My Weakness Ever Before Me


A broad metal chain.

 

 

I don’t deny my weakness

 

I don’t intend to

 

Through it I have found your strength

 

Through it I see your heart

 

Nevertheless, how I wish I was strong

 

That my enemy would cower before me

 

That my will was stronger than my intent

 

That my love was pure and unadulterated

 

That my eyes were clear of deceit

 

How I wish that my steps were steadfast

 

My identity intertwined with you

 

Yet you are merciful towards me

 

Few can understand such grace

 

And even in this I am weak in pride

 

Lead me oh Holy One

 

Guide my steps towards strength

 

Create in this weak vessel a mighty warrior

 

One girded with the ambition to do Your will

 

The depths of hell tremble with fear at the sight of your work

 

That which you will do in me

 

Let me stand with my feet planted in your truth

 

Let it become mine

 

Let your glory be beautiful to me

 

Let me crave you in a way I have never craved anything else

 

Let my thoughts rejoice in continual meditation upon you

 

Let my dreams be adorned with your whispers of love

 

And when I wake,

 

May I not know the difference

 

For my thoughts would be on you

 

Let the depths of me that longs for you come forth

 

Valiant and free with a shout of a million armies

 

And let the darkness that sticks to me like a parasite

 

Die in gruesome bloody hell

 

Let my hatred burn with a fire hotter than the sun

 

And in this fire let the darkness perish

 

But foolish talk and hence my weakness shows

 

For what fire can compare to that which you have stored

 

Imagination cannot contain your wrath

 

Your enemies are delirious with fear

 

For they know their end

 

Therefore come great Champion

 

Rescue this blundering sheep from the wolves’ mouths

 

And let your glory be sung of throughout eternity

 

How I long to see that day oh Lord

 

When you shall speak and all will know you

 

But blessed are those who know you now

 

And blessed are those whom you know.

 

Juan Castillo Jr.

 

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Courageous


fear

fear (Photo credit: siette)

 

Don’t fearfailure

but fear complacency

Don’t fear mistakes

but fear apathy

Don’t fear shortcomings

but fear laziness

Don’t fear being wrong

bur fear pride

Don’t fear anger

but fear hate

Don’t fear lack of knowledge

but fear lack of wisdom

Don’t fear blundering a commandment

but tremble at the lack of the will to keep them

Juan Castillo Jr.

MY CHILD! Issues of the Heart


 

 

English: Street photography - photograph of a ...

English: Street photography – photograph of a child watching children play on the grounds of Arts College at Osmania University, Hyderabad, AP – India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If your child was being persecuted by a mass murderer, is there anything that you would hold back to ensure his or her protection? Would you buy a gun? Would you build an electric fence around your house? Would you get cameras? Would you hire bodyguards? Or does any of these suggestions sound excessive. In order to guard your child from harm what would you do? What would seem excessive? Is anything truly excessive? I’ve heard of parents giving their very lives if it just would ensure the safety of their child. Their precious child. What would you say to someone who would dare say “you go too far”. I know what I would say, I don’t go far enough! If I have to move heaven and earth to protect my child (if I had one) I would. Nothing would be too excessive and yet the Lord says “keep your hearts with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life”- prov. 4:23. We wrestle with the Lord as to how to guard our hearts since many things can seem so excessive and we are free in Christ. For example, some choose not to watch certain movies or hear certain music. Some will chime in stating that, “you are free in Christ”, but they fail to see the wisdom in such “legalism”. True, we are free in Christ and true it’s really no sin to listen or read certain gray area things. However, may I suggest that at times we need to view our hearts like precious children, worthy of all protection at all costs? This world is constantly sending its mass murderer against us. He disguises himself as questionable things by which we don’t perceive his presence until it’s too late. We constantly let our guards down in the name of “grace” and in rejection of “legalism” only to open blindly the door to he who seeks to “kill, steal and destroy”-John 10:10. May I present to you that we are free to actively protect our hearts. We don’t do this in order to earn our salvation, nor to please the lord necessarily, but to keep our hearts “in perfect peace” Isaiah 26:3. To enable our minds to be fixed on Him. To clear our hearts of anything that would distract us from knowing him; true eternal life – john17:3. And so the scriptures gives us a clear path and guide by which to test things. To focus on that which is pure, true, good and wholesome – phil4:8. To guard is to defend. You can never have too much defense. In our case; if we don’t defend our hearts, we will never have a good offense.

