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Friday, July 18, 2008
End-times Revelation Beasts
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Mysteries of the World


Here is a collage of some pictures that I found on the 'Net:


Have fun!

Cheers!

Halleluyah (Praise "the LORD our God" / Praise "YAHWEH our Father")!


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Anti-science Phenomenon
Mood:  chillin'
Topic: Secular

"Science Under Attack"

The late Professor John Ziman, in his book Real Science (2000), wrote that "Science is under attack. People are losing confidence in its powers. Pseudo-scientific beliefs thrive. Anti-science speakers win public debates. Industrial firms misuse technology. Legislators curb experiments. Governments slash research funding. Even fellow scholars are becoming sceptical."1

 

"Anti-Science Phenomenon"

Similar observations had been made earlier, in 1993, by Harvard University's Professor Gerald Holton in his book, Science and Anti-Science (1993). In the last chapter of that book (Chapter 6), Professor Holton wrote about the "anti-science phenomenon".2

What exactly is meant by the term "anti-science"? While Professor Holton did not exactly gave a specific definition for the term "anti-science"3, he clearly used it to mean "opposition to science". He also used the terms "alternative science" and "parascience" as synonyms for "anti-science".

In Chapter 6 of his Science and Anti-Science book, Professor Holton also elaborated that:2

The term anti-science can lump together too many, quite different things that have in common only that they tend to annoy or threaten those who regard themselves as more enlightened. ...from [this] disparate jumble we can discriminate between
  • "real" science (good, bad, and indifferent; old, new or just emerging);

  • pathological science (as in Irving Langmuir's essay on people who thought they were doing real science but were misled); [Here Professor Holton was referring to Irving Langmuir (1881-1957), the American chemist and physicist, whose "Pathological Science" appeared posthumously in Physics Today, 42 (1989), 36; and was based on a lecture at GE Labs on December 18, 1953. A copy of that 1953 lecture is availabe at the Princeton University webpage @ http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ken/Langmuir/langmuir.htm, which states that "Langmuir never published his investigations into the subject of Pathological Science. A tape recording was made of his speech, but this has been lost or erased. Recently, however, a microgroove disk transcription that was made from this tape was found among the Langmuir papers in the Library of Congress, This disk recording is of poor quality, but most of what he said can be understood with a little practice, and it constitutes the text of this report."];

  • pseudo-science (astrology and the "science" of the paranormal);

  • blatant silliness and superstition ("pyramid power");

  • scientism (the overenthusiastic importation of "scientific" models into nonscientific fields; or the vastly exaggerated claims of technocrats for scientific and technologcal powers, such as the ''Star Wars" projects); and

  • other forms.

(Adapted)

In the Science and Anti-Science book2 -- as well as in an earlier journal article entitled "How to think about the 'anti-science' phenomenon"4 -- Professor Holton proposed a "framework" to understand the "anti-science phenomenon" and "to deal with the belief in anti-science", also known as (aka) "alternative science" or "parascience", using Professor Holton's own words.

Professor Holton's framework is based on the premise that "such a belief [in "anti-science", or "alternative science", or "parascience"] is grounded in a person's functional worldview", and is "one symptom of a long-standing struggle over the legitimacy of the authority of conventional science".

The belief in anti-science apparently involves two groups of people:2

It is Professor Holton's contention that such "opposition to science ... can take a great variety of forms, from interest in astrology to attacks on relativity theory, from false beliefs based on scientific illiteracy to support of Lysenkoism or Creationism".2

Professor Holton pointed out, for example, that in the former Soviet Union, there were numerous "publications promoting 'otherways of knowing', mystics, clairvoyants, astrologers, extra-terrestrial visitors, faith healers, and the rest of the -- to us -- familiar cast of characters".2

Still referring to the former Soviet Union (although applying to every country as well), the good professor professed that he abhored "the single most malignant part of the [anti-science] phenomenon: the type of pseudo-scientific nonsense that manages to pass itself off as an 'alternative science', and does so in the service of political ambition", and here he mentioned about the situation that used to pertain in the defunct Soviet Union, where there was Lysenkoism, Engels' Anti-Dühring, as well as attacks on the relativity theory and quantum mechanics.2

In his Science and Anti-Science book, Professor Holton also lamented that "much of the tabloid sensationalism involving UFOs is merely hucksterism feeding on primitive ignorance (unless, as with the reputed recent inauguration of a section on "UFO-logy" in the Russian Academy of Science, the craze gets official backing)."2

It is Professor Holton's professional and personal belief that we should strive to achieve the position or state where we are "rational, progressive, anti-superstitious, pro-science, and free of the medieval curses of folk magic, miracle, mystery, false authority, and mindless iconoclasm".

It is clear that Professor Holton abhors anti-science, alternative science, parascience, and the like.

