First Epilogue: Whatever Happened To Larry And Brenda?

First Epilogue: Whatever Happened To Larry And Brenda?

Just one more epilogue left, and then this will all be wrapped up, hopefully, with one last look at the “We Have Finally Killed God!” Guy from the beginning of this series…way back before we took a detour with “Laser Eyes Jesus.”

Sometimes there really are happy endings after all…even if nobody wins a Science Fair ribbon! It just didn’t seem right to send Larry and Brenda off to The Museum Of Abandoned Science Fair Projects without saying a little more about them.

Since these two have been presented as “opposites,” it seemed like there would ultimately be an attraction like magnets. Sort of scientific, right? After all, you might imagine Brenda the Volcano would be somewhat of a “hothead” while Larry the Robot would be “as cold as ice.” It turns out, Brenda is the logical and practical one while Larry is the wildly emotional one! Maybe opposites really do attract?!?

Is there a lesson here? Maybe. Maybe not.

Could it be that we often can not anticipate how God will work things out? And that when we try to force God work things out (preferably our way), we are only going to end up frustrating ourselves?

Could God be working towards something bigger than what any of us can possibly imagine? Hmm… Maybe so!

And yet even in our fears and anxieties, something good can come out of it, right? Like those cute little multi-purpose appliances!

Bedtime story is over. Next Up…Laser Eyes Jesus #048 “Second Epilogue: A Night Of Wrestling With Fear”

Thanks for reading!

John

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The Ultimate Showdown!

The Ultimate Showdown!

This is probably going to be one of those posts which may not make anyone happy because I’m not going to choose sides. It is beginning to feel like “The Ultimate Showdown” of my lifetime. (And I’m not talking about a school Science Fair with models of robots and volcanoes!)

In the United States, we kind of enjoy being polarized whether we admit it or not. We like knowing who’s on our side and who’s not. On top of that, as Christians, somehow we have taken the idea that “If the world is against you, then you must be on God’s side because the world is always against God” to the extreme.

At times I think some of us actually want to be persecuted and criticized just so we can feel like we are on God’s side, and if we are on God’s side, then we must be right. There are some who actually thrive on being “the dogmatic underdogs.”

So I’m not taking sides. I am going to stubbornly insist that my love of God and my love of science can coexist. Both are too vast and great for my mind to comprehend anyway, yet my mind can delight in them both.

I’m also going to stubbornly insist that my love for all that God has created (like volcanoes) and all that mankind has created (like robots) can coexist as well.

There seem to be two extremes. Either people totally believe science textbooks and throw away God’s Word, or they rigidly believe God’s Word and throw away science.

The ancient scrolls that became our Bible were never intended to be a physics textbook, but I do believe that they were written in an inspired way to convey truth in words that would best speak to readers and hearers at that time.

Here is the simplest reason why I believe God exists. It all has to do with the power of words.

(First Reader Alert: I am not a “God-said-it-that-settles-it” kind of guy when it comes to some things in the Bible. I’m not going to give up science in order to read the Bible in a fundamentalist way. I believe my love of science and my love of God’s Word can coexist.)

Genesis One is all about creation and God repeatedly saying “Let there be…” Everything He said just simply was. To me, this is letting me know that all we see (and don’t see) was created by God’s own words. Sort of unscientific, right?

But what about words? Words are sound waves…which are…vibrations. (Remember that word.)

For the topic of creation, a Physics textbook might be all about The Big Bang and maybe even String Theory. Sort of unreligious, right?

But what about The Big Bang? It was an expansion of space accompanied by…sound waves…which are…vibrations. (There’s that word again.)

And what about the strings of String Theory, the particles that make up everything? Strings are…(You guessed it!)…vibrations.

To me, it certainly seems like both my “unscientific” Bible and my “unreligious” Physics textbook are sort of saying the same thing but just with different words. So maybe I really can have both science and God!?!

More about those robots and volcanoes when Laser Eyes Jesus returns!

(Second Reader Alert: Laser Eyes Jesus is NOT the same as Real Life Jesus. He just happens to have been born at the same time as Real Life Jesus and with a remarkable pair of laser beam eyes. Although he does make a lot of mistakes, he does care deeply about the children who visit him. By the way, those laser eye blasts are basically harmless. Seriously. No children, not even comic strip children, are ever actually harmed in the making of the comic strip.)

Thanks for reading!

John

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How To Kill God In Three Easy Steps!

How To Kill God In Three Easy Steps!

(Reader Alert: This post is not in anyway intended to be anti-science, anti-scientist, or anti-scientific knowledge. But you will probably figure that out for yourself.)

