Tuesday, October 04, 2005

just a college student

Ok, so I'm just a college student. Big deal.

Am I allowed to have faith in something greater than myself? Am I allowed to share with people the most incredible thing that exists? Or would you rather I keep it all to myself?

Let me ask you this: What does it mean to live? What does it mean to live free? We are all searching- face it. Look what we've turned to...shallow pop culture, changing trends and selfish desires. Where has this left us? I'll tell you where it has left us- sitting on a foundation that is cracked and shaking and about to fall over, and we all know it. We are prisoners to our obsessions. We are in bondage to imperfection. We are POW's in the war of existance, a war that we were born into, and it is real. It's like the Matrix.

Do you ever wonder if there is something more to life than this...just going to class, to work, raising a family, living in a house...yadda yadda? What ever happened to real life- you know, adventure, beauty, intimacy? We all want something, we are all fighting for something, we just don't know what it is. But you know what- we are all crying out for the same thing. We are not alone in this struggle, this epic tale.

Why are men not standing firm, fighting for anything? Why does Hollywood control how we think? Why are we so content with what we see happening all around us? Why do we blame the government for everything, or the authorities, or whoever we can? Why are we afraid to belong to something?

We are searching for love- true love, not the TV version of sex and happiness, but rather an absolute acceptance that is unconditional- no strings attached; a love that defies all that we know, that breaks the laws of our material and success driven minds, that heals our hearts and breaths life into our souls.

Why are we afraid to shine? What stops us from becoming dangerously good, intensely pure, passionately humble? Why are we afraid to love? Is it wrong to reach out to a man or woman who is desperately crying out for someone to notice? Why is suicide an option?

Are we afraid of fear? Are we scared to be a hero, to lay down our lives for a cause? What is different now than in the 60's? Can we not rally behind the ultimate cause? Can we not recieve strength and support, encouragement and love? Can we not live our lives as if there were no tomorow? That if tomorow comes, it is a blessing, but today we will fight? But we are confined to our couches, captivated by our video games. We are in a groove, and we are resistant to change. We think we are radical, but we do not truly know what it means to radically, recklessly abandon our lives. We think we are something else, but we know we are lost. This does not have to be.

Why do we not realize that our role is crucial? When? Now. How long? Forever. But what?

What does it mean to really live? There is an answer.


Blogger another man said...

Ok, before I get wild on what it means to live, I have to pose a question.

Who was this guy they called the Son of God anyway? I mean, how could anyone actually believe that any of that was true?

So let's explore it some. Can't hurt, right?

From what I've found, Jesus seems to be the most radical -yet popular- guy there ever was. Let's face it, he said things that no one else would, did things everyone else was afraid to do, defied religious officials and pissed some very important people off.

For example...

The book of Mathew of the Bible tells a lot of stories about Jesus, a few are very interesting and noteworthy ones that seem to make people uncomfortable. Check out Chapter 23- here I'll even quote some of it...

"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees (spiritual leaders of the time), hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces...For you travel across seas to convert a single person, and when he has converted, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves...you blind fools!...Woe to you, for you clean the outside of the cup (think metaphorically here) but on the inside you are full of greed and self indulgence...For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of rot and dead bones. So outwardly you try to appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."

So he basically lays 'em out. Oh, and let me go on. At the time people believed that the only way to God was through the priests and sacrifices, so when he said, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me." that really disturbed some folks to. Don't believe me? Look at Mark 14:1, "and the chief priests were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him," or Mark 12:1, "and they were seeking to arrest him...". Or maybe look at Luke 20:19,"the scribes adn chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour..."

This guy spoke out and broke laws. He didn't conform to the pattern of society. He was a true rebel, not some rap star wanna be or James Dean impressionist. He was the real deal.

Oh, and maybe I should talk about those guys who followed him; those men who were unlikely, but chosen to carry out the most ambitious revolution this world has ever seen. They were fishermen, and tax collectors- just common guys who no one would have expected. They were radical as they abandoned all they had and followed a guy they had just met (there must have been something about him) and then later died painful, tortuous deaths for refusing to deny what Jesus said, after being so on fire about it as to spread the awesome opportunity to everyone they came in contact with. They were feared in Hell. They were radical, they were commited. They lived life on the edge. Why would anyone be so willing to give up thier life for something untrue? For a dead guy?

Well, they didn't, but we'll get to that here in a little bit. I get the feeling that there is more to this than I can type in my limmited time.

10:09 AM  

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