September 19, 2006 @ 2:58 pm by sean
The speaker in chapel yesterday said some good things. Even if he was a slightly awkward speaker.
He told the story about the good Samaritan, emphasizing the part where the Samaritan got off his ass and did something. That has kind of been the general discussion lately in conversations about Christian things, and that was a very obvious, if not humorous way to say it. What Christians need to do is get off their asses and do something, not just talk about things.
He also talked about this little section: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” And followed it up with saying that is entirely unselfish. I then thought about capitalism, and how following the two greatest commandments is rather contrary to capitalism, which seeks for the individual to seek his/her greatest good thereby benifiting everyone.
I say this not to associate Jesus with Communism or anything, but rather to disassociate Jesus, and Christianity, with any variation of socio-economic system.
I do not seem to have a very positive view of marriage.
Lisa and I talked about this back in December, and it has come up again.
I was thinking about a friend the other day, and how interesting he is, and how much he really likes this really interesting girl and they have consequently have a really interesting relationship. Then I thought, I wonder if he will propose to her soon. Then I thought, marriage does not seem right for them. They are better than marriage. Marriage is not good enough for them.
A friend told me recently about plans to marry a specific person. I was happy about it I guess, but certainly not excited. There is other stuff that effects that situation, but in general marriage, or even serious relationships that do not exist for someone before I knew them or while I was getting to know them, I do not like. And am not interested in. I think I am sometimes. But when I really think about it, I lose interest.
Some of it is likely attributed to the changing dynamics of friendships when only one of the involved gets absorbed in a relationship, and the bastardization (bastardize is the word of the day) of the institution of marriage, but it seems like more than that too. Maybe any more than that is just pretentious.
I suppose if I needed any more affirmation that relationships such as those are not in my best interest, I have it.
It is a shame the Owen song ‘Bad News’ has to be so delightful to the ear, because the lyrics are so unfortunate.
I have never done a survey before. But Natalie ‘tagged’ me for this, so I will oblige. But in the smallest font to discourage reading.
One book that changed my life: The Bible collection
One book that I’ve read more than once: There are too many books to read one twice.
One book I would want on a deserted island: The most recent edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Does that count as one book?
One book that made me laugh: I am not sure. Many have made me chuckle.
One book that made me cry: I can’t think of any
One book I wish had been written: Art History Revised Second Edition by Marilyn Stokstad.
book I wish had never been written: The Story of a Lie, by Robert Lewis Stevenson because of the bloody deus ex machina. There are probably a lot more, but that is the first I can think of.
Currently Reading: Sesame and Lillies Etc. by John Ruskin
One book I’ve been meaning to read: The list is long and the first I thought of The Republic, by Plato.
Now I am supposed to tag people. But I do not think anyone really reads this to know they are tagged. So it ends here.