Thursday, May 22, 2008

Rehashing and Somewhat Expanding a Previous Post

The last post was some what of a short if we can call it that, for its length betrays that idea, but truly I do not believe it wasn't a full exposition on such a thought on communication and the purpose of communication, on relationship to ourselves and humanity as a whole.

Why Communicate? Well, I am not sure, but I think I left the issue under investigated, which might or might not under achieve my purpose and betray my entire world view if left alone.

The idea of the question words and their purpose, separate yet equal, lead to an eventuality which must, in my opinion, be seen to its logical end point. In the Cross, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. Here is what I mean.

What, When, Where, Who, How and Why are answered simply, not simplistically in the Bible. A short caveat to this point. The Bible answers these questions simply. God speaks through his prophets and authors simply to relay almost incomprehensible and remarkably difficult concepts to his people. God knows men's hearts, we cannot bear the logic or justice of God within our own conceptions of time or reality, ergo as an eventuality through the though process and outworking of skepticism taken hold most fervently in a pluralistic culture that was formed in the minds of the atheist forerunners of this culture: Neitchze, Huxley, Russell, Dawkins, we lose touch with reality, time, rationality, and reason. Because of these ideas and ideologists we have lost our original scope at looking at the world, to simply ask these six question words.

I assume at some point people have asked this about themselves to some degree, not finding all of the answers inside themselves maybe their gaze turned outward, key distinction not upwards merely outward, to reason with themselves and others the conundrum of these question words and their existence.
What, When, Where, Who, How and Why...

What? What is Life, or Human Life, we see this question prevalent in many arenas of contemporary culture, most explicitly investigated in the questions of when life begin, i.e. abortion. What is life? What do we call human? The Bible answers this question simply to say that God created all life and all things, in six days (however you perceive these with a proper Christian scope), and on the sixth day God created mankind, in our first father Adam.

When? A long time ago (yet another debatable topic too much so for this short medium), as the Bible concisely explains 'In the beginning...'

Where? God exists everywhere, and so this question is not necessary for him, but God created the Heavens and the Earth, followed simply to concentrate fully on His creation here on Earth.

Who? This question is answered in two fold, God created Us. God the uncaused, transcend, all-good, all-sovereign God of the Bible, that includes Old and New Testaments, which also concordantly includes The Trinity as we know it, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all whom have always existed throughout time and space. Humanity, as we know it, given a concise, not brief or abridged, but concise history examined through the Jewish people with forerunners such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), Moses and so forth to all the way to us. This is a complex who.

How? God does not give us a description of how he created creation other than explaining to us that He created us out of dust, and breathed life into us creating us in His (Their) image and likeness.

Why? The why here one could assume would be the most complex, but as it is, admittedly so, the most complex, it is also answered most simply only implying and practically achieved in the most complex form: worship. We see God's glory and worship him for it. That is why. The entire endeavor to search for the meaning of life is a trivial pursuit outside the scope of Scripture, and Christian may sometimes forget that humanity without these answers may be lost at sea without this definitions or defining words.

How could we lose touch with such a simple concept? Answer questions because in accordance with evolutionary practices, if a certain subject, item, or piece of existence was unprofitable it would have become extinct, so somewhere along the way humanity developed the ability to ask questions, and these questions shape the way we think, but of course people do not perceive existence this way, and choose to leave this one arena of life without a single question being asked. If questions were not meant to be answered then, why would we have asked them in the first place? God answered these questions accurately the first time, and choose the let these answers serve for all time, they remain and have sustained validity, relevance, and absolute authority for all time.

So What is the problem? We sin.
When? All of the time.
Where? Everywhere we are.
Who? Everyone
How? In every way imaginable.
Why? Pride.

What can we do about it? Ourselves nothing. Christ did all that for us, as He was the only one who could. He, as the greatest show of Love every recorded here on Earth, died for our sins, and bore them on the Cross, He rose again, three days later, our God defeated the grave the only arena man has never been able to conquer, and ascended into Heaven, where He stays, and we wait for His return.

When? We can make a choice right now to accept this free gift of love and grace in Christ's crucifixion, and repent of our sins, and this is the only true cure for our problem, everything else only treats the symptoms of a disease they cannot diagnose. Think of the arena of life people attempt to give Tylenol to, politics (if only a leader could cure poverty, the economy, gas prices, racism), health care (if only we could prevent AIDS), suicide (why are our children lost in a sea of depression, anxst, and torment choosing to end their lives without seeing their problems solved, they have lost the ambition or hope of ever making it out, not of their own volition, so who can?), so we have Political leaders that make promises they cannot keep, we have Physcian's prescribing medicine they know will only make the problem sufferable, and we have self-help books, feel good stories, online communities, and plenty of medication to prevent these children from making a mistake no one can fix. My God can fix all of these problems, He did it on the Cross.

Where? Everywhere we go we bear the image and likeness of God bringing with us His glory revealed to us on our hearts, ergo the natural law - fairness, right and wrong. We can worship Him anywhere, without a church or a congregation or a pastor, with a Bible (if you do not have one I will mail you one), accepting Christ and his accomplishment on the Cross.

Who? God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and us. We sin, God doesn't. God hates sin, not sinners (as we all are). So Because God hates sin and sin cannot exist in God's all-good presence, something has to be done in order to correct that and wipe it away. Jesus' blood on the Cross covers it, lucky us. The Holy Spirit then dwells inside us after our recognition and invitation.

How? Jesus died and excrutiatingly painful death on the Cross, though He came back, and will come back again, weird - I know. We can pray a simple prayer, and ask him into our hearts.

