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On Women and Scripture
Friday. 1.23.09 11:27 am
So, I was talking to a Christian friend of mine about what we might like to do when we got out of school. I happened to mention my desire to go into seminary. (Which was silly of me, seeing as I probably won’t go anyway.) Now, she pretty quickly started grilling me on my opinions on the New Testament and what Paul said in Corinthians, and, while I tried to come up with the arguments, I decided it was more prudent to end and change the subject as quickly as possible.
I did not come out entirely clean, however, managing to say that I didn't really think much of what Paul said to the Corinthians anyway to which she responded with 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is God breathed" or rather, "All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness," This sounded a little wrong to me, so I took another look. I came upon a blog which claimed that the verse could not have referred to the New Testament as the New Testament did not exist at the point in time.
I wasn't convinced by them either, but they brought up an interesting point: when did the New Testament come to be? Answer: all of the New Testament books currently in the canon were written (with the exception of Revelations) before 2 Timothy was written. However, there is a little hitch. People did not actually to refer to New Testament having the same legitimacy as Old Testament (they did not think of it as being like scripture) until 30 years after 2 Timothy was written. Furthermore, the letters, Acts and Revelations were not included in that New Testament shortlist until 200AD (or about 130 years after 2 Timothy was written). Canon was ultimately listed by Athanasius in 367 AD, which is a full three hundred years after Paul said, "All scripture is God-breathed." (Historical Theology: an introduction to the history of Christian thought, A.E. McGrath) Logically speaking, it is unlikely that Paul was referring to his own writing when he said that.
Now does this mean that the New Testament is inaccurate? No. It does say that you should really check your verses before you start spitting them out willy-nilly. For instance, the verse about women speaking in church is this one 1 Corinthians 14:33b-36 "As in all the congregation of the saints, women should remain silent in church. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a women to speak in the church. Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?"
The historical context of this verse is that of a personal letter written to the Corinthians. The Corinthians were apparently having a lot of problems with women disrupting service, not only with talking and objections, but with speaking in tongues. It is suggested by some scholars that this verse was meant as a temporary stop-gap measure to keep the church from spiraling into chaos. Now read the following complete passage and see what you think about Paul's intentions:
"The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets, for God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a women to speak in the church. Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge what I am writing to you is the Lord's command. If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored. Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way."
My awesome new housemates
Sunday. 1.18.09 4:02 am
So I got to know two of my awesome new housemates. We played a rigorous four hour game of Monopoly... in which one of my housemates quickly got the upperhand and smashed us into the ground... with me intermittently getting enough capital to build hotels on my two monopolies followed by promptly liquidating them whenever I got to one of his hotels (blast!). It was a lot of fun, but we got to the point where we couldn't read the cards and decided that we'd call it a night. I'm glad they moved over to the house.
Sunday. 12.28.08 11:25 am
I was thinking about Heaven today and I have to admit that I don't want to go. I was just thinking about all of the different possiblities: white clouds, harps and halos (okay), being absorbed into God (?!), being one of the many brides of God (polygamy?) and then my own personal heaven (here?) and I just couldn't see myself wanting to go there. Better heaven than hell, I suppose, but as of now, the whole prospect is not convincing enough to have me particularily enamored with the whole experience. I know people who pine for heaven, who dote upon the idea and cling to it at ever tough encounter... then there's me.
I sometimes imagine that I could be a bodisatvah and come back to guide the living in the right way, that way they could go to heaven if they wanted to and I could keep on hanging out with ya'll down here. I'd still have to go when the world, ended, however, and so there you have it. Maybe when I'm older and a little bit more hopeless about the state of hummanity, I'll enjoy the idea of being recycled into the mind of God, but presently... I'd rather not.
What a woman really wants...
Wednesday. 12.17.08 12:01 pm
Is a man who's fun to be with, flattering to be seen with and makes her feel loved. After that, it's all in the details.
Suddenly, I miss her
Saturday. 12.13.08 8:03 pm
Honey used to love to the piano. Whenever you went to play, she would come up to the door. Sometimes she was there so that you would let her in, but for the most part, she just came there to listen.
Honey always listened. She must have liked the sound of you voice when you talked about all your hopes and all your dreams and all those things that worried you. She didn't gossip, either.
When she licked you, she licked like she was on a mission, no playful kisses with a darting tongue, one pink slab of wet tongue studious slobbering your leg.
She would also pull relentlessly on the leash until she choked. She would onstantly escape and yet always end up in the front lawn.
Honey has been dead for almost three years, she would have been 16 this January and… Suddenly, I miss her.
Not very Christian... or is it?
Tuesday. 12.9.08 2:54 am
So, I yelled at my quadmate today. So get this: i am asleep, right? The I hear, "Are you serious?" wait. Maybe it'll go away. "Are you serious?!" and then a boisterous conversation follows about something that I can't hear enough to understand but what I can hear enough to not be able to fall asleep, so I get more and more annoyed with every "are you serious" *drawer open. drawer slam." Until finally they are singing at each other and I decide enough is enough. I marched out, ready to rap on their door and tell them, but my quadmate is the in the hall, as it were, singing to have her roomate open the door. I say something senseless that involved "middle of the night?" "PLEASE be quiet!" and she's all like "I didn't know we were being so loud."
The thing is she probably didn't, but she NEEDS to know that she's being so loud because they are so loud EVERY night! Most nights, I flick on my noise canceller, plug in my earplugs and go to bed, but I don't know what came over me, I just couldn't do it anymore. Now, I am up and angry still and gooolll. Maybe I will come home on Wednesday after all, just so that I can get a full night's sleep!
Long story short though, the whole thing made me feel kind of rotten and I was thinking about how unchristian it was to yell at her, but then a little verse popped into my head. It's from Ephesians 4:25-28 (mostly just verse 26, but I don't want to take it out of context) "25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26"In your anger do not sin"[d]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need." This apparently, according to note d, ties in with Psalm 4:4 "In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Selah" So then I am confused. They aren't treating me as they, undoubtedly, would like to be treated, so have they sinned and should I call them out on it? I don't know. The bible perplexes me.
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