Friday, December 28, 2007
Some of us live too much in the past. Good memories, bad ones... The past is GONE and isn't gonna return you know... Why do we still waste our time on it?
Some live too much in the future. "When I grow up I shall..." ; "in the future i will..." ...hey its okay to dream, but are we just dreaming? Thought/ Dreams without actions are dead, you know...
And the question that is worth all our thoughts...ho many of us are living in the present... Now? Do you see the happenings around you? The flowers blooming? Your family needing your love, support, encouragement? The smile on your loved ones faces?
Maybe its time for us, while occasionally reliving the past and dreaming bout the future, to also pay equal attention to the NOW that is happening,whether we know it or not. To learn to forgive, to give, to LOVE. I know I'm not perfect, but I am trying.
Oh, by the way, I really love Monsters.Inc. Not sure why. Really love this picture, it really touches me when I see (and re-see) it, the wormth, love, and the impossible becoming possible(how can humans n monsters... u get the idea =D)...I gleaned it from facebook stickers. So thank you facebook (stickers)... *grins
I wanna learn to love you more each day...and I'm forever and assuredly yours
by my dear bro chee kin
Part 1: On the Outside
Name : LEE HWEE MENG, JOANNE
Date of Birth : 3rd January 1989
Current Status : In a loving relationship
Eye Colour : Brown
Hair Colour : Black with a strip of brown-turned golden hair
Righty or Lefty : Righty
Zodiac Sign : Capricorn
Part 2: On the Inside
Your Heritage : Chinese
Your Fear : Hmm not going into this one
Your Weakness : Haves own way of doing stuff n firm while doing it...people don't seem to like this.
Your Perfect Pizza : Aloha chicken with juicy pineapples with NO ONIONS (with the exception of deep fried ones...)
Part 3: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Your thoughts first waking up : What time is it?
Your bedtime : 1.00am
Your most missed memory : The beautiful times spent with good friends... *sighs
Part 4: Your Pick
Pepsi or Coke : Pepsi
McD's or Burger King : McDonald's
Single or Group Dates : Versatile
Adidas or Nike : Either...Neither
Lipton Tea or Nestea : Natural works best =).
Chocolate or Vanilla : Vanilla( ice-cream from Mc-D), chocolates is awesome too^^
Cappucino or Coffee : Cappucino
Part 5: Do You . . .
Smoke: No, and I never will. There are better ways to die,not to mention not so painful.
Curse : Extremely rarely, unless triggered beyond control.
Drink : Yep, and I do control as to not get drunk.
Part 6: In the Past Month
Drank alcohol : A few days ago
Gone to the mall : Yesterday
Been on stage : Nope not past month but months yes...
Eaten sushi : Nope cant say its my favourite
Dyed your hair : Nope the golden brown will be the last...for now at least
Part 7: Have You Ever?
Played a stripping game : Nope
Changed who you were to fit in : Yup,but not really. I like the quote: "You were born an original, don't die a copy."
Part 8: Age
You're hoping to be married : Around 25-28
Part 9: In A Guy/Girl
Best eye colour : Brown as Blue and brown eyes make brown eye babies, Chee Kin...Dominant alleles...
Hair colour : Black
Short or long hair : Short (Oi, talking bout a guy here...)
Part 10: What Were You Doing?
1 minute ago : Sambil eating nasi ayam sambil doing this tag! (Thank you Chee kin =p)
1 hour ago : Breakfast, newspapers...
1 month ago : Prom night! Hehe
1 year ago : threw away school uniform...? (among other things)
Part 11: Finish The Sentences
I love : God, family, friends and how could I forget my darling ? Hehe
I feel : All things happen in life for a reason...
I miss : Schoolmates, college mates, the good and fun times together with all my awesome frenz n family... ... ...
I need : To trust the Heast when I don't see the hand
Part 12: Tag 5 People
Carmen Ong (?)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
First things first, this is long overdue. I thought of only posting this later,but this is late enough...more than 5 days already. Thought of getting the confirmation letter first, but decided at long last(now) that a phone confirmation is more than sufficient.Yep, those who know what I am talking about...PRAISE GOD! I finally got my IMU offer, which I have been ranting on and on about...And all glory goes to God Almighty above. Truly He will make a way where there is no way, He works in ways we cannot see nor comprehend.
