Challenges as a Christian

   There is different kinds of varieties of religion. There are some 4,300 religions of the world. Some of them are Buddhism, Cao Dai, Islam, Christianity Shinto and more. Religion connects to our faith in God. It’s like the practice we do to connect with Him.

   I experienced childhood in a christian environment. Faith has assumed a gigantic job affecting me while growing up. A large portion of my companions are either Muslims or unbelievers. It’s insane how despite everything, we click, despite the fact that we have conviction and confidence limits. I don’t generally mind having an alternate religion or faith with my companions. To be an outsider is a person who does not have a place with a particular social event.. I don’t generally feel like a pariah, just some of the time awkward with their family. Like Muslims and Christians have diverse perspective in their faith. We don’t really quarrel. My friends respect my faith and so do I to them. As for my unbeliever friends, they are more difficult because they don’t believe in any gods. But crossing all odds, I share my faith with them and If they’re interested then I will talk more about Christianity and share the knowledge I have.

   The difficulties I encounter as a Christian is the point at which my surroundings are dangerous. Our age has numerous things that has influenced adolescent and grown-ups to be addicts. Like smoking cocaine or drinking excessively or other unfortunate propensities these leads us to erring. Not that I pursue their evil ways but rather as a follower of Christ, staying nearby individuals that are non believers weakens my faith. Teenage curiosity is the thing that drives around our age to sin. A portion of these are stating terrible words, underage drinking. Vaping and the rundown goes on. Temptation is a major test too, particularly when your faith is feeble. Not having the capacity to stop awful habits is the most exceedingly bad since you feel guilty after.

    More trials will be given to me in the future. As a believer, God has shown me to look at the brighter side of life. Through this journey, God has been a good father. As days goes by and each of those has a purpose for me to learn new things about him. Though my faith has gotten weaker, I am trying to put it back together by starting to read the bible. Being more active like praying more, worshiping and listening to preachers. In this process I believe it will be a slow process to gain back my joy in faith. I will have to grow more spiritually and know what it actually means to serve God. A verse from  Colossians 3:23-24 says, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve.

   After all the trials, God will remain by your side. Another verse from the bible in John 15:7  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. As long as we stay loyal to God rest assured, because everything is in his control.

 

The Logic of Christianity

     If our God is for us, then who could ever stop us?  As Christians we live by God’s promise. To continue on our daily lives knowing our real purpose here on earth and help other lost souls that are struggling. We know that the holy spirit is with us and will guide us on the right path.          

     Faith plays a big role. Without spiritual understanding, it would be hard to discern. John 14;26 said “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” Surrendering life to God, is letting Him take control of your life, to lead you to the right path. Giving up all your vice; wickedness, immorality. Putting trust in Him and he will be your strength, your shield and your supply.

     Another point that leads to the central logic of Christianity is Love. God is all about love so his followers should be just like him. He said ‘’love those who hates you”. It’s all about commitment and accepting loss with no anger. Instead of hating pray for them. People that are poor in spirit would have trouble loving one another as they love there self, especially those who are weak in spirit. With the holy spirit in us revolutionary will occur spiritually and physically. Like the sun concept, it shines in the good and the bad and that is us. We are the light of the world.

      Other misunderstood that when you do good things to other people they should also do something great for you, no.  As Christians we do not give to get something in return. We are sinners because of free will, but Jesus already paid for our sin. As a children of God we do not look for a return from other people, instead hope for something good from God. His promises are real and are made for the people who humble themselves in front of Him and believes Him. We are the temple of God and that the spirit of God dwells in us.

     We Christians are here on earth to prove ourselves to Christ. This earth is full of sinful nature, but we must resist because it is our battle field. We fight the temptation and should live by the holy spirit. As a Christian logic it is us who should help the people that are poor in spirit and guide them to Christ, we cannot change them so we should still love them, pray for them and believe in God’s work in their lives.

 

Who is Jesus?

 

       After all the testimonies, scriptures and news about God’s existence, the question produced by doubt is sill, who is Jesus really? Aside from being a human, the spirit seeks for it’s true purpose and what the connection of God has with the human body and the soul.

     Given answers are not enough to people that aren’t a follower or a believer of Christ. His existence needs to have a proof, or a picture of him at least to know that He’s real. In most believers understanding, Jesus is the central figure of Christianity. which is the son of the living God that was sent to die for our sin. The search for Christ’s existence is through prayer. Like the honest seekers, they are following a path through Christ and will see his glorious and amazing work on their lives as they go on getting to know him more. Once they find Him, they can then go on a journey to find what their calling is. God will equip them with supernatural abilities called Gifts of the Holy Spirit to allow them to serve in Him.