Juan Castillo Jr.

Golden Moment Amidst Rotten Apples


English: Taken by W.Slupecki HART bus #2601 in...

English: Taken by W.Slupecki HART bus #2601 in the blue/white livery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I was riding on the route 8 a few months ago (from work to Beatty Towers).  A nice bus driver was driving.  He greeted me as I got on the bus and everything (which is kind of rare).  I sat down.  Along the road somewhere near University Avenue we hit traffic.  While we waited for traffic to start moving, this bus driver proceeds to open the door, steps out of his chair, grabs the bus trash can and steps outside.  I was curious as to what he was doing (and so was everyone else on the bus), so I propped myself up to see out the window (stupid new low floor Gillig bus design has windows higher than my line of vision…and IM NOT SHORT! I digress). As  I stared at what the bus driver was doing, I suddenly realized (and so did everyone else) that the bus driver was picking up trash from the street…..He was being a nice person and going above and beyond his job responsibilities by picking up trash from the bus stop area!?  I was astounded twice!  Once because of such level of faithfulness in doing something good even though it’s a small thing to do.  Twice, because the people in the bus with me had the internal fortitude to laugh at the bus driver.  As if what he was doing was so stupid.  As if “what a fool, you are doing something that benefits everyone else but yourself”.  What an idiot right?  Really!  Is this what our society is coming to?  That we laugh at things that are good and decent?  We can’t take a moment to appreciate the fact that someone was willing to do what he did not have to do but did anyways because he is a decent human being!!!! I was livid (still am slightly) for several reasons. One: because of what I saw. Two, because as a human I am sure that I am just as bad.  But I hope that I can be like that bus driver.  Who does what he doesn’t have to do not to impress, but to do what is right in spite of ignorance, hate, or whatever causes someone to laugh at that which is good, innocent and decent!

I made sure that before I stepped off the bus, I expressed my appreciation to that bus driver for what he did.  He blessed me, such a small act really had an impact on me. I pray and I hope that the Lord my God may bless him ever so richly.

Juan Castillo Jr.

PS.

can I hash tag this?  lets see…#Busstories #RTS #Busdrivers #Bus #Dumbpeople

When All You Can Do is Scream at the Unclimable Mountain


This is a note I wrote during this past semester’s final week.  It was a time where I literally reached the tipping point of my exhaustion.  Yet in this moment is when the Lord really broke through in a way that I needed Him to.  He proved to be faithful yet once again.  Through my own writing He reminded me that He was in control, and that I could trust Him.

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these notes. But right now I need to write one; to get my thoughts straight, to get my goals lined up.
I have not drunk yet I feel drunk. I am not sick but I feel noxious. The ropes of stress wrap around my throat and they choke me. And just when light begins to appear it seems as if it’s covered by another wave of datelines and responsibilities. I hurt. I can barely stand it. I set my mind as a flint toward completion. I tell myself “one day at a time”. I’m tempted to say “I’m strong, for I have overcome much” but that’s foolish talk. I am nothing but for the Lord. And it is in him I must now trust. I’m not in a physical war, nor am I on the streets. So I feel guilty for allowing myself to feel so wretched. True pain is felt by those who have seen death. I am but a coward and an immature weakling. Nevertheless, I don’t know what to do. I struggle to breathe and those things that have helped me in the past I’ve had to give up just to keep a steady pace. The gym has been distant. My friends even more. I walk hoping that this is all a dream….more like a nightmare. You know the one where all the books are falling on you…and they never stop. But here I take a deep breath. No one wants to hear a fool’s voice. And to read his words even less. I must take hold of the strength that has been given to me. I can’t walk away from the mountain before me. My only choice is to climb it. If I fall, well at least I’ll have peace. If I succeed, then I’ll be ready for the next one. I guess mountains are not that scary if you know what you’re doing. Just one day at a time. That’s all I got. I’m alive, I’m still sane therefore I can do this. One day at a time. One swing at a time. This beast can’t slay me. What am I thinking? Am I forgetting that the Lord, He is God? How foolish can I be? Men prepare their horses but the victory is the Lords. I know therefore I’ll have victory. This too will end! One day at a time…I’m not supposed to be worrying about the future anyways. Yes I feel better already. I can do this for I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Did not the Lord move the mountains of Hades to come get me? How much more imposing where those mountains compared to this? The arm of the Lord is not short that He can’t flex! The Lord, He is God and He is mine and I am His. Why do I keep forgetting? I‘ll be OK. I’ll be OK! Alright time to swing at these assignments. Time start climbing this mountain and stop this foolish whining.

