Funniest thing happened, what is interesting about comedy is leading people to think about something a certain way then suddenly change that perception. Better you are able to mislead people in a certain way and change perception suddenly, it’s funny. Life is funny and enjoyable since God did the same thing with me, changing my perception. My day 1 in Hyderabad started not so well. But trusting in God, he made all that go away and made my stay really comfortable. I won’t really go into that part, since it’s not that interesting. I checked into a 4 🌟 hotel which I didn’t expect. Plus all my coworkers got a cramped apartment, I got a 2 bedroom room for myself . It was great, work was fine. But the funny thing is I was focusing on the negative, such as lack of sleep or worried about huge amount of work. My co workers were excited and enjoying. They weren’t even Christians. So it happened, while leaving the office, my excollege mate suddenly recognized me. He was a telengue fellow ( I could bet he doesn’t like me). Of course he walked up to me and started talking to me in his American accent. ( He had a pretty American girl to his left waiting to leave). He asked me where I worked, I said TCS. He in a cool way replied AMAZON. Then he asked me to enjoy Hyderabad and walked away. Damn was I depressed, wondering what I was doing with life. Then God spoke to me and told me ” Do you realize he is going to hell but your a believer”. Of course I argued back saying ” Yeah sure all he has to do is believe in you , he is in a better position than me. Of course it hit and later Andrew Womack teachings cemented the foundation. I valued my job and other relationships more than Almighty God. It is because of that I couldn’t be happy. The value that I placed on my job and relationships was greater or equal to the value on God. The secret to staying happy is not having any problems but placing the right value on things of our lives. The reality is no matter how bad things can get for me, I still go to heaven. Almighty God creator of the Universe loves me. Having the right perspective with really keeping your mind fixed on God things God has done and will do according to the riches in heaven and Glory of Christ. I really want to develop it like a skill set, so I can stay happy always. I pray the same for you. Amen
The iPhones and smart phones evolved into something that has a deeper impression in our society. Especially technology that is easily accessible to common people. If you think about it, the really cool technology are ones your read about it in news. But it is really left to our imaginations to make sense about it. This is where iPhones and smart phones stand apart, makes it more easy for everyone or do they?
This is what makes iPhones so different in comparison to other smart phones.It is shiny and really usable for the non geeky people. Steve Jobs cared about something very few technology professionals cared about. Making technology easy to use for non technical people. In fact he was so obsessed. We can clearly see it in design of the Phone.
The Phone has only one button, so the user doesn’t get confused. There are allot of settings and configurations liberty stripped away. Why? To leave out as much confusion that is possible. A CEO working 16 hours a day has only so much patience, infact none to mess around with the phone and figure things out.
Infact there is a delicate balance of features and simplicity. To many features can make the tool complex, to less can make it unattractive for the price point.
In any real business, there is something called workflow, ie , technologies like the phone should be able to provide features and abilities to a person, without adding to his life any more complexities to that person’s life.
Let’s get this idea straight, better and smoother workflow, higher quality and quantity of products. Thus profitable for business. Technology should provide the necessary features without the complexity. In fact this is what makes iPhones so special, a 5 year old could use it easily.
The Mantra of the game is abstraction, is hiding as much unnecessary details as possible with maximum no of useful features. Which is infact very difficult to interpret and to do; in a competitive environment.
Praying in tounges has the ultimate form of abstraction, when your praying in tounges. You don’t know what your praying for but the holy spirit in his infinite wisdom is interceding for you.
Infact companies look to providing Customers with services that they didn’t ask thus by doing so; they add value to the service.
Which is exactly what praying in tounges provides, anybody can do it as it doesn’t have any intellectual dependency but you pray for exactly what you need so you do well. It’s a amazing brilliant gift which is far far more useful and easy to do than your smartphone phone can ever hope to be.
Today’s nugget post topic is Successful Christian.
Q.What devil makes so dangerous?
