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Sunday, December 15th, 2013
5:15 pm
Dinosaurs at church
When I sat down to make my childrens book about traveling back in time to Genesis, I wanted to make it completely different from all the other books on Genesis I've seen. I wanted to suggest some things that nobody wants to mention in those books, and make Genesis more appealing to people who think that, in order to join a church, you have to check your intellect in at the door.

My book featured God creating extraterrestrials and dinosaurs, and a heliocentric universe.

I hit a wall.

Apparently, the church synod does not believe in dinosaurs. The pastor asked me to remove one of the few items that make my book different. He said the LCMS synod is young earth creationist.
They apparently can't accept the concept of the fifth day of creation being really really long.
No dinosaurs.

I fully intend to keep the originals and sell the book elsewhere, but I am forced to dumb it down if I want to get any promotions from the church.

It's so frustrating. It's like God is telling me that we should jump in front of the Trex skeleton at the museum and tell everyone it just grew there like a rock. "Nothing to see here! Nothing to see! I don't know why there's all those holes in that rock, it never held any blood..."

If you want to be accepted by the synod, you do have to check your intellect in at the door. It's very depressing. Just as depressing as the slick brochure someone mailed to me that says everyone is wrong and that the geocentric model of the universe is the only correct one. The sun apparently revolves around us. Weird.

I used to wonder why I felt nauseous when I looked for the girl of my dreams at a church. Now I know why. The idea of God creating dinosaurs is too controversial for Christians, and too religious for atheists, the only people who seem to believe in dinosaurs. P.S. So far the alien bit has slipped past the radar.
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
10:48 pm
Bashing Samson
Imagine if a patriot like George Washington, a man who fought for our country's freedom, got captured by the Redcoats and taken to their fort, where they proceeded to gouge his eyes out. As the man is dying, he sets the fort on fire, killing everyone there in order to secure our nation's freedom. Then imagine, about a hundred years later, some guy gets on shortwave talking about how George Washington is a murderer, while at the same time saying that Batman is a true hero. This is basically what the host of this program did with Samson:
Oh. Wait. I forgot. Thor is a Marvel character, not DC.
Sunday, January 1st, 2012
3:50 pm
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel: Questions for reflection
2. What is your current viewpoint regarding Christianity? How would you rank its credibility on a scale of one to ten, with one being "none" and ten being "absolute"?

I'd rank my credibility at 5 because despite how true it is, I have nothing I can use against atheists except turning their arguments around. The Case for the Creator book is unhelpful.

Specifically, what are your opinions based on?

My opinions are based on what I see all around me, and where I get new scientific information from.

Have your attitudes changed over the years? If so, how? What prompted these changes?

My attitudes toward religion have slowly corroded ever since I first heard theories of evolution and the big bang, and worsened when I got into college. I felt helpless and defenseless, and the only way out, I found, was to turn arguments around, and I find comfort in the times in which God reveals Himself to me (though none of them can withstand scientific scrutiny). Despite what the author says, I believe God hides himself. It says so in Psalms.
3:48 pm
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel: Questions for reflection
1. Have you ever met someone who was as hostile toward Christianity as the author was?

I've met plenty of people hostile to theology.

What are the various factors that may have been the driving force behind that person's skepticism?

Popularity, Catholic upbringing (most atheists I've encountered used to be Catholic), or being raised by crazy evangelicals, fear of having their favorite programs destroyed (I got flamed at a Doctor Who internet community once), wanting to live a life of sin (they'll never own up to this one), believing science has explanatory power, wondering how silly sounding stories can be true.

Is there any part of the author's attitude that you can personally relate to? How so?

I can relate to the author's POV in so far as that he had doubts.
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
10:54 pm
The Protocols of Zion
If you know anything about the bible, and know anything about the Protocols of Zion, you'd pretty much conclude that the Protocols is redundant. After all:
1. God is out to take over the world. That's the whole purpose of that Jesus thing.
2. Jews, being God's original chosen people, and also being the nationality of Jesus and the disciples, are by proxy going to take over the world.
Although I've never read the Protocols, I'm assuming it describes a Jewish run world as something pretty nasty and horrible, kind of like The Planet of the Apes or 1984. In actuality, it would be more like what's in Revelation, so it wouldn't be that bad.
3. Satan is trying to wrest control of the world away from God, which makes Nazi-like people who swear by the Protocols of Zion redundant, and by technicality Satan worshipers.
4. Satan likes antisemitism and genocide, which ties in with point 3.
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
10:15 pm
Fable of the porcupine
It sounds like a crude joke, but the metaphor of porcupines needing to huddle together for warmth and having to deal with being wounded is a good metaphor for the Christian church.
Friday, August 12th, 2011
11:00 pm
Sanitizing your intake
In response to: http://cameroncn.livejournal.com/27936.html

