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Eden, Matthew and Milton

Eden

In the latest chapter, Tsukiyama makes a conspicuous reference to the garden of Eden. As I’ve made a post about before [x] there are other places in Tokyo Ghoul that can be considered a lost Eden, such as Anteiku to Kaneki.

The meaning of the name Anteiku is unknown, however it can be written as  安定区 in Kanji which literally means “peaceful ward” or “harmony zone”. It is a place, unlike the other wards that encourages nonviolent ghouls to live in harmony with humans. It’s a small paradise far removed from the world, and represents an ideal lifestyle that its inhabitants try to live, it is Eden.

Chapter 126 where Anteiku begins to make its last stand against the CCG is even named “Original Sin” after the first betrayal of mankind which caused them to be forced out of Eden.

In this regard though, Tsukiyama refers to the ability to simply dwell on the surface as a lost Eden. Even though beforehand, ghouls were hunted down same as ever, just with less efficiency.

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[Al-Haqq/The Truth]
“And they will know that Allah is the very truth who makes all things manifest.” ‎﴾‬‎2‬‎4‬‎.‬‎2‬‎5‬‎﴿‬ Allah is the only Reality, so high and so great. “Allah is the only real one and what they invoke other than Him is false and Allah is the High, the Great.” ‎﴾‬‎3‬‎1‬‎.‬‎3‬‎0‬‎﴿‬ He is the only True God and thus has every right to be worshipped. All other beings set up as deities are but shadows. All his doings testify to this attribute: “It is He who created the heavens and the earth in truth.” ‎﴾‬‎6‬‎.‬‎7‬‎3‬‎﴿‬ We see in what true and perfect proportions all creations is held together.
He helps us find the truth; “Say: ‘Allah guides to the truth.’” ‎﴾‬‎1‬‎0‬‎.‬‎3‬‎5‬‎﴿‬
“Allah has sent down the Book with the truth.” ‎﴾‬‎2‬‎.‬‎1‬‎7‬‎6‬‎﴿‬ The Prophet ‎ﷺ‎‬ used to glorify his Lord saying: “Your Word is the Truth, and Your Promise is the Truth, and the Meeting with You is the Truth, and Paradise is the Truth, and the (Hell) Fire is the Truth, and the Hour is the Truth.” - Sahih al-Bukhari Book 97, Hadith 15
The truth embodied by Allah is evident in the Quran, faith and His justice and guidance. For He is the source of truth, calls us to the same, decides everything in truth, sent down His Books and Messengers in truth and has created the universe in truth. He upholds truth and obliterates falsehood. In deference to this divine name, we must shun all that is false and untrue.