A.The Prince of Darkness (Devil) is a deceiver, who is deceiving Christians through people of prominence and authority.
Lets discuss the how the life of christian should be; promptly using few verses:
These verses are from the letter written by Paul to people who lived in the region known as Galatia.
2 Cor. 12:7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
“Lest I should be exalted above measure” sounds like it is not supposed to happen. But we know otherwise “thorn in the flesh” was given by Satan to “buffet me”.
We need to understand few words and phrases. Before we can proceed as it is essential to truly understand what the verse is trying to say.
Here a list we need to understand these phrases:
- “I rather glory in my infirmities”
- “thorn in the flesh”
- “he messenger of Satan to buffet me“
- “my strength is made perfect in weakness“
Most crucial explanation is the understanding of the 1st phrase which we will discuss.
The word glory used is differently. As we can see in Exodus 8:9 verse given below. Glory is used as being exalted higher in stature due to authority.
Deeper explanation of why is it the case:
And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?
We see Moses says glory over me, telling him he can decide when to destroy the frogs!
We need to take the sentence as a whole to understand in the same way.
( The part of the verse which we are discussing about: “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” .)
Glory usage case would translate the meaning as:
It’s the power of Christ that should rest upon him, so that he can exercise authority over the infirmities hence his glory.
Thus we conclude in depth analysis.
Conclusion: Just like apostle Paul, we will get many revelations and be exalted by God but Satan will continuously try to beat us down using his messengers. But will still glory by exercising authority over difficult situations, sickness,persecutions (“thorn of the flesh“) that is brought upon by messengers of Satan to continuously beat us down (“buffet”).
You can study this verse deeper by analyzing phrases like “thorn of the flesh”, “buffer” by checking this link: Teaching article by Andrew Wommack. You will get many references in this article and study this matter deeper.
Thanks for Reading.
Some of you must be wondering what is a Pokemon? Just in case if you are living under rock. Pokemon is acronym for Pocket Monster. It is a famous cartoon initially created in 1996.But we are going to look at the game Pokemon Go.
Pokemon Go is a smart phone Augmented reality game.Where visual elements are superimposed on on reality. This is seen by using the camera on phone.
You must be wondering, what does this have to do with Christians?Pokemon Go truly has a religious following of millions of Pokemon fans. Add nostalgia and cool features to that as well. You have a good conversion rate, from people having no idea what a Pokemon is to being addicted to playing the game.
Just like a religion, it consists of entities with powers.
You might think I am a idiot to compare a game with a religion. This post is more of a study than my opinion.
Here is something interesting I found in Facebook:
This post as you will notice has 9500 positive feed backs. I can safely assume 9500 people think there is no difference between Pokemon enthusiast and God believer.
In Social Psychology there is interesting topic called False Consensus effect. We are going to look in depths into this theory in context, to establish this post more of a case study rather than a opinion.
According to False consensus effect, we are all intuitive psychologists.
Quoting thesis on “False Consensus Effect” (The name : “An Egocentric Bias in Social Perception and Attribution Processes”)
“every social observer is an intuitive psychologist who is
forced by everyday experience to judge the causes and implications of
Thesis PDF for reference:
As humans we need to make choices on beliefs and behaviors. Therefore we need to assess peoples behaviors in order to have choices. Thus making us intuitive psychologists!!
This leaves a big margin for error or bias.As there is a entire subject in psychology called attribution theory. Study of models that help describe why people behave a certain way.
Since normal people like me or you are not educated in his field of study for correctly explaining peoples behavior. We can easily fall prey to having wrong world views.
Quoting from thesis,
The professional psychologist relies upon well-defined sampling
techniques and statistical procedures for estimating the commonness of
Thus making my point.
In our Case 9500 people most likely don’t believe in God. As intuitive psychologists, people would assume their behavior is completely normal.
