The Clarvoiant Prince of Egypt

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

It has been a while since I posted one of these. I would like to say that it is simply because we have no internet at the apartment, but in truthfulness life is just been really busy and I have not really bee using a lot of my free time in the most productive manner. Today, however, I break that trend.

Last night I had a very vivid dream. I was at work singing “This is my Home” from the movie The Prince of Egypt. After waking up and going into work at 6:30 this morning, I was standing in the drive-thru, preparing for the day and I found myself singing that very same song. I know some who read this will see it as very logical. If I was singing the song in the dream then obviously it was on my mind and I would therefore be thinking about it the next day, but then it got me thinking. Was I singing the song in the drive-thru because I dreamed, or did I dream it because it was going to happen? As we let that question simmer in the mind for a few moments, please understand that I do not try to over philosophize the most trivial things in my life. That is just what seems to happen all the time. After further contemplation I came to the conclusion that I was indeed singing the song because I dreamed it, and not the other way around. With that settled and continued humming the song and went about my day.

The technical term for this is a “self-fulfilling prophesy.” Basically, you are told or suspect that you will do something, and simply because the thought was planted in your head you then do the very thing. This is not a type of clairvoyance but rather the power of suggestion. At the end of the day, it was still my decision to sing the song that I dreamed I sang. Here is the point. Have you ever heard that little voice in your head, the one that tells you it is okay to do something you know you should not? Have you ever woken up with a sick feeling and felt that you were going to act against God’s will for your life and then you do the exact thing you “had a feeling” you were going to do? As Believers we are soldiers in God’s army, the Bible refers to us as such, and where there are soldiers it usually is because there is a war. The enemy loves nothing less than to make us feel like the very dirt we were created from. Though God protects His people from certain demonic influences, those principalities and powers can and will still whisper in our ear, trying desperately to nudge us off course. If the devil cannot have the soul of a Believer than he will want to make us feel so low, so caught in the same repetitive sins, that we are no use in this spiritual battle at all. This power of suggestion, these self-fulfilling prophecies are something that human beings seem to be very susceptible to. Couple that will the destructive capacity of our guilt and Satin has a winning combination. It is so important to remember, it is still your choice. It is our choice to listen to these hellish suggestions, and it is our choice to let the guilt tear at our souls. So if you “have a feeling” you are heading down a bad road, or you already have gone down that road, now is the time to choose. Live in guilt, sin and despair, or repent, turn, and run toward Jesus each and every moment of each and every day? Life is a choice, it was God’s most dangerous gift to us, but if we did not have the ability to choose then we could never love.

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When speaking of the things of God, the perception of man must be taken just as that. Man’s ability to perceive God is based on his ability, and his willingness, to understand things greater than himself. Being far beyond the scope of human perception, it really falls to God Himself to reveal and allow mankind to see His aspects. The Bible refers to this as revelation, of which there are two types. The first would be general revelation, consisting of what was previously mentioned as the plausibility of the existence of Creator God as testified to by the existence of the world and its complexity. Think of it as a common base of knowledge for truth, such as the law of gravity or two plus two. This is the general revelation God provides as a statement of His existence. The second is often referred to as special revelation and is used to describe when God specifically speaks to an individual, such as Scripture records. This also would include the words of Jesus, being God come down in the flesh to speak on terms man could hear.

            Some may attest against the Christian Bible, claiming it cannot be taken as “special revelation” from God since it was written by men. Would a God who is big enough to create an entire universe not be big enough to guide the hands of His creation and then protect their words over centuries? The Bible is not, in fact, one book. It is sixty-six books written by more than thirty authors with literal centuries between their lifetimes, and yet it flows together to a single solitary point that is beautiful in its composition.  It has been proven as historically, archeologically, and prophetically accurate. If there did exist a God who cared about His creation, He would inevitably provide a way for them to understand Him. If He failed at speaking to man on human terms, He then would cease to be God.