Shams Tabrizi’s 40 Rules of Love
  1. How we see god is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If god brings to mind mostly fear & blame, it means there is too much fear & blame welled inside us. If we see god as full of love & compassion, so are we.
  2. The path to the truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet challenge & ultimately prevail over your nafs (self, psyche, soul) with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of god.
  3. You can study god through everything & everyone in the universe, because god is not confined in a mosque, synagogue, or church. But if you are still in need of knowing where exactly his abode is, there is only one place to look for him: in the heart of a true lover.
  4. Intellect & love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people in knots & risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles & risks everything. Intellect is always cautious & advises, “beware too much ecstasy”, whereas love says, “oh, never mind, take the plunge!” Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasures.
  5. Most problems of the world stem from linguistic mistakes & simple misunderstanding. Don’t ever take words at face value. When you step into the zone of love, language, as well know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words can only be grasped through silence.
  6. Loneliness & solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is best to find a person who will be your mirror. Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself & the presence of god within you.
  7. Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, god will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It easy to be thankful when all is well. A sufi is thankful for what he has been given but also for all that has been denied.
  8. Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to look at the end of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn & see the rose, to look at the night & see the dawn. Impatience means to be short-sighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lovers of god never run out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.
  9. East, west, south, or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world & beyond.
  10. The midwife knows that when there is no pain, the way for the baby cannot be opened & the mother cannot give birth. Likewise, for a new self to be born, hardship is necessary. Just as clay needs to go through intense heat to become strong, love can only be perfected in pain.
  11. The quest for love changes us. There is no seeker among those who search for love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for love, you start to change within & without.
  12. There are more fake gurus & false teachers in this world than the number of stars in the visible universe. Don’t confuse power-driven, self-centred people with true mentors. A genuine spiritual master will not direct your attention to himself or herself & will not expect absolute obedience or utter admiration from you, but instead will help you to appreciate & admire your inner self. True mentors are as transparent as glass. They let the light of god pass through them.
  13. Try not to resist the changes which come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
  14. God is busy with the completion of your work, both outwardly & inwardly. He is fully occupied with you. Every human being is a work in progress that is slowly but inexorably moving toward perfection. We are each an unfinished work of art both waiting & striving to be completed. God deals with each of us separately because humanity is fine art of skilled penmanship where every single dot is equally important for the entire picture.
  15. It’s easy to love a perfect god, unblemished & infallible that he is. What is far more difficult is to love fellow human beings with all their imperfections & defects. Remember, one can only know what one is capable of loving. There is no wisdom without love. Unless we learn to love God’s creation, we can neither truly love nor truly know God.
  16. Real filth is the one inside. The rest simply washes off. There is only one type of dirt that cannot be cleansed with pure waters, & that is the stain of hatred & bigotry contaminating the soul. You can purify your body through abstinence & fasting, but only love will purify your heart.
  17. The whole universe is contained within a single human being - you. Everything that you see around you, including the things that you might not be fond of & even the people you despise or abhor, is present within you in varying degrees. Therefore, do not look for Sheitan outside yourself either. The devil is not an extraordinary force that attacks from without. It is an ordinary voice within. If you set to know yourself fully, facing with honesty & hardness.
  18. If you want to change the ways others treat you, you should first change the way you treat yourself. Unless you learn to love yourself, fully & sincerely, there is no way you can be loved. Once you achieve that stage, however, be thankful for every thorn that others might throw at you. It is a sign that you will soon be showered in roses.
  19. Fret not where the road will take you. Instead concentrate on the first step. That is the hardest part & that is what you are responsible for. Once you take that step let everything do what it naturally does & the rest will follow. Don’t go with the flow. Be the flow.
  20. We were all created in his image, & yet we were each created different & unique. No two people are alike. No hearts beat to the same rhythm. If god had wanted everyone to be the same, he would have made it so. Therefore, disrespecting differences & imposing your thoughts on others is an amount to disrespecting god’s holy scheme.
  21. When a true lover of God goes into a tavern, the tavern becomes his chamber of prayer, but when a winebibber goes into the same chamber, it becomes his tavern. In everything we do, it is our hearts that make the difference, not our outer appearance. Sufis do not judge other people on how they look or who they are. When a Sufi stares at someone, he keeps both eyes closed instead opens a third eye – the eye that sees the inner realm.
  22. Life is a temporary loan & this world is nothing but a sketchy imitation of reality. Only children would mistake a toy for the real thing. And yet human beings either become infatuated with the toy or disrespectfully break it & throw it aside. In this life stay away from all kinds of extremities, for they will destroy your inner balance. Sufis do not go to extremes. A Sufi always remains mild & moderate.
  23. The human being has a unique place among God’s creation. “I breathed into him of my spirit,” god says. Each & every one of us without exception is designed to be God’s delegate on earth. Ask yourself, just how often do you behave like a delegate, if you ever do so? Remember, it falls upon each of us to discover the divine spirit inside & live by it.
  24. Hell is in the here & now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy, or fight someone we tumble straight into the fires of hell.
  25. Each & every reader comprehends the holy Qur’an on a different level of tandem with the depth of his understanding. There are four levels of insight. The first level is the outer meaning & it is the one that the majority of the people are content with. Next is the Batin – the inner level. Third, there is the inner of the inner. And the fourth level is so deep it cannot be put into words & is therefore bound to remain indescribable.
  26. The universe is one being. Everything & everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back - not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space & they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile.
  27. Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbours ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a vicious circle of malevolent energy. Instead for forty days & nights say & think nice things about that person. Everything will be different at the end of 40 days, because you will be different inside.
  28. The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion. The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through & within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past & the future out of your mind & remain within the present moment.
  29. Destiny doesn’t mean that your life has been strictly predetermined. Therefore, to live everything to the fate & to not actively contribute to the music of the universe is a sign of sheer ignorance. The music of the universe is all pervading & it is composed on 40 different levels. Your destiny is the level where you play your tune. You might not change your instrument but how well to play is entirely in your hands.
  30. The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked, & condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place? How can there be anyone to blame when there is only one?
  31. If you want to strengthen your faith, you will need to soften inside. For your faith to be rock solid, your heart needs to be as soft as a feather. Through an illness, accident, loss, or fright, one way or another, we are all faced with incidents that teach us how to become less selfish & judgemental, & more compassionate & generous. Yet some of us learn the lesson & manage to become milder, while some others end up becoming even harsher than before.
  32. Nothing should stand between you & god. No imams, priests, rabbis or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters & not even your faith. Believe in your values & your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good. Stay away from all sorts of idolatry, for they will blur your vision. Let god & only god be your guide. Learn the truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.
  33. While everyone in this world strives to get somewhere & become someone, only to leave it all behind after death, you aim for the supreme stage of nothingness. Live this life as light & empty as the number zero. We are no different from a pot. It is not the decorations outside but the emptiness inside that holds us straight. Just like that, it is not what we aspire to achieve but the consciousness of nothingness that keeps us going.
  34. Submission does not mean being weak or passive. It leads to neither fatalism nor capitulation. Just the opposite. True power resides in submission to a power that comes within. Those who submit to the divine essence of life will live in unperturbed tranquillity & peace even the whole wide world goes through turbulence after turbulence.
  35. In this world, it is not similarities or regularities that take us a step forward, but blunt opposites. And all the opposites in the universe are present within each & every one of us. Therefore the believer needs to meet the unbeliever residing within. And the non-believer should get to know the silent faithful in him. Until the day one reaches the stage of Insan-I Kamil, the perfect human being, faith is a gradual process & one that necessitates its seeming opposite: disbelief.
  36. This world is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. For not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is god. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside god’s knowledge. Simply & fully believe in that. Whatever god does, he does it beautifully.
  37. God is a meticulous clock maker. So precise is his order that everything on earth happens in its own time. Neither a minute late nor a minute early. And for everyone without exception, the clock works accurately. For each there is a time to love & a time to die.
  38. It is never too late to ask yourself, “Am I ready to change the life I am living? Am I ready to change within?” Even if a single day in your life is the same as the day before, it surely is a pity. At every moment & with each new breath, one should be renewed & renewed again. There is only one-way to be born into a new life: to die before death.
  39. While the part change, the whole always remains the same. For every thief who departs this world, a new one is born. And every decent person who passes away is replaced by a new one. In this way not only does nothing remain the same but also nothing ever really changes. For every Sufi who dies, another is born somewhere.
  40. A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure & simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.

Do you believe that nature is having a mind to manage such complicated process to produce a new human? DNA can’t order cells to form your body’s thousands of parts by itself. So how natural selection decide eyes,fingers,etc..? And what is that cell specialization since you know it all started from one cell.
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I already know atheists way of thinking “I m only smart, Other people are not well educated” ☺
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All this creation,All this perfect life systems are not enough for you to believe in master mind?I wonder how some people thinking! So who created everything?? The problem is in atheists cause they think themselves smart enough to say there is no god!
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laws has no mind to do anything..it is set up by The God.
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your parents are just reason..They don’t know how u r created… The one is The one who created you from a sperm and egg.
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Like when you see a beautiful sketch..We say,Who is that nice artist?..Why to deny who made you from a sperm and egg in 9 months to be complete human or he converted the small seed to a big tree..There is a long story of creation in between.
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Natural organisms don’t have a mind to create this beauty. or to set up systems in life.
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Evolution is just a fake. The first cell which is simply a challenge to u is a great evidence of creation.