As this is Facebook, their prerequisite knowledge is no of likes on the pic before them hitting the like button.Although a huge population still believes in God, the atheists feel completely socially comfortable liking the pic.
A atheist in order to chose this open behavior of liking the pic, they went by subjective impression i.e what they felt is “right”(need not be necessarily right).
Quoting from thesis,
To the extent that their systems for interpreting social responses depend upon estimates of commonness or oddity they must, accordingly, rely largely upon
subjective impressions and intuitions.
As a normal person, wrong estimates of commonness or oddity of behavior can cause you to wrong conclusions what is acceptable/right or unacceptable/wrong behavior.
Is eating with left hand wrong? Is eating at a party with spoons wrong?
Questions like these, more than your own study,its subjected to acceptability or common behavior.
As a reader,
If you are a christian or believer in God, you would feel this is stupid. To compare fictional characters to your belief.
If you are a atheist, you would feel this comparison makes allot of sense.
As a person, you have made a choice to stick by your beliefs based on your own intuitive psychological study. Thus as a atheist, you would feel God believers are complete idiots. Vice versa.
If you are a Christian with a set of beliefs(As there are various sects) , that means at some point in your life, you have already conducted your own intuitive,biased,naive study that your beliefs are right. As of now you are reading this, most probably biased by your intuitive study.
Likewise if you are a atheist with set of beliefs, that mean the same as well.
A Christian’s intuitive study is contradictory to a atheists intuitive study. Each will tend to find fault with each others study with great attention to detail.
Quoting from thesis:
The intuitive psychologist judges those responses that differ from his own to be more revealing of the actor’s stable dispositions than those responses which are similar to his own.
Just like Atheist vs Christians discussion, similar example quoting from thesis:
Thus, we contend that the person who feeds squirrels, votes Republican, or drinks
Drambuie for breakfast will see such behaviors or choices by an actor as
relatively common and relatively devoid of information about his personal
characteristics. By contrast, another person who ignores hungry squirrels,
votes Democrat, or abstains at breakfast will see the former actor’s responses as relatively odd and rich with implications about the actor’s personality.
In fact I have stated the same thing,just taking out the Republicans and Democrats.
We can infer this from the bible verse as well:
King James Bible
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
countenance meaning: admit as acceptable or possible.
Having more people around you in acceptance with your own intuitive study will push you more towards applying it as behavior. If it is already right without doubt, this process is helpful. But if the intuitive study is questionable then it can lead to bias and wrong decisions.
Conclusion of Study
As far as atheists are concerned, you too are very much a victim of false consensus effect despite being a minority.
For Example: Evolution theory, a widely accepted theory among Scientists.
For Christians it is interesting to note that no matter what sect of Christianity you belong to, you are no better than the other sects.False consensus effect felt in group of like minded people. So it really doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or Protestant or Baptist or Pentecostal. You all can get into your own forms of stupidity and wrong practices. Of course maybe unique and different.
That is why we need to take Apostle Paul seriously as per 1 Corinthians 10-17
10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas[b]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
We are going to discuss about apples and oranges in Christianity.Which is to say opinions(oranges) and truths(apples).
This is a obvious problem.People who first started out as Christians have forgotten that communication with God is a complex activity.
Problem or a Complex activity is stated in the bible:
1 Corinthians 13:9
(New Living Translation)
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!
Christians often forget the complexity involved in communication with God.
Some of the many problems, I could think of :
1.Accept invalid information as valid information
2. Reject valid information as invalid information
3. Take valid information out of context, make it valid information.
4. Argument between Christians whether something is valid or not.
5.Contradictory arguments among arguing parties, when both the arguments are wrong!
6. Two misunderstood statements that are actually in agreement or complement each other, but are argued upon!
Yes, this is nothing new. There is already a solution in place.
People like pastors,leaders are one way transmitters of information. The rest are listeners!
This is relatively a good solution.So thumbs up. But this too has serious problems.