And my childhood dream of reading medicine has officially come to pass, although at many points of time I did not have the faith that I was gonna make it. Thats why all the more, glory to the Highest. Just like the sun rising to illuminate the earth from its darkness, I feel like my whole world had just opened up before me; the opportunities, the challenges, the road ahead...
Isn't the pre dawn beautiful? The beautiful piece of artwork just points towards the creator,the handicraft of His workmanship... And just like the pre dawn, I believe there is more to come...
And at sunrise,the little rays of sunlight just prance around, eager to shine across the world...Isn't it like the spirit of a child,so much to offer, and the limitless amount of joy and light that overcomes the ugliness of the sin marred world and floods the humankind with love, peace and joy...?
This picture may seem really odd here, but you know when I saw it, I was drawn to its sheer beauty and the fact that no matter how we humans may try, we will fail to recreate the majestic beauty of nature. It is humans who plant, and humans who water, but not us that causes the growth... Reminded that though we walk through the valleys of the shadows of death, You will be with us...You will lead us to the green pastures, the quiet waters...He restores my soul...
I will trust in You. Wherever You may lead, I will go.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Smart man + smart woman = romance
Smart man + dumb woman = affair
Dumb man + smart woman = marriage
Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy
____________ _________ _________
Smart boss + smart employee = profit
Smart boss + dumb employee = production
Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion
Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime
____________ _________ ________
A man will pay $20 for a $10 item he needs.
A woman will pay $10 for a $20 item that she doesn't need.
____________ _________ ________
GENERAL EQUATIONS & STATISTICS
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
____________ _________ ________
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
____________ _________ _________
Married men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more willing to die.
____________ _________ _________
PROPENSITY TO CHANGE
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.
____________ _________ ________
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
____________ _________ ________
HOW TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BUGGING YOU ABOUT GETTING MARRIEDOld aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next." They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.
Monday, December 17, 2007
All who knew told me the same thing : All things will work out for good... God has better plans... But the truth is, accepting it is really hard sometimes, especially when you can't see what is ahead, and you think you have it all under control. Yep, I asked, I struggled, I cried out to God, told Him that above my will, Your will be done. I guess this is my year end challenge... To give up what is dearest to me and trust that something better will God do... I told God: My dream is to be a doctor, but if that is not Your will, let Your will be done. I know, to give up my biggest dream is like, wow...
I was reminded of Abraham, whom God asked to sacrifice his son. Isaac must have been one of his most prized possessions, and I believe that he agonized, suffered...But he gave his son anyway (before God stopped him, that is). Joseph and Job were examples of men whom God took away everything, dumped in strange and unknown places, both suffered... But the common factor in these 3 men's lives was that What happened later was even better than before, greater than the beginning...One became the "Father of all nations", the other two God blessed many many times more than what they already had(and lost). Family, health, wealth, position, power... I asked myself, can I give up this "big" plan of mine...for something better? Some had a choice( like Abraham), some did not (Joseph and Job). Mine is more like the 2nd, and much as I hate to admit it, I know that if I did have the choice, I would have taken it even if I knew it wasn't His will. Thats how imperfect I am. And I guess, thats why God did what He did.
And really, I've got so many things to thank God for...my constant encourager and best friend, the one who is always going the extra mile for me, the one who could detect even the slightest hint of "hey something is not right" just through my message... The one who so patiently and lovingly reassured me that everything is gonna be alright, and reassured me of God's unchanging love and his own... I thank God for the special someone He gave me that always managed to create a smile through all the tears...And just as I feel that my world "came crashing down" (a little exaggeration, not so teruk of course), I am reminded that there are people who are different, who care about the little things happening in my life, just like I do in others, who are not willing that a single incident affect me to the extent of losing my drive and will in life...
I know God will never leave me nor forsake me. After all, I am His. I am his child. And I am constantly reminded that God wants only the best for me, just like any parent to a child. And I have "a hope and a future,plans to prosper me and not to harm me"... And just like the song (lyrics) below, which God so graciously gave to me by divine appointment, He told me that when I don't understand, and I don't see His plan, and I can't trace His hand, trust His heart....and this is my promise God, I WILL.