I have mixed feelings about this message. Although it brings up several valid points (and I'm not even a Mormon), certain Christians make me nauseous because they're too detached from the real world. They don't read books other than the bible, they don't watch TV or movies, they may not even watch the news. They hide from science in all its forms, and avoid other forms of knowledge as well (some don't even know how to use a computer), so they end up looking like total idiots. They give Christianity a bad name because they're not connecting with the world around them enough to make an impact. "My people perish for lack of knowledge" is a good description.
Also, while I agree that sexual content in programs has a corrupting influence, there's plenty of violence in the bible, and the stuff on TV is not actually real. Some violence is really fake. And if you know anything about movie production, it's a lot of tricks with exploding packets of corn syrup. They actually hire people to break celery to add realism to choreographed scenes of people getting their arms broken. The actor just pretends to have his arm broken and they break celery to add sound to it.
Another problem I have with the debate is the idea that films magically have a way of taking over your mind and making you do violent or sexual things. That's crap. You had those ideas originally, and the film just gave it a language. I've watched several programs that attempted to convert me to their belief system, but I disagreed with them. I've watched movies that have Buddhist themes, but I didn't become a Buddhist. I watched In And Out, but it didn't change my sexual preference. I've watched atheist themed programs, but I didn't accept that either. If you convert, you were going to do that anyway. And if you hate someone enough, you're going to hurt them, even if you've never watched a movie in your life. The only thing a movie will do is give you an idea on how to do it. You can just as easily get the idea from reading the newspaper. The Chronicles of Narnia did not result in a mass of conversions to Christianity. Golden Compass did not result in a mass of conversions to Atheism.
I like Pulp Fiction because it's funny. The dialog is so ridiculous that it's quote-worthy. It's a violent movie, definitely not for kids, and it's got cussing in it, but it's a reflection of what happens every day in the real world. It depicts criminals as three dimensional humans, with good and bad sides, and it contains a story about a gangster who wants to quit and do what's right. This guy basically says I can't watch any movies like that at all. I admit I have a cussing problem, but I think I got a lot of that from my dad when I was growing up. So again, I have mixed feelings on this.
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
3:47 pm
Advice to religious groups: Choose your logo carefully.

My mom and I saw a bumper sticker for a Christian school last weekend. It showed silhouettes of two children appearing, in her interpretation, to dance around a cross. That's like dancing on a grave.

I had another idea. The children may have had their hands joined behind the cross. I said, "Red Rover, Red Rover, send Jesus right over!" My mom laughed, surprised that I would say such a thing (she's not a practicing Christian), but I figure a pastor might laugh at it too.

It didn't help the logo to have the cross nearly a plus sign, either.
Friday, April 29th, 2011
7:37 pm
Earth Day
Earth day may be on Good Friday, but that's only because Christ's death heals the entire world of the curse of sin and death.
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
6:13 pm
6:11 pm
Powers of darkness
While Satan is not as powerful as God, and has no power over a true Christian, he is powerful, and has power over the world. This is why there are hundreds of religions in the world, and why they all seem plausible, and steadily bring in new converts. This is why the media presents lies about God and Jesus and Christianity and bible prophecy day after day after day. This is why there are rabbis attacking the messiahship of Jesus day in and day out. This is why rabbis call Satan a good angel of testing rather than an adversary bent on destroying lives and souls. This is why evolution seems plausible and is considered the belief of the intelligent, educated people. This explains the draw of atheism. Worn down by Satan's lies, people figure the safest way to avoid being lied to is to not believe in anything they can't empirically observe. This is why the conservative Jewish interpretation of messianic prophecies ("the messiah hasn't come yet" or "the messiah comes in every generation") seems just as plausible as the Christian version (Jesus is the messiah). This explains Fred Phelps as well as soft headed preachers that distort and misinterpret Christ's statements to equate gay sex with brotherly love. This explains why people confuse brotherly love with sexual feelings and why nobody understands chastity and abstinence anymore.
Thursday, April 14th, 2011
4:06 pm
Modern Barabbas
Jesus' popularity wanes in various generations. It helps to compare it to Barabbas. Jesus was rejected by the people, deemed a loser/outcast/unpopular, and he came to greater glory and he is preserved in history, while Barabbas is forgotten. Ironic. The Beatles said they were more popular than Jesus, but if there's any truth to the statement, it only causes a more dynamic upswing to Jesus' glory later on.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
5:35 pm
If a black cat crossed Jesus' path before he was crucified, it was a sign sent from God, since God made the cat, and it was Jesus' destiny to die on a cross. If there was no cat, Jesus still wasn't lucky to die on a cross. God used a bad situation for a greater good, so my bad luck could be used for a greater good. It isn't actually bad luck. God put that luck there to accomplish a purpose.
I mean, technically, even if the black cat meant the ill fortune of Jesus not dying on the cross, that would be good for him personally not to die, so either way, the cat is irrelevant.
5:31 pm
Bipolar disorder
Bipolar people are God's circuit boards. They have wires sticking out all over the place, they're a total mess, but God controls when they turn manic and when they're depressed. It's like 1 and 0 in a computer. It serves a function though the circuit board cannot know what the function is. It just has electricty flow through itself in various channels, signals that operate other parts of the system. It's the "I am not a foot" parable again. "I'm not a monitor" or "I'm not a keyboard." or something that makes sense like a cooling fan. Internal logic that only makes sense to the creator. That's what the function of a bipolar person is.
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
10:33 am
Las Vegas is notoriously nicknamed Sin City, but I trust there are a few churches present. At the very least, it needs easy access to confessionals.