            One such belief conveyed to man through “special revelation” would be the existence of the spiritual realm. Scripture talks in great detail of the hosts of heaven and the fallen angels waging war with one another (just pick up Scripture and start reading). Even many Christians find this hard to swallow, since human tendency is to reject anything that cannot be observed through the five senses. Because of this, many choose simply to ignore its existence, but does it not stand to reason if an all powerful God takes time to explain something at length that it is important? If one’s ability to see or touch something determines its existence then it could be said that a person’s mind does not exist because there is no definitive means to measure it.

            Perhaps the flaw more accurately lies in the tool that does the perceiving and not that which is being perceived. The human eye, like the human body, is in a constant state of development and decay from the moment of birth. Not just that, but each generation, as we get further and further away from an origin point in time, seems to develop more genetic abnormalities. It is not just our individual eye that is decaying but our eyes will never (naturally mind you) be as strong as those who lived centuries before us. As this takes the place, the spectrum of light that the human eye can perceive also decays. Some would claim the decline of the spectacular sightings over the years is due to the growth of man’s knowledge and the death of superstition, but perhaps it has more to do with the eye simply lacking the ability to see what it used to be able to. This is not to say that such things no longer exist, or that there are not those who have seen such things in recent days, but as the human eye degrades, man becomes more reliant on “divine” intervention to make those perceptions. This is all very fantastic an idea. Imagine an entire world within the same space as human existence and yet just out of perception. Fantastic yes, but also within the realm if plausibility for those whose God is big enough. Maybe the speed of light degrading is too vague and reaching too far, maybe just this one possible thought is not enough to believe in the fantastic.

            Mathematically speaking, this world exists in three dimensions, length, width, and height. What is not commonly thought about is that there exists, in the realm of math, other dimensional planes. Some propose as many as ten different mathematical dimensions, though the first four are most commonly agreed upon.

            The simplest understanding of the first mathematical, dimension would be to draw two points on a given plane of existence with a line connecting them. The points have no determined size and therefore the line only exists as one-dimensional. Now if two parallel lines exist in a single plane and two more lines on either side connect them, this would create a box. This box exists in two-dimensional space, with a length and a width. This dimension, for obvious reasons, is often referred to as “flatland” and those beings that would theoretically live there are “flatlanders.” The third dimension, one most familiar to humans, consists of length, width, and depth. It is within this third dimension that humans live and all things they are able to perceive exist. All of this is just a very simple overview in order to provide a basis on which to propose a theory.

            As beings that exist in a higher mathematical dimension, humans are able to perceive flatland in its entirety. The three dimensional universe has both the aspects of that which is beneath it, length and width, plus the additional aspect of depth. A flatlander however, only posses the two aspects of the higher third dimension. Therefore, a flatlander lacks the ability to perceive a three-dimensional object as it properly exists. To a flatlander a human would only be seen in varying two-dimensional cross sections. To put it more simply, if four flatlanders viewed the same elephant from different angles, they would each perceive it as four two-dimensional shapes that seem to be completely different. Since they lack, proper context of the three-dimensional world they would never agree on what they elephant looks like.

            The concept of flatland can be quite mind boggling, but it is necessary to gain some basic understanding of how dimensions relate to those above and below them. As stated before, mathematicians theorize further mathematical dimensions beyond the third. Through things such as science fiction, movies, television, and literature, the fourth dimension is commonly referred to as “time.” This is grossly inaccurate. Not only is time a measure that exists in three-dimensional space that is simply used to track the decay of life, but describing the forth dimension as time would not correlate with the given proposal of how the different dimensions relate between one another.

            In his book, Flatland, Edwin A. Abbott talks in length of how, to the perspective of a flatlander, a thee-dimensional being would seem to have super-human abilities. Their access to a higher dimension would allow them to, according to the rules of flatland, seem to teleport or turn invisible just simply because they could use that third aspect of existence. If there were to exist a fourth-dimensional being, to the eyes of a three-dimensional human their actions, though normal to them, would seem truly spectacular. Like a human looking at flatland, a fourth-dimensional being would posses all it needed to see and interact with the third-dimension while still remaining incomprehensible to those in the lower dimensions. Three-dimensional physical laws would not hinder a fourth-dimensional being. In theory, three-dimensional time would have no bearing to one who existed in the fourth-dimension, and therefore they could have the potential for things such as three-dimensional “time travel.” So what then would keep these four-dimensional creatures from ruling over a lower dimension that could not even entirely perceive them? Would not this then call for the existence of a higher dimensional being keeping them in check?

