Friday, October 30, 2009
C'mon you guys, we have to do this. I posted about eight comments or so, but that's about it.
And most of all, don't let Melian know! *grins* She'll be shocked by all the comments.
Let's do this!!! *laughs mischievously *
I've seen several NaNoWriMo Survival Kits and decided to do one.
- My Laptop. Thank goodness for it. Did I tell you that I love you, Araldar? ("Araldar" actually means "Evil One" in the language of one of my stories...hm...maybe "Araldar" isn't such a fantastic name for my laptop...)
- My Notebooks. My main notebook is this tattered one that holds about five plots, random quotes, Bible verses, great books, and excerpts from my stories. I have several others, however; unfortunately, I am very unorganized, and, if I have a "brilliant" idea, I just grab the notebook that's nearest to me. Therefore, I have several notebooks and I have to search all of them to find something specific.
- My Bible. I have it sitting on my desk so when I get "nano-drepression", I can just look up an inspiring verse.
- Coffee/Tea/Chocolate. I will most definitely be drinking a LOT more decaf coffee and green tea this month. *grins* The occasional cup of hot chocolate, perhaps. And a LOT of chocolate from the stash my mom got specifically for Halloween, but whose leftovers may be used for more productive purposes. ^^
- The Work-Out Machine. Working out is a stress-reliever for me, so that contraption will be getting a lot more use this month. ^^
- Gmail. All my friends on gmail better get prepared for some venting. *laughs*
- Hannah. Hannah, I'm going to call you a LOT, and most of the conversations are going to be complaining about how far behind I am. And yes, we can always bury names if we get depressed. :) (Inside joke...)
- My Family. Definitely. Where would I be without them? *grins*
- My Diary. Oh my word, almost all the entries from this time forth until the end of November will be freaking out about NaNo.
- My Characters. There would be no story without my awesomely-cooperative characters. One of my main characters, Jole, agreed to die without so much as a soft shriek. And another, Arayna, resigned to being stuck in jail for twelve years. And, of course, my evil character, Imandr, is really a good person at heart, but is determined to impersonate a deliciously-evil character just for me. *sighs* But of course, it's my eminently main character that's being stubborn...she's refusing to let Jole and Arayna die, and says she doesn't need to listen to me. *rolls eyes*
- Books. Insanely inspiring books.
- Gimp. *grins* thank goodness for Gimp.
- Music. Lots and lots of music. I have a song for every mood. ^^
AGH! I'm so excited!! :) On Sunday, I'm setting my alarm for around six, so I can get a few pages done before church. ^^
Since I'm only doing 20,000 words, once I achieve that goal, I'm going to keep pushing and hopefully get 50,000 words so I'm ready for full force NaNo next year.
Why do I get the feeling that I'm going to be doing a lot less eating/playing/hanging out and a LOT more writing/scribbling/screaming? :D
One last thing (Note: this is an edit): An AWESOME giveaway at the Elvish Maiden!! Go enter! :)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
This morning, I felt this impulse to open Gimp up and make some blends, so I obeyed my instincts and these are the results...
The next one I hurriedly mashed together, and it does seem like a random bowl of Eowyn pictures with a sprinkle of text...
(Note: The next two were not made this morning)
These last two cost me a good forty five minutes to make. First of all, I just barely completed the blend, but then Gimp shut down and I lost it. Shrugging it off (it's happened before), I opened up Gimp again, and re-made it, and then it shut down again, just after I finished re-making the second one. Frustrated by now, I opened it again, and the second after I finished it, instead of tweaking with the curves and colors to make sure I have it right, like I usually do, I quickly saved it, then continued to tweak with it (adding words, adjusting hues and curves).
This is the original blend that took me three tries to make....
And this is the finished product, complete with words (I know! I use the Angelic War and JaneAusten fonts way too much, and I highly stress the "way") and adjusted curves/colors.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I did not have swine flu, and recovered very quickly and abruptly from my one-day sickness. Now I'm just left with a hacking cough. Which isn't half-bad compared to Saturday's troubles. ^^
Saturday, October 24, 2009
All of you probably know this already, but the "Balloon Boy" story was all a hoax to try and bring media attention to the Heene family. *frustrated sigh* Wow. I'm glad the boy is safe, and all, but seriously? What is that family's problem?
At least the little boy is safe. If you want to read the story go HERE.
Anyways...I'm pretty sick. I have a cough, a sore throat, tiredness, lack of hunger, stuffy nose, and aching head. The symptoms of swine flue are fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. I don't have a fever, and I'm not extremely tired. I don't have nausea, or vomiting, or diarrhea. But prayer would be appreciated. ^^
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
IF SOMEONE SAYS "THIS IS OKAY" YOU SAY: Marble Halls (great)
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY? Abstraction (oh man...is that good?)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL? City of Black and White (interesting. Nonsensical, but interesting)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE? Mountain of God (cool)
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO? Perpetual Motion (o'greaaaaat)
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU? They Didn't Know (*laughs* ugh! I asked my friends, and yes, they didn't know :D)
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN? Satisfy (right then...)
WHAT IS 2+2? I Belong To Ya (no comment)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND? Knew It All (She's not THAT much of a nerd...jk :D)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF A PERSON YOU LIKE? Mountain of God (aww that's cool!)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? Time In Between (alright...)
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? Never Be Ready (oh that's just great...I'll never be ready for whatever I want to be when I grow up)
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE A PERSON YOU LIKE? Minuet 2 (at least it's a fun song to play on my violin)
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? We Could Run Away (*shrieks* WHAT?! I'm offended.)
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING? Trust Me (I guess this one's okay...)
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? It's The Heart That Matters Most (okay. I'm not even going to try and decifer what that means)
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTERESTS? Go Tell Aunt Rhody (uh-huh. Great.)