Shams of Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love

Rule 1

How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.

Rule 2

The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.

Rule 3

You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. But if you are still in need of knowing where exactly His abode is, there is only one place to look for him: in the heart of a true lover.

Rule 4

Intellect and love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advices, ‘Beware too much ecstasy’, whereas love says, ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge!’ Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasures.

Rule 5

Most of problems of the world stem from linguistic mistakes and simple misunderstanding. Don’t ever take words at face value. When you step into the zone of love, language, as we know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words can only be grasped through silence.

Rule 6

Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is the best to find a person who will be your mirror. Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself and the presence of God within you.

Rule 7

Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that he has been denied.

Rule 8

Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to look at the end of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never run out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.

Rule 9

East, west, south, or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world and beyond.

Rule 10

The midwife knows that when there is no pain, the way for the baby cannot be opened and the mother cannot give birth. Likewise, for a new self to be born, hardship is necessary. Just as clay needs to go through intense heat to become strong, Love can only be perfected in pain.

Rule 11

The quest for love changes user. There is no seeker among those who search for love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for love, you start to change within and without.

Rule 12

There are more fake gurus and false teachers in this world than the number of stars in the visible universe. Don’t confuse power-driven, self-centered people with true mentors. A genuine spiritual master will not direct your attention to himself or herself and will not expect absolute obedience or utter admiration from you, but instead will help you to appreciate and admire your inner self. True mentors are as transparent as glass. They let the light of God pass through them.

Rule 13

Try not to resist the changes, which come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

Rule 14

God is busy with the completion of your work, both outwardly and inwardly. He is fully occupied with you. Every human being is a work in progress that is slowly but inexorably moving toward perfection. We are each an unfinished work of art both waiting and striving to be completed. God deals with each of us separately because humanity is fine art of skilled penmanship where every single dot is equally important for the entire picture.

Rule 15

It’s easy to love a perfect God, unblemished and infallible that He is. What is far more difficult is to love fellow human being with all their imperfections and defects. Remember, one can only know what one is capable of loving. There is no wisdom without love. Unless we learn to love God’s creation, we can neither truly love nor truly know God.

Rule 16

Real faith is the one inside. The rest simply washes off. There is only one type of dirt that cannot be cleansed with pure water, and that is the stain of hatred and bigotry contaminating the soul. You can purify your body through abstinence and fasting, but only love will purify your heart.

Rule 17

The whole universe is contained within a single human being-you. Everything that you see around, including the things that you might not be fond of and even the people you despise or abhor, is present within you in varying degrees. Therefore, do not look for Sheitan outside yourself either. The devil is not an extraordinary force that attacks from without. It is an ordinary voice within. If you set to know yourself fully, facing with honesty and hardness.

Rule 18

If you want to change the ways others treat you, you should first change the way you treat yourself, fully and sincerely, there is no way you can be loved. Once you achieve that stage, however, be thankful for every thorn that others might throw at you. It is a sign that you will soon be showered in roses.

Rule 19

Fret not where the road will take you. Instead concentrate on the first step. That is the hardest part and that is what you are responsible for. Once you take that step let everything do what it naturally does and the rest will follow. Don’t go with the flow. Be the flow.

Rule 20

We were all created in His image, and yet we were each created different and unique. No two people are alike. No hearts beat to the same rhythm. If God had wanted everyone to be the same, He would have made it so. Therefore, disrespecting differences and imposing your thoughts on others is an amount to disrespecting God’s holy scheme.

Rule 21

When a true lover of God goes into a tavern, the tavern becomes his chamber of prayer, but when a wine bibber goes into the same chamber, it becomes his tavern. In everything we do, it is our hearts that make the difference, not our outer appearance. Sufis do not judge other people on how they look or who they are. When a Sufi stares at someone, he keeps both eyes closed instead opens a third eye – the eye that sees the inner realm.

Rule 22

Life is a temporary loan and this world is nothing but a sketchy imitation of Reality. Only children would mistake a toy for the real thing. And yet human beings either become infatuated with the toy or disrespectfully break it and throw it aside. In this life stay away from all kinds of extremities, for they will destroy your inner balance. Sufis do not go to extremes. A Sufi always remains mild and moderate.

Rule 23

The human being has a unique place among God’s creation. “I breathed into him of My Spirit,” God says. Each and every one of us without exception is designed to be God’s delegate on earth. Ask yourself, just how often do you behave like a delegate, if you ever do so? Remember, it fells upon each of us to discover the divine spirit inside and live by it.

Rule 24

Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy or fight someone we tumble straight into the fires of hell.

Rule 25

Each and every reader comprehends the Holy Qur’an on a different level of tandem with the depth of his understanding. There are four levels of insight. The first level is the outer meaning and it is the one that the majority of the people are content with. Next is the Batin – the inner level. Third, there is the inner of the inner. And the fourth level is so deep it cannot be put into words and is therefore bound to remain indescribable.

Rule 26

The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile.

Rule 27

Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbours ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a vicious circle of malevolent energy. Instead for forty days and nights say and think nice things about that person. Everything will be different at the end of 40 days, because you will be different inside.

Rule 28

The past is an interpretation. The future is on illusion. The world does not more through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals. Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness. If you want to experience eternal illumination, put the past and the future out of your mind and remain within the present moment.

Rule 29

Destiny doesn’t mean that your life has been strictly predetermined. Therefore, to live everything to the fate and to not actively contribute to the music of the universe is a sign of sheer ignorance. The music of the universe is all pervading and it is composed on 40 different levels. Your destiny is the level where you play your tune. You might not change your instrument but how well to play is entirely in your hands.

Rule 30

The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a sing bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place? How can there be anyone to blame when there is only One?