            The Bible speaks at great length of things such as Nephalem [Genesis 4:6], “the lions of the gods” [2 Samuel 23:20], demons and angels, miracles, and false signs [the book of Revelation]. All of this is not to say that such things come down from a higher dimension of existence, but it does however, allow for the possibility of such things to exist not solely in the realms of “superstition.” God is a creative God [Genesis 1-2], and He is a God of order [1 Corinthians 14:33]. Just because something would seem to be illogical to human minds does not make it illogical to God. Such an argument only makes sense if God were to exist in a realm of human perception and that, again, would cause His Godhood to cease to exist. In the same way a human would be able to create into or move through flatland in a seemingly illogical manner, does it not makes sense that an angel, existing in a higher dimensional plane, would be capable of similar feats within the third-dimension?

            Why is any of this relevant? It is only theory, after all, but it is a theory that makes sense in a very logically possible way. God created men and the world in which they live. God instilled within His creations the means necessary to understand Him to a degree. Yes, He asks man to have faith for the things they cannot understand, but that faith does not exist without reason. That reason can be logically followed by a human mind.

            The truth is that man is not simply three-dimensional. A man consists of an eternal soul trapped within a finite, three-dimensional body, on that will pass and we will get a new one [2 Corinthians 5]. It is because of his soul, which consists of higher things than length and width and depth, that he is able to perceive things that exist outside of his mathematical realm of perspective. This is truly an allowance by a God whose measure is infinitely greater than human conception, and yet, out of love, He allows lesser beings a means to know Him more.

The Hard Part

Posted: July 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sometimes we have days. Days that are…harder than others. These days can come out of nowhere and a lot of the time they are the way they are for no reason in particular. These days can leave you feeling empty, like every person you meet is against you, like life’s struggles are a constant torrent of waves smashing against your body with no end in sight. As followers of Jesus we know what we should do. We pray, we surrender. We cast our cares upon our Lord, but sometimes in the end the waves are still coming and we do not know what we should do.

It is ironic, really. I never really considered myself as someone who was dependent on people. I always saw myself as completely and totally reliant on my Father above, and to be honest I come pretty close to that most days. But now that I am literally a thousand miles from all those things that I have known, every crutch, every support, and every cathartic release, I am beginning to ask myself, just how dependent on God am I? As a Believer, I know that I should solely depend on God, but then I let life get in the way. We allow ourselves to build up refuges on earth. These refuges come in all shapes. They can be people, they can be places, even our things, and we never really can see them for what they truly are until they are taken away from us.

I hesitate to use the word “addiction” because that has negative connotations. These places of refuge are not necessarily a bad thing, some of them are quite literally a Godsend, but the problem comes when we allow these little blessing to replace our one true refuge; the loving arms of Jesus Christ. So sometimes our Father, who will infinitely have our best interests in mind, will remind us how fickle these things are, how they are not constantly there, and how they are there when they are only by His grace.

The waves that never cease, a lot of the times are not really waves at all. They are just figments, specters of our own imagination. Seeing enemies around every corner, it is in our nature to strive against anything that we perceive as a threat, but if we truly trust in God, the Creator of the universe, what really has the ability to threaten us? We will be beaten, we will be tired, and we will have trouble in this life. Jesus Himself promised us that. After all, He had trouble here, should we expect better treatment than our king? But in the end, those who trust in the Lord will have rest. Not to sound cliché, but there will be no rest for the wicked, only suffering eternally, not because God wants to torture them, but because they chose to find peace outside of their Maker and therefore, at the end of all things, they have to live with that choice. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, and we will rest in his peace even when the waves keep crashing over us.