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET? Tent In The Center of Town (who is that even by...I'm rediscovering strange songs I never even knew I had)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS? Listen Up (wait...what? Like that song, by the way. Great one. :D)
WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN? Gone (hmm...)
HOW WILL YOU DIE? White Christmas (nice. At least I'll die at Christmas time. With snow. Ooh, maybe I'll freeze to death because I fell of a sled and buried into the snow and no one could find me in the deep flurries. *snorts*)
WHAT'S THE ONE THING YOU REGRET? La Pastorella [The Little Shepherdess] (What? *shakes her head, wondering why in the world she downloaded Charlotte Church music*)
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? Watermarks (In truth, the song is called Watermark with no "s" but doesn't it make more sense with one? *laughs* Haha, nice one, Enya)
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? Only You (*grins* don't worry, you're not that bad)
WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED? Know My Heart (Hmm...ya gotta know my heart before you'll get the answer)
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST? Streets Of Gold (so not true...I AM NOT SCARED OF HEAVEN! Jeez... :D)
DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU? We Build Then We Break (nice)
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE? Ebudae (please don't ask me...more Enya. She has a good voice, actually. :D)
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW? I'm For You (confusing)
WHAT DO YOU MOST OFTEN EXCLAIM? Alive (that's just great...love that song)
WHERE IS PARADISE? Happiness (Semi-true, I s'pose.)
WHAT DID YOU FIRST SAY AS A BABY? Lightly Row (oh please... *buries head in hands* why oh why did I download those violin CDs?)
IF YOU HAD A PET, WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT? Beauty From Pain (that'd be awkward to say. Like seriously, "Beauty From Pain, go fetch!")
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SIGHT TO SEE? Watch Me Go (great.)
WHAT MAKES YOU GAG? Eagles (NO! I love eagles! Er...sort of. But they don't make me gag! *scowls*)
WHAT ARE YOU BEST AT? Drink You Deep (thank goodness Stefan Van Voorst did not call that song Drinking You Deep *groans* this answer could have been MUCH worse)
IF YOU WROTE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT? Sore Eyes (*bangs head against keyboard over and over in frustration*)
WHAT DID YOU WISH FOR LAST? Fellow Traveler (well, if you mean I wished last for the resolving of an argument with a fellow "traveler", then yes)
WHAT WOULD YOUR SUPERHERO NAME BE? Panis Angelicus (Why me? Thanks, Charlotte Church. What does that mean anyway? Okay, just googled it. Based on the veracity of google sources, my superhero name would be Bread of Angels. *stares blankly at computer screen in shock*)
HOW SOON WILL THIS BE OVER? How Do You Know (And Why Are You Asking Me? :D)
WHERE ARE YOU SITTING? We Fall Down (apparently I'm not sitting down, I'm falling down. That's just...great.)
WHAT DO YOU MOST HATE? Bowling Ball (hey...I like bowling!)
WHAT DO YOU MOST LOVE? Gonna Be Alright (Okay then.)
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET NAME? We Three Kings (that's not cool. So now I'm some rich dude with a beard? Make that three rich dudes with beards...great, I'm three people in one. *sighs, then brightens* Wait...does that mean I'm three times as smart as I would be? SWEET! :D)
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS? Dream A Dream (*sighs*)
I tag anyone who is bored right now. *looks over answers and shakes head disparagingly*
Thursday, October 15, 2009
And then for my story Midnight, I have different variations of basically the same thing.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
**Edit** Guys, this is what she said when I said, "Okay, you deleted all the comments/posts related to the "debate"...fun "debating": "Well, I just didn't want to get upset... for some reason, I got really mad, and I don't want to say things I shouldn't. There was no reason to be mad, so I'm sorry, yes I did. Everyone was praying and feeling sorry for me, and I was so mad, because to me, there's nothing to be sorry about! They were really pushing it." I felt really bad, because this whole thing was just a discussion of faith, and then others began making a point of trying to convert her. That was not what this was about. It was just a discussion. Next time, I won't make the mistake of trying to convince her that she's wrong and I'm right. I'm sorry, Sunstar.
Dreamstar, I'm finally going to get around to that tag of yours.
1.Copy and paste these rules!
2.Say 5 things you did today.
3.Say five things you WANT to do.
4.Say five things you really want!
5.Say five truthful things about you!
6. Take the award then say underneath the award "Gum Gum is Dum Dum for I am a Dum Gum!"(LOL!)
7.Say thanks to whoever gave to you, then give a URL to any of that person's blog(s)!
8.Tag five people and give them this award!
Gum Gum is Dum Dum for I am a Dum Gum! (Okay...guess I'm a Dum Gum...whatever that means *laughs*)
Five things I did today:
1. Cleaned house.
2. Sang Ocean Wide, by The Afters.
3. Asked my dad if I could go to the science musuem with friends. (Still waiting on an answer)
4. Ate breakfast.
5. Cleaned up puzzle that's been collecting dust on dining room table for who knows how long.
Five things I want to do:
1. Publish one book, at the least. *grins*
2. Become a mom.
3. Go to the science musuem with friends.
4. Finish editing my 318 page novel.
5. Give God's truth to one person, and have them accept it, and become a Christian.
Five things I really want
1. An all-afternoon trip to the science musuem with friends. :D
2. A sleepover with Hannah.
4. The Naming and Tilly (two AMAZING books)
5. More followers.
Five truthful things about me
1. I burst out singing at random times.
2. I am addicted to twirling my hair around my fingers.
3. I REALLY want to go to the Science Musuem.
4. I love soccer.
5. I wish I had a british accent.
I'm being lazy right now, so I award this to anyone who wants to be a dum gum. :D
Friday, October 9, 2009
Hi Sunstar! I like your blog! I was reading your past posts and saw that you don't believe in God. I also saw what Bekah posted on her blog, and I feel like I need to tell you why I believe that there is a God, and that He loves us.In the beginning was the Word(Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was(is)God. He was in the beginning with God. And all things were made by Him, and with out Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was(is)life, and the life was(is) the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5I know that it is hard to grasp and understand that before anything happend God was there. I myself struggle to comprehend that and eterninty.God made us with the choices to believe and except Him, and to not believe and reject Him. When we chose to not believe in Him and reject Him, it breaks His heart. He came to the earth that He made to SAVE His creations not to condem them to death. He came so that we might live and have new life in Him. He doesn't want us to go to Hell, but He cannot be with sin. It is because we listened to the devil that we cannot be with Him.If you have any questions please stop by my blog and leave a comment.In the Word,Emily
October 7, 2009 1:23 PM
Bekah, you have a bright mind, and I can see why you believe in god. Before I say more, I have great news! I told my friend that I didn't believe in god, and she wasn't mad. I was hiding it for so many years and it's not as bad as I thought.About your comment: I thought it was well written, and well thought out. About your visions, I understand them. I used to have "visions" as well. Not long after, I had nightmares, and illusions. I saw what I wanted to see-you understand? I watched a scary movie, and BAM! I had an illusion! It was horrible, just a creature floating towards me, but I hid under my covers, and I learned about the illusion. I've had plenty, and I also have more proof. Me and my mom were kidding around, but it seemed so real. We looked at the sun and shut our eyes and said "Oh sun, if you are real, make the wind blow hard." and it did. Then I tried-more specific. "Dear sun, if you are real, let two birds fly by in ten seconds." And guess what happened? You see?Sometimes, we see what we WANT to see.I understand that god doesn't want to send us to hell, but think of it-if god has all of the power in the universe, couldn't he just make us NOT go to hell?Here's a REAL brain buster for you: If god is as "all powerful" as the bible says he is, can he make a rock that's too heavy for him to lift?Well, I just can't believe in books and illusions-and if you wonder "Well, how is the universe made? It HAD to be god." well, how did god get here? If you say he's always been here, couldn't the universe always been here? Maybe god made the universe amazing and full of strange things, or was it just the universe itself that did that?Maybe the universe was "always there"-or maybe "god" mad us. Do you understand? Humans don't always know our limits. If we can't explain something, we say god did it. Maybe we aren't as "dumb" back then as we say. Maybe things ARE accidents. I think that god and other things are invented, because we want to be here for a reason. We want something-or someone, to say that we made the mistakes for a reason-not to me. I say that it's OUR choice, I say that it's not "god's" choice at all.We underestimate ourselves to much, we need to understand that no one will be alike, and god couldn't have done that-he's not better than us-why would he? Why is god a HE anyway? Doesn't it seem strange? "God" is a he, and the people who lived back then who wrote the book, lived in an era where men were more important that women (to them at least).I don't dislike christians, but I don't praise something that I can't have proof for.
October 7, 2009 2:54 PM
Hey Sunstar:That's good about your friend! I'm happy for you. :)Now...down to the serious stuff ^_^Okay. Illusions? Hannah said it disappeared but she still felt the angel's presence. Think of it as an illusion if you wish, but to me, it is something sacred.Do you think that the Bible is a book? Has any other "book" impacted the lives of SO many around the world? I promise you, this Bible is no book. There are truths in there that has turned my world upside down. There is no proof that the Bible is not a book, so I'm not going to try to prove to you that it's not. That would be stupid. It's just one of those facts, at least to me. It's like asking, "Why is the sky blue?" There's no answer to that, it just IS blue. (You probably don't think that that question is like that, but I do ^_^)Let me quote you: "well, how did god get here? If you say he's always been here, couldn't the universe always been here? Maybe god made the universe amazing and full of strange things, or was it just the universe itself that did that?"Sunstar, dear girl, how did God get here, you ask? Let me compare him to a circle. Does a circle have a beginning or an ending? No. If you ask a mathematician where's the circle's beginning and where's it ending, he's going to laugh. I know that's a stupid comparison, but I believe that that describes God. It's nonsensical to ask where he came from! He has no beginning, and has no ending. I don't fully understand that, as a strong believer, and I don't think you will either, but doesn't the Bible say that this world is but a reflection in a mirror? How can we possibly presume to know ANYTHING about God? Are we that arrogant?Okay, again quoting you: "I understand that god doesn't want to send us to hell, but think of it-if god has all of the power in the universe, couldn't he just make us NOT go to hell?"Say there is a criminal, who molested and abused and stole all his life. He finally gets caught, and all his former deeds are tallied up. The judge condemns him to a life-sentence of labor jail.Would you get all mad at the judge for doing that to the criminal? Sunstar, the criminal deserved it. The same is with any human. The only thing that defines someone who believes and who doesn't is that one accepted grace and the other didn't. They both sinned. But the one that didn't accept grace, and didn't strive to be like Jesus, is the one who is going to be punished. Do you expect God to merely let us walk away from sinning all our lives? Do you think he is going to REWARD us? Sin deserves punishment. It is only by the saving grace of God that ANYONE can reach heaven.You said: "If god is as "all powerful" as the bible says he is, can he make a rock that's too heavy for him to lift?" The answer is yes: he could create a massive rock and DELIBERATELY limit his power so he cannot levitate it. And also, the answer is no: he could create a voluminous rock but using the full extent of his power, it would automatically be within his power to lift.You said: "Humans don't always know our limits." We are imperfect, true. But to say that we "made up" God? How can anyone "make up" someone like God? Did we make up the sky? Did we make up science, or biology, or the earth, or the magnetic field, or the greenhouse effect?Again, I think that the question "Why is God a he?" is one of the those impossible questions like "why is grass green?" We don't know. It just IS! Does it really matter? If God is a she or a he...is that our debate?Sunstar, I respect you immensly, and look forward to your reply. :)Blessings, Bekah