 

References / Bibliography:

1 John Ziman, Real Science: What It Is, and What It Means (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000). The late Professor John Michael Ziman (who died at age 79, on January 2, 2005), according to the Wikipedia entry on 'John Ziman' @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._M._Ziman

was a physicist and a humanist who worked in the area of condensed matter physics. He was an outstanding spokesman for science, and an accomplished teacher and author. John Ziman was born in England but moved to New Zealand with his family in childhood and obtained his early education at Hamilton and Wellington. He obtained his PhD from Balliol College, Oxford and did his early research on the theory of electrons in liquid metals at Cambridge. In 1964 he was appointed professor of theoretical physics at Bristol University, and his interests shifted towards the philosophy of science. He argued ardently about the social dimension of science, and the social responsibility of scientists in numerous essays and books.
See also the Obituary, entitled "John Ziman: Physicist who was concerned with the social significance of science", in the Guardian (UK broadsheet) webpage @ http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,1403544,00.html. 2 Gerald Holton, Science and Anti-Science (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1993). Professor Holton is Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics and Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University (according to the Wikipedia entry on 'Gerald Holton' @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Holton). See also the Harvard University webpage entitled 'Physics Department Faculty: Gerald Holton' @ http://www.physics.harvard.edu/people/facpages/holton.html. 3 In his Bibliogrpahical notes, Professor Gerald Holton wrote that "A rare example of a full-length treatment of anti-science is J. C. Burnham, How Superstition Won and Science Lost (New Brunswick, N.T., Rutgers University Press, 1987). For specific facets of anti-science, see the essays by Helga Nowotny, Gernot Bohme, Otto Ullrich, and Hilary Rose in Helga Nowotny and H. Rose, Counter-Movements in the Sciences (Dordrecht: Reidd, 1979); and essays by Leo Marx, Lynn White, Jr., and Robert S. Morrison in Gerald Holton and R. S. Morison, Limits of Scientific Inquiry (New York, W. W. Horton, 1979)." On the website of Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM), the webpage @ http://www.baam.emich.edu/baammainpages/baambookshelf.htm has this to say about John Bunrham's How Superstition Won and Science Lost:
Burnham explores the history of science popularization from 1830 to the present. He convincingly shows that the nature of science writing has changed from presenting science as an objective, naturalistic process to presenting science as a kind of magic or superstition. Gone are the days of writers such as Isaac Asimov who were self-consciously and unapologetically scientific, concentrating on the process of discovery--not afraid to include math and technical terminology in their carefully developed expositions. In their place, modern science writers and journalists, often untrained in science, concentrate on the products of science, adopting a fragmented, gee-whiz style of presentation that emphasizes outcomes and avoids putting discoveries in an empirical or conceptual context. Science journalism, especially as it appears on television, increasingly relies on appeals to authority, often placing a scientific viewpoint on an equal plane with a non-expert opposing opinion. The result has been the growth and spread of superstitious modes of thinking and acceptance of pseudoscience.
4 Webpage entitled "How to think about the 'anti-science' phenomenon" @ http://pus.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/1/1/103. This article ("How to think about the 'anti-science' phenomenon") by Professor Gerald Holton of Harvard University appeared in the journal Public Understanding of Science -- specifically in Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 103-128 (January 1992) -- published by SAGE Publications. The PDF file of Professor Holton's article is available @ http://www.garfield.library.upenn.edu/essays/v15p172y1992-93.pdf.

 

This post is taken from the Mysteries of the World website -- specifically:


Have fun!

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Sphinx as Allusion to [Real] Science
Mood:  bright
Topic: Mysteries of the World

The fable of the Sphinx is useful as an allusion, or analogue or analog(y), for Science -- that is, Real Science, not pseudoscience, fringe science, alternative science, parascience, voodoo science, pathological science, bogus science, bad science, weird science, crank science, and the like.

 

The Story of the Sphinx

Sphinx was a monster combining many shapes in one, including the following:

 

 

She dwelt on a mountain near Thebes.

She would lie in ambush for travellers on the roads, attack them and kidnap them.

Then she would pose them riddles.

If the captives failed to solve the riddles, she would tear them to pieces.

The Thebans offered to anyone who could solve the Sphinx's riddles, the kingship of Thebes as a reward.

A man of wisdom and courage, known as Oedipus, who was also lame (due to wounds in his feet), accepted the challenge, and presented himself before the Sphinx.

The Sphinx asked Oedipus this question: "What kind ofanimal was born four-footed, then became two-footed, then three-footed, and at last four-footed again?"

Oedipus thought a little while, then gave the correct answer -- "Man".

He then slayed the Sphinx and claimed the reward by becoming the King of Thebes.

 

Allusion / Analog(y)

The fable of the Sphinx is an allusion to Science, which is the wonder of the ignorant and unskilful, definitely a sort of monster to these. Science is multi-shaped and multi-faceted. It deals with an immense variety of subject matter and topics.

In its beauty, Science is like the face and voice of a gentle and beautiful woman.

It has wings, for Science spreads far and wide, across the lands (space) and even across the generations (time).

It has claws. The axioms and arguments of Science penetrate and hold fast the mind, so that escape into illogic, superstition and pseudoscience is impossible. Says the ancient proverb, "The words of the wise are as nails driven deep in."

