s viewpoint is correct according to what they believe.
How are the three philosophies that you see most utilized by our culture?
A: The three philosophies I see utilized in our culture today are Altruism and Self-Interest, Utilitarianism and Divine Command. In our culture, people will set aside their selfish needs to help others in need, like a father helps his children (other than in him to do so) sets what hes doing and takes time from himself to help his children. Utilitarianism, is shown by everyone in the world, people will do anything to make themselves happier or be at the stage of happiness. For an example, someone is in the streets, and then he sees that he is not happy. He decides to pick himself up and make a life or a name for themselves. Where they will pursue happiness by leaving the streets and become a person with class. Finally, Divine Command is seen in our culture by in the reformation, we see people saying things different from what said centuries before, has caused people to doubt their authenticity and believe they are wrong. However there are also people who believe what that person said, that is why today there are more than 50 different denominations of Christianity from Pentecost to Adventist to even Catholics. All have similar ideas but at the same time have different ideas which leads people to believe in different things. The end.