Thought Bubble
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. - Proverbs 18:10 // Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. - Proverbs 3:6-7 // Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. - John 14:27 // "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33 // God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. - Psalm 46:1-3 // For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:7 // Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. - Psalm 55:22 // It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. - Psalm 119:71

23 January 2017

Sin & Suffering

Did God create everything, including sin?

God created everything and it was good. He also loved His creation and wanted us to know and love Him without forcing it on us. He gave us free will. It is not free will if we are forced to love Him. Since we have free will, sin is actually doing something that goes against the intended purpose of its creation. The creation itself is good, but when used in a way that twists God's purpose for it, that's disobedience.

Recommended reading: Who created sin? God or Satan?

Sin is an abstract man-made concept that cannot be created or destroyed. It's just like science - who can say who created science? The phenomenon of good and evil are concepts governed by rules and laws. When God spoke, creation came into being through certain rules that He set. Free will is a choice between obeying and disobeying God's intended purpose of His creation.

God's creation is good but when given free will to interact with His creation in multiple ways, there are options where you can choose to use it for the wrong purpose. Take for example, a knife. It is good for cutting vegetables but when used wrongly, people hurt themselves.

In an ideal world, God would create diverse creatures who did everything as he intended for them and everyone would be happy and in an eternal bliss in utopia. And yet there will be people who disagree with that notion. That's the gift of free will.

Why is there so much suffering in the world? Did God not know what would happen?

God created everything and set the universal laws, the cause and the effect. He knows everything - past, present and future. He knew the choices we would make and the consequences of our choices. He tells us in His word and directly in Old Testament times, but humans willingly ignored, disobeyed or remained ignorant. Suffering is the consequence of sin, whether directly or indirectly. It was the disobedience of God's intended purpose that caused generations down the line to suffer. We are still suffering the effects of Adam and Eve's choice as a sober warning of how we shouldn't choose to live.

Did God know all this would happen? Yes. His plan uses the suffering in our lives for good intentions - to develop our character and teach us about Him. We may not like our suffering, but from the bible in Romans 8:28, "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

God already has everything planned out from start to end for good. He sent Jesus to take the punishment of sins for the world and will judge the world at the end of the age so that no one can escape justice. This world is temporal so our perspective of our suffering is limited and we won't know what will happen in the future, much less in eternity.
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31 December 2016

Sober Encouragement

"I’ve been feeling a little bit down of late. It’s the process of maintaining my sobriety. It’s repetitive and it’s relentless and above all it’s tedious. When I left rehab, I accepted your influence. I committed to my recovery and now two years in I find myself asking: Is this it? My sobriety is simply a grind. It’s just this leaky faucet which requires constant maintenance and in return offers only not to drip. [...] I used to imagine that a relapse would be the climax to some grand drama. Now I think that if I were to use drugs again it would in fact be an anticlimax, the impious surrender to the incessant ‘drip, drip, drip’ of existence. I will be fine. It’s just a temporary malaise."

- Sherlock Holmes
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18 November 2016

Murphy's Law

Anything that can go wrong...

1. I messed up in my menial role of stage curtain manager today. I closed the curtains on the emcees not once, but three times or more. *facepalm*

2. I played the piano offbeat and offkey during a worship session. I wanted to dig a hole and bury myself. Can I erase that memory now?

3. I almost fell asleep in the middle of a conversation. The temperature was so cool - perfect for hibernation.


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12 November 2016

Choices: Stories You Play

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The Freshman
Not my favourite genre, but I ship James & my OC.

Most Wanted
The Dave and Sam dynamic was perfect.

The Crown & The Flame
This game has made me a happy Dom and Kenna shipper.

Thank you for creating such beautiful and complex stories, Pixelberry.
If these were made into their own TV series, I would be so hyped.
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17 September 2016

The Woodlawn Miracle

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

So I just watched a truly encouraging and motivating film called 'Woodlawn'. The theme? Agape love. The answer which could potentially solve almost all of the world's problems sounds simple enough, but it directly opposes the rules of this world.

