Showing posts from October, 2010

The Universe Exists because I said so...

I just finished reading Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow's new book called, The Grand Design. This book is typical of most scientists who simply use their books as a way to show that God does not exist. In this book they say, "spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going (pg. 180)."

My apologies to Stephen Hawking but his explanation for the existence of the universe is terrible. In any other area of our lives we would not accept such shallow and weak arguments. As an engineer I solve problems every day. Sometimes we will come up against a problem where we find a solution but the explanation is not adequate. We will say something like, "we fixed the problem, but we are not really sure why." This could mean that we don't understand what the fix is actually doing or it could mean that we did not fi…

Che vs Jesus

I recently got married and spent my honeymoon in Cuba. I was not in Cuba for more than a day before I started to wonder who this guy was on shirts, books, pictures and everything else. I soon found out his name was Che Guevara but I did not know anything about him. As soon as my wife and I got back from our honeymoon I picked up a book about Che and started reading.

The historical Che was part of four revolutions in Guatemala, Cuba, Congo, and Bolivia. He of course was a key factor in bringing Fidel Castro to power. During his tenure in Cuba he also promoted revolutionary causes all over the world. His final goal was to start world war III by mobilizing Latin America to overthrow the United States and therefore all of the western imperialists, and implement socialism throughout the world.

As I started reflecting on the life of Che, I was really impressed by his devotion to other people. It was the  poor people, which he met on his travels through Latin America, which moved him to be p…

Schindler's Parable

Oskar Schindler was not a religious man but he saved around 1200 Jews from almost certain death at the hands of Hitler and his henchman. He died penniless having spent his fortune saving Jews by bribing officials and caring for them.

Those of us who believe in Jesus Christ like to think that we would have done the same things that Oskar did, if we were in his situation. We can almost imagine ourselves standing up fearlessly to the evil reign of terror helping to hide Jews from almost certain death.

When asked why he did what he did, he was quoted as saying, "When you know people, you have to behave towards them like human beings ([1])." Is this the only thing that motivated this man to risk all of his material possessions?

In the movie Schindler's list*, there is a moving scene at the end of the war were Oskar breaks down just as he is about to escape after becoming a wanted man. He starts realizing that if only he had made more money he could have saved more people. The…

Preach the gospel and all times and it is always necessary to use words

St. Francis of Assisi  once said, "preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words." I don't know the original intent of this quote, but I do know how it is understood today. It is the greatest excuse for not preaching the gospel in North America.

These words have come to mean, "if you are scared to preach the gospel, don't do it." We are ashamed of the gospel and telling other people about it because they might think we are weird. Many people tell of stories of how people just knew they where different by how they acted. That is all well and good but what good is it if they can see a difference, but don't know what is the difference? And is the difference they see in us any different then what they would see in any other religious person?

As Christians, if we compare our lives to let's say Mormons there is very little difference, they might even be a bit better than us when it comes to living out our beliefs. Since the difference is mar…