October 8, 2009 5:03 PM
Exactly my point Bekah. We don't know, and some things don't matter. When you quoted what I said about god being here forever, you didn't quote the rest. I said that what if the universe is the one that has been here the whole time? You ignored that part, Bekah. About hell, think of it. Don't you think that prison is enough? God would be stubborn if he thought that prison wasn't as bad as eternal burning. If he is real, I don't want to be with him anyway! There are no answers in the true universe. I have a good theory: the people who made the bible were mentally ill. Couldn't that make sense? And you know that people can easily believe anything. Once again, you underestimated humans. We can make a big impact on earth-just one person, isn't that true? Well, I think that these people told us stories through the years about the "vision" that their old family saw, and it bottles up into a big, fat, believable lie. We always underestimate ourselves and the universe. We say that there HAS to be something that's better than us-there just has to! And about the earth being in a perfect place-think for a moment. The universe is never-ending. Don't you think that there had to be ONE perfect place? Or maybe this isn't perfect for aliens. I (like I said before) have hopes. And hopes are dreams. I hope I turn into an animal in another life when I die. And there is something you should know, that a lot of christains believe: In the true Greek bible, there is no hell. I promise you this. My brother takes Greek-his teacher is a paster (they call his church the anti-church because they don't believe in hell) and he studies the bible. There is no saying of hell, and I trust him.If I've learned one thing in my experience, what people say they know, can very easily be fake. Just because there is a book, and we DOUBT there is no way it could have that much impact on people, we believe it. Just because of its perfect grammer and what-not.(there Is a reason why the sky is blue-very science like-it's in my book-very advanced-hard to undrestand-LOL!)Well, comment back, and as you know I know, we believe things that can be fake. We see things we think we don't.Bye!~Sunstar
October 8, 2009 6:31 PM
Sunstar,I haven't read all of your's and Bekah's comments, but please, hear me out.I know what it's like to doubt God's existence. I know what it's like to be afraid to believe. But honestly, I'm more afraid if I don't believe.How do we know whether to believe or not to? How do we know what is truth and what is lies?There is so much evidence that points to Christianity, and the Bible and God all being true, overwhelming evidence, but still, I doubt.However, I know, in my heart of hearts, in my deepest place, that I DO believe in God, and that I do believe, but sometimes, I'm afraid too. Because I know that if I believe in Him, and live for Him, then my life will change. And I don't always want that change (that's sin, kicking in).I don't know how to write something meaningful, and I don't know how to impact you, or to help you believe. But I do know this:God is here. And God made you. And He knows EVERYTHING about you.Right now, you don't believe. And, I'm not judging you, but honestly, believing in Him...it's lifechanging.I am going to DARE you to read the bible. Dig deeper. And I DARE you to pray. Even if you mock yourself and Him, and don't believe, or say you don't. I'm DARING you to LOOK deeper.I will be praying for you.Let God touch your heart.--Hannah
October 8, 2009 7:15 PM
I was researching bible verses to give to you, but I found this on a wiki topic, and wanted to share it:Hi Brandon H. We should always use the God's word the Bible when we are spreading the Gospel, because it is the truth. If we try to use our own word to bring you to God it would do no good. Only God can bring you to Him. He tells us very clearly this is true in John 6:44:“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”There are people who want something tangible to base their faith on, but God tells us He is a spirit in John 4:24:"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."Some people want a vision or a dream so that they know God is real. But, we must remember that Judas Iscariot walked with Christ, he saw Peter walk on water and had seen almost all of Christ's miracles, yet Judas still betrayed Jesus.When we rely on God's Word the Bible and compare the Bible in its entirety we can know what God is teaching us about Salvation. My advice is to avoid anyone who wants to tell you about God who does not rely on the Bible as their sole authority.taken from http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070511213257AAn53nE God LOVES you Sunstar. I know you must have heard that before, and I know you MUST be shaking your head or rolling your eyes or groaning...but it's TRUE. You were created in the image of HIM.I'm going to leave you with this verse, Psalm 139:13"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."He IS there.
October 8, 2009 7:33 PM
Jake M. said...
Hey Sunstar,I read over you and Bekah's debate... And I was just wondering, how could earth be a perfect place with so much war and death? With all the evilness? I'm a Christian and I believe heaven is the place that is truly perfect. How, you might say, could there be a heaven? Well... Has anything written in the Bible ever been proven wrong? If I'm not mistaken, it has never been shown faulty. Also, there have been people who have died and miraculously become alive again and firmly say they were in heaven or hell in those minutes of death.Well, God has his own standards when it comes to sin. He's a righteous and holy God and when he sees us sin and going against his laws, it pains him immensely. Loving us so much and not wanting us to have to endure hell, he DIED for us. He gave his very own life, perfect and holy, blameless and innocent, for US so we could avoid hell and instead, be in heaven will him forever! We all have a choice either to live for him or against him. It's up to us to decide. Being a just god, He has a punishment for those who disobey him just like any court has a punishment for a criminal, but he's given us away out! He gave his son to free us of that charge! On the cross, he defeated sin and now he's provided us all the means necessary to not have to go to hell but instead, heaven. I know: hells a scary place and it makes us question why such a loving God would ever send a person there. But that's why he sent his son and that's why it's so important for everyone to know the truth so we can except that gift of Jesus he gave us and not have to endure hell instead.That's just my belief. I'm not judging you and I hope you don't take this comment like that. This is just why I believe in Jesus and I hope it helps with some of your questions. Jake