These problems are implications due to these biases:
- Bias towards popular leaders (Could be a legitimate reason too)
- Bias towards popular opinions ( Could be right too, just saying!)
Due to these issues, 3 things could happen:
1) Leaving the group
2) Getting kicked out.
3) conflict among peers
In order keep yourself safe from these biases, you can set some basic scope for usage of Opinions and Truths.
Think of opinions and Truths effectiveness as short range and long rang weapons.
You must wondering, why truth looks so much cooler and awesome.
Bible gives great importance to truth, verse. Good verse below proves my point:
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
You will also find awesome promises in Sowers parable regarding the positive outcome of receiving and acting on the truth.( sowers parable reference given further below).
In a sense opinions work well only with people who you have a close relationship.That is with the person you are in touch with.Truth works well, when you are talking with strangers.
However both has its limitations.
Interestingly enough, Parable of sower backs up my statement:
Parable of Sower (for reference)
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
- If the person does not understand the truth, it is useless.
- Person has allot of problems, not focused enough to process the truth.
- Person gives up along the way in following the truth
Thus unlike popular thinking opinion has its place. Yet again another bible verse to back it up:
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
countenance meaning: admit as acceptable or possible
Meaning if it is honest opinion based on the truth. We manage to overcome the disadvantages of Truth spoken by itself ( Of course this scenario applies to relationships).
Just like a Math solution, we have reached a solution based on the study above:
Truth must be complemented by opinion, just like a ice-cream with topping.
Like so, yummy!
Thanks for Reading.
Hey NLF youth if anybody is reading this; I know probably you were wondering what was I babbling about.
So I wrote a detailed article.
Plot of the Article
When ever you are learning something, if its not going to well. Instead of panicking. Going over or finding ways to help your brain to improve basic processes in your brain will help you understand things to the extent and rate that you want.
This article states the processes and explains it to some extent to achieve the above objective and also offers a deeper explanation why it is required.
Continuation of Article
To given an idea why this is required and how is that our own brain is not us. We are spirit who happens to have a soul and body. Body includes our brain or mind.
Our mind just like any tool is effective as much as it is used in a certain way.
So I identified 11 processes of our brain that happens or we make it happen. Understanding them is helpful to know where you are going wrong in Learning process.
So these are processes which identify user using a tool ie the brain in a certain way.
1.Creativity ( pretty obvious people may say)
3.Abstraction and Modelling
4.Reasoning or questioning a belief
5.Approach driven behavior
6. Limitation of Observation
7. Late learning
8.Traceability of Knowledge
9.Traceability of Concern.
10. Tranperancy of concern
11. Flow of implicit and tacit concern
1.Creativity is basic yet power process where we do something new with existing knowledge which people are quite aware of.
Lets look at more interesting observations made by me.
2. Exploratory learning is the desire to stimulate your brain by learning from more than one source material. This process may or may not be helpful in you primary objective which you had in mind. But very important not to suppress it.
If you don’t do, you will have a sad brain
3. Let’s look at Abstraction and Modelling, Abstraction is a way of conveying same information with less words.
However using is great if the person who your with or reading your article is on same page. If not it can lead to misunderstanding.
For example he hacked someone could either mean hacking someones computer or beat someone lol
However useful Abstraction maybe it can lead to allot of confusion as well.
Modelling: having a general idea even as it self I would call it a helpful model. When reading something in detail.
Say you have learned allot in detail, you may loose the big picture. So having right big picture, or correcting your big picture as you learn is very important to retain information inside your head.
3.Reasoning or questioning a belief is very important. It is very important to make sure you know what you have learned is actually viable.
Like for example I read a study on homosexual behavior study. People often use this to justify gay sex. But what was interesting is that the study States that
Homo sexual behavior includes I quote wikipedia:
Homosexual behavior in animals is sexual behavior among non-human species that is interpreted as homosexual or bisexual. This may include sexual activity, courtship,affection, pair bonding, and parenting among same-sex animal pairs.
