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How I Feel About Finals…. December 17, 2006

Posted by betweennaps in Life, Procrastination.
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What Shakes My Faith December 16, 2006

Posted by betweennaps in Christianity.
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I recently came across a college friend’s blog (whom I no longer keep in touch with), and I learned that he converted to Catholicism.  In college, I didn’t know him well, but we were in the same fellowship and we attended the same church.  I have a deep respect for him both in terms of his character and his critical thinking skills.

When people I know convert to another religion other than Christianity (as I know it), I often think that it’s because they don’t really understand the Christian doctrine.  But this guy knew the faith.  He understood Christianity theology better than I ever have.  His wife (who also converted) went on a full time missions trip after college.  It makes me wonder if there’s something I could be missing.

I think that my faith should be strong enough to stand up to challenges – that’s how I know I’m believing in the right thing.  Thus said, I’ve decided to read Rome Sweet Home by Kimberly and Scott Hahn over Christmas break.  The couple that wrote the book were both fairly hard-core protestants before converting to Catholicism, so I think that perspective will be helpful.

Am I seriously thinking about converting to Catholicism?  Not yet.  But I think it will be interesting to re-examine it after having grown up in the Catholic church, and then converting out.  Without having done any research into the merits of Catholicism, my main beef with it is that it’s very impersonal and maybe as a result of that, I see very little in the way of the “fruit of the Spirit” in the Catholics that I know.  (Not that there aren’t screwed up Christians, but as a whole.)

What I do believe: I (along with the rest of humanity) am a sinner, and I deserve to go to hell.  Jesus Christ is the son of God, who came to earth to die for my sins.  There’s nothing that I alone can do to reconcile myself to God.  I believe that I am saved through faith alone, but that faith without works means that my faith is dead.  I believe in the trinity and that only through Christ Jesus can men get to heaven. 

I don’t really know how God wants me to manifest my faith, although this is no excuse to be complacent and do nothing.  “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall finid; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” –Matthew 7:7.  Amen.

Bigotry? December 8, 2006

Posted by betweennaps in Asians, Politics.
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Rosie O’Donnell does this impression of Chinese.

It actually doesn’t bother me very much.  If a Chinese person did the same I don’t think anyone would say anything, and I don’t recoil in horror at the fact that a white person said it.  What irks me is this double standard where she accuses other people of being homophobic and doesn’t have a problem saying something which can be interpreted as racist much more easily.  If you’re going to offend others, why shouldn’t other people offend you?  If you’re going to say that we should all be sensitive to other people’s feelings, then don’t go cracking jokes about other races.  Ugh. 

I need… December 3, 2006

Posted by betweennaps in Procrastination.
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Self-discipline.  With a law review paper to write and final exams next week, you’d think I’d be a little more on top of the ball.  Instead I’ve been shopping online.  The past three days I’ve spent $15/day buying: a bustier, a book (He Talk Like a White Boy), a DVD (The King of Masks), and a bracelet.  I think I should go back to reading personals on craigslist.  At least then I’d only be wasting time, not time and money.