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New poems: Eye hasn’t seen, dark planet, a wise man, revisiting Pascal’s Wager, why I’d make a lousy atheist

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

8-24-2011 — Eye Hasn’t Seen

Eye hasn’t seen
Ear hasn’t heard
What awaits Christians in heaven
I agree with what Jack T. Chick once said:
“If God were to show us heaven
“Right now,
“Our minds couldn’t handle it.”
October is the big 3-0
For me
As a believer, but
Heaven remains an indecipherable enigma,
I can only imagine, indeed,
But our finite minds
Are unable to grasp
An infinite eternity.
It migraines my mind
To think about it.
Forever?
Never ending?
It’s a carousel of happiness
Perpetual spinning
Forever reaching up, getting further away
Beyond the distant universe below
A trillion years
Nothing but a
Brief, beginning blip.

9-3-2011 — The Dark Planet

The dark planet
Harbors only one type of resident.
The keeper of secrets.
Why the darkness?
How the darkness?
Is it better called
Hell? Planeta del infierno? 星球地狱? Планета ада? Hölle Planeten?
Home of the lake of fire?

9-7-2011 — A Wise Man

A wise man
Who doubts that moniker
Told me this about
The possibility of
Extraterrestrial life.
“If God wanted us to know,
“He would’ve mentioned something
“In the Bible.”
I asked him if he thought
The lake of fire
Existed on a planet
In a distant, squinting telescope-proof galaxy.
“Don’t know, don’t care,”
He said.
“All I know is, I won’t be there.”
My conclusion:
Thinking on these things
Is harmless
If it’s not at the expense of what’s important.

9-21-2011 — Revisiting Pascal’s Wager

Only the most obstinate
The princes and princesses of pride
The emperors and empresses of ego
Those secretly insecure, unsure
Who smugly cite
Pascal’s Wager
When asked,
“What if you’re wrong?”
It’s a simple question.
Does the answer scare you THAT much?
It would be easier to ask a procrastinating, overdrawn person
What their account balance is.

9-21-2011 — I’d Make a Lousy Atheist

I’d make a lousy atheist.
To eschew logic and common sense
To succomb to stubbornness
And insist
Unbelievably-complex organisms
Magically evolved
Instead of being designed.
I’d also have to believe
2 + 2 = 5
and
All politicians are honest.
Romans 1 tells us
Evidence for God’s existence
Is in surplus.

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To emulate or not to emulate musicians

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Last year, when I told a certain person that Michael Jackson had died, they scoffed: “Oh. That pedophile’s dead?”

Even now, it is extremely difficult for me to listen to the song PYT (“Pretty Young Thing” and from his 1982 album Thriller) without laughing.

Jackson was talented, yes, but for many they cannot get past his alleged activities.

It’s a little funny when you consider that many classical composers, such as Mozart and Beethoven, lived less-than-pristine personal lives.

Then there’s David: psalmist, musician, adulterer and murderer. Of course, as we learn in Psalm 51, David was very sorrowful over his sin. Of course, it’s possible Jackson was very sorrowful over his alleged indiscretions (he reportedly settled out of court with a few accusers and was acquitted in one public trial). Eternity will tell.

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Things I suspect in Christianity, theology…

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I don’t claim to be right on any of these. Instead, they are just some things the creative, overactive part of my mind suspects…

…Whenever you don’t feel like reading your Bible or going to church, chances are excellent there is something about you that scares Satan to death…

…I believe the Lake of Fire exists on a planet in a distant galaxy. Perhaps that dark planet…

Astronomers estimate that this planet (seen here in an artist’s conception) is darker than coal and has a surface temperature of only 1,800 degrees.

…Speaking of astronomy, had Adam and Eve never sinned in the Garden of Eden, I suspect by now we’d be colonizing other planets, possibly even ones outside our solar system…

…I suspect God sees all the world’s events–from the Garden of Eden to the final battle at the end of the thousand-year millennial reign–happening all right now on some type of theological matrix. As I type, God is seeing Moses leading Israel through the Red Sea. He’s also seeing those who’ve taken the mark of the beast screaming at the scorching heat…

…I believe that if we as Christians were to see heaven right now, it would make almost no sense whatsoever. The finite trying to grasp the infinite?…

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