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.”

About my weekend in Copenhagen

So I went to Copenhagen on my own without telling anybody before what I would do. Why? Wanted an adventure I guess, and to challange myself that no matter what would happen I would only have to rely on myself to take care of it and maybe face the consequnces of my actions. Perhaps this was childish of me? I do not know. But it was something I wanted to do and did it.

All in all my journey was quite pleasant with a few minor bumps, the bed I sleept on was like sleeping on a rock so I did not get much sleep (In all honesty not just the beds fault really).

I saw the picturesque Nyhavn and loads of more or less drunk people (lots of swedes). It was nice I guess to sit there and look at people. But it all really felt like the big touristrap that it is. There was some darkness there as well in all the light.

The long street of Strøget I walked a few times. But there was really not much to it. Saw a few interesting characters but that’s all really.

I went for a walk on some perhaps a little more shady backstreets of Copenhagen towards the Carlsberg brewery. It was what it was, neither a letdown on a good surprise. But the funny part happend when I was going back by a shuttle bus since it was raining and I was again for the second time in one week in another country mistaken for a parking attendant, perhaps a new career?

Next on my list was to go and see Freetown Christiania. A nice experince but I did question myself going there as a tourist even taking part of an guided tour. Have I the rights really to go around peoples neighborhoods looking at them for a show? Yes I saw the weedselling which is open there but there was not much to it just to keep the head down and walk on. I think other things bothered me more about the place than that.

That same night I had one of the most maddest and weirdest barexperinces I have ever had at a cocktailbar. Quite funny that also the headbartender claimed to known and had worked with a few friends of mine in the past. Small world I guess. But I want to state that there was no other drugs involved than alcohol.

Next day I went for a full english brefakfast, much needed, there was alot of mixup and chaos around my order so I had to wait for quite a long time even if the bartender had told me in advance that it might take some time. But I realised also that there was no use in me getting upset over that fact and I even tipped afterwards.

I took another one of city walks, it was a day like that I just needed a long walk around town doing not much really. Got a few interesting facts and stories. Finished off the evening with another bar but not as good experinces. Meet some more people.

And yes I did eat all the stuff you are supposed to eat while in Denmark, red sasauge, danish pastries, open sandwhiches, the works and I brought something with me that I think might make somebody happy. No not that, that is illegal.

Sorry for having taken your valueable time.