Juan Castillo Jr.

Anger at the Most High God


Anger Controlls Him

Anger Controlls Him (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So yesterday I was mad at God.  Very mad.  He’s brought me all this way in life, education and everything else, only to (out of nowhere) block my path.  I was frustrated because at times I can’t help but to notice how those that are out there doing that which is harmful towards others, seem to be the ones that are well off.  I work hard to try and get an education and it seems like every door somehow closes on me.  Yet to others who don’t even know God the doors are wide open…more than wide open, more like broken-down-on-the-floor-gap-in-the-fabric-of time-and-pace open.  It’s frustrating!  And I told Him so.  I whined and bemoaned my predicament.  With angry words (which I shall not dare repeat) I expressed my exhaustive frustration.  My weakness now in full display as I paced back and forth, seemingly speaking to myself, but knowing that I was in the presence of His Majesty, spilling all the anger, confusion, pain, and utter disrespect towards Him.  And you know what?  I was not struck down.  As you will soon know if you read my blogs (key word being if lol).  There is a reason I am telling this story.  Let it be known my God is everything to me.  I love Him greatly.  My life would be completely different without Him in it.  I dare say my life may not even be in existence right now if it wasn’t for Him.  So yes, I do love my God.  However, a relationship without quarrels is…well a weird relationship.  As much as I love my God, I don’t always understand Him……actually I rarely understand Him.  He does things that blow my mind!  But sometimes He does things that blow my emotions as well.

Now I know some of you are already getting heated for me saying this lol (and yes, I genuinely do laugh out loud when I type “lol”…but I digress). Before you ask, the answer is yes.  I know that God’s ways are higher than mine.  Yes I know that all things work together for good.  Yes I know that He knows the plans He has for me, etc.  But I have to say, emotions and knowledge are two very different animals.  Knowledge needs to control emotion, but that does not make the emotion any less painful.  Truth is, in my opinion, we hide under the “Christiany” words too much.  When we hurt, we pretend to have faith, when all along what we want to do is ask, why?  But we can’t…because then that means we don’t trust God.  Or does it?

Wenceslas Hollar - King David

I love David (King David from the bible) because he was a man of emotion, I mean like raw emotion.  When he was sad, you knew it, when he was happy, you knew that too (sometimes a bit too vividly, as in the case of his dancing in the not so G rated linen episode…I digress). There’s this one place in scripture (among many, but this one is the most blatant one in my opinion) where David is taking the Ark of the Covenant…somewhere.  The Ark titers as if it’s going to fall.  One of David’s servants reaches out to steady the ark and the Lord kills him (the servant).  There’s a whole lot of theological reasons why this was the case.  But the point is David was Angry with the Lord because of this.  (Uh I would be too).  But yet David is the one the Lord Himself says “He is a man after my own heart”….am I missing something here?  Actually, I’m not.  David was a man after God’s own heart, but to do so, he had to come to grips with his heart as well.  In order to do so, David was always genuine with the Lord.  If he (David) was angry, he told the Lord, if he (David) was happy, he praised the Lord.  But the key in all of this is that in spite of his (David’s) emotions, David still trusted the Lord.  Huh?  How can you be angry at the Lord and still trust the Lord?  By admitting that you are angry, talking with Him, and then leaving the matter in His hands.  He may or may not show you what is happening.  Ultimately, He is in control.

I think that’s where I am at right now.  I’ve expressed my anger, doubt, and confusion.  I know the Lord has heard me.  I know my God is good and I know that this is mainly because I don’t understand what’s happening.  I can’t possibly understand His ultimate plan.  He is way too amazing for me to even try.  Therefore I’ll be genuine and won’t hide under the “Christiany” thing to say, but at the same time, I know that my God is in control.  And I trust that.  I just hope that part of the plan includes providing.

Cover of "Bambi (2-Disc Special Platinum ...

