1) We have expectations. Expectations carry concepts of how we believe our life should develop. We fix firmly to these expectations. 2) Someone upsets our expectations by introducing something that challenges our concept, compelling us to face a new reality. 3) We are disappointed. Disappointment is friction between expectations and reality. 4) The fork in … Continue reading What is resentment?
Question: And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.” Can anyone please explain it [Luke 22:38] like I'm 5 years old. Everything Jesus taught was pacifist. But then there is this one scripture which has been used to inspire Crusades throughout history. Can anyone provide scripture or … Continue reading Q & A: Look, Lord, here are two swords [Luke 22:38].
Question: I think my landlord is trying to wrongfully keep my security deposit, but I know that Christ said to hand over things that people demand of you and turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39-42). Would it be wrong for me to tell my landlord to give me my deposit back, and even go to … Continue reading Q & A: Should a Christian go to court?
I am convinced temptation is not a fixed concept, but rather a relative idea. Two people can face the same opportunity, but only person A is tempted. Yet the same people could face a different opportunity, but now only person B is tempted. If the appeal is relative and the situations were the same, what … Continue reading The message of temptation
Q: How do you know a child is sick? A: The child will show symptoms that diverges from its healthy state. That means, to recognize any sickness and abnormal signs, true knowledge of the normal condition and personality of the child is needed. The same concept holds for man spiritually. What is normal, what is … Continue reading The sick child
Throughout my life I have earnestly asked myself this question in trying moments. Approaching this inquiry from different angles, I arrived at two interconnected answers. You see, there are two layers to suffering I have identified that are opposite ends of the same coin. Here it is: 1) Refusal to wholeheartedly accept what is before … Continue reading What is the source of my suffering?
If we are honest, we will admit that for modern man it is difficult and almost impossible to honor and respect the Almighty as Perfect and Holy if you interpret His Nature based solely on orthodox biblical interpretations. As blasphemous as these statements appear, let me give you an example of what I mean. Genesis … Continue reading Does the Almighty tempt?
Only when light illumines an object can we see its true colors. In the darkness, no matter how earnestly we examine, it is impossible to properly identify the hue of an object. Similarly, the human spirit cannot see itself by seeking itself, but only through seeking the Light that shines from above and allowing It … Continue reading As Light shines
If you seek blame, you will reap pain, disappointment, and anger. But if you seek lessons, you will reap understanding, acceptance, and contentment. Blame is a vicious trap, for it binds the person in a mentality of: "if you did not do A B and C, then I would not have been exposed to experience … Continue reading Transcending blame