October 8, 2009 7:37 PM
Sunstar-This has been a very interesting debate. :)"what if the universe is the one that has been here the whole time?" Okay, but where do you think God came from? Created by the universe? He's up there, Sunstar, I think we both know that. But our debate is whether or not he deserves to be worshipped, or whether all the things he has done are true, or whether he is allpowerful.all the miracles that I explained to you in my first comment...taking those in note, how can you think there is NOT a God?Why couldn't the universe just be here? Well think of an author and a book. Could you just say, "Oh, there's a book! It created itself!" No, that'd be ridiculous. There had to be someone who CREATED the book.No, prison isn't enough. God warned us about the consequences if we disobeyed him during our lifetime, and we have to take the consequences. That's what I believe.No hell? Throughout the Bible, hell is mentioned profusely. I have the Bible that is translated word-for-word, and believe me, there is a LOT of hell mentioned."Mentally ill"? Hmm...is there any way that you can prove that? And are you saying that ALL the people mentioned in the Bible are ALL mentally ill? That's a LOT of people. And if you think the people that wrote the Bible are mentally ill, then the people who followed them are mentally ill. And God told the people what to write, so are you presuming that GOD is mentally ill? Wow. That's a truckfull! Accusing thousands of people, and even God himself, of being "mentally ill"!"If I've learned one thing in my experience, what people say they know, can very easily be fake. Just because there is a book, and we DOUBT there is no way it could have that much impact on people, we believe it. Just because of its perfect grammer and what-not." Hm...yes, people can very easily lie. "Perfect grammar" huh. *laughs* yes, once I proof-read a few pages in the Bible, and its grammar COULD be improved upon. But it's grammar is not it's point, it it's message that matters, to me. Yes, the Bible IS hard to understand, isn't it? And believe. Like what the heck, these people are saying these things HAPPENED! Well they're mentally ill! :D But, the thing is, these things, like I said before, are still happening. Just read my first comment for proof of more miracles. I promise you I could come up with an abundant more of miracles to bore you with. :DHaha! There is a reason why the sky is blue! *smacks forehead* well somebody (meaning myself) is mentally ill! LOL jk :D"We see things we think we don't"? What does that mean?Are you hoping you're going to be good enough to go to heaven? And why some people are sent to hell? Please go to this website: http://www.wayofthemaster.com/goodperson.shtmlThanks!Blessings,BekahPS I hope you don't mind if I'm following you blog. :)
October 9, 2009 6:37 AM
also, another GREAT site is: http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers#/topic/death-sufferingLove,BekahPS throughout this "debate" my respect for you and love of your blog has not wavered. Just letting ya know. Hope we can still be blogger friends. :)
October 9, 2009 7:03 AM
I read all of your comments, and first I want to say this: I'm fine with you following my blog, and I'm happy to be friends with you. I don't want to not be friends with someone JUST because they believe.Still in everyone's comments, there's something that everyone's telling me: God is real, he made you, and you're insulting him. I don't believe there is a god to insult! In case you forgot, I was a believer for most of my life.Another thing you said, was that you study the bible and it says hell TONS of times. I'm saying that the original Greek bible has no say of hell what-so-ever.Another thing you said, is that there had to be something to create the universe. Doesn't every baby have a mother and father? Well, god sure doesn't seem to have one. Maybe the universe is the same as we say god is. Maybe the universe-like "god"-was always there. Or maybe we should just leave this alone.Another thing that I've noticed, is all of you underestimate humans, animals, and the universe.Truly, you can believe what you want to, but it just doesn't fit. You don't know what we could and couldn't do. And yes, miracles happen. It doesn't have to be "god", does it? We have amazing abilities, and we don't need god to have made them. Think for a moment. God has all of these amazing powers-we have all of these amazing powers. We thing god gave us these powers-we DON'T think god had someone give him powers. We are TRULY underestimating ourselves when we say that.I read the bible-my mom read the bible-my brother read the bible-my dad read the bible. Did you know that the "snake" in the story of Adam and Eve, could have been misread? Many times, people describe people as animals, because of the way they act. Like, "That guys a pig, I tell you." that means that he eats a lot, or he's really nasty and has nothing to do in his spare time.God told us to wait till 2000 when the world would end. God tells us he is always with us. All we have are "visions" and wasted time. He has "killed" people. Many die for him, when "him" is nothing. God raped women. I don't believe god is real, and I don't believe that the bible is telling any truth. I don't care what you say, because you are all going in circles.Everything you say, is something that can be caused by your brain, or can be because the bible "told you the truth".I don't want anyone to hate me for what I say, but I'm not going to hide my truth. I don't deny god, but I don't have more than thoughts about his being real.To tell you the truth, the most peaceful person that was real that I've heard of, is Buddah. I don't praise him, but he's so peaceful. Did you know he used to be a prince?Thanks, and I love "debating" with you all! I'm not to sure I'd like to here more of this "debating" though, because it seems like everyone is repeating themselves. Like I said, a christain will say ANYTHING to "prove" themselves right-I used to. But don't take that the wrong way!~Sunstar
I have replied to Sunstar's last comment in a lengthy manner, but she has not moderated it yet, and I did not save it or anything, so I can't show you all.
Man, thanks Emily, Hannah, and Jake for chiming in. I really appreciate it. :)
In the process of this heavy "debate" of faith, I have (1 learned things about my faith and myself (2 grown in God and my faith. Even if this debate turns out badly, I am so glad I asked Sunstar the simple question, "Why do you believe?" because it has strengthened my faith like nothing else.
Who would have known I'd be talking about this stuff at the naive age of 12? I always thought sharing my faith would come later like when I am twenty. I always thought, Oh, I'll just put off asking myself why I REALLY believe until it's questioned, and I am SO glad now that Sunstar and I have gotten into this thing. *grins* this has been thought-provoking and very interesting to participate in.