If God is Creator and God of all then it would be a safe assumption to say that He is the God and Creator of science. All the order and precision that exists in the realms of things such as science and math are only such because, being a God of order, He created them that way. As a side, it is important to mention that God, as Creator, exists outside of the universe that He has created and therefore is not a slave to its natural laws. We have to think about gravity when we jump from high places. Gravity has no bearing on God. Quite the opposite in fact, since God set gravity into play it would be fair to say that gravity is dependent on Him. Similarly, we can look at the Law of the Conservation of Mass (that matter cannot be created nor can it be completely destroyed) and see that God exists outside of this law as well. It is almost humorous when the Laws of Thermodynamics are used to argue against the God who is supposed to have created them. Despite whether one were to believe in a divine Creator, the very theory (for lack of a better word) rests on the sole fact that He made everything within this universe, thereby making the scientific laws of His creation not apply to His divinity. Too often it would seem that logical reasoning is divorced from the scientific process because it has ceased to be about discovering the truth and has become about creating truth. The very idea of holding a creator to the very same laws that govern the creation is ludicrous when viewed from objective eyes. When developing Legos, the manufacturers of the company would not expect that they too should be subject to the same physical laws that govern their building blocks. A sculptor is not expected to have the same solidness and rate of decay as his sculpture.

            The question truly being posed here is how big is God? If He can be limited by physics or math, in the very same way a human can, then what is it that makes Him more than one of them? The very notion of God assumes, yes it is an assumption, that He is beyond man in every way. Let not the use of the words “assume” shake one’s faith or cause another to claim disbelief. Assumptions exist in all things, even the sciences. Every person, even those who claim otherwise, have faith one way or another. Whereas the term “faith” is most often used in the religious capacity, those who believe that humans and monkeys have a shared lineage also place a great deal of faith in that. It is faith that drives a person to believe in something that is not entirely provable. This is the very definition of faith. Every day, millions of people sit down on chairs and benches, and every day those same people exercise faith that those chairs and benches will not break from under them. Most have not met the men who have fabricated these things, or seen the factories where they are assembled, and yet they have faith in those they have never met. Such belief is an essential part of human existence. The need for faith in something comes from the soul, the true seat of our humanity that sets us apart within the Creation of God.

            One can only deny the possibility of a Creator God when science is divorced from the other schools of logical thought and discovery. According to the philosophical process of reasoning, a hypothesis is a proposed explanation for a specific phenomenon. This terminology is also applicable to the fields of scientific study and is the second step in the scientific process, the first being to observe the said phenomenon. Where these two fields differ in their definitions is that philosophy secedes that within every hypothesis exists at least some form of variable that deters it from being proven beyond repute. Science, though noble in its pursuit of absolute and inarguable fact, refuses to acknowledge the existence of such things that cannot be known for sure. Some scientists do this to the point of ignoring certain variables that would lend to believe their hypothesis is incorrect. At this point it ceases to be science at all and is more equivalent to a child insisting on the existence of an imaginary friend.

            Taking the philosophical definition of “hypothesis” one can see that the theory of the necessity for faith in the human soul actually correlates flawlessly. Philosophy also states that the hypothesis with the least amount of variables is, logically speaking, the correct one. Looking at the hypothesis of a Creator God verses the theory of evolution through this philosophical lens would lend to the conclusion that it is more probably to believe in an all powerful being that exists outside of human space and time. It would also seem to require more faith to believe that life in this universe could just start (this also defying the Law of the Conservation of Matter), that a single cell could multiply and increase its own complexity, that there are “missing links” between species that cannot be found, and that there is no order behind a universe that runs on order at a microscopic level. Is it not just as plausible, if not more possible, that the similarities between species are caused by a common Creator rather than a common ancestor? There is just as much reason to believe in a Creator God than in everything coming spontaneously from nothing, more reason in fact. Perhaps the flaws within the scientific community can be faulted on account of man’s hubris.  Pride drives a man to believe that there is none greater than he while his soul screams otherwise, but if ignored enough, a soul can be silenced and blackened.

