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To Sing a Song

One of the greatest abilities that human beings can find in themselves is the ability to sing a song.

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Is God real?

My son (five years old) asks his mom: “Is God real?”
Mom: Yes. God is real.
Son: But I cannot see God.
His mom explains to him something in general: “You cannot see God, but God is everywhere and even in you.” Can I explain better? I want to know what I should explain in special. What should be proper answers?

Could we see God through the world including people’s faces? If God is omnipresent, how can we perceive or feel God in the world? Clayton explains this topic. God is first of all not a substance, but the Spirit. Then how can we see the Spirit in the world which is governed by natural law?

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If the definition of panentheism is described as “all-in-God,” the panentheistic life must be related to the networks of all others including the nature of the cosmos. If we set limitations on the relation to others in the cosmos, because of any political or personal likes or dislikes, we cannot be called panentheists, since God does not set any limitation on the relation to the world. Thus there must be no negative prehension in panentheism, although there would be parentheses for those dislikes.

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Acts 2: 42-47:
When the early church members were together, they did not only share their possessions but also praise God. While sharing is a horizontal or ethical dimension in relation to others, praising is a vertical or religious one in relation to God. Thus we need both dimensions: ethical and religious. Whereas if we only emphasized the one, it would reduce Christian life of communion to a simply kind of well constructed social group, if we focused on the other, it would become a fanatically religious group apart from the concrete life in the world. Thus Christian communities must have both sides and be balanced between both of them.

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Spirit and Sprite

I preached about the Holy Spirit in Sunday school worship service. After preaching, I asked to one of the first grade students. What did you learn from today’s sermon? She said, “Holy… holy ummm, sprite.” 🙂
There is a family resemblance between Spirit and Sprite: to drink. I learn from her.

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Example 2: In a chess game, can I not guess or predict that when I put there, the other guy will put beside it? If even I can guess one or two number of cases beforehand, how about experts? Can they not beforehand predict more than five cases? How about God?

Example 3: When I drove with family without any purpose, since we had time before evening concert, we accidentally find and visited the Griffith Observatory. It was a wonderful time for me to think about God, creation, and evolution. I always think about science and theology at that time. Was that just accidental or any God’s plan for me? It was too perfect happening to say an accidental event.

Does God know or not the future?

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God for All

How can we explain such a shepherd’s earnest desire to seek for a lost sheep among one hundred sheep all over the place? It is not proper for economic concept, namely, one to one hundred. However, it must be God’s response to a little sheep’s tears. This shepherd is the image of God in panentheism. God in panentheism is God for all, not for the limited people.

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)

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