Why? Because without this prayer, without the recognition that Jesus can mend our broken hearts and broken lives, we will remain broken and separate from Him (God), and will be separate from Him after death, which isn't such a good thing. I know you may feel right now that you may be doing a good job running this thing, but if we are honest with ourselves, we know that we might not being doing this right, and could possibly be wrecking this whole thing for ourselves. We need Jesus. Because I have admitted this need, IT has changed my life. Ask yourself? Why am I here? Why do I feel the pain that I feel when no one is looking? Ask yourself the questions you don't talk about at parties, and see how far your answers go until you realize you don't have all of the answers, in fact you don't have any that stand up to any focused pressure or scrutiny, God will scrutinize, I am only here to Love. I love you, but more importantly God loves you, that is all that God can do, is love you, He hates sin, but He will always love you.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Catching Up

A lot has happened since my last, and should I say, weak post. I should briefly I digress to say that my first blog entry was to test the waters of blogger-dom, and see how people generally react toward blogs, and I was impressed by recent events and responses, not all strains of this dialogue, which I hope it most certainly is.
Soap Box Talk: I believe in verbal communication as the only true form of effective communication. Now, of course, these impliments in which we try to communicate are in some achieve their purposes, I do not feel that they attain all that verbal communication can, and so if what we desire, here contemplating momentarily the human condition, is to communicate and relate and be in companionship to other human beings, and almost all of the recent inventions that have flourished and taken over the world, i.e. the internet, cell phones, instant messaging, blogging, and websites designed to express oneself in the hopes that someone sees it (myspace, livejournal), then shouldn't we then strive to communicate some idea effectively, or if not effectively for some effect we hope that that idea is transmitted well.
Whatever the case may be, the event of communicating something may inherently operate under the condition of being understood. **I am in the business of making enormous statements about life, the universe, and everything in it, so reader beware.** To expound upon that point further, if the author/speaker tries in some way to remain ambigous an idea is still being cultivated, the speaker chose to stay misunderstood for some effect, but whatever reason, we are trying to transmit some idea, and we hope that through our medium, or may be it is all about our medium, that the person on the other is receives it, and receives it in such a way as to get what we are trying to do. (I will tip my hand at this point, and say that this writing is purposefully sporadic so as to prove my point more fully, about the understanding of communication, and further to transmit to you my passion for this topic and my fervor at transmitting my own idea about the matter) But what does this anyway, how coy a statement, because of course through the tone and text presented to you, I have established great concern for the efforts put forward to communicate.

This is could be considered a flimsy transition to my true point. Why communicate?

There are six question words in the English language. I wish I could give you data on the worlds languages, and the question words that exist in each. This data could help or hurt my argument, so I preface this next statement by saying, to my best understanding, given the knowledge I have acquired through my current scope of understanding the world, that these six question words are markedly important to our world views and our outworking inside our own constructs.
Six Question Words: Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why...

These question words focus our attention to events, things that happened, trivial, tragic, terrifying, and terrific as they may be; we define all of this happenings through these six words, and their answers, kind of, because they need not always be answered nor do the answers need always to be fully revealed nor understood, but the questions always need to be asked.

I shall use a recent event that has happened that many of my readers will easily be able to relate to, if not then this next part may not mean as much to you, hang in there something else might.

On February 14, 2008 a lonegun man walked into Cole Hall, while a Biology class was in session, just about to get out, and fired numerous shots into a panic-striken crowd, killing 5 students, then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide, leaving 6 dead on the scene. Students fled in horror, shock, and amazement that this terrifying event just took place in their classroom. What followed is common knowledge and the reprecussions of this action are still being felt on Northern Illinois University Campus.
- I was still in my apartment, having skipped my math class to work on some other homework due that evening, when my wife called me from work, and insisted that I do not go to campus as I had planned, and to stay inside, lock the doors because so little information was known at the time. I then of course turned on the television, to find news reporters in the same frenzy I was in for more information. I watched for a long time.-
A thought struck me throughout this ordeal about the nature of asking questions. I realized that reporting the news was simply asking then seeking the answers for your questions.

In this event, questions started to be asked immediately, to help us, those who were not there, try to understand what happened.

The first question to be asked is what. The event occurred. Immediate one asks, what happened? The answer I was given was that a gunman was on campus.
Where? Evidence points to Cole Hall.
When did this happen? About 3 p.m.
Who is the gunman? A graduate student named Steven, we later learned.
How did he do what he did? He bought 4 guns, mostly online, stayed in a hotel for a couple of days, we are not sure what he hours before the shooting, but we know that he entered through the front of the auditorium, and opened fire on a classroom full of students, with a shotgun and three pistols.
Why? We have no idea.

This question begs to be asked under every circumstance imaginable. We see the lack of satisfaction evident in the first five questions, and try to find solace in a lack of understanding, but we are left with urning for closure, the only closure that can be found in asking why. Why did he shoot at students he didn't know? Why would anyone choose to do such a thing?

Why communicate? What do you have to say that I need to learn from? Why should I listen to you at all? Why are you important? I know why I am important, I am me, myself, and I, but you are you, someone else, a faceless name, or a nameless face. You are important, and you always will be.

What am I communicating? A blog about communication breakdowns.
Where? On Blogspot, Facebook, and Myspace
When? It is a windy Sunday evening.
To Whom am I communicating? I am not sure, you obviously.
How? I am typing it on a Macbook, with wireless internet.
Why? Isn't that the question?

I am communicating because I must. I have to, not to be so baselessly confused with obligated.
I won't get into that just yet.
For another post, tomorrow if I feel up to it.

Let me make clear, that we all should communicate everything, because whether we realize it or not, everything we do and say is being recorded, is being watched, lovingly because that is how we worship our God. He listens, pays attention, and wants us to notice that he is anyway. He loves us, doesn't like some of the things we do, but regardless of that He still loves us. So communicate to him, through Jesus Christ, our medium and mediator, because our communication matters, pray...