Thanks to you all for reading it. :)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
My Reason for Not Believing:I used to believe in god because my family taught me the ways of the bible. When I was about seven, my mom stopped believing and she told me why. She told me about how the bible said that the sun revolved around the earth, and about how anyone could of made a story book, and people found it as a real book. I didn't believe her at first, but then I started thinking. It wasn't long after that I began questioning the bible. I didn't want to believe in a god that was going to send me to hell (although in the real version it says nothing about hell-my brother takes Greek and the teacher studies the real bible). I found flaws as well.Here I am now, but not what you think I am. I don't REFUSE to believe in him, I just don't know. I only have hopes, not beliefs. I HOPE that I will turn into an animal in my "after life". I HOPE there is an after life. I HOPE that the world doesn't end in Dec. 21, 2012. Sadly, my secret is almost destroying me. My friend's dad wouldn't let me see her when they figured out that I didn't believe. Also, I have a best friend that I met when I was four (I'm currently eleven) and I just can't risk leaving her. She lives in California now, and we still contact each other from time to time.I also believe humans and animals changed into different things (animals still change-a snake turned from striped to brownish-black because of it's climate)When I was a believer, I always had nightmares about the devil, and god killing me and what-not. Now, my dreams are clear, and my mind is filled with other thoughts. Sometimes I wonder if "god" is the earth, not a person-superhuman-whatever.Today, I feel strange. Life has lead me on other things besides god. I don't hate or fear people who love god-I used to love him! I don't think that people who believe cows are sacred (at least they can see them!) or that believe the powers and the strength of the lion are to be praised (what's not to praise about them? They're loyal and amazing creatures) I even think that those other gods are just stories that have been mistaken for the real thing! The "creator" of Alla, was a young boy who was being chased and hid in a cave, where the "spirit" spoke to him. All of this time, I learned that nothing can change a Christan's mind but her/himself. They always reply 'God made it that way', or 'Well...' then they move on and make an excuse.Thank you for your time, and please write me back on my blog (I'll know if you wrote it because I can read it on comment moderation first!) If not, I'll check back here every day.
I thought deeply on what she said, and this is what I replied (this is really long):
Why do I believe in God?
John 3:16-17 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.”
I believe in God, for I believe he is the only way to true life, the only way into Heaven, and the only thing in this whole wide world that is not contaminated and dirtied by the devil.
Sunstar, you say that you don’t believe in Jesus/God because you don’t want to believe in a god that condemns people to hell. But the Bible says: “For God did not send his son into the world to CONDEMN it but to SAVE it.” (emphasis added)
God does not condemn you to hell. If a person decides to spend his life committing perverse deeds and disregarding Jesus, when s/he dies, s/he IS going to be judged. Everything that s/he has done will be taken into account, and these are the two possible outcomes: either God takes s/he, or Satan does.
God does not condemn you to hell! You condemn yourself to hell if you choose to disobey God, taking into account that by your actions, you will be condemned to eternal fire.
Sunstar, you say that the Bible is false, and that it says that the sun revolves around the earth, and is like a fairy-book, making stupid promises and claiming stupid things. I can understand how you think it’s like a fairy-book, because of all the REMARKABLY unbelievable things that are said to be true in the Bible. The dead are re-given life, water is turned to wine, storms are calmed, demons are driven out, leprosy is cured, the sea is split, etc. But the thing is, these miracles are still happening today. Once, I was talking on the phone with Hannah (manyrandommusings.blogspot.com), my bestest friend in the world, and I was telling her about how God never talked to me, how I felt like he didn’t even know I existed, how I thought he didn’t love me, how I never heard him speak to me.
She told me about how one night, a few years back, her sister and her were laying awake in their beds, and suddenly, an angel appeared at the foot of their bed. They freaked out, but Hannah said it was the most AMAZING thing that ever happened to her. Maybe God sent that angel, so that one day, she could encourage me by telling me that.
When a little girl named Swarna was 3 years old she fell out of a 2 story window into a ditch. Her leg had been shattered. The doctors did what they could and sent her home. Her mother, Mary was a Christian. Her father Jacob hated Christians with a passion. The only Christian he would have any contact with was his wife Mary. Mary prayed fervently for healing. Jacob mocked Mary for praying. When Jacob and Mary brought Swarna back to the Dr. two weeks later there was no evidence that her leg had EVER been broken. Jacob witnessed a miracle and his heart began to soften. He now is a full time minister, ministering to the people in India. He is persecuted many times for his faith, but he continues to share the gospel.
I was listening to the radio, and this mom called in, and told Air1 (the station 103.3, 97.7 or 92.1...an awesome station) how her aunt had had a huge brain cancerous infection. The doctors had x-rayed it, and said there was going to be a dangerous surgery to have it removed. The woman’s prayed her heart out, and had other people pray too, and when the woman’s aunt came back to have it taken out, it was COMPLETELY gone. The doctors compared x-rays and it was amazing. One day the huge cancerous growth was there, and the next it wasn’t.
I am studying biology, and am looking through microscopes at tiny, tiny bacteria, and I am blown away. They are so complex, and SO microscopic. And the human body! Isn’t it astonishing that if we get cuts, our skin will heal all by itself? Isn’t it amazing that if you break your bone, all you have to do is get a cast on, and your body will heal it ALL BY ITSELF? Isn’t it wonderful that our bodies have a system called sweat that keeps us from over-heating? And isn’t it BREATH-TAKING to know that when a man and woman join, the tiny, single sperm and egg will create a WHOLE NEW HUMAN BEING—the heart, the brain, all the perfect nerves, the skin, the ingenious healing process, the cells, EVERYTHING? New life is a miracle in itself!
And doesn’t it render you speechless when you think of this world? Think of all the millions of things there are in this HUGE world...the billions of bacteria and parasites, thousands of animals, hundreds and thousands of kinds of insects...and ALL of them are SO incredibly complex that I just cannot wrap my mind around it. Every single animal and insect has a heart and a brain, however tiny it may be, and every single one of them have a unique form of reproduction and eating. And think of our solar system. Our planet is JUST the right distance from the sun. If it were just a few miles further away, we would freeze, and just a few miles closer, we would burn up. The sun has dangerous ultraviolet rays that would shrivel us into prunes, but this earth has a “shield” around it that lets JUST enough ultraviolet rays in to keep us warm, and keeps JUST the right amount out so that we don’t get burned up. And we need water to survive, right? So we have clouds that store rain, and evaporation to keep those clouds full, and those clouds keep our earth watered and lush.
