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Problem With Today’s Culture

May 6, 2020 Leave a comment

 

I completely agree with Bobby on this one. There’s no need for me to reinvent the wheel since the video speaks for itself but for those who can’t watch it, we live in a soundbite culture where we developed a habit to prematurely trust certain news outlets and draw conclusions too quickly, especially on social media posts. Even with mainstream media, most won’t go past the article headers, even let alone read the first few sentences of an article. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of this. Be a skeptic and investigate. Always fact check, but don’t just look towards sources that reinforce your bias. Because here’s the thing, what if the sources you typically look at got it wrong and won’t bother to correct it? Look at others’ perspective to understand their position. It may be more satisfying to only read upon stuff agreeable to you but it’s more satisfying to be informed on both sides of the matter.

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In My Weakness…

March 31, 2019 Leave a comment

Dear Father,

I come to you today feeling so weak and helpless. There are many thing on my plate, so many worries, so many uncertainties, so many things that I just can’t do. Every time I think about what lies ahead for me, I feel overwhelmed. When I consider carrying this burden for days on end, I feel like I just might drown. Everything seems impossible.

You said to come to you with my burdens. The Bible says you are our “Rock” and our “Fortress.” You are all knowing and all powerful. You know the burdens that I bear. You are not surprised by them. In fact, you’ve allowed them into my life. I may not know the purpose for them, but I do know that I can trust your goodness. You are always faithful to do what is best for me. You care most about my holiness, even above my immediate happiness. I ask that you remove this burden from me, take away my weakness, but ultimately, I desire most of all that your will be done.

I confess that I hate this weakness in me. I don’t like not knowing what to do. I don’t like being incapable and insufficient. Forgive me for wanting to be sufficient in myself. Forgive me for wanting to be in control. Forgive me for complaining and grumbling. Forgive me for doubting your love for me. And forgive me for not being willing to trust and rely on you and your grace.

When I look into the future and see my weakness, help me to trust you. May I, like Paul, embrace my weakness so that you can be my strength. May you work through my weakness to change me. May I glorify you in my weakness, looking away from myself and to the wonders of your amazing love through Christ.

Grant me gospel joy, even in the midst of this struggle. It’s because of Jesus and through Jesus that I can pray, Amen.

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The Unforgettable Episode of Scum’s Wish

May 24, 2017 Leave a comment

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A little more than a season ago, there was an anime that caught my interest despite the fact it took place in one of my most hated settings, school. That show was none other than Scum’s Wish (Kuzu no Honkai). Prior to its anime adaptation announcement, I’ve read some of the manga out of boredom. What got my attention was the mature content that was very unexpected, then again, after seeing Yosuga no Sora and School Days many years back, I shouldn’t really be surprised. But it was quite rare and refreshing to see those in contrast to the typical cliche school genre anime.

I’m not gonna talk about the synopsis here since you can read that here instead. What I really want to write about is the penultimate episode that redeemed the whole show for me. In the first couple episodes, Scum’s Wish was pretty decent. As episodes went by, the show became very frustrating to watch thanks to unlikeable characters and internal exposition nonsense. Then episode 11 happened. Here’s the brief tale of it. Narumi, knowing Akane’s a complete slut (and a scumbag), accepts her for who she is. Because of his unconditional love for her, she’s completely awestruck never having experience this kind of love and bursts into tears finally knowing someone who truly cares for someone like her despite of what she’s done.

Why this episode stood out to me, you might ask? Thematically, it felt very biblical to me. This type of love story reminded me of the Book of Hosea from the Old Testament of the bible. The first 3 chapters of that book, God commands the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomar and have children with her. This may seem odd from a reputable and social status standpoint but there’s a symbolic reason for this. So after Gomar conceives 3 children, she leaves Hosea to return to her adulterous life. While she was out there cheating on Hosea, God commands him to go after her and show his love to her. During this moment, you can speculate Gomar was either in a large amount of debt or she enjoys the profession as a prostitute. You can imagine the customers talking amongst themselves when prophet like Hosea being a customer himself wanting a woman like this. He buys her back and redeems her. I’m sure someone who couldn’t comprehend the situation would asked Hosea, “For a holy man such as yourself, how could love an adulterous woman?” And Hosea would most likely respond by saying, “Let me ask you this, how can a holy God like that can still love an adulterous nation like ours?” That’s the symbolic theme. I found this story to be so compelling that I think the book of Hosea is one of the greatest expression of God’s love for mankind. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, he accepts you unconditionally.

So back to Scum’s Wish. Narumi’s reason for his unconditional love is as he described “difficult to explain” and he goes by saying “I just want the person I care about to love a happy life.” It’s an acceptable reason from a secular standpoint. But one thing that matters, Akane has changed for sure and her whoring days are over. She accepted Narumi’s marriage proposal and began her journey in this new life she’s come to embrace. This is the character who went from someone I completely despised to someone who got redeemed. Scum’s Wish isn’t an easy title to recommend since it’s a tough watch, but for this episode, I think the show is worth the consideration.

movie review: The Case for Christ

April 16, 2017 Leave a comment

When I first saw the trailer, my immediate thoughts were “oh great, another Christian movie that’ll most likely be awful.” Let’s be honest here, a lot of them are just plain terrible. Only handful of them are good such as Ben-hur, Passion of the Christ, and Hacksaw Ridge. The fact that so many awful Christian movies exist makes the community look bad and embarrassing. I went to a Willow Creek service to see Lee Strobel get interviewed by pastors and said they already saw the movie and thought it was pretty good. Of course that did nothing to change my skepticism because it sounds biased. Lee admits how terrible Christian movies can be but assures this won’t be bad. So I decided to give the movie a chance before immediately writing it off. So how does The Case for Christ stack up? It’s actually quite decent!