      In Peter Kreeft’s argument in the story, Chris stated that In the Bible Jesus  says “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to the father except through me.” Jesus is the way to get to God and His kingdom. Said in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Not because of good deeds, that saved us but, whoever believed in him will be saved.  Jesus is a Savior of all humanity. Whoever calls upon him will have an eternal life and peace.

      Jesus was a ransom for all sinners but he still forgives sin. He died on the cross to give people the chance to be born again, and choose the right path. He is a good Father. He let the Romans bully him till death to give us a another chance to start over. Even after decades has passed, after how many times we have sinned he still forgave us. A verse from  Luke 23:24 says, ‘And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots.’

      In the book of baptist it says there either Jesus is a liar, lunatic or Lord. Jesus is Lord. But in the Bible it says, He is Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5) He is “our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 1:4). He is, in fact, the  Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14). These verses already said that Even if Mary gave birth to Jesus, a human, He still is the Lord.

Problems of Evil

     Evil isn’t evil without a body performing wrong actions. It is caused with a person’s own decision choosing the right or wrong. The problems of Evil grows in humanity, leading them astray.

   God is the creator of all things. Free will is a gift of God, but bad choices results evil. Sinning is the most unavoidable manner. Not only does it make an individual sin physically but it also affects them spiritually through faith. Growing weak to God leads to more sinning, therefore evil then takes the advantage to lure the believers and the unbelievers to choose wrong choices. Says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” All has sinned but God is merciful, so he sent his one and only son Jesus Christ down to earth to pay for all who has sinned.

      Physical evil is spiritual evil. Anyone who is breathing right now and then, will feel empty. Not knowing the purpose of living, scared or confused. In Romans 6:6 the Holy Spirit calls our body “the body of sin,” Our body is the stronghold of “sin,” the tool of “sin,”. Conscience is the will of God, like sinning, before or after choosing the wrong choice, a little voice in our heads will speak and tell us how we manage the situation. Our own self can be our own enemy. The flesh that gets the work done that leads us to doing evil. Eggs are an example of a human, spirit and soul. Like the shell, egg white and the yolk, they have different parts but are called egg as a whole.

      Good people also suffers. As God already said in Ecclesiastes 7:20  “There is not a righteous person on earth who always does good and never sins”. This means, no one is good enough to be righteous and have not sin, everyone might’ve sinned or is still sinning that caused them to have great suffer. The thing is, suffer doesn’t always means bad. It is trials that God make people face in their life to see and know who would be faithful or unfaithful to him till the end. Who would turn away from their wicked ways and surrender to God.

    Evil will stay with mankind till the end of days. But to those who stay faithful to God and wait for him will not perish but have an eternal life.

 

Reasons To Believe

     One of the top most arguable questions till today is about God’s existence. About 85% of the people living in this earth have heard about or know about God but still choose not to believe in Him.

    A common argument from atheists and skeptics is that if all things need a cause, then God must also need a cause. Although we cannot prove that God exists, neither can we prove that He exists. As for the questions about where He came from, God is the uncreated Creator who created the universe and everything in it. God is not part of the universe which He created. God is the creator. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” John 1:1-3. Everything that exists has a cause, nothing can exist without a cause except God, therefore, God is real. Since He is invisible to humanity we can only know Him by means of faith.

    At some point, unbelievers will question  if God really exists. Curiosity will bring their attention to search or know more about His existence. The Prayer of the Skeptic is a prayer about God’s existence. The following prayer is based on Jeremiah 29:12,13: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  If we understand what it means to speak of X, then X exists in the understanding. Like air that we don’t see or feel God is still real. John 1:3 says “All things came into being through him, and apart from him nothing came into being that has come into a being”. Infinite chaos may be a reason for humans to be apart from God Trials can bring us closer to God and make our faith stronger.

   Atheist don’t believe that God exists and probably haven’t heard about his miraculous works. There are many events, in the Bible, where God visited people in their dreams or others were dead and came back to life after seeing what hell looks like. Another argument that by the time people are not looking or interested in knowing God, God himself will make a move to let that person become involved with Him in His own mysterious ways. This will then lead the individual to a leap to faith.  Romans 11:29 says “for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” This means that if God calls anyone, He has a purpose in that individual’s life. Jeremiah 29:11 says For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” With strong faith, everything God says will make sense to the believers, giving them peace of mind and comfort in their hearts.