And space is boundless! There are some stars that are millions and billions of light years away! Science can not even comprehend how amazing huge space is.
Science has tried to create a mini-world called Biosphere 2. They spent seven years and $200 million dollars in designing and building this 3.15 acre “world”. They put animals, bacteria, insects, everything that they thought they would need to make Biosphere 2 COMPLETELY sustain itself.
Guess what? It lasted not even two years.
Even the absolute BEST of science and technology cannot compare with our world.
Sunstar, you might be bored and wondering why the heck I’m telling you all this stuff.
Because I believe it all points to a Creator, a God.
I find abundant reasons to believe in God.
I believe in Him because He is the ONLY thing in this world that can fill me up and make me feel whole.
Money can’t fill me up, nor friends, nor drugs, nor sex, nor fame, nor love. Nothing except Jesus can.
I believe in God because taking all things in note, it is impossible for me not to.
I believe in God because he loves me, he created me, and he wants me to know him
I believe in God because everything I see and learn about SCREAMS of a Creator.
I believe in God because I realize my need for him
I believe in God because he sent his son to die for me.
I believe in God because I have witnessed him, heard him speak to me, and seen him transform the lives of people around me.
I believe in God because he is the ONLY thing that makes my life worthwhile.
I posted this on her blog, and haven't got a response yet. I will post what happens.
Would you all go to her blog, and tell her why you believe, or why you don't believe?
A Note to Sunstar: Sunstar, I totally respect your belief and your religion. Please don't think I am trying to turn all my followers against you. I am following your blog, and think it a cool blog, even though I'm not really into all the "Clan" stuff. I am not the sort of person that will shun non-Christians just because they are not Christians. I will not try to convert you in any way. Please don't take this whole thing the wrong way.
Thanks you guys, and thank you Sunstar,
Monday, October 5, 2009
It was fun, though; we won 1-0.
Off to my online writing class,
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Yesterday, there was a small group at my house (HERE is the blog of one of my friends, Hunter, who came) and it was pretty awesome. Delaney (sis of Hunter), my sister, her two friends, and I had a funeral. Morgan (a little five year old who is my adopted younger sister...at least her and I pretend it is so :D) and I were dead and Delaney, Nadine, and Abby buried us in the covers. The funeral was complete with weeping, speeches, and candles. It was hard to not laugh though...anti-climatic *laughs* under my "shroud" I almost really died from trying not to laugh. :D
Afterward, Delaney invited me over to her house for a sleepover, and it was so much fun. On the car ride to her house, Hunter, Delaney, Drake (Delaney's younger brother) and I got into this odd conversation about, as Drake put it, "freaky movies". Drake was interrogating me about the freaky movies I've seen. The movies ranged over The Grinch That Stole Christmas, The Matrix, The Blob, Harry Potter, and The Princess Bride, just to name a few. Delaney was telling me about horror-meres (spelling?) which is nightmares in which you are dreaming about something horrible, then dream that you woke up but are still in the dream. Then when you wake up for real, you think you are in the dream, and thus freak out, not knowing how to wake up. Our friend's younger brother had horror-meres all the time... *shudder* that must be horrible.
When we finally got to their house, Delaney and I found a dead mouse while nightcrawler-hunting, and named it Despearaux. Then had a funeral for him. A real funeral...in which we said goodbye and dumped him in the garbage.
It was so much fun, overall. We talked while half-watching The Great Locomotive Chase until like midnight.
And this afternoon, Abby, my younger brother Peter, and I were bored, so we made this pointless movie, where Abby and I were opera singers and beggers, Peter was the evil king, and yeah. Dumb, but time better spent then sitting around, bored out of our heads.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
1. Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.
2. Share ten honest things about yourself.
3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant and/or design, or who have encouraged you.
4. tell these 7 people that they've been awarded honest scrap.
Now for the My Life Is Average's (see previous post):
Today, a man held open an automatic door for me. I'm not quite sure what to make of this. MLIA
Today, I went to the record shop to get a movie that apparently has an age limit. The cashier asked for my ID, and I accidently showed him a Pokémon card that I've kept in my wallet for years. He smiled and said 'Level 28. OK, you're good'. MLIA
Today, I pulled on a door that had 'push' written on it, it opened anyway. I felt like I'd beaten the system. MLIA
Today on the bus, I noticed a sign that said "no animals except service animals permitted." Next to it was a picture of a giraffe with a red X over it. I can't help wondering how many people tried to get on the bus with a giraffe. MLIA.
Today I walked into our apple tree. It scratched me. Next thing I knew, an apple fell by my feet. Apology accepted. MLIA
Today, I realised that my being British and living in Britain is a complete waste of british-ness. I am going to try and convince my Mother to move to the USA, where my british-ness can be truly appreciated. MLIA
Today I got a mass email from my history teacher informing us all that our night class was cancelled because shed broken her ankle earlier in the day. Since I knew there was going to be a substitute, I decided it would be the perfect night to skip class to go to the premier night of the Toy Story double feature. When I got to the theater I heard a woman behind me telling someone a story about how shed cancelled her class and tricked all her students so she could go see toy story. I turned around...it was my teacher. Neither of her legs were broken. We ended up sitting together and sharing popcorn. MLIA
Today, I went to the local convenience store in search for Salt and Vinegar chips. I realized I was approaching the store as it was closing, the shopkeeper told me I had 30 seconds to get what I wanted, purchase it and get out of the store. As fast as I could I raced for the chips, bought them and ran for the door. The shopkeeper was closing the door slowly and was about to shut it so I slid under the door just like Indiana Jones would. Salt and Vinegar chips have never tasted so good. MLIA
Today, I turned 16. For my birthday, most of my family decided to give me either pink or hello kitty themed things. My aunt, on the other hand, got me a red lightsaber. I'm glad somebody knows me. MLIA
Today, I was walking down the street and something fell from the sky and landed in front of me. I looked around and there was nobody nearby. It was a tortilla. From heaven. MLIA
Today, I was eating Lucky Charms and started thinking about how there should be more marshmallows because nobody cared about the cereal. At that moment, I dropped a piece of cereal on the ground, next to my hungry dog. She looked at it, then looked at me. Even my dog just wants the marshmallows. MLIA
Today while shopping for a new car the dealer took me out to the lot where I looked at the incoming dark clouds and commented that there must be dementors coming. [from HP] The dealer stopped and said "I'll be right back" and ran inside. She returned with two Hershey bars, handed one to me and said, "just in case." I have the utmost faith in this dealership for my purchase. MLIA
Today while I was at work I was checking cake orders. (I work at a bakery) One of the cakes was decorated red and blue, with a black web on top, with a Spiderman toy on top. The writing said "Happy Birthday Grandpa Gordon" I hope I get cool birthday cakes like that when I'm old. MLIA.