Forgiving and loving your enemies may be difficult, but after seeing this film, the hope of seeing a multitude of all nations of the world (including changed enemies) united in Christ is really something to look forward to.
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16 September 2016

Broadchurch Review

I've completed season 1 and it is an all-round intense crime drama. Season 2 deals more with the justice system and courtroom scenes but is still just as complex as the first.

+ an incredible cast
+ realistic acting
+ breathtaking scenery
+ complex characters

- the slow motion scenes and overhanging suspense may be overwhelming or draggy for some

Definitely worth a watch.

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31 August 2016

Music Shuffle Soundtrack of 2016

[A Buzzfeed Video Challenge]
Let your songlist play randomly.
Record the first 7 songs you hear.

Here's mine:

1. Opening song as you wake up
Kansas - Carry on my wayward son

2. On your way to school or work
Spider-man Unlimited Theme

3. Hanging out with your friends
Hiroyuki Sawano[nzk]:mizuki - Aliez

4. When you're around your crush
OneRepublic - All We Are

5. When you hit a rough patch
Uverworld - Gekidou

6. When you overcome an obstacle
Egoist feat. Aimer - ninelie

7. Closing credits
Base Ball Bear - Changes

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13 August 2016

Different Race

Are children colour-blind to race? Not at all. In fact, I can recall an encounter with a classmate of a different race between ages 7-10.

The pupils in my class were wondering why one of the pupils had darker skin than the rest of us. Some even questioned if she washed her hands every day and asked her to try washing off the dark colour. Why did we doubt her actual skin colour? Because we noticed that her palms were much fairer than the top of her hands, so we assumed that her palm colour was her actual skin colour. Our teacher later clarified that everyone is different and that we should learn to accept each other.

As adults, it is our responsibility to educate the children (as early as possible) about showing acceptance towards peers of various races as well as answer questions about each one anothers' race. This may help reduce unpleasant interactions or humiliating situations for the minorities.

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08 August 2016

30 Day Disney Challenge

Day #1: Your favorite character
Nick Wilde (Zootopia)
Flynn (Tangled)
Venellope Von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph)

Day #2: Your favorite princess
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Day #3: Your favorite heroine

Day #4: Your favorite prince

Day #5: Your favorite hero
Dimitri (Anastasia)

Day #6: Your favorite animal
Thumper (Bambi)
Bonnie Hopps (Zootopia)
Eeyore & Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)
Gus & Jaq (Cinderella)
Flounder (Little Mermaid)

Day #7: Your favorite sidekick
Bagheera (The Jungle Book)
Baloo (The Jungle Book)
Baymax (Big Hero 6)
Maximus (Tangled)
The Magic Carpet (Aladdin)

Day #8: Your favorite villain(s)
Shere Khan & Kaa (Jungle Book)

Day #9: Your favorite original character (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, etc.)
Chip and Dale

Day #10: Your favorite song
Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas)

Day #11: Your favorite love song
A Whole New World (Aladdin)
At The Beginning (Anastasia)

Day #12: Your favorite villain song
NIL. But I'll list my favourite sidekick songs:
Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)
Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book)

Day #13: Your least favorite song
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo (Cinderella)

Day #14: Your favorite kiss
Dimitri and Anastasia (Anastasia)

Day #15: The first movie you saw
Cinderella (on VHS tape)

Day #16: Your favorite classic

Day #17: Your least favorite classic
Brother Bear
Chicken Little

Day #18: Your favorite Pixar film
Toy Story

Day #19: Your least favorite Pixar film
Any Cars film

Day #20: Favorite sequel
Toy Story

Day #21: An overrated movie
Big Hero 6

Day #22: An underrated movie

Day #23: A movie that makes you laugh
The Emperor's New Groove

Day #24: A movie that makes you cry
The Little Mermaid

Day #25: Your favorite scene from your favorite movie
The scene where the Emperor of China honours Mulan

Day #26: Saddest death
The Lion King

Day #27: Your favorite quote
“You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty.” - Emperor (Mulan)

Day #28: Your favorite theme park
Universal Studios, Dreamworks, etc.

Day #29: Your favorite theme attraction
Transformers 4D rides

Day #30: Your favorite theme park show
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