God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don't understand
And you don't see His plan
And you can't trace His hand
Trust His heart
Friday, December 14, 2007
But as my brother went out to take in the post from the postman, and passed it to me, my heart sank as I saw the thin envelope. Somehow the "one piece" of letter I knew wasn't what I hoped for. And the heartbeat that was profuse only moments ago just "died"...
It was like, stone...then I crumbled for a while. Uncontrollable emotions were flowing through, the dashed hope,the flame just sizzled...
But thank God my very best friend also my darling called me. Its times like this that I even more appreciate and feel touched by his unwavering and gentle love. Reminded me that all things will work for good, there are greater things ahead that we don't see. More than anything, he reassured me that he still loves me and would wait for me no matter what. I know I crumbled, I know I felt like giving up,but he did not allow me to. It all seems a little messed up, my train of thought, but so many thoughts are running through my mind...
Dear God, I don't understand. I can't see the hand. And my feelings failed, tempting to pull down my faith as well. But You saw me through the application process. You saw that I reached the minimum requirements to sign up to even be interviewed. And I believe that the interview went well. I believe that You were there all the time, and You are here now.
Thank You Father God that despite all the uncertainty, God You still are unchanging, and You love me. Thank You that I know You have something better in store for me, just like You always do. Thank You so much Dad,that the things that means so much to me, means just even more to You. Thank You that my relationship with Nicholas is still intact, that he still reminds me that he loves me and cares for me , forever. Thats why I'm reassured that this love is genuine, is real, is lasting, is forevermore.I just know. Coz I love Nicholas too. I thank You Dad, that the two most important relationships in my life, with You and with Nicholas just grew stronger, as You pulled me towards You and pulled us towards each other.Father God, I believe that all things work for good for those who love You... You have better plans for me.
And Father God so I surrender all I have and all I am into Your hands, my future, my life my all. Use it for Your glory. Turn my disappointment into something positive. I suddenly remember Sabrina sharing this verse that I've seen before, that "those who sow in tears will reap in joy". It is Your promise. After the rain there is the beautiful rainbow. I'm waiting Dad,expectantly. You can, and You will, intervene in my life, for Your glory. This is my confidence in You God,that You are bigger than the world, bigger than the circumstances, bigger than life,You are a God who does not slumber. And most of all, You are a graceful and loving God who loves the world, and loves me. I love You God,and I trust in You . My future is in Your hands.
Lead me to the rock higher than I....
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Initially, I thought like, you know,the first time's one should be more accurate. Which should be. But you know,you can't deny the fact that we humans change. And we humans are emotional beings. So what I am saying is, we all have a little bit of everything (unless,like in my case, my temperament and interests did not change), and our mood at the point of time influences our choices we make.
But whatever decision, or choices we make, be it small, important or not, should be done with careful thought. Coz many things in life are irreversible. You may, in the heat of the moment, say something that hurts a friend...and live to regret that. Sure,you can say sorry, but you may have opened a wound that took years to heal in just a split few seconds...
Hahaha,why am I talking bout all these? I guess I was provoked by the fact that people around us do care bout what we do,say, our actions, and the choices we make directly and indirectly affect them. But so long as we have other's interests at heart, and do things which we know we will not regret later, then it should be fine. =)
My first time results:
My second time results:
My third time results:
Can you believe it? I did it for the fourth time, and the results still shows some difference!
So I guess I can conclude that I am Idealist, Simple, Thoughtful... Tho my passion remains to be seen. Hahaha! But personally, I am a romantic person + emotional, (can't tell which is more I'm afraid)...
But these are just an indication, just a game! You can't change who you are(at least not through tests like these =p)So, Don't get too addicted,like me! Hahaha =)
Monday, December 3, 2007
But I guess its in the quietness that a resolution is made, in the quietness of the heart that is still,comes real strength. The strength that reveals itself in the most trying times,the "never-give-up" and "Never-say-die" spirit... The courage that pulls one through all the deep and dark valleys,the confidence and hope that the final destination,no matter how far away,can be achieved, and the hope that never fails. Trials produces perseverance, perseverance produces character,and character,hope. Faith is seeing what we hope for,the reward of faith is getting what we hoped for. Something like that. But its by faith that we will pull through.