Rule 31

If you want to strengthen your faith, you will need to soften inside. For your faith to be rock solid, your heart needs to be as soft as a feather. Through an illness, accident, loss or fright, one way or another, we are all faced with incidents that teach us how to become less selfish and judgmental and more compassionate and generous. Yet some of us learn the lesson and manage to become milder, while some others end up becoming even harsher than before…

Rule 32

Nothing should stand between you and God. No imams, priests, rabbits or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters and not even your faith. Believe in your values and your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good. Stay away from all sorts of idolatry, for they will blur your vision. Let God and only God be your guide. Learn the Truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths.

Rule 33

While everyone in this world strives to get somewhere and become someone, only to leave it all behind after death, you aim for the supreme stage of nothingness. Live this life as light and empty as the number zero. We are no different from a pot. It is not the decorations outside but the emptiness inside that holds us straight. Just like that, it is not what we aspire to achieve but the consciousness of nothingness that keeps us going.

Rule 34

Submission does not mean being weak or passive. It leads to neither fatalism nor capitulation. Just the opposite. True power resides in submission a power that comes within. Those who submit to the divine essence of life will live in unperturbed tranquillity and peace even the whole wide world goes through turbulence after turbulence.

Rule 35

In this world, it is not similarities or regularities that take us a step forward, but blunt opposites. And all the opposites in the universe are present within each and every one of us. Therefore the believer needs to meet the unbeliever residing within. And the nonbeliever should get to know the silent faithful in him. Until the day one reaches the stage of Insane-I Kamil, the perfect human being, faith is a gradual process and one that necessitates its seeming opposite: disbelief.

Rule 36

This world is erected upon the principle of reciprocity. Neither a drop of kindness nor a speck of evil will remain unreciprocated. For not the plots, deceptions, or tricks of other people. If somebody is setting a trap, remember, so is God. He is the biggest plotter. Not even a leaf stirs outside God’s knowledge. Simply and fully believe in that. Whatever God does, He does it beautifully.

Rule 37

God is a meticulous dock maker. So precise is His order that everything on earth happens in its own time. Neither a minute late nor a minute early. And for everyone without exception, the clock works accurately. For each there is a time to love and a time to die.

Rule 38

It is never too late to ask yourself, “Am I ready to change the life I am living? Am I ready to change within?” Even if a single day in your life is the same as the day before, it surely is a pity. At every moment and with each new breath, one should be renewed and renewed again. There is only one-way to be born into a new life: to die before death.

Rule 39

While the part change, the whole always remains the same. For every thief who departs this world, a new one is born. And every descent person who passes away is replaced by a new one. In this way not only does nothing remain the same but also nothing ever really changes. For every Sufi who dies, another is born somewhere.

Rule 40

A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.

—  The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
It’s easy to love a perfect God, unblemished and infallible that He is. What is far more difficult is to love fellow human beings with all their imperfections and defects. Remember, one can only know what one is capable of loving. There is no wisdom without love. Unless we learn to love God’s creation, we can never truly love nor truly know God.
—  Shams of Tabriz (1145 - 1248)
The outer power, the inner power

Each human being on earth embodies the outer power and the inner power. He is aware of his outer power when he looks without, around himself. He is conscious of his inner power when he dives deep within.

Each human being is the outer power and the inner power. When he calls himself the head and the body-consciousness, nothing more and nothing else, then he is the outer power. When he calls himself the soul, the soul-light, then he is the inner power.

The body-consciousness has light of its own. The soul-consciousness has light of its own. The body-consciousness, because of its limitations, does not see far. For the body-consciousness the future always remains a far cry. The soul-consciousness, because of its unlimited capacity, at one and the same time sees, grows into and becomes the achievements of the past, the realisations of the present and the vision-dreams of the future.

The outer power blinds the human in us. The outer power is devoured by the animal in us. The inner power clears and expands our vision; it shows our vision the way to reach the highest transcendental Goal.

The outer power is competition: conscious and constant competition. The inner power is conscious conception: conception of its own worth, its own reality and divinity. Divinity proceeds and succeeds, succeeds and proceeds. Reality eternally is. Again, in its silence-life, reality is at once the transcendental Height and the immanence-Light.

The outer power is supremacy. The inner power is accuracy: accuracy stating the fact of what it has and what it is. What it has is the source and what it is, is the manifestation of the source.

The outer power sings with imagination, dances with temptation, dies in frustration. The inner power is concentration, meditation and contemplation. Concentration accepts the challenges of life. Meditation purifies and illumines the challenges of life. Contemplation transforms the challenges of life into golden opportunities in life for the inner being, the Inner Pilot in us. The outer power wants to strike and then immediately wants to escape. The inner power wants not only to embrace the world but also to convince the world that the world’s existence and its own existence are eternally inseparable.

The outer power says to the inner power, “Look what I have. I have the capacity to destroy God’s entire creation.” The inner power says to the outer power, “Look what I have. I have the power to illumine God’s entire creation.”

The outer power is at times afraid of its own creation: the atom bomb and the hydrogen bomb. The inner power is constantly feeding its creation with love-light, concern-light and perfection-light.

The outer power feels that there is a height which has to be transcended and that if this goal is achieved, then satisfaction will dawn. The inner power feels that height and depth, the foot of the mountain and the top of the mountain, are all at one place. It sees that they are singing the song of one reality, that they are all inside the cosmic Heart in perfect union, enjoying inseparable oneness.

The outer power wants only to ascend. It is afraid of descending. The inner power wants to ascend and descend. It knows perfectly well that when it is descending, it is carrying down to earth the descending God; and when it is ascending, it is carrying up to Heaven the ascending God.

The outer power is the dance of sound. The inner power is the song of silence. The life of sound is the creation of the human in us. The life of silence is the creation of the divine in us. The human in us wants to prove its existence. It feels that unless and until it can prove its existence, the world will have no respect for us, the world will not care for us. The divine in us does not want to prove its existence for world-acceptance, world-appreciation and world-admiration. The divine in us feels that its existence is God’s universal existence. God is experiencing His own ascending, descending and transcending Light in the divine in us.

The outer power is the human power. The inner power is the divine power. The outer power says, “I can do. I need no help, no assistance.” The inner power says, “I can do nothing and I am nothing. At the same time, I can do everything because there is someone in me, the Inner Pilot, who will do everything for me.” Furthermore, it says that the Inner Pilot has already done everything for us and that we only have to be aware of this.