Generally people say without even reading plenty of Animals have sex with same sex. Although research is more broad in interpretation of what homosexual behavior which doesn’t really supports many people taking side on homosexuality.
5.Approach driven behavior is basically the way you do things.
Maybe you never had a accident while drinking and driving because you are driving a autonomous car which provides you control. If you are using normal cars, there are high chances you will crash.
Very important to understanding the risks and benefits involved in a approach instead of just following the herd or adopting best practices.
6. Limitation of observation:
General idea of people is you need to read a book from beginning to end. That really is good or important only in story books.
Even in story book, some part of the book stay in our head more than other parts. Maybe you are reading fast to get to the good part.
Even this article. You need to understand Our brains have behavior limitation often for making observations in a session. That necessarily means it’s bad. It just means we don’t come to a conclusion based on information in our head to early.
7. Traceability of Knowledge
As we read something we always learn something, it is vital we write it down in our own words. If it’s a boring topic, it will help you build confidence. If it’s interesting topic you might have creative ideas related to it. Overall there is so much things you can keep inside your head for so long; if you have photogenic memory you can ignore this.
This is obvious but many people ignore this process and don’t understand why it’s so difficult.
Something like Math which is very abstract , our brain needs to go over again and again sometimes to get it.
If you are good at it. You might would be having epiphany like me.
That feeling when you get Aaah I understand how it now works.
9. Traceability of concern.
Most people are very good at asking doubts to people. But while reading something they keep those doubts to themselves. As it builds up it becomes a bad experience learning on your own.
Recording you doubts makes learning more dynamic process despite no one there assisting you.
10.Transparency of concern
This is for people who don’t talk much about things they don’t understand like me hehe. Even though person might not have an answer. It helps your brain to process things a different way to help solve difficult problems.
11.Flow of implicit and tacit concern
Basically all knowledge by now is handed down from some one else. Or any kind of communication there are things stated for us to write down and follow blindly. There are things which are the untold things which other people assume you understand it.
For example I ask you to buy eggs.
If you are some one I know, I meant take the plastic cover from the cupboard ( wink you know which) , feel free to take the bike. By the ways keys are in drawer. Don’t do anything stupid with bike it doesn’t have insurance ok.
So any material or anyone assumes you know a certain set of things when saying certain things.
So you need to ask many questions regarding it before making some assumptions you might have to anyway.
That is from above example assuming it won’t rain.
Hope you found it interesting. I thank God more than general knowledge, I find it really helpful for me in Learning new things in technology.
Anyways thanks for reading and hope you find it useful.
This is interesting topic since..I had no idea what to write. Figure why bother write for sake of writing. But then I found something interesting write after all. The interesting topic I was talking about is not empty vessel,just felt idea of this post could become noise of a empty vessel.
The real topic is
People who might Miss out on God
Apostle Paul was talking about it, actually might as well copy and paste the verse and be done with it. Still It’s interesting list he mentions
1.People who trust in wisdom of the World ( No brainier especially allot of people calling Christians Idiots.)
2.The religious, all knowing people who believe everything that comes out their head.(Kind of a paradox isnt).
Here comes the Bible verse at you.
1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
Acquiring Wisdom of God requires Faith. Religious people are carnal, they look only at outer appearances. Which is really stupid.
Wise people are so wise they dismiss things out of unbelief. Not only they do that but consider it foolishness.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Wise people mock God, religious people are carnal,disbelieving and self righteous.
No need to believe me, here’s another verse
1 Corinthians 1:22,23
Since also Jews ask a sign, and Greeks seek wisdom,
also we — we preach Christ crucified, to Jews, indeed, a stumbling-block, and to Greeks foolishness
So conclusion of this Post is if u either be a religious person that lacks faith or wise person by worldly standards, both kinds of people can miss out on God.
Anyone reading this hope you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. See ya later guys.