Science inhabits -- sublime and lofty -- on the heights of hard-won mountains of fear, ignorance and superstition.

Along the roads of life's journey and pilgrimage, Science can be used to pounce on and attack any unwary subject-matter or topic, and subject them as captives.

And like the Sphinx, Science proposes and poses a variety of difficult riddles, enigmas, conundrums, puzzles, and questions. If the inquirer, explorer, investigator or researcher fails to find the answers, he or she may be figuratively 'torn to shreds' -- that is, mentally lacerated, obsfucated, absent-minded, and psychologically tormented, if not traumatised.

The riddles posed by the Sphinx and Science are of two types: those concerning the nature of things, and those concerning the nature of man. And, thus, the rewards are also of two kinds: command-and-control over either nature or man.

 

This post is taken from the Mysteries of the World website -- specifically:

 


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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Hell on Earth (No Blessings!) -- with ZERO POWER -- Because of no "Renewed Mind"
Mood:  happy
Topic: God Matters

We all know that those of us who call ourselves 'Christians' are saved and will go to heaven eventually ... that's true as far as our 'faith' is concerned!

 

But for many of these Christians -- while they are still on earth (with a yet-to-be-glorified-by-Jesus body at the time of 'regeneration' that Jesus spoke about, as recorded in Matthew 19:28) -- they are living a 'hell on earth' -- with little 'blessings' (especially, material blessings!) and, worse, with ZERO POWER to fight against the cohorts and minions of that loser known as satan! (I won't dignify that idiot by using an uppercase 's' in his lousy, loser name!)



That is, most Christians believe that Jesus Christ is Lord & Savior, that He laid down His life so that His blood washes us so clean of our sins that we are now a blessed House of God where the Holy Spirit of God in-dwells in us, and that this Comforter (aka Counseller; Helper, the 'One') cloths us with His Presence and His Power!

But most of us don't seem to have this Power because we don't have the 'Kingdom mindset' that Bill Johnson speaks and writes about.

Yes, Christians are 'born again' -- a term that Jesus used when He spoke to Nicodemus, as recorded in John 3:3 -- and this means we have the Person of the Holy Spirit. And, we also can feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit -- especially when we prayed, and when we listen and/or sing songs of praise and worship. But most of us lack the Power of the Holy Spirit -- the third 'P', which comes only if we walk in the Kingdom and have a Kingdom mindset.

After all, Jesus said, "Repent, for the Kingdom is at hand."

At this point -- the eyes of those powerless (i.e., with ZERO POWER!) and loser-type (i.e., Hell-on-Earth) Christians are glazing over ... and they are showing their disinterest by an exaggerated yawning! How pitiful for these zero-power, zero-blessings, sucker (!), loser- type Christians!

If your eyes are not glazed over, and if you are not pretending to yawn -- if you want all that Kingdom Mindset, Kingdom Power, Kingdom Life with Kingdom Blessings ... why! ... Read on, dah!

To most Christians, "Repent" apparently brings a crimp to their earthly living or "lifestyle"! They can't do this -- or that! They can't sleep around, aka "screw" around! They can't live it up! They can't drink this or that, smoke this or that, they can't gamble and gamble and gamble -- or try this or that!

Can't!

Can't!

Can't!

How boring! -- say these Christians, when they hear the no-no word, "Repent!"

Obviously, these Christians don't understand what "repent" means!

To Bill Johnson, "repent" means to "change your way of thinking" -- page 156 of his book When Heaven Invades Earth. And in a later book -- The Supernatural Power of the Transformed Mind -- in page 44, Bill Johnson explains what "repent" means:

"Re" means to go back. "Pent" is like the penthouse, the top floor of a building. Repent, then, means to go back to God's perspective on reality. And in that perspective there is a renewal, a reformation that affects our intellect, our emotions, and every part of our lives. Without repentance, we remain locked into carnal ways of thinking. When the Bible speaks of carnality, it doesn't necessarily mean obvious, disgusting sin. Most Christians have no appetitie for sin [e.g., they don't go around saying they want to "screw an Ang-moh woman"]; they don't want to get drunk or sleep around, but because they live without the demonstrated power of the gospel, many have lost their sense of purpose and gone back to sin. Having a renewed mind is often not an issue of whether or not someone is going to heaven, but how much of heaven he or she wants in his or her life right now. (emphasis added - Paul Quek)

Jesus urged us to do an about-face in our approach to reality because His Kingdom is at hand. He brought His world with Him, and it's within our reach. He wants you to see reality from God's perspective, to learn to live from His world toward the visible world. But if you don't change the way you think ...

That is, if you don't want to renew your mind (i.e., if you don't want to change your thinking or attitude, also known as "repent!") -- no Kingdom Power for you!

Tough, dah!

No -- or little -- blessings while you are on earth!

Living on earth -- as if you are in hell!

So sorry!

And it's not even the devil's fault!