When we live in the desire-world, the outer power lords it over us. The desire-world is the world of possession and frustration. When we live in the aspiration-world, the inner power illumines us and fulfils us. The desire-world is the world without. The aspiration-world is the world within. Realisation has a free access to the inner world. And what is realisation? Realisation is the acceptance of reality as it is, reality at its present stage of evolution and reality at its ultimate height. Realisation tells us that the animal in us is for transformation, the human in us is for perfection, the divine in us is for manifestation.

- Sri Chinmoy, Union-Vision

Honey--Bunches!

Short fic request for @stuffedart! – fluffy, brotherly belly rubs and stuffed US!Paps! 

I’ve been waiting for an excuse to write something with SwapPaps stuffing, seriously. So I had a lot of fun with this. X3 I decided to use “orange” magic with him simply because it’s an AU and it doesn’t really matter. I don’t mind US!Paps with orange magic, though I prefer canon Papyrus to have blue. 

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“Everything loves God in its way.  Not only did God love everything into existence by creation, He also loves everything into perfection by being the universal Beloved.  Not only does God love everything, but everything loves God.  Only man can move contrary to this principle of nature through freely choosing evil.  Every thing loves God, but not every one loves God.”

~from The God Who Loves You

(Art via Sayings of the Orthodox Fathers)

It’s easy to love a perfect god, unblemished & infallible that he is. What is far more difficult is to love fellow human beings with all their imperfections & defects. Remember, one can only know what one is capable of loving. There is no wisdom without love. Unless we learn to love God’s creation, we can neither truly love nor truly know God.
—  Shams Tabrizi
Kanae von Rosewald’s Mask

I’ve seen a lot circling around about the distinct similarities between Kanae and Noro’s mask.
Many have been confused, though, on why Kanae’s mask has multiple eyes while Noro’s mask is merely a large toothy grin.
I think I may have found some answers, it’s all in the number 7.

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
If we turn around and go back to when Kanae was first confronted by Eto, there are a lot of Christian biblical references, I have already spoken about those. However, I feel as though, due to the number seven being a holy number in Christianity, that this biblical theme has not been quite ended yet.

Kanae’s mask has seven eyes, I researched the symbolism behind this and all I got back was this one recurring verse.
“Revelation 5:6 - And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”

I’m not overly sure about the horns, but I am certain that the eyes have a tie.
It’s hard to to interpret. The lamb of God is supposed to be a symbol of Jesus Christ, but Kanae and Jesus are two completely different people (I shouldn’t need to tell you that).
So, I decided to look further into the number seven and believe or not, it is literally the most important number in the bible, although many people are severely unaware of this.

“Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things. The word ‘created’ is used 7 times describing God’s creative work. There are 7 days in a week and God’s Sabbath is on the 7th day.” - some Christian website I stumbled upon.
There’s a whole lot more information on it, but this is the only info that is relevant to our situation.

Seeing as Eto is supposedly the (new - it was previously Sasaki) “God” of Kanae, this information suddenly makes a lot of sense. Eto is the one who opened Kanae’s mind to more “creativity”, making his kagune change form and supposedly he gained a lot of strength. Because of this new-found strength in Kanae, the whole “physical and spiritual completeness” thing makes sense, the seven being the symbolic link Ishida-sensei dropped in for us so subtly.

TAROT PERSPECTIVE
To reinforce these ideas, the number seven is also linked with the tarot “The Chariot”. The Chariot card is symbolic of the need to focus.  Reversed it signifies inabilities to see things through. This sounds a lot like Kanae before and after.
Obviously reversed to begin with, Kanae made plans (such as capturing Tooru for Shuu) that all went horribly wrong. His foresight was never particularly good and he took much of the burden unto himself.
Now, after this transformation, the card has been flipped upright and Kanae is much stronger and focused.
In more detail, upright the card symbolises victory, assertion, willpower, control and dominance. Reversed, of course, is the opposite (defeat, difficulty focusing, submission). It fits Kanae, if you ask me.

Another thing for the tarot approach is The Chariot’s possible oppositions, one of which is The Hanged Man, one of Haise’s revealed tarots, which makes their fight a lot more interesting and suitable to the situation.

THE TWO PERSPECTIVES GO HAND-IN-HAND (NO PUN INTENDED)
The biblical side and tarot side have been tied together by Ishida, here’s two evidences:
1) The theme of the number seven representing high volumes of power in both biblical and tarot form, and
2) The Hanged Man, opposition of The Chariot, has the feature “accepting God’s will”. If Haise is The Hanged Man and Kanae is The Chariot, paired up with the fact Haise was described as Kanae’s god by Kanae himself, the fact that they’re fighting fits together literally perfectly.

EXTRA INFORMATION
For your personal benefit (a.k.a. “I can’t find all the tarot references, you have a try”) all opposing cards to The Chariot are:
8 /11- Strength (patience, compassion, self-control)
12 - The Hanged Man (letting go, reversal, suspension, sacrifice)
16 - The Tower (sudden change, release, downfall, revelation)
8 - Eight of Swords (restriction, confusion, powerlessness)
10 - Ten of Swords (rock bottom, victim mentality, martyrdom)

All supporting cards:
1 - The Magician (action, conscious awareness, concentration, power)
2 - Two of Wands (personal power, boldness, originality)
6 - Six of Wands (triumph, acclaim, pride)
4 - Four of Pentacles (possessiveness, control, blocked change)
9 - Nine of Pentacles (discipline, self-reliance, refinement)

THE MASK(S)
NOTE: This isn’t the first mask Kanae has had that focuses on the eyes. Back in the Auction Arc, Kanae’s mask covered all around his eyes only, with detailing on the right side. Good luck finding any symbolism on specifically the right eye though, I’ve tried and found nothing.   