            The quest for truth is just that, a quest. It cannot, however, be taken up with a specific goal in mind to prove. The very nature of truth is that it is. Truth does not change with time, it is not relative according to the situation. It simply exists and patiently waits to be discovered by those who seek it without a preconceived notion of what it is. So maybe the question is not “how big is God,” but rather is there a willingness to consider truth objectively? The problem most people have with truth is twofold. First, there is a point where it becomes difficult to separate one’s individual and cultural experiences in order to see whether their truth is simply perceived as such or is the real thing. For example, if a society taught that people over the age of sixty were useless and therefore killed their elders, this would be a societal truth that, when looked at objectively, stirs very negative feelings within the human soul. Why is that? Perhaps this is because it is understood that life, all life, has value. Even looking at the environmental movement objectively proves this point. Though extreme in some cases, it is still a truth that the resources of this planet are waning and should be used wisely instead of assuming that said resources are infinite. As an aside, it should be mentioned that man’s very ability to reason and take into account the worth of lesser life forms proves him to have more value, though the value of creation should not be demeaned beyond that.

            This first reason can actually be considered a symptom of the second reason, one mentioned previously, that being the hubris of man. As a general rule, humans do not like to be told what to do. Even less do they like to be told they are wrong and that there is one definitive way things are. Another fact about the nature of truth is that it is never easy to swallow. The phrase “the hard truth” seems to be rather ironic at this point when truth in its very nature is hard, especially in the instances when man would wish truth to be other than what it is.

            Perhaps it is disconcerting to some who read this to see that the arguments posed here are not backed up with Biblical citation. The main reason for this, though others do exist, is to provide and outline reasons for the existence of a Creator God outside of using the lens of Biblical Scripture. This is not to deny the merit that the Bible is truth, but rather to allow a lens of vision for those who refuse to believe it is. All of Scripture is truth, but not all truth is contained within Scripture. At first glance, the professing believer in Jesus as Christ will find this statement scary, dangerous, and almost heretical. Please consider it before discarding it. This is not to say that all truth is not absolute and divine, but simply that the books contained within the Bible map out the narrative of salvation and God’s love for His creation rather than providing an answer book for all of His mysteries. Another way to put it would be to say that the Bible contains all truth necessary for an individual’s salvation, but not all of the truth of God. As God, Creator outside the universe, is it not logical that He has aspects which His creation cannot comprehend? A more specific example of this will allow the “heresy” of this statement to dissipate.

            In the mathematical realm, two plus two equals four. The words may change, or symbols may be used, but what they represent shall forever remain an essential truth of the universe. If a governing body passed a law that stated that from now on two plus two equals five, they have not changed what is true but simply changed that which is used to represent four. Even more ludicrous would be to change the word that represents the quantity of two to “cat” and say the quantity formerly represented by “four” is now called “dog.” Even under this ridiculous condition, the truth would remain the same, “cat” plus “cat” will always equal “dog.” Why pose such an absurd scenario? Nowhere within the Christian Bible does it ever say “two plus two equals four” and yet it remains a truth, one created by God and integrated into the universe.

            Truth is objective and does exist. It is not something created by the universe, but rather this universe was created by the Truth, God. No matter how hard one tries, the truth of gravity remains. Whether in a plane, or gliding with some sort of mechanism, gravity exists. These inventions do not change the truth of it. In fact it is only through a deeper understanding of the truth of gravity that man is able to fly. This is truth in its absolution.

            All of this has been postulated in order to give introduction and a basis for the previously stated question. How big is your God? The concept of God as Creator of the universe makes Him, by default, unquantifiable by those who exist within it. This is not to say that the creation cannot know its Creator, but to stress that creation must be allowed by the Creator to know Him, and even as such cannot hope to define Him by human terms. The simple fact that humans can have even an inkling of God proposes that Creator God does not leave His creation but takes interest in that which He has made. Even so, under these conditions a man’s hope of truly knowing God is equivalent to a sparrow’s hope of truly knowing a man. There was a story once of a farmer who was locking up his barn as a harsh thunderstorm was rolling in. Looking up, he watched three sparrows frantically flying against the wind in search of shelter to weather the coming storm. The farmer waved and yelled, trying to coax the birds into the safety of his barn, to no avail. In that moment, the farmer wished he could become a sparrow so as to make them understand the safety of the place he was trying to lead them to.