God won't give you all that money you want -- otherwise He will end up destroying you!

If He gives you all that money you have been asking for, you will start your high living ...

Gambling away ...

Drinking away ...

Smoking away ...

Screwing women all over the place [e.g., actually doing what you had been dreaming about, like "screwing Ang-moh women"] ...

You know? ... The usual "wine, women and song" story of the carnal world.

In fact, the devil -- not God -- is more than willing for you to have all that money you have been praying for ... for the devil knows that ... all that money will destroy you!

So, let us be mindful of what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 -- "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Just in case you think all this stuff about the devil is kids' stuff ... only meant for Sunday School ...

Well, think again ("be transformed by the renewing of your mind") ...

Especially those of you who are now powerless, because you refuse to have a Kingdom mindset and refuse to walk in the Kingdom that is already, as Jesus said, "at hand!" (aka, "here!").

Wow!

Why do people choose to be powerless, I often wonder?

Bill Johnson says in his When Heaven Invades Earth, "We were born in a war. There are no time outs, no vacations, no leaves of absence. The safest place is in the center of God's will, which is the place of deep intimacy. There He allows only the battles to come our way that we are equipped to win."

Earlier, Bill Johnson had declared that "I was not left on planet earth to be in hiding waiting for Jesus' return. I am here as a military representative of heaven. The Church [i.e., all Christians] is on the attack [We are assaulting the "gates of Hades / hell"]. That's why the gates of hell, the place of demonic government and strength, WILL NOT PREVAIL against the Church."

Bill Johnson also wrote that "Submission is the key to personal triumph. Our main battle in spiritual warfare is not against the devil. It is against the flesh. Coming into subjection puts the resources of heaven at our disposal for enduring victory -- enforcing what has already been obtained at Calvary."

In a later book -- The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind -- Bill Johnson wrote, after quoting Matthew 16:18-19 (in which Jesus told His apostles that "I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it"):

The Church is the gate of heaven (another way of saying the House of God). Now Jesus introduced the idea of the gate of hell. When I was younger, I read this wrong somehow and thought it meant that "the gates of heaven will prevail against the assault of the enemy". That fit my theology better back then. I saw the Church as a group of people locked inside a compound, shoulders against the gate, trying to hold the fort as the devil and his powerful minions beat against it. I saw the Church in a posture of fear and weakness, trying to protect what we had until God hurried up and rescued us from the big, bad devil. But Jesus gave us an opposite picture. He said, "The gates of hell will not prevail." Has it ever occurred to you that we're on offense, not defense? The principalities and powers that set up dominions or "gates" all over the earth will not prevail against us! We are advancing and winning, and Jesus promises that in the end, no gate of hell will stand. Wow!

Yeah!

We are attacking the "gates of hell" ... we are the ones assaulting those idiotic gates!

Cheers!

Halleluyah! [Praise "Yah(weh)", God the Father!]

Amen! [So be it!]


Have fun!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008
1st Milestone (30 webpages) Achieved -- 'Mysteries of the World' Website
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Mysteries of the World
Since 28 February 2008, I have been working on my first Business Website, with my own domain name. That is, "Mysteries of the World" website.

And I have been constructing this website with the help of the Site Build It! (or SBI!) system -- for 28 February 2008 was the day I "signed up" to use (and paid for) the SBI! system.

The site -- "Mysteries of the World" -- is still very much a "work in progress", of course.

And it hasn't got to the Monetization Stage yet -- which is "Day 10" in the SBI! 10-day process of constructing-and-launching a small-small business website.

I am now in Day 7 going on to Day 8.

You will definitely learn PATIENCE with the SBI! way of doing things!

Most others who build business websites tend to think of the monetization models first. But with the SBI! system, you think about building CONTENT first, from Day 6 onwards (although, during Day 5, you have already explored, considered, and planned what monetization models to adopt).

Days 1-4 involved thinking and planning: you get to consider questions such as "What are your interests and passions?", "What kinds of businesses will excite you?", "What kind of business websites will excite you?", "Who are your competitors (competing websites)?", "What are the likely domain names to consider (given the website theme that interests you)?", and so on.

Oh yes, during these 4 days, you also brainstormed and brainstormed, and then brainstormed again and again ... until you've got your "website structure" done up on paper (or in a spreadsheet -- your choice!), with each web page having its own unique "keyword(s)".

Then -- and only then -- do you select a suitable and available domain name (which should be obvious by now!), and register for this domain name in Day 5 (after exploring, considering, and planning the monetization models).

Yes, siree -- definitely, SBI! is quite different from most other website construction paradigm, philosophy, and process.

Moneywise, SBI! had costs US$299 per year (this is my 1st year, of course), including the fee for website hosting ... the cost-price of SBI! includes the entire SBI! "process-plus-tools" system that helps with the website's theme selection, website-structure planning, webpage construction (not just the Look-and-Feel, but also the CONTENT BUILDING; SBI! is not interested in "building a website in 15 minutes" -- what "content" can you come up with, in 15 minutes?), analysis of each web page as it is being built, adding in a blog to the website, etc., etc., etc. ... All with next-to-zero knowledge of HTML and what-not's (so, no geeky knowledge or experience required -- just concentrate on building the CONTENT, what your business website is about).