Cover of Bambi (2-Disc Special Platinum Edition)

Oh I almost forgot.  No I’m not mad at God anymore….at least I don’t think so.  I still have this issue constantly on my mind.  You may say “that’s worry!” and you’d be right.  You may say “cast your worries on the Lord for He cares for you” and I’d say, I should.  And I’m sure, God is going to teach me how to.  But casting my cares on Him does not mean (at least not to me) that now I can go

and jump in a field of flowers and find Bambi.  This does not mean however that I have no hope.  Quite the opposite, I’ve been in situations like these before, and somehow…somehow, things always seem to workout.  Maybe not the way I would have seen it, but I’m still here am I not?  And if the time comes when I am not here anymore? Well I guess I don’t have to worry about anything else anymore (Oops, there goes that worry word again).  Lol.  My God indeed is awesome.  I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do now.

Juan Castillo Jr.

Atheism on Trial?


Losing My Religion

Losing My Religion (Photo credit: Cayusa)

I have been reading a lot of comments on Facebook and other blogs about how Atheists view Christians as dumb ignorant folk who fail to see the evidences of Science.  So I guess the question is, what does the “evidence” of science really tells us?

A close look at “Science” tells us one thing….it’s not infallible.  Theories are consistently changing to reflect new evidences.  This is a good thing since science is largely based on the testing, exploring, and retuning of theories. There’s nothing wrong with that.  However, a true scientist knows that to discredit anything without testing it is absurd.  Even if a subject is untestable, a legitimate scientist will state just that: that the matter is untestable.  He will not result to belittling people of different beliefs.  In fact, the scientific community is filled with different beliefs, all based on research and evidences.

One of the things that I always find a bit unreasonable if you will is the double standard applied from those who ardently seek to discredit anything religious.  It is claimed that Religious people act without reason.  However, those who align themselves with “science” are constantly relying on their ever changing theories to dogmatically refute those who believe in God.  The interesting thing about this scenario is the changes in the scientific theories are usually based on the same evidences, just studied differently with different technology (of-course this makes sense, newer technology allows us to study things in ways we were never able to before).  For example, the evolution of Classical mechanic theory to General Relativity demonstrates an evolution from a well stated theory, to an expanded theory based on new findings due to technological advances and different thinking applications.  It’s worth restating that this evolution is expected.  However, with something that is evolving as these theories tend to do, I find it hard to understand dogma; especially when some of them are based on assumptions.

English: The Big bang Theory using simple type...

English: The Big bang Theory using simple typefaced font Español: The Big Bang Theory usando este tipo de letra simples Português: Logotipo de The Big Bang Theory. Русский: 16 упорядоченных букв, образующих фразу “теория большого взрыва”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For example, the Big Bang Theory depends on two major assumptions; physical laws and cosmological principle.  The cosmological principle states (I’m simplifying this explanation for all our sakes) that in general the universe is homogeneous and isotropic (or the same/uniform in all directions).  A person can develop all the mathematical models they want, but at the end of the day, the only way to know if the universe is uniform in all directions is to physically go there and see.  That of course is beyond our present capabilities of travel.  Therefore its assumed that this universal homogeneity is existent and based on this assumption (all you need is one assumption to base a theory on an assumption) we have the Big Bang Theory.   Yet scientists will entertain the notion of this theory as opposed to entertain any biblical notions which are consistently proving to be true.  For example, today everyone knows that Babylon was one of the most powerful nations of ancient history. However, before any archeology discovered this ancient civilization, the bible had already described it.  There were many skeptics who used Babylon to say that the bible was not a credible and reliable book.  Yet in 1898, Babylon was discovered and excavated (and added to our history books).  The point here is that scripture stated that there was a Babylon when the whole world believed otherwise and yet scripture was right.  Another example, scientists have found that the stories in scripture are not necessarily impossible.  For example,  to explain the flood in the scriptures “researchers have suggested that, during a warming period in the cycle of the Earth’s temperature around 5600BC, melting glaciers caused an onrush of seawater from the Mediterranean. This cascaded through Turkey’s Straits of Bosporus – dry land at the time – to the Black Sea, transforming it from a freshwater lake into a vast saltwater inlet. In 1997, drawing on archaeological and anthropological evidence, Colombia University geologists William Ryan and Walter Pitman claimed that ‘ten cubic miles of water poured through each day’, and that the deluge continued for at least 300 days. More than 60,000 square miles of land were flooded, and the lake’s level rose by hundreds of feet after merging with the Mediterranean, triggering mass animal migrations across Europe.”

(Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1314725/As-researchers-prove-Red-Sea-really-parted–How-science-backs-Bibles-best-stories.html#ixzz1xUtAHQTM)

That’s just one of the stories.  Yet if you look at the comments left on the site mentioned above, you’ll notice the animosity of some to not even consider what is being presented by the researchers.

Atheism

Atheism (Photo credit: atheism)

Ultimately, I feel, is not about science or the validity of God.  It’s truly about an attack on anything that has to do with religion.  Whether the religious claim is true or not, it doesn’t matter.  They are not willing to take into account the possibilities of some of these acts and even the existence of a true and awesome God.  (Disclaimer:  This is not the case with everyone.  I know many atheists who will at least tackle this issue with integrity and open mildness, to which I am grateful since they challenge me intellectually as I hope I do to them.)

With that said, I believe in God in light of the evidences both of the “scientific” community and the religious one.   Coming to college has given me the ability to know how to research and that has aided me greatly in my pursuit of truth.  It’s my opinion that this debate is really not that complicated if a person is willing to put in the time and research.  What will you find if you do put in the time and research?  I’ll give you a hint.  Both sides present very sound arguments yet neither side truly discredits the other one.  At least not on concrete proof since the “scientific” community relies on theories which are based on some assumptions and Christianity ultimately boils down to faith.  Both sides have evidences supported by research and facts (atheists will probably disagree with that statement).

Ultimately, in light of both arguments, I choose to follow Christ.  Ultimately, everything will be known.  Honestly I have lost everything and yet nothing at all by following Christ.  Given the chance, I would do it again. (Except this time I would hope I would do a better job at it lol).

Juan Castillo Jr.

Offended by Christ?


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So a friend of mine twitted a verse that got me thinking.  The verse says: “and blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”  I almost cast it off since (I thought to myself) why would the Lord ever offend me?  However, in this verse the Lord is not talking about Him personally offending someone; instead, the verse talks about someone being offended because of Him (Christ).  This is actually really easy to do.  In a world and time where Christians are looked upon as morons, imbeciles, uneducated, dumb and delusional people, it’s easy to not want to identify with the name of Christ, IE being offended.  During my years in High School I always thought that once I was out, the ridicule would stop.  This however turned out to a very erroneous assumption.  The ridicule not only has increased, but now it uses mediums which during my time where not employed as obviously and direct as it is today.  For example, movies, sitcoms, blogs, social media, music, books, etc…. It has become taboo to even mention anything Christian at work, school, in personal life with friends and or family.  To work in a public sector, you must suppress the best thing in your life for fear of it offending someone else; that is, suppress your Christian beliefs (and yes, I specifically single out Christianity in this statement since it seems cool to be anything else BUT Christian…since as we all know we are so judgmental and hypocritical.)  The world will use anything and everything to try and blame the name of Christ for atrocities committed and thus blame those who follow Christ.  For example, I always hear that Christianity is as violent religion because of events like the inquisition and all the religious wars.  Yet, the same people claiming this are not as adamant in proclaiming the fact that such senseless violence is not the message of the scriptures.  “But what about the old testament!” some scream.  “God is a violent bipolar prick”.  With such accusation it’s easy to want to retreat into a little hole and never come out.  However; again they fail to proclaim the fact that the context during those times was different than now.  Back then, for a small tribe (comparatively) that the children of Israel were, it would have been impossible to survive without active protection (the violence).  Moreover, in the face of such civilizations as the Babylonians and Assyrians, Israel had no option but to be violent, otherwise, they would have been taken captive and utterly destroyed (which actually they did end up in captivity and almost destroyed).  Nevertheless these critics fail to shout the fact that God had strict rules of hospitality to foreigners and to people that were conquered.  So that such people would not be mistreated and would have mercy from their captors.

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber ...

So what does all this have to do with being offended on accounts of the name of Christ?  Everything.  We are tempted to be offended because we don’t know our savior.  Moreover,  we let these critics paint a picture of Him that is not true.  No God has or will ever humiliate himself to become human and further still allow HIS own creation to beat the heck out of Him, spit on Him, Strip Him, and ultimately, kill him…you don’t hear these critics screaming that at the top of their lungs do you?  But that’s what OUR God did.  He Stripped Himself of all His majesty, humiliated himself to become us, allowed us to humiliate Him and kill Him.  WHY?  Because it was the ONLY way to redeem that which was lost.  Because we, who are imperfect, broken, messed up, could never EVER pay the price that is necessary to redeem ourselves.  We can never be good enough; we can never do enough good deeds.  Karma is not sufficient.  There is nothing, no one, nada, who has it so together that meets the standard of perfection.  And so, since we can’t do it, God did it for us.

