consequnce

I can't stand ignorant people!

Well, my idea of ignorant people is when there is rubbish bin next to them and they missed it or not throwing it properly and leave it somewhere else when they should have easily grabbed it and throw it to the bin provided.

Another one is to keep throwing rubbish into the wrong bin, like when it’s stated “RECYCLING - PAPERS ONLY” and yet there you go a box of chocolate or plastic container and other NON-Recycling materials thrown directly into it.

 Things like this irritate my bones!

Like be a little bit considerate of your god damn surrounding, I’m not a tree huger but I give a shit enough to do things properly in this pathetic world.

The more ironic part is when there’s a written sign stating “PAPERS ONLY” plus a big sign of “RECYCLING” all over it and yet the blind conscience and perhaps lack of knowledge on how one’s bad decision can affect others hasn’t been put into place yet.

Any ways, that was my day observing ignorant and intolerable human beings who clearly have no idea that their little inconsiderate routine affect others but then again would they change if they knew that their actions have consequences? 

On a brighter note, it was a successful lunch with the in-laws.

Made some salads and soup just perfect for the rainy day. 

Put our Christmas tree up and its decorations.

Everyone’s happy and therefore I am now going to rest with the happiness itself.

Laters to my awesome gators! =D

You rock my dash! =D <3

G’nite or day to you!

The First of the Old and the First of the New

Mathew 4:1-11

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[c] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[d]

 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

   “‘He will command his angels concerning you,
   and they will lift you up in their hands,
   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[e]

 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[f]

 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[g]

 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

So, I haven’t been posting for a little while. There are a few reasons for that, but the man one was that I didn’t have anything to say. I started this when I started a 21-day reading plan, when I finished that I went on to one that was supposed to be for sixty days I think. I quit that one to start the 1-year plan. So I’ve been reading through a lot of the same texts I’d already talked about and so didn’t have much to say. I like how I think people have noticed that I wasn’t posting for awhile. Isn’t it cute?

So, here we have Satan’s temptation of Jesus. The very first thing that I want you to notice is that the Spirit lead Jesus here. Bear in mind that not only does God lead us into places where we’ll be tempted, he also leads us into places that hurt. If you don’t believe me, go look at the cross for a while. Or if you’ve heard that one a few too many times, go read about how most of the prophets died. Or about Paul’s life.

God is not going to keep you from being hurt. No good parent would. We do not gain understanding from being told something. We gain understanding through pain. Trust me, and more importantly trust God. If you let Him, He can do incredible things in you through your pain.

Alright, that’s just my opener. Here’s the real point. This is what the title of this post is about. Let’s compare Jesus and Adam. Spoiler alert: it will kind of make Adam look bad.

Alright, first of all, let’s look at where they were when they were tempted. Adam was in the Garden of Eden, with his beautiful wife, where he could fill his belly with whatever he wanted, and where he could talk to and literally go for a walk with God. He was fulfilled in every way possible.

Jesus was (as we are told in one of the possibly most unnecessary endings to any sentence ever) very hungry. He hadn’t eaten in forty days. He was alone. He was not in a garden. He was in one of the most desolate wastelands on the planet.

Adam, if he followed God, would go on to only greater joy, wisdom, love, and to everlasting life. Jesus, if he followed God would go on to pain, separation, desolation, and the consequences of dying as the worst sinner who ever lived.

Now, at this point, you’re probably thinking something like, “Come on, Rick. He’s Jesus. He IS God. How hard could it be for Him to avoid temptation?” Well, first you have to see that the temptation to eat wasn’t the real issue. That was just on the surface. The real temptation here is to use His power as God without his Father’s permission. Jesus had to live a life of perfect submission to God, as a man, and die the death of a man, so that we could have the relationship that He has with God. If He became God, that’s lost.

Let’s move on to the second temptation for a second. As I said earlier, God will lead us into places that hurt. Jesus knew that He was heading for the cross. One way to look at this is to say, “If God would allow his own son to go through that, what guarantee do I have that he’s not going to put me through something painful?”

None. You have no such guarantee. In fact, you have the exact opposite. I guarantee you that if you attempt to follow God, it will hurt.

But it will be for a purpose. Jesus says here not to put God to the test. What test?

The passage immediately before this one is from Jesus’ Baptism, where the voice of God was heard saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” What does Satan begin this first two temptations with? “If you are the Son of God…”

Implicitly, the real question is, if you are the Son of God, why do you have to go through this?

What is the third temptation? All the kingdoms of the world without the pain of the Cross. All the profit, none of the cost. The problem is that the cost was the point. Jesus didn’t want the splendor of the kingdoms of the world. He is the one through whom everything that has been created was made. And it was all nothing but words.