SBI! also has an interesting online forum (mostly SBI!er-driven, but with lots of input and encouragement also from Ken Evoy, the owner-entrepreneur of the SBI! system) -- as well as online support, of course.

Anyway, it's only this week in July 2008, that I had reached my first 30 web pages, a sort of milestone (!) -- actual construction of the web pages started on 1 May 2008, so that I had spent 9 weeks or so to do the 30 web pages, averaging 1 web page in about 2-3 days (note: I had already spent a previous 9 weeks or so, from end-February 2008 to 1 May 2008 -- as already explained, this occurred during Days 1-5 of the SBI! process -- to brainstorm and select the site theme and the necessary keywords to use for the potential 200-300 web pages in this "Mysteries of the World" website, within a flexible "website structure" (homepage as Tier 1 page; "hub" pages as Tier 2 pages; and the bulk of webpages are Tier 3 pages).

Next stop: for the next 9-12 weeks, I must work faster and smarter (I've already got "up to speed" on the subject-matter, to some extent) ... and I will add at least another 30-90 webpages, while simultaneously working on attracting at least 15-30 unique visitors per day for the website as a whole!!! Only then, will I add in (implement) the "monetization" constructs or models (in Day 10), which I had already initially considered and planned during Day 5 of the SBI! 10-day process.

Anyway, in this (second) week of July 2008, I am taking a break from constructing the webpages for the "Mysteries of the World" website ... but while taking actual breaks, I had also put in a few posts in various of my other -- "hobby-type" (i.e., non-business) -- websites and blogs, including the Yahoo! 360° blog known as "Paul's Blog @ Yahoo! 360°".

Of course, after this period of R&R (i.e., "rest and refreshing" as well as "rest and recreation"), I will continue with the CONTENT BUILDING for this SBI! site known as "Mysteries of the World".

Have fun!

Cheers!

Halleluyah (Praise "the LORD our God" / Praise "YAHWEH our Father")!


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Blessings or no-blessings -- via the Power of our Tongue
Mood:  energetic
Topic: God Matters

Just two days ago, several of us were in a neighbouring country with the aim of enjoying a sumptuous and delicious meal, when a brother-in-Christ spoke, without thinking (as is his usual style), of the traffic situation.

When reminded to speak only of what is to be called into being (“… God ... calls those things which do not exist, as though they did” -- Romans 4:17, NKJV), he went into a tirade, harangue and diatribe -- that is, speech characterised by strong feeling and expression, as well as uncontrolled bitterness and abusiveness.

If ever there was a display of a lack of manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, that was it -- there were clearly zero "love, joy, peace ... patience, kindness, goodness ... faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23).

But then this brother-in-Christ has often displayed (through speech -- AND body language, such as facial expression) an utter contempt for anybody who professes in the faith -- despite having declared himself to be a follower of the Way, the Life and the Truth (i.e., Christ).

As Jesus Himself once explained, it is not what enters into a person's mouth that condemns ("defiles" - NKJV) him -- it is what comes out of a person's mouth that condemns him! (Matthew 15:11)

Hence, the Power of our Tongue!

I fear that, like Jude pointed out in Jude 5, NKJV ("... I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe"), this brother-in-Christ -- while not quite in the same position as "vessels (or objects) of His wrath, marked (or prepared) for destruction", like the Pharaoh and his soldiers, whom God initially raised to power and greatness, with lots of blessings, but whom God had beforehand marked for subsequent destruction, which the Egyptians subsequently experienced -- may be saved but to be destroyed subsequently, like the Hebrews were subsequently destroyed by wandering, without blessings, "in the wilderness (desert)".

That is, the Hebrews were saved from a situation without blessings (slavery, bondage, beatings, persecution, poverty, no wages or gold or silver -- while in Egypt), but because of their subsequent unbelief after having been saved (similar to the contempt that this brother-in-Christ showed, and continues to show, about anyone professing in the faith, despite declaring himself to be a Christian), the Hebrews were condemned to wander in the wilderness (desert -- no blessings!) for 40 years ... until this older generation died off, and a newer generation were raised under the leadership of Joshua and Caleb (the two spies out of ten who believed in God's promise) to take over the Promised Land (i.e., situation of blessings).

In the past, we have been on the receiving end of such expressiveness, from this brother-in-Christ ... let us pray that God in His Mercy, would continue to grant His Grace to this brother-in-Christ. In Jesus' mighty name, God, we claim for this brother-in-Christ, your Promise as written by your Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus ..." (Romans 8:1, NIV).


Before signing off, let us firstly renew our faith by declaring our love for our God, in all 3 Persons of the Godhead. Secondly, let us ask to receive blessings continually from God, by His Grace.  Finally, let us recognize that it will be instructive to deepen our understanding of the Power of the Tongue, by reading up on some articles on this topic ... so here are some writings that I have culled from the Internet ... Enjoy! 