   God can change your life. Each and everyone’s story is already written by the creator. A reason to believe in God is free will, leading an individual to having their own belief. All arguments are made, but clearly as God said in John 6:47 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes me has eternal life.” God is real. Therefore if all establishment ends, He will know His people, turn His back on the sinners and create a whole new creation.

 

Responding to the story: Julius Caesar

A.  In the textbook replied Brutus to the people of rome, “Not that I loved caesar less but that I love Rome more” “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that caesar were dead, to live all free man” said thee brutus. Means that if the people of Rome didn’t start realizing what Caesar’s plan was for them in the future and didn’t make a move to change their fate,  then they would have to end up with a disadvantage. According to Brutus, the Romans should see that his intentions are clear and he’s committed to whatever task comes his way.

B.  The Romans seems to be convinced with Brutus’s sincerity. They give him an agreement by their applaud declaring ‘’ Live, Brutus! Live! Live” With this, it showed their respond to Brutus’s speech was acknowledge they agree to what comes out of Brutus’s mouth.

C.  Since Marc Anthony promised to Brutus’s squad, he was able to talk in front of the romans and share his speech to people convincing the people that Brutus was an honorable man yet a liar by adding to the speech that Brutus was all about him being  honourable but actually blames and lies about the late king, Julius Caesar.

D.  I disagree, Marc said that he wasn’t an orator to look humble and real but in reality his intentions are actually to spread his opinion and he’s about to backstab brutus in his speech.

E.  Marc Anthony incites the romans to rise and mutiny by, saying not to obey these commandments and not to rise on their own will and rebel but to be a strong community that puts their trust at their leader.

F.  In the end my conclusions about the romans is that, it would be difficult to have marc     anthony as their leader because he has his pride and really wanting to rule the rome. In the end he would mostly be be fed up about rome and be stressed about it to be crazy. If Brutus were to be the leader he still has someone with, to guide him, to make decisions, like his wife and cassius and this could create a great environment for a leader that has someone to trust or lean on.

G.   Both would make sense to be a leader but at the same time both has weak flaws. Brutus has a calm and warm feeling when he talks to the people of rome, he tries to understand the romans feeling before making any harsh statement but should be careful. While Marc, is kinda like an aggressive guy that betrayed brutus saying bad things to him. Who knows if he also can backstab the people in rome as well saying this and that but actually the one that gives them a hard time in the future.

Leader and Heroes

    A leader is a person that leads and commands an organization. A hero is a person that’s admired by many for outstanding achievements.

     Leaders are there to voice out the opinions of its people. To lead them not in poverty but to guide, plan and prepare for their future. To make sure that his people should have standard of living, quality of life and sustainability. Being a leader has a lot of responsibilities, since the whole crowd believes that he’s got the perfect  strategy and method to get them to the right place. A smart chief is essential, especially when an official order is made. It’s a duty of a leader to be able to be confident, problem solver, and considerate, to be able to deliver a good impression to the public.

   Heroes are people that have achieved great things through suffer and hard work. Batman, superman, and Captain America wasn’t called heroes because they were hot, they were called hero because they have left an impression to the nation. They’ve fought many to save the life of humanity, but this carries responsibilities. To be physically and emotionally is necessary for heroes to be a hero. If being afraid and weak is one of their characters, it wouldn’t make no difference to other normal people.  

    A hero is a is still a hero after death. It’ll go down to history that the person saved lives of many and has contributed a lot for the community. Once hero, always a hero. While as a leader, protected the people through power, sincerity and words. They might be ordinary and not have used their own body  to protect their people but the have used their brains to outsource the situations to give the people a better life. A time may come, when our leaders and heroes may become greedy, so be careful in choosing the people you trust, believe, and praise, it might be the wrong person

   Afterall a hero and a leader may not be the same but both deserves respect. After putting all the effort for the citizens to have a better life. As the voters and the resident in this country we should also be responsible to who we choose to be our leader, our hero.

            Responding to the story: I’ve got Gloria

 

1.  The father and scott in the story, I’ve got gloria, had a conflict that got on the way. It’s a love hate relationship between the father and the son. It’s hard to accept that we created something wrong and admitting it. As for Scott and his father, both did something wrong but would not accept that they’ve done something wrong.  In this case both fought and created a conflict between them.

2. In the story Scott had to be sent to a summer school. He’s first day would probably be the awkwardest, seeing Mrs. Whitman and other people on the spot. Scott would probably befriend Mrs. Whitman. In the other hand Mrs. Whitman would see Scott attend the summer school and would probably show signs he forgives him. Both might share their perspectives on the lesson or each other and might create a bond.