Today, I saw a fire hydrant with a pair of mittens on the sides. It's good to know even inanimate objects need to keep warm. MLIA.
Today, I was riding the bus home from school. There was an elderly man sitting near the front, and every time we drove down a hill he put out his arms and yelled "WEEE!!!". I wish I had thought of that. MLIA.
Today, we were assigned lab partners in science. My teacher said, "Ok, ladies & gentlemen,I assigned 1 stupid person & 1 smart person to each pair." He then chuckled. I hope he was joking because I got paired with a girl who always wins the straight A award & is the captain of the science club. MLIA.
Today, I was trying to free up some memory in my phone, so I decided to empty some old events from my calandar. I had the option to "Delete All Data Before Today". When I clicked it, it asked "Delete 01/01/1900 to 10/02/2009?" I felt like I was deleting all of the world's history. I got scared and didn't do it. MLIA.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Here's why (read them, they're hilarious :D):
Last year, my friend wrote "Help. Ninja's killed my family. Need money for Ninja lessons" on the back of my binder. I still use the binder because I love it. Today, I had a binder check. When my binder was returned to me there was 6 cents inside with the note "For your noble and worthy cause" written to me from my teacher. I love my school. MLIA
Today, I shouted "Hey look! I'm INVISIBLE!" at people walking past me when they weren't paying attention. When they turned to look I pretend to try and find where the voice came from too so that they would be confused. It worked. MLIA
Today, I was writing a paper on my laptop. As I used spell check, it asked to fix my last name. Annoyed, I clicked "Ignore". After handing in my paper, I got it back with a question mark in the top corner. Ends up I spelled my last name wrong. Never again will I question Spell Check. MLIA
Today, my son's teacher told me he spent all recess on top of the jungle gym commanding the other kid's to do his bidding. I told the teacher I would discipline him. I actually took him to McDonalds because all 5 year old dictators deserve a happy meal. MLIA.
Today I got a 66 on a calculus exam. I turned the paper upside-down and felt a little better. MLIA
Today, I was walking with a friend on our way to class. We were discussing how many na's there are in the bat man song. As we were doing this we kept going, na-na-na-na-na-na my teacher jumped around the corner and yelled,"BATMAN!" Then jumped back. New favorite teacher. MLIA
Today, while driving to school, the Spice Girls "Wannabe" came on the radio. I began singing loudly and dancing in my seat when I pulled up to a red light. I looked to my right and saw my physics teacher,also singing loudly to the song. We made eye contact. It was awkward. We are both guys. MLIA.
Today, I renamed my iPod "This ship" just for the pleasure of seeing the phrase "This ship is syncing" MLIA
Today, instead of taking notes in math, I decided to draw the back of the girl who sat in front of me's head. When the class was over I showed it too her, she showed me her notes which consisted of the head of the guy in front of her. MLIA
Today, my dad and I walked into the hospital with flowers for my mom who has just broken some ribs. The receptionist asked my dad "new baby?" he responded "no, I've always been this big." and continued walking. The look on her face was priceless. MLIA
Yesterday, I noticed that in the back of my latin class there is a locked closet. Next to it is a glowing red button. So today, I put a sign up over it saying "push for Narnia" with a big arrow under it. My Latin teacher gave me a high five. MLIA
Today, I had my cell phone taken from me at school. Why, you ask? It rang, and ignited my entire class into "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. Losing my phone was worth seeing my teacher power slide with an air guitar solo. MLIA.
Today, my phone vibrated very loudly in Algebra 2. Just as our teacher looked up to give an accusation, the shy boy in the back says at the top of his lungs, "Oh my gosh! That bee is HUGE!" and points out the window where it 'just flew away'. It's always the quiet ones who are the real heroes. MLIA
Today, in school the teacher had asked us a question and knowing the answer I put up my hand. All of a sudden the teacher ran over and high fived me. I was really shocked until I remembered I had wrote "High 5 here!" on my hand earlier. Way to go me. MLIA.
Today, after reading several MLIA's on the battle between Yahoo and Google, I decided to participate. I decided to type in "Dinosaurs are" Yahoo said "Dinosaurs are not real" Google said "Dinosaurs aren't extinct they're just hiding". I think we all know who won this round. MLIA.
Today, in Spanish class, my friend and I was passing a note and the teacher caught us. Upon discovering that we had written the entire note in Spanish she gave us extra credit instead of detention. MLIA
*laughs* There are so many more side-splitting ones. I would post them, but I gotta get off the computer.
One last thing (I don't want to have to make a whole new post...don't like to do more than one per day ^_^)...Marissa over at A Peek Into My Life is the host of... *drum-roll*
Ooh...toughie...ANY kind of coffee (black, cream-and-sugured-unbelievably, latte, mocha, iced, anything. Love it!), or soda. I rarely have any variation of either of those, so whenever I have either its a huge treat. ^_^