Logic really beats me in this one. Eto probably has multiple masks pre-made, I honestly couldn’t see her asked Uta for new masks each time she tortures some poor ghoul, let alone bringing her victim into HySy to get measurements taken. Knowing how cunning she is, she probably has a tonne of masks made ahead of time.
Thus, the mouth may just be some kind of trademark Eto uses on those she possesses, as I honestly can find nothing relevant or sensible when it comes to symbolism to do with the mouth.
I noticed Kanae has stitch-like patterns around the lips of his mask, perhaps to tie in with Eto’s torture method; sewing the mouth shut and eyes… open? Like I said, I don’t entirely understand the logic behind all this, but knowing Ishida, there’s a hidden explanation somewhere that I just can’t dig deep enough to.
We’ve seen these signature mouths on Eto’s kagune - originally - it has since been passed onto Noro and Kanae.
Wait, is that a parallel I see?

PARALLELS
Eto is close to Noro and passed on the “mouth” kagune to them. Then, Kanae inherited it from being tortured by her.
Yamori and Naki were also reasonably close and the finger/knuckle cracking habit was passed to Naki. Later on Kaneki also inherited this trait after being tortured.

It’s a small thing, but I’ve wrote about parallels between Jason and Eto before, so this new information excites me as it supports my theory. You can read all about it here.

CONCLUSION AND PREDICTIONS
If you’ve read all the way to this point, thank you. This is a super long piece.
A lot has been going on these last couple of chapters, and I’ve had to wait a while before I could put all this together so there would be a base for my theories, so there’s been a lot to write all in one go.
I don’t believe Kanae is dead. He’s just been reintroduced for a few pages, and all this new-found strength just can’t amount to such an immediate death.
That being said, I don’t believe the entire Quinx squad was wiped out by Noro either. Sure, maybe one could’ve died, but the entire squad? That would just bleed a whole lot of substance from the manga. What would Haise return to after this arc if the squad just died like that? Unless Kaneki came back, it’d be a bad move for the progression of the storyline.
I believe Haise will, once again, go a bit crazy in the next chapter. One scene, he’s screaming his lungs out over his arm/hand being cut off, next thing you know he’s kicked Kanae’s head clean off (or done some other serious damage for just that one kick, the panel’s not all too clear). Besides, it’s about time. Looking at the last few chapters, Haise has been rejecting his identity and wanting to know more about his past self, the perfect set-up for any form of transformation.

I guess we’ll just wait and see next week.

anyoneseenmyhead  asked:

People say that certain traits are inherited only from one parent, like male pattern baldness coming from one's mother's side, for instance. This may be a stupid question, but is that really so? I thought traits were just dominant or recessive?

Oh no…actually traits are very rarely just dominant or recessive. One of the criticisms of Mendel is he very clearly selected to research only traits that agreed with his model of heredity and even appears to have fudged his data to make it look more perfect. 

Of course, this was all before the scientific method existed and Mendel was a monk thinking he was uncovering a structure god had built into creation so it’s not like we can blame him for uncovering something so vital that we’re still talking about it hundreds of years later. 

But, yeah, traits are usually a spectrum, not an on-off switch, and are often linked to multiple genes, or the expression of those genes, or having two different genes for the same phenotype that are both expressed or or or or or. Genetics is EXTREMELY complicated. 

In schools, we often don’t want to tell students how complicated it is…instead just focusing on the topics that are easiest to explain and test for. Punnett squares and mendelian genetics fill those requirements. I think that’s a dumb way to teach stuff because it doesn’t reflect reality, which is what we’re actually trying to share.

tyrania  asked:

Im in total shock right now, I'm over whelmed by your response. I have so many questions I want to ask. I don't even know what to believe in anymore. But honestly, I feel like it's easier to believe in aliens than religion. Religion is like believing something that is not scientifically possible like mermaids and stuff. Aliens ARE possible. That is no magic right there, it's science. And it amazes me so much I wanna know more. And all my life I believed in God, now I don't even know.

Don’t worry sweetie. I was the same, and everyone was when they knew about these facts for the first time and accepted them. My life had changed forever since then, in a very good way. You can message me if you have more questions and I’m going to answer you in person. I would love to share my knowledge about the universe that I’ve been learning for like 6 years.

First all, about God. God is NOT a person. It is JUST our idea of it. Religion is the creation that ancient people on Earth made. They admired these ancient Aliens who were visiting Earth as God because of their technology beyond our thinking and imagination. You will know that they were visiting Earth from ancient times if you ever see some things in ancient civilizations on this planet.

There are so many other similar civilizations as Earth in the Universe. They have same kind of “religion” thing too, like believing in God. These civilizations are still immature (negative/lower vibration) like Earth. In other planets, of course our Jesus Christ or Allah or Buddha aren’t even God. They don’t know the existence of them of course. They have their own God, they admire like people on Earth. However, In higher dimensions, these spiritually and scientifically developed beings don’t have such as religion, but however they are recognizing the Universe that is it everything.

In Sirius, people on Essassani (planet) calls God “All That Is” translating in our language. The way of calling “God” can be different in other planets and civilization. But for these highly developed beings who knows the system of the Universe, they recognize God as the Universe (EVERYTHING INSIDE OF IT), including themselves. Explaining “All That Is” in scientifically way, we have to start with Universe’s basic rule that are working in every dimension and every universe. The fact is that everything in the Universe is created by energy. EVERYTHING. Even our human bodies, even light, even chair, even planet, even a sound, even a thought or emotion, even a soul. LITERALLY EVERYTHING inside of the Universe are made of energy. There is NO exception and everything inside the Universe are connected with energy. In the movie “Avatar”, some scientist was saying something like this when explaining about the Navi.. I thought. I’m sorry if it was wrong but this is NOT science fiction in just movies. This I actually the basic statement of the Universe.