3. An embarrassing moment that happened last few months ago was, I was having a good day smiling and looking cute feeling like a beauty to everyone, then after lunch I was suppose to go talk to Mr. Mac but then he was talking to someone on the phone and had to wait little did I know I had some spinach in between my teeth and was looking like an idiot smiling the whole the day not knowing that I had something in my teeth.

4. Mrs. Whitman probably sees Scott as a child, too young that he’s being immature and sensitive with the issue when he can do something about it. Grades is one of the affair in the story in which affects both individuals. Scott had failed his test and took a revenge of the teacher that gave him an F, by taking the dog and called in for a ransom of a higher mark. Since adult thinks differently from youth, Mrs. Whitman knowing that scott’s got a bad grade she’d want to help him as well and get her dog in exchange.

Responding to the story: The adventurous life of john Goddard

  1.   John Goddard’s motivation through his journey was his goals and his promises. Buddy didn’t get to survive throughout the journey and since both promised to end the course no matter what or who ever’s the last man standing he would still be continuing the expedition. The goal to fulfil the will to John Goddard’s friend he made his way out there and finished the journey himself
  2.   By the age of sixty-four I would picture my life to be lit? Big mansion with a big pool wear you can canoe. A huge flat screen television in each room in the house. Probably with my partner creating Dope memories. Saved enough money to not work instead have people working for me. I’d probably be going around and be like a missionary sharing the gospel and meeting a bunch of people.
  3.   Before the age of forty, I would like to accomplish things I want to do with my life such as leaving vermilion, finish school safely, sending scary email chains to the people I dislike, getting to a serious fight and get in trouble, Jumping out of the plane with a parachute, getting in the news headlines, have fame and chains that goes bling bling, meet some good dope people and befriend them, give my mom and dad a good life.
  4.    I would want to have a far off adventure myself because I don’t really have friends that I’d want to stick with, I could call my family whenever I miss them since technology has upgraded. Going on my adventure may lead me to meeting better people, exploring other culture, having the knowledge of being able to going on with your day independently. Appreciating being alone and working hard to reach your goals individually.
  5. My top 3 goals that would probably be the hardest to fulfill would be that having a mansion, getting into news headlines and have fame with chains that goes bling bling. I can’t really see the future right now. It isn’t that clear for me to see like other people, they already have plans and goals.. Mine is bit of everywhere.

Hannah and fairy tales


       Hanna is a character from the movie “HANNA”. Through her journey, there was some difficulties that have emerge and  had similar adventure with some fairy tales that probably most people know. Like Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding hood for an illustration. The plot of the story Hanna  had some part whereas these stories were a theme at the events in the movie.

       An old tale about a little girl getting tricked by a big bad wolf after getting back from the woods, little red riding hood went to the the bed to check upon her grandmother and the wolf took advantage of that momentum to trick the young lady, hiding behind the covers and pretending to be the grandmother. Almost got eaten, in other books it says that the big bad wolf was pushed in the to the fire while cooking the grandmother, other books says the wolf fell asleep and red riding hood took that as a right time to smash the ax in his head. Moreover on Hannah in the movie thought Marissa Wiegler was already dead and she killed her by her own two hands. But in reality Hannah was in a trap where Marisa has been watching out for her the whole time. Similarities between this two tale is that Marissa like the wolf was watching Hannah like a prey then catch her.

       Next to this is, Snow white, a girl that was supposed to die due to a mad villain that was psychotic and envious of how pretty snow white was and ordered a huntsman to kill her. At the story Hannah, on the other hand, Hannah’s existence is no longer a secret and Marissa already knew about her. So Weigler went and called people to dispatch Hannah and bring the kid over to her. In this case both story did have happy ending but twain also had some range through their course. Examples are, Hanna had left the place where Eric and her had stayed, and throughout the adventure, a family accompanied her journey. Same as snow white, who luckily encountered the seven dwarfs that had also played a huge role on her life, helped her in some of the rough occasions she had faced.

        Another story that relates to this movie is Hansel and Gretel. The kids where tricked by the house owner who is a cannibal, using candies as a bribe and alluring children inside the house and capture preys. Matching the movie and the story also made resemblance. Comparison to this is a part where in the story of Hansel and Gretel was the kids were to be eaten but found a way out tricking the witch ending up escaping the candy house and pushing the witch on the fireplace. Hanna at the movie was ordered to dispatch but found a way out, outsmarting the antagonist. Fought all the bad guys and breakout cleanly.

During the journey Hanna learned to protect herself relying on no one. Believing in nothing and most of all being a savage. In this film, it was purposely made to associate with fairy tales to connect the perception in two both perspectives of the story and make it relatable to watchers.