And these valleys,they aren't permanent. Its a season. After one climbs the valley, one reaches the peak. When one looks down,the countless amount of tears and sweat of toil, they are worth it.Coz in life,sometimes shortcuts don't work. The road taken,of pain,perspiration and hard work have proved to be more fruitful.
And I waiting to stand before the world,and to say: I HAVE MADE IT"
Draw me close
Draw me close to you
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear you say that I'm your friend
You are my desire
No one else will do
Cause nothing else can take your place
To feel the warmth of your embrace
Help me find the way
Bring me back to you
You're all I want
You're all I've ever needed
You're all I want
Help me know you are near
Friday, November 30, 2007
Mr Potato came one day, so the posers, me ,Jess,Kah Men decided to grab the opportunity...Hehe
My lab partner,Ei Leen,and the same table,partners,Jay Mee and Hor Yan=)
Hand game. Wei Jin is supposed to be the pro. I always lose as the 2nd runner up wan! Not fair!Hehe
Evonne,Jay Mee,me,Carynn,Wendy. Here lies the future doctors,pharmacists, rockstars, and beauty queens...
Human pyramid. You see the nutty side of G7? And Navin looks...gay =)
The short moments of sisterhood. But you know,once a sister, always a sister. O0ps,I forgot,I just saw Wei Jin... =p
I know Grace got "cut out" a little,but that does not diminish the beauty radiated from all the hot gurls in the photo...Carynn,Jay Mee,Grace,Zhi Zhi,Evonne... =)
Memorable times,captured in eternity...
The final lab session,my "new" lab partner,Evonne... + Grace n Ei Leen in the picture... Haha =)
Physics lab,the constant great spot for a photo-snapshot time =) Ultimate camwhorers Xia Xun! Haha =)
I miss G7...I really do.But G7 left plenty of memories(apart from transforming me la...hehe) that I will cherish forevermore =)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
But yeah,the 6 ingredients:
1.Appreciation and affection: Developing an Emotional Bond
- Deeply care for one another
- Not afraid to express their love
- Nurture positive emotional bonds with each other
2.Commitment - The Life of the Family is Dedicated to God
- Commitment describes a love that is steady and sure
3.Positive Communication:Smoothing Out The Bumps in Family Life
- sharing feelings
- giving compliments
- avoiding blame
- being able to compromise(give and take)
- Agreeing to disagree
4.Enjoyable time together
- Quality time in great quantity
- Delighting in each other's company
- Sharing good and fun times
Spiritual well-being can be seen as the caring centre within each individual that promotes sharing,love and compassion.
- Membership in a religious or spiritual group provides a caring and supportive community
- Many strong families are involved in such an institution
6.Successful Management of Stress and Crisis
- Possess the ability to manage both daily stresses and difficult life crisis creatively and effectively
- Know how to prevent trouble before it happens and how to work together to meet challenges when they inevitably occur in life
This is not all,but its the gist of it. Its a 2 way thing,a relationship.You can't expect to only receive and not give,and vice versa. But yeah,leave some thoughts as comments or in the chatbox. Have a great day! =)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I wasn't concerned about the amount of photos I took,just want them for memories. I mean,I'm not obsessed. Thanks to my camera phone which is practically useless in the dark, I relied on people's cameras,which means I owe the thanks to the people who I borrowed camera(and "stole" photos from),namely Carynn,Carmen Ong, Sabrina, Wendy, Lay Peng, Eric,and a few others I don't remember at present =p
Some snapshots are as follows. Feel free to leave a comment(anyone can leave, you don't have to have an account), or use the chatbox. =) Somehow I still think I'm not photogenic and some of the photos look a little out of proportions,but thank God for the nice ones,and most importantly,for the memories that are captured for eternity...and for my beloved friends whom I have grown to love and cherish.
So,look at the "transformed version" of people sempena Taylor's prom night 2007! Enjoy!
Carynn,my dear sitting partner in G7 and my beloved sister,the super wanna be rockstar of the class...and oh she is really really really pretty and has an AWESOME and powerful voice man,but soooo shy....
Ong Lay Peng,super cili padi of G7,u dunno what you ask her la...kecil-kecil otak berisi,you know...
