26 agosto 2005

i actually have thoughts today! too many, actually. should i overdose today or save some for an unthoughtful day...?

thought one:
original thought is pretty much impossible. or close to it. seriously though... how vain to think that one could formulate something that nobody else has in the last 5 thousand (or so) years. it'd be pretty hard. unless you had (or "one had") a profound revelation about something like blogging or ipod, both relatively new inventions. but still, considering the sheer amount of persons acquainted with those things (ahhh! don't ever write "thing," rebekkah!), one would have to attain to a pretty intense level of knowledge about them to be "original." thus the reason i will never a) become a great theologian B) make a million on technology c) write terribly enlightening and moving blog thought entries.

thought two:
when interacting with a person whose outlook on life/ theology/ whatever is completely alien or contradictory to yours, is it a good idea to focus on the similarities in thought/ common ground? for instance: hno. andres and Muslims... he has attained a great degree of access to high officials in Hamas (the Islamic group within Palestine) and others because he focuses on shared ground AND DOES NOT ATTACK WHAT THEY BELIEVE. and this is bro. andrew... he's not going to be watering down the gospel. he preaches that Christ died on the cross and rose again, contrary to Islam. but he does not point out everything wrong with Islam, and thus conveys respect to his audience, who admire his audacity and Christ-like spirit. he builds upon their admiration of the prophet Isa to convey the truth of the SAVIOR, Jesus the Son of the Most High God. is this the "right way" to evangelize? or is it too tolerant? needs meditation.

thought three: (or thought two-and-a-half, as it's related:)
Is the Muslims' Allah, to whom they pray 5x a day, the same as our Lord God, as they claim (i'm pretty sure it's a pandemic assumption)? by the same token, is the Jews' Adonai, the one to whom they pray however and whenever, the same as our triune God? uh-huh... chew on that one for a while...

thought three:
Regarding: being...
existance... is WHAT? ideas: a thing can be said to exist if it can be perceived by another... "perceiving" entailing the sense and the mind... that part gets sketchy. because to think about something means nothing more than the fact that that idea exists. i'm considering the ramifications of existing "needing" another to define its existance... crazy stuff... i *think* i'm outta my league on this one...

other thoughts shall wait.