Jenna Robinson, writing as the 'Bible Basics Editor' @ BellaOnline -- her article is entitled "The Power of the Tongue", quoting both the Old Testament and the New Testament -- reminds us that:

The Power of the Tongue

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat of the fruit thereof.” As Christians, do we plot the ‘demise’ of our dreams, [our] visions and our blessings with what we allow to come out of our mouth? Are we seriously watching the things that we say, not just about ourselves but also about our circumstances, situations and others?
Even more so today ... we [must] closely critique the things that we say before we say them. If it was ever a time to ‘think before you speak’ truly it is now! Many times we are speaking things that have put delays on our prosperity, promotions, blessings and we haven’t even realized it. When we fail to speak ‘continuous strengthened faith’ about what we are waiting on for others or ourselves, we delay their route to the manifestation realm.
Often times we are too quick to say the things that come into our mind without evaluating if they are edifying or not. There’s a process to speaking mature strengthened faith on a continuous basis to your situations. First, you must have firm and solid faith; next your attitude must exemplify your non-wavering faith and thirdly, you must stand strong in your conviction to believe beyond all doubt. When all these things are in spiritual sync then your mindset parks in the ‘critique mode’ for the things your mouth tries to utter.
You will begin to arrest your thoughts and frisk them thoroughly to see if they are carrying doubt of any kind. II Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing captive every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
If the thought in your mind is not supporting your faith, ‘you don’t speak it!’
What we must continually remind ourselves about faith is that, it's what we do ‘not’ see naturally, so no matter what we see visibly, faith sees the opposite and it is on this sight we process our belief. As we believe what we see through our faith, we speak only those things that promote, support and encourage the forward progress of the blessing of the manifestation to us [and others]. We must talk faith to our circumstances at all times -- just as it says in Romans 4:17, “… Even God, who quickens the dead, calls those things which be not as though they were.” If we wait until we ‘see’ the visible results of what we are asking for, this is not faith!
We have to do something with the span of time between when we have it in mind and when it tangibly becomes ours. If we don’t ‘speak’ strengthened faith to ourselves, the thoughts in our mind will keep us on an endless emotional roller coaster .... We must always ‘choose’ to speak life to everything that is of a concern to us [and others] and believe what we say until complete manifestation.

(Adapted by Paul Quek, for this Blog ... thanks to Miss Jenna Robinson! May God's Grace be upon her ... and everyone else.)

Here is another piece, with less biblical (and more contemporary) language -- from Chris Widener (URL -- http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Power-of-the-Tongue&id=10319):

The Power of the Tongue

There is an old proverb with a lot of wisdom. It says, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and whoever loves it will eat its fruit."
It is so true. What we say has the ability to create situations, emotions, and thoughts in others. A kind word helps people, negative words hurt - sometimes for a very long time.
Most of the time we think of this concept in relation to how we treat others and that is good. In fact, I wrote an article in the last month or so called "The Power in Praising People." If you missed it, you can get it at the website. [URL -- http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Power-in-Praising-People&id=10310]
But here I want to talk about this concept in relation to ourselves. How does what we say affect us? Tremendously. There is a simple principle here. Only say things that will create in you positive emotions, thoughts, feelings, and ultimately, actions.
Let me give you a good example. We do not allow the words "I can't" in our house. Why? Because we CAN! The very minimum is "I'll try." We ask our kids to say "I'll try." If we allow our kids, or ourselves, to fall into the trap of saying "I can't," guess what? We won't! And that's not good, is it?
Do you tell yourself negative thoughts during the day? Most of us can fall into that temptation, can't we? I was working the other day and I was brewing over something bad that had happened and I was just getting bent out of shape. So I stopped, realized I had the power to choose what I was saying to myself and began to think about and tell myself good things. And my day changed for the better.
Have you ever been in your backswing on the golf course and said to yourself, "I am going to shank this one." What happens? You shank it. This actually happens to me. So what do I do? I stop my backswing, reset myself, and tell myself I am going to hit it straight down the fairway. What happens? About half the time I hit it straight, the other half, I shank it .... At the very least I increase my chances of performing better. Bad thoughts almost guarantee my failure, while good thoughts increase my chances for success dramatically.
A salesman may see someone walk through his door and say to himself, "I'm not going to be able to make this sale." I can't. I won't.
Some of us aren't even aware that we talk negatively to ourselves. Take some time today to think about what you say to yourself. Maybe ask a close friend if you have this habit. If you find yourself doing this, it is time to change!
Now, don't get me wrong. Self-talk is not a substitute for effort and ability, but it is a strong helping factor. Find some simple phrases that will help you get through the day with more success. Whatever your situation or work is, I am sure there are specific things you can say that will build you up and stick you on the road to success!
The words that you use and the conversations you have with yourself create things in you. They can create positive things or negative things. It is our choice. The tongue has the power of life and death. This is why it is so important to be diligent in using the power of the tongue to create a positive force in our lives.
Remember, your tongue has power. Use it!