Carmen Ong!Woman!The one who "witnessed" my "fashion shows" throughout the year,sorta became my very own "fashion consultant"...always sit behind me in class =) Loud,smart,and creative,not to mention talented in drawing...visit her blog!And not to mention a super camera lover,see the amount of photos she takes...photographer of the class man...and we(G7-nians) LOVE to "steal" photos from her blog wan...hehe...
Wendy "woo" (Low ),"homecoming warrior" of G7. Responsible class rep,wild, knows Jujitsu(correct ar?), and pretty as well =)
Ei Leen,one of my best buddies on G7. You know,I was never close to her in high school,but am fortunate to get to know her more in G7...my lab partner okay? Always get to see my "latest fashion shows " also,and gives me advice,encouragements... =) She is(to a certain extent) quiet,and she is a caring,sporting and personal friend! Her smile never fades as well,irregardless =) By the way,guys,she is still available,Her hp number is 012-xxxxxxx
Some random shots from the night:Carynn,me,Bee-Chyi,Wendy,Hor Yan,all looking so radient
Me,Carynn,JayMee,Zhi Yung,Ei Leen,Wendy,Hor Yan,Evonne,Grace,Lay Peng. True beauty lies in these people...
G7 with miss Cheang...The array of mature looking guys and gurls,after one year of Self-Abuse-Matriculation...
Next up,not from my class but also people who have influenced my life,made a mark on it,for the better... =)Daniel Lau,aka my bumblebee. A super nice fella,has a heart for God and people,made me wear heels and skirt together,played an important part in impacting my life this year...Did you know that he changed me this year not just outside,but inside too? Initially,I was sooo negative that I could actually develop in a dark room,so he decided to whack me (shoulder,punch would be a better word =p)each time I talked bad about myself. Well,it hurt,but it worked! Hey not fair,now I cam't develop in the dark room anymore... One of my best-est best friends as well as brother,seen me when I was up,down,not in my right frame of mind and all...=P Thank you Daniel, from my heart=)
Sher Lin aka Joanna. People ALWAYS confuse our names. I love this photo! I call it "We are sisters and sisters are forever!" Hehe. A B-E-A-U-TIFUL woman with a BIG caring heart,we shared so much...seen each other grow,cam whored with each other, shared our secrets(esp girly ones hehe),encouraged each other,spent time with each other,and sooo much more... Although we had barely a year,but this sisterly relationship is set to grow and last with time. I just know. I love to say this:The best accessories a girl can have is her best friends. Thank you Sher Lin for being one of them. =)
Eric,Chick(Yes,it IS his surname), me and Nick. Amazingly,Eric and Chick have been long time schoolmates(since primary school,you say?) Haha,I got two Nicholas beside me, one on my left and another on my right. The only time I see Eric without earphones plugged in his ears is prom...and exams.Haha.That guy is a music freak man. Chick is ...chick. One of a kind,unique.And a real friend. Haha,coolest surname! If you had a sister,and we call her by her surname...
Ivan,Daniel,me and Nicholas. The library gang. Eh eh some people are missing, Jacelyn... *winks to Ivan
What some call "the couples photo". Thats right,the colour of the night is blue! Joseph,Sher Lin,me and Nicholas =) The photo is nice right? Joseph is super good at guitar, don't play play man =p
.Last but not least. The highlight of the night. Secret's out! Haha well I know it can't stay hidden forever. This is my date for taylor's prom night 2007 entitled Red Carpet Glamour....This is my special someone,my darling sweetheart - my Nicholas =)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Prom was awesome,although during dance its like...stone...dunno what to do with the music...simply moving...the whole time was a mixture of slow moving,"waltzing"(a little),and other movements that look really geeky(some) and funny =) And oh,the food totally is first class...FROM THE LAST. Fried rice(the simplest of all dishes) did not even have enough salt,and the green beans were hard...what la pay so much for food the food stinks...remind me NEVER to hold a function involving food at sunway resort hotel and spa,though the place is reasonable.
Lazy to blog la....much is in my heart but words to describe aren't flowing. Probably cause I don't have to study till next ear,so my brain is taking a vacation. =) Later then,dudes. =)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Went to berjaya Times Square,10th floor,foodcourt.Ambience is awesome,as can be seen from the photo below. Bu uurgh,the food is horrible. Horrible terrible vegetable. Totally. And the standard food price is RM5 and above. Plus there is not much variety. And the parking is super expensive. 1st hour RM2.50, 2ndRM1.50 and so on,maximum is RM7...which we paid that day. Not worth it,I tell you. I know this isn't about food,but thought you ahould take note. Just in case.
