Beyond IT “potato sorting” to nonmaterial reality

potato sorter

Computers are glorified potato sorters (separating electrons rather than potatoes). People translate data into electronic codes and then a computer sorts, arranges, categorizes, stores, and retrieves those coded electrons as directed by a person (or a program written by a person). Then the computer deposits the electronic codes back into words, images, and/or sounds. Electrons stream through it like potatoes through a potato sorter.

A computer is no more cognizant or conscious than a potato sorter. It doesn’t express care or concern. It doesn’t believe or trust. It makes no choices. It has no perception or understanding of what it is doing. A computer has no hopes or dreams — no motives or sense of purpose — no opinions or philosophy — no meaning, no inspiration, no intentions, no disappointment, no guilt, no shame, no sorrow, no grief, no loneliness, no sadness, no joy, no frustration, no anger, no happiness, no desires, no longings, no opinions, no pride or humility.

A person, however, experiences all of that — not just as images and words on a screen — but as direct interaction with nonmaterial reality. We experience our thoughts to be real, not just electronic potatoes being passively sorted by our brains. Even materialists (people who claim to  believe that nothing exists but matter) live their lives as if their thoughts are real (not just electrons being sorted by their brain). (Take Stephen Hawking for example.)

However, unlike a potato sorter, our thoughts don’t just passively run through a physiological processing system called a brain. Instead we actively experience nonmaterial reality by choosing to originate thoughts, to control them, to embrace them, or even to reject them. We are the programmer, not the electron sorter!

Computers don’t experience or perform any of these nonmaterial things (but you do):

Awareness, Belief, Consciousness,

Apprehension, Cognizance, Trust,

Understanding, Concern, Care,

Insight, Wisdom, Evaluation,

Perception, Intuition, Inspiration,

Revelation, Motives, Ideas,

Intention, Hope, Purpose,

Concepts, Meaning, Hypothesis,

Aspiration, Expectation, Mission,

Proposition, Proposals, Conclusions,

Analysis, Premise, Suppositions

Theorems, Thesis, Philosophy,

Presuppositions, Principles, Proposals,

Reason, Speculation, Suggestion,

Conjecture, Explanations, Assumption,

Guesses, Interpretations, Discernment,

Opinions, Reflection, Pondering.

 

 

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Are we literally livin’ in cyber space?

I recently saw a PBS documentary that suggested that if we were living in a video game we would be convinced that we and everything around us is real. However the only real thing about cyber space is the information and directions conveyed by the programming language that deliberately arranged and arranges the electrons.

The real world is no more “real” than the cyber world. The cyber world is made up of electrons — tiny sparks of energy. So is the physical world. These bits of energy are like letters in a language. The way they are arranged creates the software that determines the structure and environment of both the cyber and physical world.

In the physical world the arrangement of electrons (as depicted on the Periodic Table) determine types of matter. In the cyber world it determines images and words on a screen.

Take away the electrons and there is no cyber space and no physical material. Scientists say that all the subatomic particles in the universe could easily fit in the palm of a human hand. The rest of everything in the universe (that we call matter) is just empty space — bubbles encircled by electrons traveling at the speed of light.

What we call reality (or the real world) is really an illusion — empty space masquerading as solid matter. Everything in the physical world (from hardened steel to apples) is really like these two tables: a collection of billions of electron bubbles that we call atoms. Pop the bubbles and there is nothing left.

buble table

So what is real? The wisdom in the software — the non-material intelligence that organized the electron patterns that determine both the physical world and cyber space. Human intelligence has organized electrons to establish cyber space. But who or what organized the electrons to establish the physical world?

Humans throughout history (even primitive peoples), have recognized the fact that there is some sort of intelligence and/or being that (or who) created the physical world (by programming the electrons). Do you?

(While I was editing this post, I read it to my wife. Then she immediately picked up her Bible to start her day and flipped it open. The first thing she saw was: “The foolish are convinced deep down that there is no God.” –Psalm 53:1) Coincidence? Or a sign from God?

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Heart-fire

We need God’s heart-fire! Christianity is much more than a mind informed about the Bible. It’s a heart continually ablaze with the presence of the living, risen Jesus Christ! Are you in a relationship with the living, risen Jesus?

heart-fire

There’s nothing like Jesus’ flames cascading in your soul! Experience the cause that refreshes — daily spreading the love and joy of Jesus!

Beyond Pulpit To Being God’s Puppet

Like a puppeteer with a puppet,
Christ wants to live through you.
Christianity is not just about
Hearing words from a pulpit.
It’s about ordinary people
Being yielded to Christ,
Like puppets to a puppeteer,
In our day to day lives.
“Christ in you; the hope of glory!”

Some ABCs Treat You Bad

These ain’t ya momma’s ABCs!
–If you are Afflicted by Addiction;
Beaten up by Bondage; and
Caught up in Compulsions;
Then your life isn’t working right.
And if you don’t get right,
You’ll stay stuck in wrong!

 

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Should we go all the way with “born that way?”

I believe that human beings are born with a deep longing for God and that we never outgrow it (even though we sometimes redirect it).  Wherever you find people you find religion and ritual — some form of attempting to connect with (or appease) God or gods (even if they don’t call it that).