(Adapted by Paul Quek, for this Blog ... thanks to Mr. Chris Widener)

There are numerous other writings, of course ... MAKING YOUR MOUTH A SHARP SWORD, from "MESSAGES OF WARNING - From The Loving Heart of God", by Rev. Archimandrite Fr. Eusebius A. Stephanou, Th.D., Brotherhood of St. Symeon the New Theologian, Miramar Beach, Florida. You may want to delve into his ARCHIVE to see whether his "pastoral messages" are useful to you -- if nothing else, to receive blessings from the Lord! Amen! (So be it!)


Have fun!

Cheers!

Halleluyah (Praise "the LORD our God" / Praise "YAHWEH our Father")!


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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Antics of Politicians - Incoming Emails & My Replies
Mood:  cool
Topic: Uncategorised-Unimportant

Just in case you've got nothing much to do -- especially on a sleepy Tuesday afternoon! -- you may wish to peruse this short series of emails to me, as well as my replies, that should make it clear that I abhor politics (and politicians -- despite my Charismatic beliefs! Sorry! I ask for your forgiveness, LORD GOD the Father, YAHWEH/YAHVEH, Abba! Father! Daddy GOD -- in Jesus' mighty name! Amen!):




---[ Received Mail Content ]----
Subject : Reform Party Inauguration Dinner
Date : Wed, 9 Jul 2008 21:03:13 -0400
From : ...
To : "Paul"

Dear Paul,

Mr. JBJ will be celebrating the inauguration dinner for the Reform Party at Fortunate Restaurant on Friday, 11 Jul 08. Tickets are charged at $30 per seat. If you are interested to attend this historic event, just give me a call or drop me an email before 12pm 11 Jul 08.

Venue: Fortunate Restaurant
Address: Blk 181 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #02-602 Singapore 310181
Date: 11 Jul 08
Time: 7pm
Cost: $30


My reply was as follows:

Subject: [RE]Reform Party Inauguration Dinner
Sent Date: 07-09-2008 9:38:00 PM
From: "Paul Quek"
To: ...

Thanks for the invite - but I am apolitical ...

[Still - often -- especially on a sleepy Tuesday afternoon! -- I enjoy laughing at the antics of ALL politicians (as reported in the public information media, such as offline newspapers as well as the Internet's online newspapers, websites and blogs) - but I am, basically, apolitical, so I don't really go out of my way to search out these so-called "news". And attending, or giving my time to, any event connected to ANY politician? Thanks, but no thanks(!) - I have already got too much on my plate, as it is -- e.g., with my websites and blogs! But - thanks again for your invite! Cheers!]

-- paulquek

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> To: quekpaul@hotmail.com
> Subject: ponder
> Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 21:15:25 +0800
> From: ...
>

> This is an e-mail from (Singapore Democratic Party) sent by ... . You may find the following Link interesting: < ... weblink censored ... >.


This was my reply ...

From: Paul Quek (quekpaul@hotmail.com)
Sent: 10 July 2008 10: 30AM
To: ...

Don't waste time on politics and other useless activities - focus instead on building up your net worth -- then QUIT, lah - hehhehheh!
- From your friendly neighborhood apolitical not-abducted-by-aliens Zen Charismatic barbecue-stingray aficionado - dah!

-- paulquek

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> To: quekpaul@hotmail.com
> Subject: <name censored> is lying
> Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 20:58:15 +0800
> From: ...
>

> This is an e-mail from (Singapore Democratic Party) sent by ... . You may find the following Link interesting: < ... weblink censored ... >.
 
 
Below was my reply ...

From: Paul Quek (quekpaul@hotmail.com)
Sent: 10 July 2008 10: 51AM
To: ...

So what's new, bud? You mean, u believe any crap from any politician!!!???

Wake up, dah! From the Zen paradigm, the antics of politicians are not much different from that of all others, including moi, of course, hehheh!

Lighten up, dah! From the Charismatic viewpoint, we should pray for their eventual seeing-of-the-light. Besides, Romans 13 teaches us to be subject to ALL authorities because ALL authorities are ordained by the Sovereign Will (aka "Will to Decree") of God -- even if, eventually, after having been raised up to authority by God, some of these authorities, being clearly "vessels [or objects] of His wrath marked [or prepared] for [future or eventual] destruction" (per Romans 9:22), will suffer the fate of the Pharoahs and his mighty army, eh? That is, now they have their just rewards (e.g., power, glory, accolades from men, awards, money, etc., etc., etc., ... ) -- but, for some of these authorities, their fate is already sealed and foreordained - you know, the 'smoking section'? Tough (for them), what!!!??? [I promise to be there -- to help 'stoke the fire'!]

Personally, the antics of politicians should be enjoyed as a sideshow in the arena of life -- especially on a sleepy Tuesday afternoon!

Cheers!

