Posted by: Eimi | January 24, 2014

Light and Regret

The appearance of objects is affected by the light that illuminates it. True color is determined by seeing in “daylight,” but even this daylight standard is as changing as the tides. A painter must capture an outdoor landscape by painting at a certain time of day, for the lighting is in constant flux.

When we die and every body is cast in the true Light, what will we see? Will some hidden rule will be revealed? If only I had known that the universe operated thus, I would have acted differently. Life will have been like playing a game with the last page from the rulebook missing – there was no way to know, but we were all playing wrong. Oh the regrets I will face if such is true!

But I think the rules have been made clear. On my Gnostic days (days when I feel like there is a secret order to the universe that precious few discover) I have to consider the likelihood that God would keep vital information from his beloved children. I conclude that Justice demands a fair game.

Even now I regret some of my actions. As long as I have eternal life, surely I can bear the gift of atonement.

Posted by: Eimi | August 12, 2013

Fears and Spiders

I can think of three types of fear, two of which are useful.

  1. Fear of the law. Obeying moral or civil authority because consequences of insubordination are unsavory. This is smart.
  2. Fear for your life, also known as the survival instinct. This helps you stay alive. Life is good.
  3. Irrational fear. Some may argue that fear of spiders falls under the second type. More on arachnophobia in a bit.

The poet writes, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” Read More…

Posted by: Eimi | August 6, 2013

Sanctified: Making New Men

“Redemption is like turning a horse into a winged creature.” ~C.S. Lewis

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

~John 17:17, NIV

Jesus asked the Father to sanctify his disciples. Christians, when they are growing in the Spirit of Truth, are being sanctified. That’s fancy bible lingo meaning they are being refined into new, faultless sons and daughters of God. As C.S. Lewis states in Mere Christianity, sanctification is more than improvement, it is transformation, and death is a necessary part of the process. Read More…

Posted by: Eimi | July 23, 2013

I Am On The Rock

If you’ve never heard of an 80s hair band called Petra, you should give them a listen:

 

The genre did not appeal to me at first, but the lyrics kept me engaged in the music. Petra has many solid Christian principles woven through their discography. I recommend the albums Jekyll & Hyde, Beat the System, and Beyond Belief.

Used CDs may be found on Amazon or FYE for a fair price. Individual songs can also be bought on Amazon or iTunes, averaging between $0.99 and 1.29. If these options don’t appeal to you, I’m sure you can find Petra songs elsewhere on the web.

The band also sings some well known praise and worship songs, offering variety for those who don’t swing to rock and roll.

UnknownPetraFan provides lyrics in English and often Spanish in the description under each video. Some favorites of mine include What’s In A NameRun For The Prize, and It Is Finished.

Posted by: Eimi | July 19, 2013

Diagnosing the Problem

Wouldn’t it be great if, whenever you were feeling ill, you could simply have your body scanned from head to toe in order to diagnose the problem? Instead, we see doctors, who need to know where to look, so they begin by asking questions regarding the nature of our symptoms. The whole ordeal goes much more smoothly if you can answer those questions precisely.

Interrogative diagnostics (IDs) are useful in areas besides physical well-being, and you can perform them on yourself. For example, I used IDs to pinpoint why I have been so hesitant to realize literary and artistic ideas:

There has been a lag in productivity lately. For as long as I thought it was due to sloth, my fruitlessness persisted. This was in fact a misdiagnosis. Upon further introspection, I concluded that my lack of motivation was due to fear of inferiority. Were it laziness, I would not be so inclined to do chores.

Now that I know the problem, I can seek the proper remedies, i.e. confidence, study, and practice. There may be other issues present, but at least I have gained some ground. The same symptom could signify one or more different problems. Non-productivity may also be caused by disorganization,  discord, or other distractions.

What’s holding you back?

Posted by: Eimi | July 1, 2013

On Self-Control

Self-control is the ability to do the right thing even when emotions wake the sinful nature. It goes beyond mere restraint, abstinence, or moderation. It is part of what makes a man human. Read More…

Posted by: Eimi | December 12, 2012

A Great Gift

A short chronicle of a recent adventure. Read More…

Posted by: Eimi | October 8, 2012

The Great Drama

No one has greater love than this: that he would lay down his life for his friends.

~Jesus of Nazareth

A common thread exists in all great stories. Theater is one medium through which a story can be told; before that was manuscript, earlier oral tradition, and even earlier pictures, but all are used today. A modern audience may be inclined to view a film over a Shakespearean or Greek play, but that is a matter of taste. The Ancient Greeks had several hundred years to refine theater, discovering the subtleties between comedy and tragedy. Some of the first compelling dramas were written for the medium. One recalls Oedipus Tyrannus and Medea, tragic dramas that have been revisited through several media. The Romans adopted the Greek tradition, and Jesus was born into a world familiar with the cues of theatric drama.

