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Archive for February, 2011

We human beings have limited remembrance. Although we attempt to meticulously record all human history, we cannot perfectly keep them. However, all history, whether it is that of individual person, that of a country, or that of the cosmos, must be completely preserved. Then, who can do it? Isn’t it possible only for God? Without God, who can remember the history of all existences? Although an existence is even a small microorganism, if it is not remembered, isn’t it too much sad? Thus, as Whitehead maintains, there must be no negative prehension in God. Thus God must exist.

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If God is omnipotent, the impossible for God must be also possible.

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Dualism: Not the answer

Dualism is an explicit stumbling block in Christian faith: Sunday and the other days; sacred and secular; faith and reason, church and the world, and theology and science. They must be mutually compatible.

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Although process theology does not accept “creatio ex nihilo,” because it distorts the Christian faith, I would like to accept that doctrine, since it is more logically proper to the definition of panentheism: God more than the world.

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Money vs. Life

My daughter (7 year old) has often asked us to have a big house, because she wanted to have her own room. Whenever she asked, our answers were same: we have to have big money to have a big house.
After dinner prayer, she said, “Daddy, I prayed for money to God, because if we were sick, we had to have money. So money is kind of important, but the most important thing is life.”
Having heard that, on the one hand, I was a little sad because she was getting recognized that we did not have big money. On the other hand, I was happy because she realized what was more important. She must be always my theological or philosophical partner of conversation.

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God’s True Love and Our Faith

If God’s love for us does not demand our faith, isn’t it much more gracious? If God’s love is the true gift, it should demand nothing, since, if a gift is to be called a gift, it does not have to expect any response. In this sense, God’s love demanding our faith is less gracious than God’s love undemanding our faith. What do you think? How can we harmonize between God’s true gracious love and our faith?

Without revelation, we cannot recognize God’s gift. However, this revelation does not force our faith. This revelation should not force us to have faith. What would be an answer of Barth and Marion? If grace or gift attributes us to hell or damnation, because someone does not have faith, how could it grace or gift?

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Do you like me or?

I’ve asked my son (five year old) several times about these questions, but his answers were always same.
Do you like your mom or me more? Mom.
Do you like your sister or me more? Sister.
Do you like rice noodle (his favorite food) or me more? Rice noodle

Nevertheless, I always love my son, whether he loves me or not, because he is my son. I rather learn this love from my son. If I did not have my son, I could not realize this wonderful insight of love. Thus love occurs in relation to my son. I think this is true love or unconditional love, although it cannot be compared to God’s love for us.

God’s love for us might have a similar relation to our love for our children. God’s love without objects and God’s love with objects must be different. Unless there is a difference, there is no reason we exist in the world. Nevertheless, our relation to God does not make God’s love weak.

“Daddy, hold me up and let me sit on your shoulder. Please!” My son asked me it in a marketplace. I thought this was the best opportunity to make him say, “I like you more than mom,” so I asked him again, “Do you like your mom or me more?” That meant, if he says, “I like you,” I’ll do that for him. However, he hesitated to answer, saw mom, and finally said with smile, “Both of you.” It was much better than before: He liked me less than rice noodle.:)
However, I know it is not his honest mind, since I enforced him to love me and he just said to me to have fun. To make my son love me is not possible by enforcement. Did God enforce us to love Him? What would be my next conversation with my beloved son?

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