Meditation

I found meditation to be pretty relaxing. I just laid on the floor and thought about my life and what events are taking place now and whats to come in the future. The 20 minutes went by relatively quickly as I prayed and opened my mind to God. There were points where my mind would drift off, but I brought it back and thanked God for the blessings He has given me. I believe this would be a good thing to do regularly even if it is shorter, it brings peace to me and really relaxes me as a whole. Meditation was a good experience.

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Gabe Lyons Video

           This was a very interesting video of how the Christian faith is being restored by the new generation of people. Gabe Lyons had a lot to say about how this worked and discussed the different views on the Christian faith and how these views are changing from generation to generation. The people known as outsiders are beginning to look down upon the Christian faith. Why is this? Because this new generation uses Christian as a title, but for many of these people, it means absolutely nothing. Christians used to be the best name for people, they were looked upon with respect and were honorable. This is why a lot of this generation’s members state they’re Christians, so they can be looked at with respect. These people just don’t act Christianly at all, half don’t even know what it means.
Something needs to be done so Christians can continue to receive a positive appearance to the outsiders. What good remains in this generation needs to stop the fake from giving Christianity a bad appearance. No outsiders would even consider joining some religion where anyone can do whatever, and the faith just be a name. Christianity needs to be shown as good and taught more specifically and seriously to the people involved. This faith needs to be restored because the older generations are depreciating and it is beginning to be up to the newer generations to lead this religion properly.
People need to be taught the truth by the believers as their callen job by God. it is a difficult process especially when there are so many fake Christians. The way to bring outsiders is to act like Jesus healing the cripple and then describing the reality of what happened. Christians need to repair issues, and do works for goodness. Christians must be very spiritual to be able to do these tasks for God.

 

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Father of Lights Response Questions

1. What was challenging or could be challenging to you about this film?
I would find it very difficult to have enough faith to randomly go up to people and say “ Let me pray over you and have Jesus Christ heal you” This takes a huge amount of faith and courage to do this to random people in foreign countries.
2. What did this movie reveal to you about the character of God?
This film shows that God is full of love, He sets all these things up such as the man with the white beard and orange turban, he also had dreams to be in the very place where God told the missionaries to be, and they met. God reveals that every single human matters to him. He has higher up people become believers, then through those high leaders larger groups of people can learn of the truth.
3. Did the movie address any “misconceptions” you have/had about God?
I didn’t really think that miracles from God through people  occurred anymore, and that was mainly in The Bible. I knew there were still miracles from God, but not where someone heals another through Christ.
4. How would you describe the Evangelism Strategy or Heart of Evangelism in the film?
These missionaries showed love to the people they spoke with, they told them they loved them even if they weren’t Christians. They hugged these people and told them they loved them. The people with riot signs were making it more of a threat telling people to do good instead of wrong. This was just a completely different version of love if at all.
5. What story struck you the most and why?
The story where the guy who had a wonderful life, a large amount of money, had basically everything he needed with a great family, they felt an urge from God and sold their house and left everything they had to move to China and bring up “un adoptable” children. this requires huge faith to move out and go to China basically blindfolded with what happens next, but God brought them through and they made a difference in China.
6. What would you like to do differently after seeing this film?
I want to come closer to God, I believe in him, but not as spiritually as close as these people in this movie where they heal people through God. I would love to be someone who had the power of God right behind me, in everything I do.

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New Paganism

1. Who is God

1. 5 beliefs of gods: 1. there is no god, 2. every human is a god, 3. there are many gods, 4. one immanent god, and 5. one transcendent god.

2. How did this faith come to be?

2. It came from the addition of humanism, polytheism, and pantheism.

3. What are the core components of this faith?

3. To make Heaven on earth.

4. Who is Jesus?

4. Jesus was real, but nothing really special.

5. What is something this faith has in common with Christianity?

5. They believe in a heaven, or an afterlife, they also believe in a Divine power.

6. What are a few differences between this faith and Christianity?

6. There is no hell according to the New Paganism, Christians believe there is a hell. Christians believe that there is one God, the other believes in many.

 

This religion sort of reminds me of ancient Greece where they had multiple gods, it’s weird that they don’t believe in a hell, and how they only believe in a heaven. This is a different religion, mainly because of the multiple gods theory.

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Buddhism

1. Describe God

1. Buddhists do not believe in a creator, but believe in many different gods who created nothing.

2. How did the faith come to be?

2. From a guy named Gautama in India.

3. What are the core components of this faith?

3. They pray to Buddha, their god, they like to have form.

4. Who is Jesus? 

4. knew him as a good person or a prophet.

5. What is something this faith has in common with Christianity?

5. It originated from a virgin woman

6. What are a few differences between this faith and Christianity?

6. Believe in more than one god, they don’t believe Jesus was the savior, but just a good man, don’t believe he is coming back to earth.

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Artprize 2012

Artprize was a fun and enjoyable thing to see. I went to the Van Andel Museum and the BOB and saw multiple art pieces that were very good and some that I didn’t care for. My favorite things I saw were first the fish and horses in the water, they just had a good location and grabbed my attention. At the BOB I really liked the Egg machine as well as the rubiks cubes.  That giant head in front of the bus just sort of annoyed me, it was cool how huge it was but I just didn’t find it interesting. The metal band with the guitarist and drummer and so on was very good, and I liked how they were all skeletons rocking out a concert. Then we made our way to the Van Andel Museum where there was this awesome motorcycle that stood about 15 feet high maybe. It was the largest motorcycle I have ever seen. I didn’t care for the large people on a bench, it didn’t make sense to me why it was made. It was just randomly thrown there and looked out of place and strange. Artprize was fun to look at and see different art pieces.

 

Art means a piece that is drawn or made which expresses how a person or artist feels to show emotion.

 

Some of the wood worked sculptures showed the most morality. The are carved by an artist who took the time it takes to carve all the detail into a sculpture. The artist has plenty of time to reveal the emotion towards the piece. Many of these artists showed morality, but I think it would go to all the wood carvings because they come from a live tree and are carved to show live emotions.

 

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Big Fish

Big Fish

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Rubiks Cube

Rubiks Cube

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Shaffee’s truck

Shaffee's truck

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Sweet graffiti

Sweet graffiti

By the BOB

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