I mean, the city government uses the motto "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." That means you'd betray them by mentioning your vacation sins to an outside priest.

Of course, if you take the motto extra seriously, no Vegas elopement is valid anywhere else.
Sunday, December 26th, 2010
8:05 pm
Strange quote
In the book, "A Concise History of the Catholic Church" by Thomas Bokenkotter, we get the following quote:
"At some point in his early manhood he felt a call to preach the com­ing of God's kingdom and began to gather huge crowds from the villages and towns in the region northwest of the Lake of Galilee; they were spellbound by his marvelous sermons and extraordinary healings (Page 16). "

"At some point in his early manhood"? Seriously? The author is basically saying that Christ didn't do any preaching or anything of significance before early manhood, and/or that he didn't "feel a call" to do so. So what did he do, exactly? Run around and generally behave like a mischievous little boy? Slowly build up Joseph's furniture business into an empire?
Friday, November 5th, 2010
10:06 pm
OCD/Manic depressive moral dilemmas and yiff art
I've been thinking a lot about the issue of lust as it relates to my art and stories. The bible says it's a sin to look at a woman lustfully, which is committing adultery in your heart with them.
I admit I have actually made "yiff art"/hentai, which I haven't shown anyone but myself. I figured it would be okay because I didn't actually use any references, I just imagined them without looking at anyone real.
However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the characters wouldn't look like women (instead of stick figures) unless I actually remembered real people, and so at least unconsciously still commit adultery with them in my heart.
Dilemma 1. I've spent weeks working on this stuff. My usual obsessive compulsive course of action is to put everything in a paper shredder. Basically I'd just put two or three weeks worth of work in the garbage and try not to think about it again. This is probably why I never got famous. I did the same thing for at least two entire novels because I considered them "idolatry". I still don't know if throwing them out is the right idea due to the time spent on them.
Dilemma 2. As I put these drawings in an out of the way place, I realized my science fiction novel involves a romance with a character who is partially based on a girl I knew from highschool (not completely, just the character's appearance, actually. This girl is now about 30 and married). The novel is about 100,000 words. It's that novel I've got posted online on my website. It's a Christian story, full of religious discussions, but the story ends with a marriage proposal, and I'm working on a sequel involving marriage and kids. I feel God is leading me to destroy this novel like I did with those novels I mentioned above (two novels that contain no sex whatsoever, I just considered them "idols"). I don't want to give up on writing the sequel, but I feel like God wants me to. And then I won't really have anything interesting to do. I like my imaginary character better than the girl I knew, and try to focus on the fact this character is a space alien, but I still feel guilty.
Thursday, July 15th, 2010
9:18 pm
Depressing poems
In response to...
In response to http://amazonx.livejournal.com/266005.html
I am the reader that is thoroughly confused.
I am the reader who wonders why the author is saying he or she is in favor of gay marriage and somehow opposed to it at the same time.
I am the reader who thinks this author needs to study some books on thesis and composition to unify a point.
I am the reader who thinks that the author is trying to do some Buddhist thing, but it doesn't work because they take a side on gay marriage.
I am the reader who does a tapdance because marriage is still legally considered a union between man and woman, and not man and dog, man and child or man and inanimate object.
I am a reader that celebrates the fact that marriage still has a meaning.
At least for a little while longer.
I am the reader that isn't sure why the author thinks that not allowing people of the same sex, people and pets, or adults and children to marry would be considered "hate."
And the sequel (http://amazonx.livejournal.com/265809.html):
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
4:14 pm
Hope this isn't a repeat post. It's been a long time since I thought of this.

When I was still a prospective convert, I asked a question that drew a few laughs from Christians but was at least partly serious: "If God is all-knowing, how does He know that?" In other words, how does He know that there's nothing outside His knowledge? How does He know, for instance, that there isn't an even greater God trapping Him in an illusion?

Well, soon after asking, I came up with my own mostly satisfactory answer: God has mental abilities far beyond ours. We may not be able to imagine how He can know with such certainty, but that doesn't mean He can't.

This is one point on which I was quite willing to take God's word for it.
Monday, July 5th, 2010
6:58 am
When people reject God's word and try to invent their own moral code, it always seems to end up something like this:
To summarize, the guy is basically saying "Do what makes you happy, and try your best to be good and not hurt others."
Not good enough!
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