I have been reading my way through “Why Christianity Must Change Or Die” by John Shelby Spong. While I don’t agree with all of his conclusions (just as I don’t expect you to agree with all of my conclusions), I appreciate how this book has caused me to examine my thinking.

Here are three very brief summaries of his discussion about how the works of three important scientists changed the way people view the world, themselves, and God. I found this part of the book very interesting, and my comments appear in parentheses. (To me, these scientists were just seeking answers; they did not set out to destroy anyone’s faith or to kill God. But others have tried to use their words and ideas to do that.)

Galileo’s work changed how we view the structure of the universe. Earth is not the center of the universe, and all heavenly bodies do not revolve around the earth. With this knowledge, it became more difficult to think of God and Heaven as being right up there above us and Hell as being right down there below us. There is no longer a three-tiered model of the universe. As our telescopes have become stronger, we have pushed God farther and farther out into the distant recesses of empty space. (To me, this is like making God homeless.)

Isaac Newton’s work changed how we view what makes the universe work the way that it does. With the discovery of fixed laws that control everything, it became harder to think of God as the divine power necessary to make everything work properly or to protect us from the forces of nature. (To me, this is like making God unemployed.)

Charles Darwin’s work changed the way we view ourselves. If humans are basically no different from other animals, just more highly evolved, then we are no longer the pinnacle of God’s created lifeforms; we are just one of many without the likeness of God. (To me, this is like making God unrecognizable.)

I am looking forward to completing this book and seeing how the author resolved many of the questions he raised. In the meantime…Homeless. Unemployed. Unrecognizable.

Does that sound like anyone?

Homeless.

Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:20 NASB)

Unemployed.

So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15 NASB)

Unrecognizable.

Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men. (Isaiah 52:14 NASB)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if we choose to, we really can kill God, but it is not done with words from science, it is done with words from man’s heart. The words in man’s heart made Jesus homeless, unemployed, and unrecognizable. The words in man’s heart killed Jesus.

Man’s heart can still attempt to kill the Resurrected Jesus, but He is and always will be the Lord Of Life.

Thanks for reading!

John

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“Desperate Times Call For Desperate Chemistry Set Names”

I think that the main idea of this comic strip is to put aside any kinds of rules that might be stuck in your mind about gifts and giving. You may even want to check way back and deep down. (I know I did!)

It wasn’t until I had a “Words Of Christ In Red” Bible that this next verse really stood out. It’s in the middle of what seems like page after page of black text except for some words that Jesus said to Paul.

…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 (KJV)

The other thing that makes these words stand out for me, besides being surrounded by all of that black text, is that it is not a direct quote in the context of events. The writer of Acts is reminding us of what Jesus said, perhaps because these words are not found in the four gospel accounts.

When it comes to giving and gifts, I think that the reason you’re more blessed when you give than when you receive is because when you are giving, you are acting like Our Heavenly Father. He gives abundantly those things which are good for us and which glorify Him.

What does Our Heavenly Father see when we are more desperately enthusiastic to give than to receive? Hmm…That’s when I think we look a lot like Jesus.

I know this probably sounds simplistic and way too much like a children’s Sunday School lesson, but it’s something that I needed to remind myself of this morning. Maybe I will have more astute and “adult” content tomorrow? Please bear with me! Caleb Joseph is doing his best to convince his mother that a chemistry set would be both good for him (help him to be a Junior Inventor) and glorify God (by doing using it in a Sunday School lesson). I’m afraid I see way too much of myself in Caleb Joseph today!

“That’s NOT My Jesus!”


This completes our time warp sequence that started here and connected here!

So what do you think as far as “Time Warps and Other Sciency Stuff”? Would Laura’s card still have the words “God raised Him from the dead” if she traveled back in time before Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected?

More importantly, and not “Sciency” at all, what do you think about how Jesus looks? Does He look like your neighbor? That needy person on the street? Or does he look like a new dishwashing machine?

My prayer for all of my readers, is that during the remainder of this Holy Week, you will see Jesus in a new way. It’s not for me to say what that new way is (of course)! But my prayer is that you will see Real Life Jesus in a new way, that some aspect of who He is will come into sharper focus and be real in your life.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I will be posting the “Monthly Digest” editions for March, but will not be posting anything from Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday. This is to give myself a chance to see Real Life Jesus in a new way as well!

(For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the “Laser Eyes Jesus” comic strip found here, Laser Eyes Jesus is not Real Life Jesus. They just have the same name and are from the same period of time. As the comic strip unfolds over the next months or years, I am expecting to work an encounter between these two into the plot! I just don’t want anyone who is new Nickel Boy Graphics to be confused, so Laura is right, that was not her Jesus, but would she have recognized her Jesus if she had seen him?!?)