But you, you had to be bought. You deserve God’s punishment. I don’t say that to be judgmental, or superior. I’m in that boat, right beside you. God’s justice had to be met. God is holy. Breaking his law must have consequence. So, to buy you, Jesus took that consequence Himself.

Satan offered Adam the opportunity to be God, for the seemingly low price of disobeying God. It cost Adam everything and in the end he got nothing in return.

Satan offered Jesus everything at no cost. Instead, Jesus chose you, at ultimate cost.

Adam loved himself. Jesus loves you.

Guides or Chains?

12-2-11

Destiny. Does it exist? If it does, what does that mean for free will then? Could destiny exist withing the walls of free will? I think it could, but again this is obviously speculation. If you’re looking for cold hard facts, look elsewhere because you wont find any in my blog.

We all like to think we are here for a reason. Well what if we are? What if each of us upon birth or maybe before, are given a task, a destiny. One single divine goal that was set out for us to achieve. But in order for free will to exist it cannot be a guarantee that we achieve our destiny. How we go about completing our goal and whether we actually achieve it would be entirely up to us.

As far fetched as that seems, I like to believe that destiny exists within the confines of free will. It gives me a sort of peace. I like to think I exist for a reason, that I’m not just a random accident. But I also don’t like to feel bound. I’d rather be guided than chained. I want my actions to have reason but also to potentially have as many consequences as there are stars in the sky.

"There are men who struggle against destiny, and yet achieve only an early grave. There are men who flee destiny, only to have it swallow them whole. And there are men who embrace destiny and do not show their fear. These are the ones that change the world forever."

anonymous asked:

i miss your destiel meta. have a question for you, is any of the jensen/misha tweeting meaningful for spn or is that all, in your opinion, random stuff the actors are doing that has no connection to the show. didn't think too much of the sunset picture, but dean stepping out of a closet made me go, 'wait, what?' lol your thoughts? and do you have any thoughts on angel heart in general about destiel and or destiel and claire? thank you. :)

Hi! Thanks, I’m sorry I haven’t got more to say on destiel that seems relevant to me at the moment.

I haven’t really changed my mind on the matter - although this hiatus has made me feel, now, the weight and consequnces of choosing to stretch a part of this tree-arc narrative over four years/seasons. That’s something that I knew and talked about before, the difference being that now it seems something relatively harder to be patient with compared to the beginning of the season, because I’m really missing Cas and meaningful Dean-Cas interaction and the pause has emphasized that. Although it looks like as per usual everything’s coming together in the finale, so I keep my faith and hope that at least it’s been all worth it for the last episodes of the season and the next one.

However, this year it’s much easier to focus on more general character meta that IMO indicates Dean and Cas are going in a direction that would finally allow them to consider a romantic relationship. For example, I (and many others) have been stressing, for Dean, the fil rouge of self-acceptance, especially in the form of understanding you can be more than one thing at a time, that you’re made up of multiple facets and that it’s not a matter of being all one or all the other, plus opening up to new things you hadn’t tried or considered unacceptable before.

Meanwhile, for Cas, I’ve talked more about the theme of dealing with emotions/feelings, which is linked to his state as an angel or a human and how he conceives those two forms of being, and about dealing with the guilt that has him unable to give up angel duty (despite his performances in that area raising many eyebrows at this point, see last year’s fiasco that exposed that and had him ridiculed in front of pretty much the entirety of heaven) and to feel like he deserves whatever he wants for himself. I still believe that, however you spin it, broadly speaking we’re following these paths - for example, see Claire and Cas’ storyline involving her, that sees Cas trying to fix his past mistakes with her.

On to the actors’ shenanigans. Well, as much as I like to laugh thinking about the implications of Jensen in Dean costume being in a closet, I personally don’t think too much meaning should be placed on it. I figure it’s more likely that one of them simply came up with the idea and thought it’d be funny to reenact a fucking cat gif from the internetz. If anything, things like the sunset pic and how Jensen commented it make me think that Jensen isn’t a little lamb unaware of things and needing protection, and much less that he ‘hates the ship’ or stuff like that, and that as far as it’s not a really direct question, he’s more than willing to tease and play along so long as it’s on terms he can control (and perhaps back down from if it gets too heated? But that’s just my theory).

In any case, TL;DR: I wouldn’t take events like these as something that’s necessarily staged or even all that meaningful in terms of where the story is going, even though it’s no secret that I think it really might be going there.

Re: Angel Heart: my thoughts on Destiel + Claire are mainly what I mentioned earlier, i.e. that Claire is helping to forward Cas’ character develoment in a way that, if Destiel is in the cards in whatever measure that’s more explicit than the current one, will be very much needed to make it happen. I don’t have any specific theory on whether/how her status as a (ex-)vessel will help with Cas’ grace problem, although I’ve read more than one and it’s entirely possible that she’ll be key. Mainly I try not to spec too deeply even though I enjoy reading other people’s spec ^^’.