Lat sunday,went to Johor with my parents. Morning go eat breakfast,Dim Sum! My favourite! Sorry can't name them all, I don;t even know the names myself, catagorize them by "the green 1" (containing century egg), bak kut teh (no its not halal), fishball, the "yellow 1's",as can be seen below.And these are my ultimate favourites. Pic aove and below: Contains crabstick. And meat. =)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
US researchers tracked the conversational habits of almost 400 US and Mexican students in real time. The team measured a sample of the daily chit-chat of six groups of students who recorded their every word for periods that ranged from two to 10 days.
The participants wore electronically activated portable recorders that recorded the audio in an unobtrusive fashion. The researchers analysed the audio and calculated how many words each participant spoke in total in a 17-hour period.
They discovered that both sexes run their mouths at a remarkably similar rate over the course of a day, even if they tend to talk about different subjects.
The results showed that while the women got through an average of 16,215 words, the men were not far behind with a daily average of 15,669.
Which means, that both men and women speak on average 16,000 words per day! There is almost no difference between them!
So guys,stop complaining.You're just as bad. =D
Don't believe me? Fine,I'll give an example. =p
*joke* on women speak twice as many words than men.
Husband: Dear..Research showed that women actually talk more than men, as much as double the amount of men! You girls are so talkative...
Wife: (get annoyed by what her husband said) Darling. you know why women talk sooooooooooooo much or not... because most of the times we have to repeat whatver we said to the husband at least twice!
Husband: (being blur blur after a tired working day) Errrrr...dear, what...say again?
PS: By the way,this does NOT include blogging. =D Which means I can still do it till my heart's content. =D
"LET ME EXPLAIN THE problem science has with Jesus Christ." The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. "You're a Christian, aren't you, son?"
"So you believe in God?"
"Is God good?"
"Sure! God's good."
"Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?"
"Are you good or evil?"
"The Bible says I'm evil."
The professor grins knowingly. "Ahh! THE BIBLE!" He considers for a moment. "Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help them? Would you try?"
"Yes sir, I would."
"So you're good...!"
"I wouldn't say that."
"Why not say that? You would help a sick and maimed person if you could... in fact most of us would if we could... God doesn't."
"He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?" No answer.
The elderly man is sympathetic. "No, you can't, can you?" He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. In philosophy, you have to go easy with the new ones. "Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?"
"Is Satan good?"
"Where does Satan come from?"
The student falters. "From... God..."
"That's right. God made Satan, didn't he?" The elderly man runs his bony fingers through his thinning hair and turns to the smirking, student audience. "I think we're going to have a lot of fun this semester, ladies and gentlemen." He turns back to the Christian. "Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?"
"Evil's everywhere, isn't it? Did God make everything?"
"Who created evil?"
"Is there sickness in this world? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All the terrible things - do they exist in this world?"
The student squirms on his feet. "Yes."
"Who created them?"
The professor suddenly shouts at his student. "WHO CREATED THEM? TELL ME, PLEASE!" The professor closes in for the kill and climbs into the Christian's face. In a still small voice: "God created all evil, didn't He, son?"
The student tries to hold the steady, experienced gaze and fails.
Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace the front of the classroom like an aging panther. The class is mesmerized. "Tell me," he continues, "How is it that this God is good if He created all evil throughout all time?"
The professor swishes his arms around to encompass the wickedness of the world. "All the hatred, the brutality, all the pain, all the torture, all the death and ugliness and all the suffering created by this good God is all over the world, isn't it, young man?"
"Don't you see it all over the place? Huh?" Pause. "Don't you?" The professor leans into the student's face again and whispers,
"Is God good?"
"Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?"
The student's voice betrays him and cracks. "Yes, professor. I do."
The old man shakes his head sadly. "Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen your Jesus?"
"No, sir. I've never seen Him."
"Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?"
"No, sir. I have not."
"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus... in fact, do you have any sensory perception of your God whatsoever?"
"Answer me, please."
"No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't."
"You're AFRAID... you haven't?"