            Though there is question of whether this story is fictional or not, there is validity in the truth it conveys. How could man, who is so far removed from God, know Him truly unless He became one and spoke in accordance to their understanding? If this hypothesis is correct, then it is only logical to presume that a God who cares for His creation would come to them on a level they can understand. This poses the logical validity of Jesus, God as man, coming to earth and its necessity for mankind’s salvation. How could God become man and still remain God? Why not instead say this: if God lacked the ability to become that which He created while still remaining that which He is, then He would cease to be God and simple be a created being Himself, bound by the limitations and the laws of this universe.

            Science would reject this train of reasoning as absurd, but that is only because modern “science” has separated itself from every other field of logical thought for the purpose of narcissistic men who wish to rule their own fates. Philosophically these thoughts are sound. No, they cannot be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, but nothing can be. Faith is a part of human existence, and necessary in every area. Until science comes to grips with this truth it will forever remain the foolish child who insists on the existence of an imaginary friend that only it can see. Science, philosophy, and math are all part of the ordered universe that God created. When looked at collectively, all truth contained in these fields of study point to the same place. The existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, loving God outside of time and space is not only plausible but truly probably, provided that one’s God is too big to fit inside any human box.

The following is the opening except from something I have been working on for a few months now. It is a work in progress and also begins to share some of my innermost thoughts, though not intimate, are very personal to me. That said, it is also rather lengthy, so I have decided to split it up into pieces as I feel moved to post. I may post all or some of it, this is my prerogative. I know I tend to get real and person here to begin with but what follows are some very private thoughts that I have about my God, that I have chosen to share with few people until now.

 

Introduction

            The faith of Christianity, that is following the teachings of Jesus Christ as outlined in the New Testament, is a faith filled with many fantastical concepts and ideas. Unfortunately, those who ascribe to these beliefs have been so inundated with the key phrases of the faith that the spectacularness of what it is they actually believe eludes them almost entirely. God, Yahweh, Jesus the Messiah, Lord of all is often confined to a preconceived box, the size of which has been determined by “religious practice” and the name of tradition. Jesus Himself, while on earth, spent a lot of time rebuking religious leaders and the majority of His time sharing love and incredible, almost unbelievable, truth with the every day man.

            By no means do I claim to be an expert. There are those of the faith who would lend more qualifications to the argument then I. I am no means a scientist. I dabble in philosophy and psychology. I have a mathematical tendency for thought, but I am no mathematician. I am, however, wholly in love with my God and wholly undeserving of His love. That being said, I am also one who is tired. I am tired of others, Christian and non-Christian alike, placing my God in a box and giving limitations to His power. What we know of God is only what He allows us to know as a loving Father allows His children to know Him, but that is only a fraction of His vast greatness. Would we use clichés and catchy phrases to describe our own person or our feats of so called greatness? Then why do we do this with God? Our person was based on and modeled after His, and it pales in comparison. God is far beyond anything we know, and no words could adequately describe Him. No box made by human conception can contain Him. This is simply the point I strive for. God does not need me to defend Him, but He asks me too.

            So let us put aside our “Christianese” and our religious jargon and try to look at our God with the fresh eyes of youthful discovery. Perhaps you are reading this and are simply curious; perhaps you do not even believe that the God of the Bible exists. I am by no means telling you that you must believe what I believe. God gives freedom to believe in Him or not. I am simply asking that, with an open mind, you consider the plausibility of His existence. We shall start there.

So it has been a little while since my last post, and since our new apartment has no internet, posts are going to be sporadic at best, but I have been pondering something as of late. Actually, it is more like God has been hammering something into my brain.

Throughout this whole moving process I have been revisiting the concept of being at peace. The Bible teaches the Jesus is “the Prince of Peace”, that only He can give us “a peace that surpasses any understanding”, and innumerable other passages pertaining to peace. I once set out to look look up every passage in Scripture that talks about peace. I only got as far as the book of Exodus before the task became too daunting, but it would seem that being peaceful is a central principal to being a follower of Jesus.

