Wednesday, December 24, 2008

8-bit Christmas

This dude has some really funky christmas songs in 8-bit gaming console style. Check it out:

http://www.doctoroctoroc.com/video-games/8-bit-jesus-full-album-release/

INFP

A friend's facebook status reminded me of the Myers-Briggs personality analysis again, so I retook the test and had another look at my personality type:


Click to view my Personality Profile page


This time when I took the test it came out even stronger than last time. The characteristic description for me according to this analysis is "Dreamer." It's funny that my parents used to call me that all my life. I always got upset about that, partly because to my parents it had a very negative connotation. To them dreamers wouldn't amount much in life.

A really cool thing is that I'm in great company with the INFP type. Some of the coolest people are supposedly INFPs, like:
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • William Shakespeare
  • George Orwell
  • Aldous Huxley
  • St. John
  • St. Luke
  • Mary, Jesus's Mother
  • Peter Jackson, director for LOTR
  • Calvin (from Calvin & Hobbes)
  • Fox Mulder (from X-Files, my hun's favorite tv show)

Another funny thing is that I seem to be in the totally wrong profession for me. I wonder if I'll ever manage the huge jump of a career change to musician, counselor, minister. I'd love to...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Transcendence of the Supernatural

I have been struggling lately with thoughts like:
- Is God real?
- Is God only a figmant of the collective Christian imagination?
- Have we made up God?

I find one really potent argument for the presence of God is his (indirect) reference in all of art, music, casual talk, etc. What I mean is this yearning for eternal love, something transcending the natural, that is apparent in many songs, in paintings, in other things. The surprising thing is that the supernatural theme is so prevalent, even (or rather especially) with people that don't consider themselves Christians.

I know this isn't proof for anything but I find it to be very potent evidence for the reality of God.

Slow Grace

It's almost two in the morning and I'm still up. Again... and I wonder again whether things will change, do change, have changed. And I wonder whether God has any foothold in my life, whether He has any room to change things... I wonder because I am so imperfect...

But then I am thinking that God's grace isn't working the way I want but the way He wants. Sometimes (and for some people) it's fast. We all heard of people who came to God, repented of their sin and *wham* since then they didn't do that certain sin anymore. But at the same time there's evidence that God works slowly. Moses spent I-don't-know-how-many-years in the desert before God "called" him. God doesn't have to work fast. What matters is that we don't stop trusting Him, in our sin, in our despair and depression, in our success, in everything...

If God chooses to work slowly with me so be it. I don't need any reason for why He does the things He does.