“God is not love because he sends people to hell”….I hear this all the time.  That’s like saying you are responsible for killing a horse when you bring him close to water and he dies of dehydration because he doesn’t drink it.  You can bring the horse to as many pools of water as you want, but if the horse does not want to drink, there’s nothing you can do.  Can you force a horse to drink?  Can you whip him enough?  No.  God has brought the river to us and He says, “Here, drink” but we are so proud! Well stiffen our necks and say “if you really love me, you won’t ask me to drink this water”.  What we don’t realize is that this is the only fresh body of water available.  God puts the river right at our feet and we won’t drink.  God wont whip us to drink, nor will he force our mouths.  All He can do is say, “Here, drink”.  THIS is our true God.  The one who LOVES us and Died AND ROSE again.  Salvation is so amazing! It boggles my mind why anyone would not want it.  Maybe because people don’t understand what it is.  They see salvation as a bunch of rules; a religious exercise of Dos’ and Don’ts.  A magic pill that will fix all your problems that may or may not work.  I blame the church for these misconceptions (I’m included in this) because we have not been zealous in proclaiming the true identity of salvation.  Nevertheless, it’s not too difficult to study the scriptures and see the true nature of God.  We act as if it was God’s duty to come and rescue us.  He didn’t have to that.  He could have wiped out the whole lot of us and start all over.  And He would have been right in doing so. (I know I would have!).  But thank God, I’m not God.  He is God and He has chosen to redeem us; to lay aside his majesty and to call us to Him.  To love us, cherish us, keep us, and be with us.

Therefore, I am not offended by the name of Christ.  I proudly proclaim to all who would hear, I am a Christian.  Hate me, Love me, do as you will.  But know, the God you think I serve (I speak to the critics) is not the One true and living God.  You speak of things that you do not know.  I have been on your side of the fence, and I have been on this side of the fence.  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt who my God is, and let me tell you, He looks nothing like what you paint Him as, and He also looks nothing like what most religious people paint Him as either.  Case in point, if you really want to know what He looks like?  Go search for Him.  Genuinely, seek Him.  Do like C.S. Lewis.  By far, one of the most intelligent people I have ever had the privilege to be exposed to (his books).  This guy was a hardcore atheist.  And he determined to prove that he was right, only to come to understand God and love Him.  Why? because he sought God genuinely, not through cynicism and jest, but through a genuine desire to know the truth.  Lee Strobel is another one, a professional and exceptional journalist who sought out to apply his skills as a journalist to prove emphatically that God was not real, only to come to the realization that God truly is who He says He is.  It is also noteworthy to state that scientist such as Fred Hoyle who is responsible for stating that:

Would you not say to yourself, “Some super-calculating intellect must have designed the properties of the carbon atom, otherwise the chance of my finding such an atom through the blind forces of nature would be utterly minuscule.” Of course you would . . . A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.

—Fred Hoyle

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English: Plaque to Sir Fred Hoyle This blue plaque for astronomer and cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle was unveiled on the school he attended, Bingley Grammar School, by astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, on 16 July 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And what about Allan Sandage who stated:

There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all….It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe….The impression of design is overwhelming

—-Allan Sandage

Then later became a Christian.  The point is that these people, who are insanely smarter than I, where able to determine and to accept the existence of God in spite of their stance against Him.

FOR THE CRITICS

If you are genuinely seeking answers. Than do so.  Don’t hide behind put-downs and hypocritical statements.

FOR BELIEVERS

Don’t be afraid to believe and be identified with Christ.  Moreover, don’t be surprised when you are ridiculed for doing so.  Did not our Lord say “if they persecuted me, they will persecute you too”?  Don’t forget about the fact that Christians are killed every single day.  Every….single….day.  We may not be aware of it because we live cozy and safe here in America. However, in other countries, that’s not the case.  People are beaten, burned, shot, bombed, etc. all for claiming the name of Christ.  This is not an exaggeration and is truly happening.  You know why they lay down their lives for Christ?  Because, unlike most of us here in America, they know how awesome, beautiful, gorgeous, amazing our God truly is.  Once you experience the love of God everything else is really not as important in comparison.  We don’t have to be offended.  I’m not offended.

Juan Castillo Jr.