This almost universal yearning for inner meaning and purpose has been called “a God-shaped vacuum in the human heart.” Even when people try to ignore it, deny it, or refute it; an inner dissatisfaction of life without God, still drives them and eats at them.

God shaped vacuum

I know that I was born that way. My parents told me that when I first learned to talk I would tell them about God, even though at that time in their lives, they didn’t go to church or talk about God. I wanted to know God from the time I first remember until I was born again at age 19.

So if (at least some) people are born with a craving for God, isn’t contemporary culture contradicting itself when it tries to curtail and cutoff religion? Our present day society teaches that if a person has a deep desire, then she/he has been “born that way” — therefore they should be free to openly express that desire and everybody else must approve of their desire or be labeled intolerant and/or hateful.

Why don’t we use the same “logic” or “reasoning” when it comes to religion? Why doesn’t modern society call people who disagree with religion and/or don’t approve of faith in God, “intolerant”?

Here are some quotes that testify that people have a natural born yearning for God:

“He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart.” –Ecclesiastes 3:11

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” –Augustine

“There is a hole in our hearts that only God can fill.  We were made to be connected to our Creator.  We were made to know Him and to be plugged into His power. Your heart is designed to contain God.” –Rick Warren

“We’re all searching for something to fill up what I like to call that big, God-shaped hole in our souls. Some people use alcohol, or sex, or their children, or food, or money, or music, or heroin.” –Tiffanie DeBartolo in the book God-Shaped Hole

“Love Christ, and then the eternity in the heart will not be a great aching void, but will be filled with the everlasting life which Christ gives and is.”  –Alexander MacLaren

 

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Are Christians playing with a full deck — ekklesia?

Is the traditional concept of church short of God’s full deck — the Greek New testament idea of ekklesia? Is ekklesia God’s trump card that empowers Christ-followers to dynamically connect with the living, resurrected Jesus and with one another? A fresh, new definition of ekklesia dropped into my mind during the night:

me and deck not full

Ekklesia is Christ’s city council called together as an interactive, governmental body; to proclaim, decree, demonstrate, and release Heaven’s culture, as prompted by the real presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

  • “Christ’s city council” — In the Greek New Testament Jesus is quoted as saying: “I will build My ekklesia.” (Ekklesia is the name of the city council in ancient Greek city-states.)
  • “Called together as an interactive, governmental body” — Ekklesia literally means: “called out ones.” (The ancient Greek ekklesia met when a “herald” called citizens to come together to collaboratively conduct city business.)
  • “To proclaim” — Christ’s ekklesia meets to declare the good news of Jesus’ victory over sin, death, Hell, and the grave!
  • “To decree” — Jesus taught that His followers would “bind and loose.” The decrees declared in ekklesia are powerful!
  • “To demonstrate” — Ekklesia goes beyond mere words, as Paul of Tarsus proclaimed: “My speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”
  •  “To release” — Ekklesia radiates the presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. It discharges His power in all directions.
  • “Heaven’s culture” — The will of God (Heaven’s culture) is not the way of contemporary society. Jesus taught His followers to pray for Heaven’s culture to be manifest on earth: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth has it is in Heaven.”
  • “As prompted” — The members of ekklesia don’t act on their own will. Instead they are directed by and obedient to the still, small voice within.
  • “By the real presence” — When Christ’s followers gather in His name (under His direct control and authority), His presence moves beyond myth and/or mere religion, into dynamic reality.
  • “Of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.” The Christ of ekklesia is not “the historical Jesus” (confined to the past) or the “religious Jesus” (confined to a distant, pietistic Heaven),  but the “present-moment Jesus,” alive and active in the world right now!
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Are sermons working or just keeping up appearances?

Are sermons working or just keeping up appearances? Will a talk about religion give you the personal power to walk out your faith in daily life?
* When church people recommend sleazy entertainment on social media; sermons aren’t working;
* When Christians run people down, sermons are not working;
* When ministers steal, sermons aren’t working;
* When church attenders lie, sermons aren’t working;
* When millions of people are becoming “Dones” or “Nones”, sermons are not working.
–Perhaps it is time to go beyond sermons — beyond church as usual. Below a copy of “Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia” is standing on John Wesley’s pulpit. Get your copy @ http://amzn.to/1UgXwe4.

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7 6-word sentences 4 engracing your life

Grace is more than just a free gift. It’s freedom! Here are seven six-word sentences to help ingratiate your life:

one — Grace is the place things change.

two — Grace is the power to replace.

three — Grace will erase sin’s suffocating bondage.

four — In grace’s face life becomes amazing.

five — The grace pace is steady growth.

six — Grace gradually removes sin’s every trace.

seven — Life based on grace radiates glory.

got grace? (Christianity, if not lived daily, isn’t.) Grace replaces:

* bondage with freedom * fear with courage * worry with peace * addiction with deliverance * hate with love * being cool with brokenness * pride with humility * spiritual blindness with light * anxiety with contentment * hurt with healing * sin with seeking God * guilt with forgiveness * compromise with holiness.

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