A compelling story is remembered fondly. The parts that speak to the heart stay in it. I have been thus compelled by a few current television series: the BBC show Sherlock, NBC’s primetime show Grimm, and ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

The first series attracts lovers of classic literature and science alike, for Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective Sherlock Holmes finds himself in contemporary London. In the final episode of season two, *SPOILER*

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Posted by: Eimi | October 5, 2012

Perfection

Of those to whom God has given many gifts: much is expected.

Walk in the Spirit. Listen and obey. If you do not, your fall will be great. “The Devil was an archangel once; his natural gifts were as far above yours as yours are above those of a chimpanzee,” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity). Align your will with that of your Father.

God’s plan is to perfect his creation. Sanctification – the process of perfection – is God’s job; your job is to let him perfect you. Continually denying your self-centered nature is exhausting. Therefore, return daily to the Fountain. Living Water provides energy to progress.

If you remain in Jesus, you will be made perfect – a son or daughter of God. If you continually dismiss him, in the end he will dismiss you. Stay close to him so that you know what he wants you to do. Stay near him so that you can hear his whispers.

The Spirit of Truth will be with you through the day, giving counsel for every decision. He reminds you that to eat more than your body needs to live is to practice gluttony, and to repeatedly practice gluttony is to be a glutton. The Spirit of Truth reminds you that to waste time is to be lazy, and to continually be lazy is to be asleep. The Spirit of Truth reminds you that to wish harm on others is to practice wrath, and to repeatedly practice wrath is to lose his love. Do not hold on to any sin, no matter how small, or you will be enslaved to it.

Some people pretend to be Jesus because they want to condemn the world. Some pretend to be Jesus because they want to practice being sons and daughters of God. Jesus, our brother, is a good example to follow. Good actions are not enough, but they are all that we can do. Jesus changes what we cannot: our hearts.

Every road after a few miles forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork, you must make a decision… I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish, but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road… Evil can be undone, but it cannot develop into good. Time does not heal it; the spell must be unwound, bit by bit, with backward mutters of dissevering power, or else not. It is still either or. If we insist on keeping hell or even earth, we shall not see heaven. If we accept heaven, we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of hell.

~C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Posted by: Eimi | October 5, 2012

Spirit of Truth

Ever seen the Holy Ghost? He can be tricky to substantiate (pun intended), but is in fact more real than matter.

According to John, Jesus spoke the following words to his disciples at the Last Supper:

Ἐὰν ἀγαπᾶτέ με, τὰς ἐντολὰς τὰς ἐμὰς τηρήσετε: κἀγὼ ἐρωτήσω τὸν πατέρα καὶ ἄλλον παράκλητον δώσει ὑμῖν ἵνα μεθ’ ὑμῶν εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα ᾖ, τὸ πνεῦμα τῆς ἀληθείας, ὃ ὁ κόσμος οὐ δύναται λαβεῖν, ὅτι οὐ θεωρεῖ αὐτὸ οὐδὲ γινώσκει: ὑμεῖς γινώσκετε αὐτό, ὅτι παρ’ ὑμῖν μένει καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν ἔσται.

~John 14:15-17, OGB

An English translation, drawn from the NIV (and a tad bit of Ancient Greek):

If you love me, you will obey my commands; and I will beseech the Father, and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever: the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot accept because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he stays beside you and will be in you.

Hovering around chapters 14 and 15, Jesus speaks more about this “Spirit of Truth” …

  • The counselor – the Holy Spirit – whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
  • The counselor – the Spirit of Truth – will testify about me, and you also must testify. He comes from the Father, and I will send him to you.
  • The Spirit of Truth will guide you into all truth.

The Spirit of Truth is like your conscience, or moral intuition, yet he is more than that. He is the channel through which the Living Water flows into you. The closer you are to the Source of Life, the better you know right from wrong. The further you stray from the Fountain, the more confusing morality becomes, til you become altogether blind to truth.

C.S. Lewis explains the relationship between Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and man in his book, Mere Christianity:

The Father delights in his Son; the Son looks up to his Father… They are a great fountain of energy spurting up at the very center of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you; if you are not, you will remain dry… Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life we shall also be sons of God. We shall love the Father as he does and the Holy Ghost will arise in us.

A final piece of imagery. Jesus’ words, from chapter 15 of John:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that produces no fruit and cleanses every branch that does produce fruit to make it even more fruitful. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can produce fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you produce fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will produce much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you might set out and produce fruit – imperishable fruit.

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