I have no proof for my claim, but I believe the chocolate chip cookie is the most popular cookie on the market. I have never met a person who disliked them.
I read an article calling for a new approach to childbearing. Couples should have only one child or none at all. The reasoning? Children, as carbon forms, have a negative impact on the environment. The idea is gaining popularity among environmentalists and philosophers.
Have you seen the TV ad for the auto insurance company touting their roadside assistance? It presents a mother thanking the company for rescuing her teenage boy by changing a flat tire for him. It compares her experience with two unfortunate teenage drivers, stranded with a flat tire, unable to identify a lug wrench. The message — buy our insurance because your kids cannot change a tire.
Everybody desires to have friends in their life. But what type of friends do we have? Aristotle, the philosopher, defined three common types of friendship. 1. We have friends based on common pleasures such as golf, playing cards, hunting, etc. Their relationship lasts as long as our mutual interests. 2. We have friends based on utility. These are people that join us in a cause to get something done; like workmates or people on a committee striving toward a goal. These acquaintances usually continue until the cause is met, then we drift apart.
The book of Revelation is a difficult book to understand, but I wonder if we appreciate the difficulties John had in writing it. While worshipping, in exile, on the Island of Patmos, the Holy Spirit gave him a number of visions depicting heavenly things to come. Here in was John's challenge. How does one accurately describe other-worldly situations using this world's terms? John does a great job describing the glories of God and His heavenly kingdom. Yet we err if we believe all his descriptions are exact.
If you had to take a quiz on the Christmas story, how high would you score? You might be surprised. Much of the story we retell about Jesus' birth is interlaced with more tradition than fact. For example, the Bible does not mention any animals at the stable; in fact there is no mention of a stable. Nothing is said of Mary riding a donkey to Bethlehem, nor is there any reference to an innkeeper or drummer boy.
While reading the Bible recently, I was caught by how irrational its claims are in comparison to what we accept as true in our modern age. The accounts of angels appearing, miraculous healings and supernatural manipulations with creation conflict with what we know regarding the normal cause and effect activity in our world. So why should we believe what the Bible says?
Ever hear of the "God Gap?" It deals with the space between human ability and our dependency on God. When mankind cannot control nor do something, we look to God to fill the gap. Initially, there were many gaps that God filled for us. But as we deepened our understanding of creation and how it works, humanity has been able to do more for ourselves. Issues that were initially relegated to God are now assumed into the arena of human control.
What type of decisions have you made today? Facing choices are an everyday responsibility. Sometimes they are enjoyable like deciding what dessert to eat. Others are more formidable, even life changing, requiring courage and commitment. Some decisions draw us toward them while others drive us away.
A friend of mine is building a wooden clock. He used a computer-directed machine to cut out the gears and parts, then assembled it according to the plans that he purchased. Now he is experiencing the frustrating part of troubleshooting all the little issues that are keeping the gears from turning as they should. As he told me about his challenges of trying to make it run, I thought about Aristotle's view of God.