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I know in whom I have believed   Leave a comment

Feel like my heart sings this always:

And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

2 Timothy 1:11

Paul was talking about the teachings given to Him by Jesus Christ and which he passed on to Timothy. He knew in whom he believed, he was not ashamed of the gospel (Rom 1:16). Even if they are old, hymnals are still so powerful and simply great!

Posted July 31, 2011 by Cedric in Critics of books and songs

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Are you sure?   Leave a comment

Are you sure?

Are you sure?

Are you sure? Are not these words used often in our daily life? Based on this information, we take decisions that will influence our life. When a husband is told that his wife is cheating him, I guess that he’ll make his best to verify if this information is true or not. From that he’ll decide the next step to take. In court, the judge and lawyers will ask witnesses to make oaths. They will ask him/her questions that will either condemn or free someone. We know many cases where people were not convicted of their crimes due to lack of evidence.

How can I be sure that the veggies I bought weigh 1lbs? Well, I can request to use an instrument accurate up to 10^23 but still I’ll never be able to get exactly 1 lbs. Only God knows how much these veggies weights!

“Are you sure?” has only 2 answers. Yes or No.

At times, we can measure certainty and come close to either one of these above 2 answers. We need to reformulate this question as “To what extent are you sure”?

There’re many laws out there that are based on units of measurement such as mass, length and time which have continuous values. These results obtained are therefore not exact since no discrete values are being used.

Even computers do mistakes. For example, if we want to store 1/3 in memory, the computer will not be able to exactly represent 0.333333333333333333333 because it is using summations of finite numbers (to the inverse powers of two) and zeros. We will never be able to retrieve the exact value of 1/3 .

I looked around and found that there’re many things that we cannot be 100% sure about even if people give guarantees, promises and facts.

Murphy’s law says that “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. If something can happen, it will happen given the right time. If the probability that something will not occur is 0.9999999, it means that it can still occur. How many things are you sure about? What people said impossible 100 years ago exist today. How many things can science can prove with absolutely certainty? Due to insufficient evidence, many researches were left as theories.

There’s a saying which says “As sure as death” but the bible talks about people like Enoch and Elijah who were taken to heaven without going through death.

I realised that only the things God said are absolutely, perfectly, precisely, accurately true. These are the only things I can be sure about.

Psalm 119:140 says :

Your promises have been thoroughly tested,and your servant loves them.

and verse 160,
All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal

Jesus said in John 5:24

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. .” 1 John 5

v10 says:

All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.”

Luke 22:70 They all shouted, “So, are you claiming to be the Son of God?” And he replied, “You say that I am.”

We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10:33

Among the rare things I’m sure about, here’s one: Jesus is God.

Posted July 17, 2011 by Cedric in Thought-provoking

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Is your life an illusion?   Leave a comment

As you have noticed, the pictures below seem to move as you move forward and focus your eyes on a particular area. Is not it astounding how our senses can so much disagree with our intellect? Knowledge tells you that this picture is not moving but when your brain interprets the image received by your eyes you become doubtful. Often in life, we have the impression that what we are saying, hearing or doing is right. Unless we are told that this is not the case, we won’t take the initiative to think otherwise. Our trend of life, our habits and peers project to us an environment that perfectly seems to be real and make sense. As a lecturer often said, “Unfortunately, common sense is the least common amongst people”. How often do we take the time to stop and see if what we are doing is right? Are we following the flow blindly? It takes guts and courage to dare questioning a long established practice/culture. For example why do people say Bless you when someone sneezes? I know a store keeper who don’t sell needles after 6pm, another guy who spits when he sees a black cat. Superstition? I know an old guy who used to worship a saint and was then deceived when he learnt that this saint never existed…The list could go long.

How often do we take for granted what the media say? Do we take the time to verify if what experts are saying are true? With such a large pool of information around it is becoming more difficult to trust these so called facts. We can try millions of solutions and still find ourselves doubtful that we reached the best solution. Every year new technologies are making other technologies obsolete. But were not promoters of these technologies convinced that their products were among the best on the market? It was just for a while. It certainly took time for them to realise that their technology was no longer relevant to the consumers. To all perfection there is a limit. We cannot put a period after a new invention, someone else will come with something new and propose an alternative. New records are broken in Olympic games, we are deceiving ourselves if we think that we reached the apogee. An illusion is the distortion of the reality.

Illusion 1

Illusion 1

Illusion 2

Illusion 2

illusion 3

Illusion 3

There’s this story where the captain of a battleship sent a signal to a small body found several miles ahead. The captain said “I’m the captain of battleship and I’m in a hurry. You gotta move or I’ll mercilessly destroy you”.

The body replied with it’s small signaling light “You move! I’m not gonna move”. The captain was offended by this reply and sent another message “Before I destroy you, tell me who you are”. The body replied, I’m a lighthouse and if you continue this way it’s you who’s gonna be destroyed.”

We might be so convinced about something that we are heading towards total ruin. But wisdom calls out to seek for advice.

I found out that there’re some words of wisdom that we can put a period to them. These words of wisdom stood the test of time, they never become obsolete and always proved to be relevant to man’s problem for ages. Even if there’re millions of arguments against these words of wisdom, these millions of arguments eventually fail. Our senses can fail us, people’s attitude can change, laws can fail, experts can be benumb and classify as “mysteries” things they can’t explain.

God’s words says “To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.” Ps 119:96

Nothing will ever prove to be wiser than what God said.

The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever.” Ps 119:160
God’s word has as foundation absolute truth and what God said will remain true and valid forever.

If God said that a lie is a sin, He won’t change His mind. If God promised something, we should consider it as done! God does not owe anyone. God’s word is not an illusion. It’s a matter of life and death.

Psalm 119:

Your eternal word, O Lord,
stands firm in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness extends to every generation,
as enduring as the earth you created.
91 Your regulations remain true to this day,
for everything serves your plans.
92 If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy,
I would have died in my misery.

93 I will never forget your commandments,
for by them you give me life.

94 I am yours; rescue me!
For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments.
95 Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me,
I will quietly keep my mind on your laws.
96 Even perfection has its limits,
but your commands have no limit.

Posted July 10, 2011 by Cedric in Thought-provoking

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