We are calling energy as aura, chakra, or ki (気) in Chinese and Japanese. These things are like air, we cannot see it but something affecting us very deeply. Even in our science it’s getting proved that thought and emotion has electromagnetic wave/frequency aka energy. Back in “All That Is”, it is ALL THAT IS. There is nothing outside of the Creation. What we call God is ALL that IS. It is you. It is the chair. It is the room. It is the sky. It is the planet. It is the star. It is everything. EVERYTHING is made of God because there’s nothing else to make from. ALL of you, ALL of us, EVERYTHING is what you call God experiencing itself as EVERYTHING. The ONE is ALL. ALL are the ONE. We are made of one energy aka unconditional love of God (creation). Without your existence, God will be not God because that cannot be ALL THAT IS if it’s lacking something. Everything is perfect. This is not an illusion, this is physic. Energy is everything, and everything is Energy. It is creating our physical/non reality and affecting in every dimension and the whole Universe. Those very highly scientifically and spiritually developed beings know the truth about the Universe, and there are more than 1 million civilizations in only our Galaxy but many of them are not in our 3rd dimension. These higher beings are on 4-6rd dimensions, aliens that we can find in 3rd dimension are spiritually not developed but there are SO MANY higher beings who are staying at 3rd dimension on purpose to visit/help those planets like Earth. They are visiting by lowering their higher vibrations to our level with their technology. In higher dimension, there is only love. No negativity, no war, no tax, no illness.

Once again, God is not a person. It is energy including EVERYTHING inside of the creation (God) aka universe. And about Buddha, some people with other religion are probably thinking Buddha is God like Jesus or Allah but he is not a God. People just started to admire them. The term Buddha means “Awakened”. He was awaken. He knew about the Universe. You will find a lot of quotes of the Universe in his words if you search for them. In Buddhism, there is something like called “Karma”, this can be explained with one of laws of universe. “What you put out is what you get back.” It means, the energy you put out is the reality you receive. Remember our science level is nothing compared to their science level, it’s very normal that these beings’s science are like 100,000 years ahead ours. Their science is beyond our thinking and ideas on Earth but at some points there are many things that matching with our science.

At the end, let me tell you that it’s not necessary at all to believe what I’m saying is real. If it helps you in a good way, I’m really glad. You can live even without knowing the system of the Universe like you are living no problem without knowing how lamp works. Remember everyone is as they believe. I won’t deny the things you are believing in because it is not right or wrong. Everyone has right to believe whatever they want. I just stood up for the people who wanted to know the system of the Universe. Thank you for taking your time to read, much love from me 😘❤️

6

Since I first know of you, I only saw your amazing talent and your beautiful face.

But as days went by, I slowly learned your personality, your values, your passion and compassion, and they were all so beautiful to me. I’ve drawn to you more and more and I come to ask myself, how can a person have so much perfection and still possess the biggest and warmest heart? You are one of the most beautiful creation of God that I have ever known. Thank you for making me learn so much to be a better person. You are amazing, Kim Jongin. 

Please never change.

Happy birthday to the most wonderful you.

Let Us Hide

Picture this:
A violent storm is approaching fast, you see the clouds rolling in. Thunder, lighting, wind, rain, hail. Small rocks are being thrown off the ground, you have to battle with the wind to get where you need to. Your first instinct is to run, to seek refuge in something greater than any raincoat or umbrella. You find shelter - a roof, a covering, a house, a home, a safe place. Why is that not always our instinct when it comes to emotional distraught? How about relational conflict? And especially in doubt of the promises that we are secure in the love of God? Why do we run to huts made of mud and sticks instead of a strong tower that can never be shaken?

For me, I naturally lean on people in my life - good people who seek the Lord. I trust their abilities over mine, I think I know them and I seek to find my safety in them instead of the one who created and formed my heart. I place hope in family to fix my emotions, I place my joy in the friends that surround me. And that’s fine for moments, days, maybe weeks, but is it everlasting? No. There is only One that we can completely lean the weight of our souls on without it breaking.

Jesus is our greatest refuge and in scripture we are constantly told to hide (Colossians 3:3), to remain in, to abide (John 15:4), to keep in the shadow of a mighty God (Psalm 91:1), to put our hope and our entire trust into him (Psalm 43:5).

When fear comes, hide in the promise that nothing can separate us from his love (Romans 8:38-39). When anxiety is at a record high, realise that He has prepared good works for you to walk in before the Earth’s foundation was laid (Ephesians 2:10). When relationships fall apart, know that he is a steadfast love is for you and is something you can hope in (Lamentations 3:22). When you feel incomplete and broken, know that He will finish what he started in you (Philippians 1:16).

Looking at Isaiah 25, we see a picture of the future hope. It foretold God swallowing up death forever. God has and always will be our hiding place, the only person we can trust completely with our whole lives, our whole souls.

“For you have been a stronghold to the poor (in spirit), a stronghold to the needy (we all are, we just need to recognise it) in distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.” (Isaiah 25:4)

One of my favourite worship songs say, “In my weakness, your strength is perfect” (Be Still by Bethel). That line always comes to me when I see my weakness and know only who can make me stronger. And in the words of Sol Rexius, “The weaker we are, the harder we lean, the more we lean, the stronger we grow.” Lean on Christ that is, our true source. That’s easier said than done, because we are prideful and love being self sufficient. But we must.

We continue in Isaiah 25 which says,

“And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is over all peoples (our sin), the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:7-8)

Today we have that as a reality, because of Christ who took upon himself all of our sin, which leads to death. He abolished the power of it over us even though we are sinful, there is constant redemption in his grace, day by day, hour by hour - we need his grace - and he is gracious to pour it out. The cross of Christ swallowed up death. We are free when we believe, when we throw our lives into the shadow of the cross. We stand on this side of the cross so we can now say,

“Behold this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)

Hide in the cross, where sin is gone. Hide in the risen Christ, where death fell away the moment you believed. Hide in the goodness of his promises where the weight of guilt and shame is no more. Hide in the Creator and cornerstone of all creation because he is reconciling all things to himself. Hide in God your salvation because he has already finished the work. Hide in the one who formed your heart, so that you can do good, because apart from him we cannot possibly do so. You are secure when you hide in the only perfect One - Jesus.