-- paulquek

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> To: quekpaul@hotmail.com
> Subject: justices
> Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 20:08:11 +0800
> From: ...
>

> This is an e-mail from (Singapore Democratic Party) sent by ... . You may find the following Link interesting: < ... weblink censored ... >.
 
 
Below was my reply ...

From: Paul Quek (quekpaul@hotmail.com)
Sent: 10 July 2008 11: 15AM
To: ...

See my previous replies about the antics of self-important politicians - and how unimportant politicians are to the rest of us! -- Cheers -- thanks -- bye-bye/chiao! -- and may the Person, Presence & Power of GOD be with you always!

-- paulquek

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Note: This post is classified under "Uncategorised / Unimportant", as politics and the antics of politicians are of no importance whatsoever to this Blog -- and thus does not merit any other classification or categorization other than "Uncategorised / Unimportant". Still -- enjoy whatever you can -- especially on a sleepy Tuesday afternoon!

Have fun!

Cheers!

Halleluyah (Praise "the LORD our God" / Praise "YAHWEH our Father")!


-- Paul Quek
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Friday, March 7, 2008
Age of Milton Friedman (Last 3 Decades of 20th Century)
Mood:  bright
Topic: Economics

It has been opined that the years A.D. 1970-2000 -- or the last 3 decades of the 20th Century (note: Year 2000 is still, despite popular perception, part of the previous century, and NOT the beginning of the 21st Century) -- could be referred to as the Age of (Milton) Friedman, characterised by the following five features:

 

  1. Governments adopted strongly anti-inflationary monetary policy.
  2. Governments understood their role as the people's agent -- and not a dispenser of favors and benefits.
  3. Governments interfere infrequently in the economic sphere and business affairs.
  4. Government interfere not at all in the private lives of the people.
  5. Everybody, including governments, enthusiastically endorse free discussion and political democracy, and that such freedoms could convince the people to agree to the above four principles.

 

Well, whether any particular government has followed any of the above, I will leave it open ...

Most governments probably have no problem with the first item above, especially if inflation poses a problem, like it does today in the last years of the first decade of the 21st Century (i.e., since 2006, actually!).

Of course, the situation today involves also a severe credit crunch  (hence affecting money supply M1 and M2, at the least) as a result of the loss of confidence arising from the sub-prime housing loans debacle.

My own observation is that items #2 - #5 above continue to pose a challenge even today -- which makes me wonder whether the Age of Friedman really existed!

Oh well, we can hope and pray ... Amen & cheers!


Have fun!

Cheers!

Halleluyah (Praise "the LORD our God" / Praise "YAHWEH our Father")!


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Monday, March 3, 2008
How & Why Are We Here?
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: God Matters
A short musing, comprising several threads By Paul Quek

At one time or another, most of us probably have wondered about the "how" and "why" of our existence on this planet we call Earth. ... read on

CLICK HERE to read the short article -- in HTML format. CLICK HERE to read the short article -- in HTML format (simpler version). CLICK HERE to read the short article -- in PDF format.

 

blog, weblog, website, web site, free, stars, the star, God, Jesus, Christ, Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, big bang, big crunch, creationism, universe, multiverse, dark matter, dark energy

 

Here are some notes/excerpts from Sten F. Odenwald's "The Astronomy Cafe" (Revised on 20 January 2008). Check out God & the Wonderland Universe (Incept date: 24 January 2008; revision: 27 January 2008).

For a Christian who studies the Old Testament (and the Apocrypha or "Deuterocanonical", in the case of a Roman Catholic), it may be useful to study the source for these texts. The source is, of course, The Hebrew Bible & Jewish Apocrypha -- work-in-progress as @ 24 January 2008 -- CLICK HERE.


Have fun!

Cheers!

Halleluyah (Praise "the LORD our God" / Praise "YAHWEH our Father")!


-- Paul Quek
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Monday, February 25, 2008
A "non-exclusivist" Christian
Mood:  bright
Topic: God Matters

Some 1.8 years ago, I re-read Marcus Borg (ed.)'s "Jesus and Buddha", which bears the sub-title "The Parallel Sayings" (Berkeley, California: Ulysses Press, 1997). What benefits did I get from reading it?

Well, if nothing else, I have at least considered adopting -- in fact, did adopt, privately -- the label "non-exclusivist Christian" to describe myself to some non-Christians (aiyah!, my true-blue Christian friends will NEVER understand -- unless God does a miracle in their hearts), simply because it's a more expansive, more flexible and less insulting stance ... that is, if one needs a label or a stance!

Here's what Marcus Borg (editor) says in "Jesus and Buddha":

As a Christian, I have lived with Jesus all my life. I have not lived with the Buddha. In adulthood, I have become a non-exclusivist Christian. It seems clear that 'the sacred' has been known in all of the major religious traditions, and I do not think that Christianity is the only adequate religion, even though it is my 'home'."

Thanks again, Marcus Borg!

Have fun!

Cheers!

Halleluyah (Praise "the LORD our God" / Praise "YAHWEH our Father")!


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