A common misconception is that peace is the opposite of war, but this cannot be right. Grammatically speaking, it is wrong to define something simply by saying what it is not. Being at peace is so much more than not being at war. It is a mindset that we live in, that only we ourselves can leave. Jesus offers us peace, but then it is up to us whether to accept it. At its very core, peace equals complete and total surrender. To truly be at peace as a Christian is to understand that God is all powerful and to surrender to His will no matter what. God promises a great ending for those who love Him, but that does not mean we are spared from plagues, murder, death, disease, and all other tragedy that harasses the world we live in. He does, however, promise that He will provide what we need and that is a promise that we can stand firm on. It is that peace in the midst of seemingly insurmountable odds that make Christians “curious” to the world around them. It is that peace that defies all logic. This peace is birthed from surrendering to Jesus, which causes a true and brilliant faith that cannot be shaken. Jesus offers us this peace but does not force it on us. He will still take care of us as His people, God always keeps His promises, but it is up to us whether or not to decide to rest in the knowledge that He is good, or waste our time worrying when He will take care of us regardless.

So since I now live in Florida, it was bound to happen. I found myself involved in, or rather more of an observer of the “bikini conversation.” Should believers where bikinis, should they not, should we all just wrap ourselves in burlap and be done with it? (For the record, I strongly believe no Christian man should be caught dead in a bikini). I will probably be called names for this, but I will say it. I believe that modesty is a heart issue. It has more to do with the person’s inner intent than what they wear on their body. Yes if you are naked, I will generally call you immodest, but as culture changes it dictates fashion (and yes “culture” is not always evil). Things that were once considered to be lewd are not still considered to be such anymore. It is about the heart.

Now that I have gotten that heart warming introduction out of the way, let me say that I will not be giving my opinion on whether girls should or should not wear bikinis and that is mainly because I do not have one. I am a guy, and therefore I will not speak into a heart issue of something that does not even apply to my gender. If you happen to be a christian girl reading this (which is probably an audience of one) and you choose not to wear a bikini for the sake of your brothers in Christ, thanks. I appreciate you thinking of me, I really do, but please be careful that you do not let a personal conviction lead you to make other girls with different convictions feel like trash. All followers of Jesus have to sort things out as the grow, and all followers have different maturity levels (and no, I will not say who is more mature and who is not). Now, if you are a guy who thinks no christian girl should wear a bikini…hold on to you hats because I am about to talk directly to you.

(Disclaimer: if you are a father talking to his daughter this does not apply. You have every right to tell your daughter what she is and is not allowed to wear). Guys, it is time to grow up. One of the major problems with the “church” today is that we have forgotten that at some point we need to stop being “boys in Sunday School” and start being men who lead. I will mention that this is a problem outside of the church as well, but I will not blame secular society for a disease that we propagate perfectly well on our own. If you as a guy think girls should not dress a certain way because it causes you to stumble, grow a pair, and learn some responsibility. If I sit down and watch pornography is it my fault or should I blame the website blocker for not being on?

I know my example seems extreme, and my tone harsh, but do you know how many rapists say something to the tune of, “You see how she is dressed, she was asking for it.” Men of faith, we should not use the same logic as rapists. If every Christian girl on the beach is wearing ponchos that still leaves a beach of non-christian girls wearing next to nothing. Take responsibility for your own heart, men. Let christian women convict and discuss this topic with each other. It pertains to them more than it pertains to us. The fact is, no matter what our sisters decide to do we still live in a society that over sexualizes everything. the only way to get away from the temptation of lust is to be dead.

It may seem like I am picking on the guys here, well that is because I am. I am a guy so I can only speak to the heart of a guy. We need to stop making excuses for our sin and focus on Christ when temptation comes our way. Do not get me wrong, I stink at this too and am constantly relying on God’s grace. I do, however, know not to blame a blouse for being too low cut because a guy is trying to look down it.