Friday, June 10, 2011

Why I think I would enjoy smoking

Clarification: I have never smoked. anything. Nor do I plan on starting. Or even trying. But there are things about smoking that I find appealing that I think I would enjoy.

  1. Outside time. Smokers have a reason they have to go sit outside in any and all weather. When it is really cold or really hot, I am not going to go sit outside just for kicks. But I would hate and be glad of having a reason I had to.
  2. Hand gestures and fiddling. I like having things to do with my hands. I am generally doodling or knitting or playing with the rings or hair bands or jewelry I have on my person. Having something to hold and flick would be amusing.
  3. Breathing exercises. I like having things to do with my breath. I sometimes hold my breath just to see how long I can, and whenever I am in a car going though a tunnel, I hold my breath all the way through (if possible). I will also sometimes change the speed of my breathing intentionally.
  4. Community of smokers. You can't ask strangers for random items on a general basis, but you can ask strangers for a light or a cigarette. Automatic in, socially speaking, if you both are sitting in the same place for a smoking break.
So, I plan not to try smoking, because I think I would enjoy it.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Why I am glad the May 21 rapture discussion happened

Overall, I was not pleased with Harold Camping's prediction that the rapture would happen. It was contrary to what the Bible teaches about the church, knowledge we as Christians have access to, and he used faulty interpretation methods.

However, waking up that morning, with Christ's return on my mind, knowing that I was honestly praying "Lord, come quickly," and "Lord, tarry, that none may perish,"was great.

While I don't want there to be more faulty theology, being reminded that Christ is returning someday, was good.

I also found it funny actually figuring out what Camping thought. As a Christian, in a church, I was still condemned, because the age of the church is over, according to him.

Now, actually, according to him, no one else can be saved. That was the result of the May 21st non-rapture. So, in theory, he should just be quiet from here on out. Because according to his own beliefs, nothing he can say can have any eternal significance for the rest of the world.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Metro book club, we are at it again!

I was reading 'Fundamentalism' and the Word of God by J. I. Packer on a metrobus, and an old, kinda toothless man got on the bus and sat a couple seats away from me.

He said, "You look like you are reading a very interesting book." He then precedes to hand me a the book he is reading, which was about a way pioneered by some Eastern religious guy. He looks over my book while I look over his, and then he asks me if I have ever been out of the country.

"Yes, I have been to Mexico, France and the United Kingdom," I reply.
He asks me, "Have you ever considered going to India? I think you would benefit greatly from a trip to India. Awaken spiritually to things you never have seen before."

We talking about learning, and I say that I would probably learn a lot about myself and the world if I went to India, but that I did not think I would find the big spiritual way that he seemed to want me to find because I already believe I found truth. I told him that Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

He was all, "Fine, if you think you already know what you need..." He seemed really offended that I was not going to hop on a plane to India and discover a path to spiritual enlightenment.