No Questions No Answers

40+196 Hssssss Many people look at me with hatred when I ask questions about various topics.  Those hateful looks are underserved, most of the time.  I don’t typically pry into people’s personal lives, in fact, I’m largely not interested in others.  It’s simply that I’m inquisitive about many subjects, especially history, art and science.

When discussing things with people, I think out loud (AKA “talking to myself”) and ask questions.  “What would have caused so-in-so to do that?  What was the purpose of using rigid material to build those?  How can I get rid of those weeds without killing all the animals in this zip code?  Questions like that often elicit hateful looks.

My question is, what is it that they hate so much?

Could it be because the average person is a shallow puddle of water and they don’t like watching someone else dig deep for answers?

Could it be because these hateful people don’t really want answers?  Or is it something else?

The answer likely varies by individuals.  However, I have learned this absolute truth.  If we don’t ask questions we won’t get answers.

Jesus told us to ask.

Hyper Vigilance For People

Something positive came from a kidnapping!  A teen who was kidnaped in Guatemala City now has a “hyper vigilance for people” concerning their safety.  Read more about Bethani Thomas on the International Mission Board website.

Genesis 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Matthew 7:17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.

View of Guatemala City with the "Agua&quo...

View of Guatemala City with the “Agua”, “Fuego”, “Acatenango” volcanoes in the background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You are braver than me. I’m scared of McDonalds because none of the food is actual food!

It was pushing midnight.  I was tired.  Amanda was tired.  We still had an hour’s drive ahead of us.

“Honey, you awake?”  I asked Amanda.

She answered with the purring of her snores.   She had been asleep for an hour and had been wanting me to avoid stopping if I could to save time and money.

But the orchestrated music on the radio, the warmth of the car, and the loneliness of the road – had made it harder to keep my eyes open than it is to keep Amanda out of Express when we go to the mall, which is nearly impossible – mind you.

Driving through the sleepy town of Blackstone, Virginia – I knew there was only one place I could go to get coffee this late at night: McDonalds, but McDonald’s coffee and me…. Well, lets just say we have a past.

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LOVE PEOPLE?

LOVE PEOPLE

Use Things

NOT

Use PEOPLE

LOVE Things

I used to work with the elderly in health care. One day, I was preparing a patient for treatment with some equipment. He was a man with dementia and could still talk and somewhat reason. I found him sitting in his wheel chair so I rolled him into another room to set up the equipment. Usually, I don’t know if I’m coming or going so I was making certain that I had everything necessary and since space was tight I asked him to hold some items in his lap while I got things together.

After he held the items in his lap a few minutes he told me, “It feels good to be useful again.” It took me a few minutes to understand what he was really telling me. I have a tendency when I’m busy to ignore what patients with dementia say because more often than not, it’s meaningless gibberish. We go to school way too long and we lose empathy toward our fellow humans (observe doctors) so I had to ask him, “What are you talking about?” He basically said that holding things for me made him feel useful again.

Q:  How often have I heard people with debilitating health problems complain about feeling useless? All of those times before I didn’t know what to say. I’m not one of those people who have the right words at just the right time but this time was different.

A:  Suddenly, I remembered something a man once said on TV and I told this to my patient. He said that we get in trouble when we confuse two simple concepts. GOD created us to “LOVE PEOPLE and use things”, however, when we turn these concepts upside down and instead “use PEOPLE and LOVE things” that is when we cause problems. Ultimately, we do harm to others and ourselves. GOD created humans and humans created things. I personally have never met anyone who LOVED things and used PEOPLE who was truly happy.

Also, I told my patient that, “GOD created you be loved, not used like a thing.” His entire demeanor changed before my eyes. Most patients are deeply depressed and often scared due to being in a situation that would depress and scare any one of us. This man was no different and he was a preacher. I could tell by his silence that he was taking it all in. A few minutes later he said, “I want to thank you. You telling me that really made my day!”

About thirty minutes later, he was trying to remember what I said earlier and asked me, “What was that you told me? You’ve got to something, something, something? That made me feel so good. It really made my day!” I thought long and hard but I had forgotten what I said! Those with dementia and I have much in common.

Here Be Old Things

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Worse Than A Fatal Car Wreck

Q:  Why is it so powerful to look at scenes of the crucifixion?

Image The crucifixion gets our attention regardless of our beliefs.  The scene is worse than a fatal car wreck.  People have not become totally numb to the paintings and films depicting Jesus’ crucifixion. When The Passion Of The Christ came out it created such a stir because for the first time in art history we saw the realistic brutality of not only crucifixion but Jesus’ crucifixion. His crucifixion was different from all others. We see horrible things in this present age that our minds have become desensitized to viewing. In the modern art of TV we see realistic murders, explosions, guns pointed at people’s’ heads and pools of blood. In the news we see the same things but they’re real. Yet the crucifixion of Jesus has some how never lost the “drama”, if you will, that keeps us focused on watching and wanting to learn more about it. Why is that?

A: Jesus himself answers this question in John 12:32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

With crucifixion, the condemned is up off the ground and upright. Almost like someone on stage or a tall statue to get our attention. Notice that he said, all of us will be drawn to him when we see him lifted up off the ground. When we see Jesus up off the ground with his arms stretched out, wearing a crown of thorns and bleeding we can not stop looking at him.

But wait, there’s more!

In John 6:30, people ask him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?

Basically, we need more than you saying that you are GOD we need a visual sign that no human can perform. That’s a fair question. In those days, every pharaoh and emperor claimed god status and people got the ax for not believing them.

Q: People today are asking, “How do we know that Jesus is truly God?” After all, many people now claim to be god.

A: John 6:62Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?

After Jesus was lifted up to die people saw him lifted up ALIVE and ascending to heaven. He gave us the a sign that no human can accomplish to prove that He is God. That sign is visible to this very day!

Q: How, you are asking?

A: That miraculous Shroud of Turin keeps giving us answers as well as deeper questions.

I can’t get enough of this website, ShroudofJesus.com. To summarize, there are multiple images on this shroud and crime scene investigators are using advanced technology on each image. CSI’s have determined that the image of the man (the one no PhD. can understand how the image was made) is actually showing us a man who is up off the ground in an upright position.

That is the sign. Jesus lifted up off the ground in an upright position. We can’t stop looking at this sign in its many forms. His sign is saying; John 14:6 Jesus replied,“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.

Read ShroudofJesus.com and tell us what you believe.

Photo of crucifixion from The Passion of Christ, 2004 provided by IMdb.com