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March21

Aaron Masih sent me this link to a story written by Gene Edward Veith called Salty dogma where:

“Bono gives an explicit confession of being saved by Grace, not Karma.”

The article, itself, is a bit contrived. The author (is likely a Christian – so, like many Christians, she is giddy over some form of affirmation around Grace).

And, Bono’s position on faith is not recent news.  But, it remains refreshing, nonetheless, how clearly he articulates it.

However, it would be interesting to learn if Bono’s faith was the result of “feeling” it, or arguing himself to a logical conclusion.

As it turns out, I agree with everything he says.

But, did Christ rise from the dead to seal the deal?  Does that matter?

Can He be our saviour even if we don’t know He is risen?

If He did not rise, did it lessen everything else He has accomplished for the benefit of mankind over the last 2000 years?

It does not matter to me (at least not for the moment). Christ clearly changed the world. Because of what He taught and accomplished, the world continues to evolve in a better way (my opinion). I am grateful for His sacrifice (possibly eternally so). But, ironically, I believe the Christians would have Him leave me behind because I don’t know (or, at least just say I do in order to hedge my bet – like a lot of Christians).

For the moment I only have my faith in God, and hope.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Image

March14

There is a lot of information in the Bible that can be interpreted in many ways. I think this is good because “questioning” and “seeking” mean you care.

What is image? Or, what is an image?

The answer might begin in some of our most common questions about ourselves:

“Who am I?”

“What am I here for?”

“What is the purpose of life?”

So, I went to work in an effort to divine some clarity. And, the answer (for me any way) came pretty quick (yet continues).

If you are a Christian you are taught to interpret the Bible and believe that we are supposedly created in Gods image. Meanwhile, I happen to be a “Christian that drinks Beer” (I got this from Craig Butler). Of course, this fuels lots of interesting debates amongst my friends and myself (there are always a lot of kids and parents at our house). My friends know that ‘image’ concept has frustrated me at times because I try to apply a physical perspective to God. And, I used the existence of extra terrestrials, and their potential alien appearance (what if Aliens resemble Dolphins?), as my argument.

So, here I approach my point:

Lets assume you believe in God (I do). It’s worth taking the stance that God is bigger than the universe, and every thing in it. He is everything and every where, right? We aren’t like that.

So, lets say image is a reflection and/ or representation.

God created us to REPRESENT Him to one another in order to REFLECT Him. God probably possesses (certainly invested) every attribute we know of, and many more we may not be able to fathom (yet). For example, Love, Grace, Trust, Unique, Wonder, etc… These are words that describe God represents in part, and certainly things we can reflect. So… When the Bible says:

“in HIS image He created him”

[…]

…maybe it’s more about ‘WHY’ we are created and ‘WHAT’ we need to do, than how.

We were made to reflect Him into the lives of others.

I appreciate it when people ask me what makes me different. It probably means I am making an impact – an impression, and they want to learn more about me. Maybe even emulate me in some fashion. So, now my integrity and character are important because of accountability, and a sense of responsibility – providing I want to be “Part of the solution – and, not part of the problem”./1

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ Chuck Schmidt, one of our Battalion Chiefs at the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department said that, and I think about it’s application with every thing I do.

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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