Saturday, July 29, 2006

Goodness of God

Christians say 'God is good all the time'. Amen.

But in reality, God is good only to those whom He choose to reveal His goodness. God is not objectively conceivably good. He is not good to the reprobate. He is only good to Himself and to those who are chosen to receive His goodness.

On the left, we have people spent their whole life reading, researching, finding into materials to reach the Truth.

On the right, we have people who spent almost much lesser amount of time to find out about the Truth. They just knew they are in the right.

So, can there be any reconciliation here? If there is, such statement wouldn't had been recorded:

"What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory..." (Romans 9:22-23)

The world is not fair, not because God is not fair, but because it is just the way things are. Why some are saved without much effort to seek God, while others who spent whole life seeking for something they thought to be true but end up in the wrong? Is this injustice? Perhaps, non-trinitarian humanist has drafted their own map of fairness and justice within their own observation, and tried to judge real geography by that map. Where as the right map is the geography itself.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Torn Between 2 Worlds

Went back home last week. Going to tell stories in this blog.

Reached home at 7am, Thursday. When i slide opened the door, i saw my mom kneeling in-front of her altar, chanting sutras with her 'almost-bald' head. Saw that and realized she just came back from a short-term 'nun-hood' retreat.

Got my hair-cut at 11am before getting a birthday cake for pap & mum. Cut the cake after lunch and talked with them for hours on religion. It's always saddening to talk religion with parents. When they sent me off on Saturday morning, mum told me gently and diplomatically that at the end of the day, all religions require faith. I just kept nodding without responding because i understood her sentiment after my many attempts to chop off buddhism from any historical, logical, existential, and metaphysical ground the day before. Was sad and feel 'outcasted'. Religion breaks family bond. In her belief, she even says that as karmic retribution, my children will always argue religion with me in future. This shows how bad she felt during our conversation on religion. Religion sucks big time.

My two days stay in Penang priviledged some quality time-spent with Steven Sim and Ah Yoon. Didn't know what's wrong with Steven, always keep arguing most of the time at mamak. Had provoked conversation with him on the resurrection of Jesus. Another gladness that i have was that Ah Yoon is coming to his sense after a while of hammering done by Steven. In the midst of our (me and Steven) provoked conversation, Ah Yoon stepped into it and made a logical rebuttal, which was a rare scene.

Then went to KL to meet up with UT friends. Glad to catch up with them. Had some interesting conversation with Chris and asked him to debate on subjects that we differ. Apparently, there isnt much subject to debate about between us. Our 'doctrines' are too similar. Attended his Brethren church. The service is 2 & 1/2 hours long. Scary. But they have really good worship team. Good musicians.

Besides that, had some quality time with Pui Yee. We hang out and watched 2 movies in the weekend. Well, i think she didn't enjoy both shows as much as i did. Superman Returns and Scary Movie 4. One was iconic, the other was lame. Suits me; iconic and lame.

Came back to Singapore on Monday. Perhaps the time spent in the weekend was too exuberate, and as a result, the food was tasteless here. Not that they are not delicious but due to other reasons. Travelling two countries feels like sojourning into 2 different worlds. Always have to adjust and readjust myself to each world. Missing all in M'sia.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Back to Penang!

I'm back to Penang! Came back for parents visit. The last time i typed from this keyboard was during Chinese New Year, earlier this year.

But this is not a post about my current trip, it's more of what's been in my mind recently:

1) Just got to know that one of my friend was upset by the youth congregation in ORPC. The causes were many misunderstanding on Christians, Christianity, Church, and Christian Scriptures on part of the youth and my friend.

2) A newly convert (from Buddhism to Christianity) was required to have her womb taken out due to a 15cm cyst found in her. She is only in her early 20s. Sad thing.

3) George Verwer, the founder of Operation Mobilisation, remarked that he doesnt understand why so much of attention and energy being given to the World Cup in this part of the world. There aint any contries nearby that involved in the game and citizen of this part spent their lives around the game which virtually unrelated with them in anyway (unless they bet).

4) Van Huysteen's Evolutionary Epistemology claimed to be the other alternative in epistemology besides Coherentism and Foundationalism (strong & mild).

5) Wondering who is Lina Joy and why is the spotlight on her in Malaysia's court.

6) Got to know that Alister McGrath's conversion was purely intellectual. Reflected on me that mine wasn't. The sustainance of my faith is. Why i'm still in my faith is purely intellectual factor.

7) Been working on marketing strategies for the rest of this year. Been cracking my brain on this. How to do a post-consumerism, post-secular, post-commercial marketing? Is there such a thing? Radical Orthodoxy might help, i hoped.

8) Presuppositionalism isn't really an apologetic method. At least, it is not as effective and relevant and apolgoetic as Evidentialism.

9) Christ Seminar in University Malaya was dissolved. Sad thing.