O Brother Where Art Thou: Just My Imagination 2.0

It’s not a coincidence that the mid-season finale was immediately preceded by Just My Imagination (and of course Plush earlier). In fact, O Brother Where Are Thou could have been called Just My Imagination and it would have still made sense. (Could 11x08 have been called O Brother Where Art Thou? Yes—for past Sam and present Dean.)

The people who imagine, in this episode, are Sam and Amara, both characters who are seen looking up and addressing God, begging for his attention. Neither of them receives it. Sam’s imagination tells him that the visions are coming from God, but it was just his imagination, nothing more. Amara imagines a creation where there is no pain but only bliss, but a world like that is only perfect in her imagination.

God is a lot of people’s imaginary friend. Sam believes he’s the one that is sending him visions, that is being an ally to him, but it turns out that his “imaginary friend” is neither imaginary or friendly (it’s interesting that he used to be imaginary, while now he’s become very real again).

God is also the believers’ imaginary friend. Amara says that God encouraged religion to feed his ego, but he doesn’t listen to his creatures. The good, severe but just God people imagine isn’t real.

In 11x08, though, imaginary friends aren’t technically imaginary. They’re real, but they’re invisible unless they want to show themselves. God is real, but he’s choosing (or has chosen) not to let people see him.

In Plush, a vengeful ghost uses people as puppets to have his revenge. Now, Amara is using people to settle her score with God, but it doesn’t seem to be a revenge. Yes, revenge in one of the elements that are present is Amara’s actions, but Amara’s priority seems to be making the universe better according to her perspective. She doesn’t realize she’s using people as puppets. She believes that bliss, peace (and thus lack of personal autonomy) are what people want. She can’t really be blamed for this mistake—several of the people she’s encountered were better off after Amara took their soul. Someone like Sydney would be happier in being split into a body that acts without experiencing pain and a soul that is part of Amara, enjoying the peace of not being her own individual.

Dean hasn’t experienced a life that different from Sydney’s, and he’s had experiences similar to Len’s or Jenna’s. But he’s different from them to the core. He won’t let Amara move him. He wants to be his own piece on the board. His soul isn’t attracted to Amara. They may be bonded, but at the end of the day, Dean pulls back, his soul doesn’t leave his body.

Because his soul has already been claimed.

This brings us to the first topic of this post. What does Dean imagine? His one hot dog—that wants to be people.

Still the Greatest Story

To all who read this, Merry Christmas! That phrase is said so many times that my 10 yr old son had a hard time putting the exclamation point on it. I described Christmas like the following, in order to see it with fresh eyes:

I’m the author of over 16 books, but God is the author of everything. While my books point to real life truths, God’s words actually invent reality. He wrote chapters about the universe and they were spoken into being. He wrote about animals, people, love, hate, physics, and they existed in his book.

But something so bizarre, so amazing happened one morning when God stepped into his own book and became one of the characters. That’s at least part of the Christmas wonder! Emmanuel means “God with us” and he didn’t just tacitly take on the skin of a man, he subjected himself to his creation, even to a point of our killing him.

Many other world views are about our reaching up to the heavens, or our attempt to do something or be something to get us to God or to perfection, but the Christmas story is about God coming to us. It is a story so strange and robust that I can only marvel at its structure and contents. It’s still the Greatest Story Ever Told.

Now you know what I mean when I shout “Merry Christmas!” The Author has come to be with us.

Blood thirst

Why was blood necessary for the atonement of sin?

Why Couldn’t an Almighty God just choose to forgive?

Why did it take death to restore life?

Why did it take the ultimate injustice to justify the unjust?

These are all valuable questions that I think all Christians should know the answer to. They engineer the core of our belief and help us to fall in love all the more with Jesus our Savior. Here are some answers. Not all the answers, not the perfectly articulated answers, not the comprehensive list of answers but best I can do within myself.

The Switch off: So first of all, it would appear that God was blood thirsty, that he was upset and wanted to kill something to ease his anger.  Colossians 1 teaches us that this is not the case but that the goal of the cross was a blameless presentation of a sinful people. Jesus switched places with us so that we could live while He died. Sin was killing us already. So Jesus took the sin that should have killed us upon himself and died the death that we should have died. Could God have forgiven us of our sin without Jesus having to die? Well yes. In actuality he did. Romans 5:8 says that God forgave us while we were still sinners. But here is what would have happened: Had we just been forgiven and not cleaned, we would have still been obliterated in God’s presence because his holiness would have consumed the sin that still rested upon us. so God did to Jesus what His presence would have done to us had we try to enter it unclean. Absolute devastation.

Death has rights: Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:16 says that we are the slaves of those whom we obey. Jesus had to die because when we sinned we gave ourselves legally over to death as slaves. Had God simply overrun the rights of death to keep what it had gained, He would not be a perfect and just God worthy of eternal worship. This had to be a covert operation to win back what death had a rightful claim over it. Jesus death was not only to satisfy God’s wrath but most importantly to create a legal transaction of winning our souls back from their rightful owners. God wasn’t the one that was blood thirsty, sin was, however it would appear that God was blood thirsty because of how happy He was to oblige. His happiness was because WE were His prize.

Jesus’ death makes us the type of people worthy of life: This is the perfect system to make us the most desirable people possible to spend an eternity with. Without the death of Jesus could we still spend an eternity with God? well probably not because of all the aforementioned reasons however for the sake of argument lets say yes. However even if we could spend an eternity with God as sinful creatures, we’d still be bound by our sin, and would consistently choose it over Him because of how corrupted our thoughts were. Jesus’ death bore the chains of corruption that we brought upon ourselves causing us to be rightfully free to choose God if we wanted to. And we get to choose Him out of love and gratitude for what He did for us on the cross. Would you want to spend eternity with liars, murderers, thieves, and idolaters? Good well neither would He.

He is a perfect display of humility: What other God would become one of His creation, and then submit to die at the hand of His creation it order to redeem His creation. Only 1. Jesus  the Christ son of Yahweh the one true God. Jesus’ death wasn’t just atonement it was pursuit. Hebrews 12:2 says Jesus went to the cross willfully with joy in His heart to show us how far He would go to save us and display His love.