I knew of The Case for Christ book for many years since I own a copy of it, but shame on me for not reading it (yet). What really caught my interest was Lee’s desire, as an atheist, to debunk the existence of Christ and the faith. The story starts when his wife became a christian after a friend sharing the gospel with her. This enrages him because this new purpose of life his wife found is taking away her away from him. It’s actually amusing of him to think that she’s cheating on him for Jesus. So there begins a journey of Lee, as a professional journalist, to seek the origins of Jesus trying to find loopholes to prove Christianity wrong that it’s nothing more than a cult. Long story short, he finds enough solid irrefutable evidence that concludes God does exist, Jesus is the real deal, and converts to the Christian faith. There’s a certain theme in this movie that does a fine job depicting truth. When someone looks into a case with presupposition or bias, that prevents them from seeing the whole picture.

Yes, I’m quite surprised the movie was pretty good. Some scenes were well shot especially the cathedral where Lee walks in. The acting was decent throughout. No one annoyed me. The pacing was consistent. Aesthetically, I’m not too sure about this. It takes place in the 1980s so there were some questionable things like the lifestyles during that time. One scene that nearly teared me up was the father and son relationship of Lee and his pops. It’s a very relatable thing for me since I struggle that same issue. What’s interesting is, I never knew that most well known atheist had either abusive fathers or were abandoned by them. This was addressed in the movie by a psychologist Lee meets in the 3rd act of the movie.

As for my criticisms, nothing major but some personal nitpicks. First is how watered down this movie is compared to what Lee’s testimony really was. He described himself as a profane drunkard who would come home and kick a hole in the wall making his wife and kid cry. I guess they really wanted to keep the PG rating in order to make this movie friendly enough to the youngsters. 2nd, I really wish they went into more detail of the evidence that was shown here, but that would run the risk of info dumping making the movie dry and boring. Nonetheless, it went straight to the point. I’ve heard some criticisms about scenes not actually happened in real life, such as Lee’s family in the restaurant incident in the beginning of the movie. Now I haven’t read the book so I have no clue. Whether this was true or not is irrelevant to me because it’s dramatized and the main focus is the investigative journey. For the sake of the script, there had to be a catalyst to get the plot going. There’s not a single movie based on history or biography that’s 100% accurate. If it was, I doubt anyone would had the attention span to sit through the entire thing. Heck, this even includes fictional book movie adaptations.

Other than that, I think this movie is worth the watch at least once, whether you’re a Christian or not. It dwells straight into the apologetics without too much detail. I don’t think it’s that good of a movie to own but it does deserve a recognition for being one of the better Christian movies out there.

Rating: 7/10

 

Here’s a hilarious review from David Wood. Watch it!

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My Favorite Bible Verses

January 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt. – Exodus 23:9

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. – Leviticus 19:33-34

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:16-17

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. – John 6:27

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. – Acts 17:24-25

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. – Revelation 3:20

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. – Matthew 5:3-11

 

Of course, there’s plenty more to post but I think I’ll stop here for now. For any truth seekers out there, I just want to let you know that there’s a God who loves you unconditionally. 🙂

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Quote of the Day

November 30, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m currently reading this book called No God but One, and have come across this amazing text.

It is virtually impossible to study these matters objectively. Not only do we all have a vested interest in defending the faiths we and our social circles have believed for years, but our beliefs color the way we receive information. The same data will be interpreted differently by people from disparate worldviews…our presuppositions affect the way we interpret the evidence, and we often see what we want to see.

What a compelling observation. That is one of the most intellectual things I’ve read in years.

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My Quick Thoughts on Supreme Court Legalizing Same Sex Marriage

June 29, 2015 Leave a comment

As everyone knows, the law has passed meaning all 50 states allows gay marriage. Personally, as a heterosexual man, I could care less. It’s got nothing to do with me and brings no harm. One of my best friends is gay and he’s not living in this country. When I found out about his sexuality, did it change the way I treat him? Absolutely not! He’s one of the nicest friends I’ve ever met and I owe him so much for everything he’s done for me. Thank God for a friend like him. As much as I dislike homosexuality, I can never hate on homosexuals. They’re human beings like myself.

One thing that does bring me to attention is the church aspect of things. If a pastor or priest rejects gay marriage ceremonies being held in their churches, they get fined with lawsuits or possibly arrested. I find this completely ridiculous. A church should have every right to reject the ceremony. It practically brings down the very foundation of what the church stands for. I feel sorry for all the church leaders who have to face this staggering issue because it goes against the very core of their beliefs. Besides, why would a gay couple want to hold a ceremony in a holy place that stands contrary to what they’re doing? It’s like the law requires churches to congratulate sinners for sinning. I seriously worry about this country’s future on its society. While many say this country is finally one step in the right direction, I beg to differ. I fear that persecution will arrive – Christians and Catholics being the dominant targets. It’ll be the book of Acts all over again. I find it strange to see heterosexuals to be marching with the gays/lesbians. What does it have to do with them? Are they supporting the cause because one of their family members or friends is one of them?…. Or is it a pedestal for atheists to rise their hate against religion & faith? I don’t know. It’s really sad when the Ferguson news was happening, most people projected their attention to the something else other than the victim’s family who was in need of heart to heart support. They simply used that event to justify their own rights, and thus, all that violent protest and looting. I could imagine the same happening here. If the court has given the choice for same sex couples to marry, then why not give churches the choice to reject?

I understand times change, but redefining biblical things from a cultural and political stance to a point where it becomes a law is unacceptable. There’s a reason why churches have some conservatives within their foundation. All I can do is pray, love, and forgive them as Jesus did for us.

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