"Yet you still believe in him?"
"That takes FAITH!" The professor smiles sagely at the underling. "According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son? Where is your God now?"
The student doesn't answer.
"Sit down, please."
The Christian sits...Defeated. Another Christian raises his hand. "Professor, may I address the class?"
The professor turns and smiles. "Ah, another Christian in the vanguard! Come, come, young man. Speak some proper wisdom to the gathering."
The Christian looks around the room. "Some interesting points you are making, sir. Now I've got a question for you. Is there such thing as heat?"
"Yes," the professor replies. "There's heat."
"Is there such a thing as cold?"
"Yes, son, there's cold too."
"No, sir, there isn't."
The professor's grin freezes. The room suddenly goes very cold. The second Christian continues. "You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We can hit 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that.
"There is no such thing as cold, otherwise we would be able to go colder than 458 - You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it."
A pin drops somewhere in the classroom.
"Is there such a thing as darkness, professor?"
"That's a dumb question, son. What is night if it isn't darkness? What are you getting at...?"
"So you say there is such a thing as darkness?"
"You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something, it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, Darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker and give me a jar of it. Can you...give me a jar of darker darkness, professor?"
Despite himself, the professor smiles at the young effrontery before him. This will indeed be a good semester. "Would you mind telling us what your point is, young man?"
"Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with and so your conclusion must be in error...."
The professor goes toxic. "Flawed...? How dare you...!"
"Sir, may I explain what I mean?" The class is all ears.
"Explain... oh, explain..." The professor makes an admirable effort to regain control. Suddenly he is affability itself. He waves his hand to silence the class, for the student to continue.
"You are working on the premise of duality," the Christian explains. "That for example there is life and then here's death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science cannot even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism but has never seen, much less fully understood them. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, merely the absence of it."
The young man holds up a newspaper he takes from the desk of a neighbor who has been reading it. "Here is one of the most disgusting tabloids this country hosts, professor. Is there such a thing as immorality?"
"Of course there is, now look..."
"Wrong again, sir. You see, immorality is merely the absence of morality. Is there such thing as injustice? No. Injustice is the absence of justice. Is there such a thing as evil?" The Christian pauses.
"Isn't evil the absence of good?"
The professor's face has turned an alarming color. He is so angry he is temporarily speechless. The Christian continues. "If there is evil in the world, professor, and we all agree there is, then God, if he exists, must be accomplishing a work through the agency of evil. What is that work, God is accomplishing? The Bible tells us it is to see if each one of us will, of our own free will, choose good over evil."
The professor bridles. "As a philosophical scientist, I don't vie this matter as having anything to do with any choice; as a realist, I absolutely do not recognize the concept of God or any other theological factor as being part of the world equation because God is not observable."
"I would have thought that the absence of God's moral code in this world is probably one of the most observable phenomena going," the Christian replies. "Newspapers make billions of dollars reporting it every week! Tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?"
"If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do."
"Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"
The professor makes a sucking sound with his teeth and gives his student a silent, stony stare.
"Professor. Since no-one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a priest?"
"I'll overlook your impudence in the light of our philosophical discussion. Now, have you quite finished?" the professor hisses.
"So you don't accept God's moral code to do what is righteous?"
"I believe in what is - that's science!"
"Ahh! SCIENCE!" the student's face spits into a grin. "Sir, you rightly state that science is the study of observed phenomena. Science too is a premise which is flawed..."
"SCIENCE IS FLAWED..?" the professor splutters.
The class is in uproar. The Christian remains standing until the commotion has subsided. "To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, may I give you an example of what I mean?"
The professor wisely keeps silent. The Christian looks around the room.
"Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?"
The class breaks out in laughter. The Christian points towards his elderly, crumbling tutor. "Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain...felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain?" No one appears to have done so.
The Christian shakes his head sadly.
"It appears no one here has had any sensory perception of the professor's brain whatsoever. Well, according to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says the professor has no brain."
The class is in chaos. The Christian sits...
Because that is what a chair is for.
Friday, November 16, 2007
A picture that speaks a "thousand words" :
Life's like that;we've gotta keep moving, keep moving don't stop:
Food for thought:
And every girl's dream:
There's much more on my facebook profile. But man...these things are sure addicting =)