Another beautiful poem

真的是要感谢主:像我这样曾经以读得懂“纯粹理性批判”这样的东西而骄傲的人,现在能发现它的美丽!

再见美丽岛
老朋友见到我都要惊讶地问,

你为什么不会老?

或许是,我参透了人生。

不管你们信不信:

这个世界的作者,

来自另一个宇宙。

在他们那里,

没有时间的流逝,

所以没有丑陋,也没有美丽。

于是,他造了我们这个世界:

一朵注定要凋零的花。

然后又按自己的模样造了我们

和他一起欣赏花的美丽。

然而我们却像一群虫子,

从一开始就有自己的心思……
可是,不管你有多少心思,

所做的一切,

别人终究会明白,

因为离开这个世界后,

人的眼里再没有什么障碍。

即便你逃到天河尽头,

要见面,也只是一念之间。

而天堂,

就是与你相爱的人再见。
2015年12月9日星期三
于桃园

Being a Christain

This poem I read it years ago, beautiful:

Do you know

do you understand

that you represent
Jesus to me?

Do you know
do you understand
that when you treat me with gentleness
it raises the question in my mind
that maybe He is gentle, too.
Maybe He isn’t someone
who laughs when I am hurt.
Do you know
do you understand
that when you listen to my question
and you don’t laugh,
I think, “What if Jesus is interested in me, too?”
Do you know
do you understand
that when I hear you talk about arguments
and conflict and scars from your past,
I think, “Maybe I am just a regular person
instead of a bad, no-good little girl
who deserves abuse.”

If you care,
I think maybe He cares —-
and then there’s this flame of hope
that burns inside of me and for a while

I am afraid to breathe

because it might go out.

Do you know
do you understand
that your words are His words?
Your face, His face
to someone like me?

Please, be who you say you are.
Please, God, don’t let this be another trick.
Please let this be real.
Do you know
do you understand
that you represent
Jesus to me?

If evil things have different  degrees

Most think Christians (actually, any religion for this matter ) have weird attitude toward sexuality, for me, if evil things have different degrees, then there are far more serious evil that it makes “sex topic” seem so trivial: violence, discrimination, racism, sexism, dictatship, famine, poverty, less disadvantaged people (mental, physical and elderly) discarded by society, human trafficking…should I go on?!!!!

At personal level, I have compassion on homosexuals, I don’t have homophobia; and myself hope one day I have the sacred marriage according to our Lord. (I know it is easier to be said by a heterosexual like me than if you are homosexual; and I fully aware to answer this at a society level from one person is not logical).

Walk-Deprived

Another source of harm from naive rationalism. Just as for a long time people tried to shorten their sleep, as it seemed useless to our earthling logic, many people think that walking is useless, so they use mechanical transportation (car, bicycle, etc.) and get their exercise working out at the gym. And when they walk, they do this ignominious “power walk,” sometimes with weights on their arms. They do not realize that for reasons still opaque to them, walking effortlessly, at a pace below the stress level, can have some benefits—or, as I speculate, is necessary for humans, perhaps as necessary as sleep, which at some point modernity could not rationalize and tried to reduce. Now it may or may not be true that walking effortlessly is as necessary as sleep, but since all my ancestors until the advent of the automobile spent much of their time walking around (and sleeping), I try to just follow the logic, even before some medical journal catches up to the idea and produces what referees of medical journals call “evidence.”

What’s is baptize / 洗礼是什么

Baptize is a statement, a public self expression, like exercises the right of “free speech “.

It is not a condition of the Faith, nor a action that result a ” contractual like” obligation ( otherwise it will be downgraded to a “spiritual contract” ).

Therefore, forced baptize is meaningless and repeated baptize is also meaningless.

Jesus said: John baptizes you with water, but You will be baptized with Holy Spirit.

An unfortunate situation is: even though baptize is not the condition of Faith therefore a condition for one to be saved; in practice, many congregations will make use of baptize as a “graduation” like signal to “formally” accept “new believers ” —-Even this point ( that baptize is not a condition to the Faith ) was made clear to the “new potential believer candidates “.

This results a dilemma: the reality is like there is ” a plain white lie “: you said baptize is not a condition of Faith nor means to join a kind of institution , so why after the second the new baptized brothers and sisters received a package of books and were told can now attend congregation meetings? ( Nobody told that one can do these things before the baptize) . But at the same time, we understand that nobody want tell anybody that it is not an obligation for you. In fact, the whole point is that we don’t want even mention it “once more” on the spot of your baptism —- because that would be feel like an “emphasis “, though I personally think I can rethink why we can’t or shouldn’t “emphasize ” it —- You “should ” yourself willing to do what we are hoping you to do.
But of course, nobody wants at very beginning to clarify this because that maybe not very helpful for either sides.

It is a very interesting case that, “misleading” may sometimes serve a good purpose.

But still, I think there is a danger. One very common example is that too often I heard the read the misunderstanding of taking baptize as a line between one’s no-faith life and faith life. Therefore I hope it justifies that I wrote this piece.

Relationship with Gov

The word says that he has ordained governments and that we should pr-y for the leaders. This does not mean that he approves of wrong things governments do, but the fact is that even a government that does these kinds of things is better than no government because he uses governments to maintain a certain order and to punish evil. Anarchy, i.e., no government, would be dangerous to everyone. I often disagree with my own government, but I know that there is hope that things will improve in the future. If we do what he wants us to do, we are lights in a dark world and can point others to him. We can work to improve the world a little bit at the time, starting with ourselves, and we make that initial step by relying on him.

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And I think further on practice, I think at least certain genuine democracy is needed; monarchy is also very dangerous to anyone.

For me, I wish not only in reality there is no Gulag but wish also there is no possibility to have one in the future.