Unfortunately, I don't see an option on Google here to make this post "Sticky" but it represents the opening sentiments of this blog. Please note: I also blog intensively on matters of the Family Court system and on Economics, all of which are trending me towards the conclusions below: The Bible is an amazing book, speaking to spiritual matters which may perhaps help us better diagnose what (by contrast) is this stuff we see circulating through the churches?
I am posting this on December 29, 2012, in a sense of loss and grief (not necessarily the same as feeling "alone" in this world) if not nausea, at what levels it is possible to sink, in the name of "God," morality, and saving the world.
I didn't become a Christian through the normal route -- it was much closer to the first paragraph here. I heard something more. I associated it with the name of Jesus Christ (eventually), and the rest is history, including mine, and why I not only refuse to darken the door of most churches, but am seriously considering how to stage a boycott, now that they are taking both tithes, tax perks, AND federal funding for programs that I can only call, terrorist (if you're female).
I hope I get past it back into the following:
On Science, Awe, and Humility"The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science.Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man.To know that what is impenetrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties – this knowledge, this feeling … that is the core of the true religious sentiment.In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself among profoundly religious men."
Spirituality =/= Religion. One breathes life. Religion is tradition, to "tie it back," literally.
[[A Psalm] of David.]] I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, [and] strengthenedst me [with] strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth."
Though the LORD [be] high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off
Could you describe nature, its origins, its behaviors, like this? [Or, do you want to lament to God, "Why me??"] Check out Job 38, when the LORD, after hearing (37 chapters of theological debate, who's to blame for Job's suffering..) the LORD finally quizzes not his miserable (self-righteous) psychoanalysts -- only back then it was religious -- but Job himself.
"Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? [smile...] Gird up your loins now and answer me like a man! Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth...who laid the cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy?" ... Where is light and darkness?[v.19]; "Who hath put wisdom in the heart, and understanding in the inward parts?" [v.36]
Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (Dated: June 15, 2001)
The existence of light (a massless U(1) gauge boson) is one of unresolved mysteries in nature.
In this paper, we would like to propose that light is originated from certain quantum orders in our vacuum. We will construct quantum spin models on lattice to demonstrate that some quantum orders can give rise to light without breaking any symmetries and without any fine tuning.
Through our models, we show that the existence of light can simply be a phenomenon of quantum coherence in a system with many degrees of freedom. Massless gauge fluctuations appears commonly and naturally in strongly correlated quantum systems which originally contain no gauge fields.
PACS numbers: 11.15.-q"(MIT Xiao-Gang Wen: The Origins of Light)
"But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.SelahThou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time [that] their corn and their wine increased." (from Psalm 4)
Who can really summarize this topic? But I WILL speak to it -- and while the experience is shared by many (women and mothers), not enough are speaking out about it.