An Atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to his Class on the problem Science has with God, the Almighty. He asked one of his new Christian students to stand.
Professor: You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Professor: Is God good?
Professor: My brother died of cancer, even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is God good, then? Hmm?
(Student was silent)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?
Professor: Is Satan good?
Professor: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From.. God.
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Professor: So who created evil?
(Student didn’t answer)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immortality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them?
(Student had no answer)
Professor: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son.. have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your God.
Student: No, sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God, for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Professor: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, Science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my Faith.
Professor: Yes, Faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?
Student: And is there such a thing as Cold?
Student: No, sir, there isn’t.
(The Lecture Theatre became very quiet with this turn of events)
Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of Heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was a pon-drop silence in the Lecture Theatre)
Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student: You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light… But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called Darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, You would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is, your Philosophical Premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going)
Student: Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?
(The class was in uproar)
Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter)
Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? .. No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable and Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on Faith, son.
Student: That is it, sir.. exactly! The link between man and God is Faith. That is all that keeps things alive and moving!
Today was an awesome practice! It was one of the first practices that I actually felt like I was improving and fitting in with my skills. But one thing makes this all very frustrating. Today was me and my partners day to get the water and gatorade for the team, meaning I got to skip the warmup run. I may have mentioned in previous posts, but I hate running. Absolutely hate running. And I get super tired after our warm up run. Today because I missed the run, I had energy throughout the entire practice. No sick feelings, heavy skills, or frustration.
It makes me mad that the run has such a big impact on my practice performance. I feel like it would benefit more for me to skip the run, then I would do better at the skills that actually matter. ahhhh!
So I totally realized that I haven’t blogged about my roommates yet! And they are such a huge part of my life now, I have to tell you about them :) Alright haha here it goes:
This is how I’d describe us in titles: The Cheerleader, The Married One, The Rebellious Good Girl, and The Fashionista. haha that’s just getting started.
Natasha is the married one. Her hubby is in the military and they are the most precious couple I’ve ever seen. She’s super bubbly and has such a fun personality. Annnnd she’s a computer nerd like me! haha we’ve already tried second life, neopets, free sample sites, luuux, and on and on. She also likes a lot of the same tv shows I do, so we always catch up together.
Olivia is the rebellious good girl. When I met her, I thought she was totally the type to be really focused on school with not much of a crazy side. I was totally wrong. She is so much fun. She has such an outgoing personality. She’s my actual roommate. And she takes care of me like a mom haha she’s a nursing student and I’ve been sick lately. We get along like sisters, which is awesome!
Onye would be the fashionista. Her and Natasha live in the room next to us and share the bathroom. Onye has the most amazing clothes I have ever seen. Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, etc. Onye has the crazy personality of the four of us. She’s the one who knows exactly who she is and struts her stuff. She keeps things so entertaining and I love that.
haha so there you have it. My 3 amazing roommates. I love all of them and know I am going to get so close to them by the end of the year. We have completely opposite personalities, and there is never a dull moment.
Everyone go onto this site and comment on my posts. A simple 5 word comment is totally fine. I am trying to win christmas presents for my family because I don’t have time for a job here in Hawaii. I’ll really appreciate it :)
I have a new site that I have been using, basically as a cure for boredom.
it’s called luuux.com
Basically what you do is create a username and simply post shorts blogs about certain topics. Anything you want. And you get point everytime you do so. People then can comment on your posts, which will give you points, and you can do the same for others. It’s kinda silly, but it definitely passes time. And if you get enough points, you can win prizes. hahaha I know I know, but I’ve been bored so there ya go!
Yesterday at practice, our coach gave us probably one of the most inspirational talks I’ve ever gotten. A lot of us are sick, hurt, or just struggling on skills we know we can perform. He pulled us all together and this is what he said:
"Greatness lives on the edge of destruction." -Will Smith
On the road to greatness, there will be ups and downs. People think that greatness just comes and that simply is not the case. In order to achieve greatness, one must hit destruction and overcome it. Most people hit a small bump in the road, and thinking it is the destruction, they turn back. The small bump that was not even close to the drop of destruction causes the majority of people to quit. But if you have perseverance and drive, the bumps in the road become less important. They don’t seem as difficult because you have overcome them. And if you can overcome all of them, including destruction, greatness makes everything seem so simple. None of the bumps matter. What matters is that you didn’t turn around and you didn’t quit.
The ones who quit when they hit their first bump will never have a story to tell. The ones who hit greatness will have a lifetime worth of stories and lessons to teach.
This had such an impact on me. I have been sick for almost two weeks and have been struggling with keeping up on conditioning. This talk made me realize that this is just a small bump in the road, and that I really want greatness. I’m not going to turn around and quit when something gets hard.
So I’m thinking about changing my major. Right now, I am a pre business major. I wanted to go into advertising and work at creating ads for big time companies like Nike and Apple. I still want to do that. I love the idea of seeing something I created out in public to influence the world. But I’m not liking the business program here in Hawaii. I love it at Portland State. It offered me a intro course load so that I could take classes I was interested in. The program here doesn’t do that. I have to wait until I’m a junior standing to be able to take classes that have to do with business. And that’s really frustrating. It’s hard to stay interested in a major that seems so unavailable to me right now.
So here is my new idea. Definitely not for sure, but I’m considering it. I want to change my major to graphic design and then minor in business. The whole reason I wanted to major in advertising was the creative side of it. I feel like that’s where my strengths are. An advertising major is more of the logistical side of things (research involving how to advertise) I’m still not totally sure if graphic design will be able to be what I want it to, which is why I’m not totally sure yet.
This is my ideal job: I want to work for a company designing advertisements (print, commercials, billboards, etc.)
I’m going to go try to talk to my counseler and see what careers are offered from a graphic design major, which will hopefully help me make my decision. I guess we’ll see!
So tonight for some reason, I was just really missing my mom and thinking about everything she did to help me get to where I am. You don’t truly think about how much family does for you until it’s too late. Well, I wanted to return the favor (as much as I could) I’m not going to tell you what it is, in case she reads this, but I know she’s going to love it. And it makes me so excited and happy to be able to do something to show how thankful I am for her. I love surprises :)
Everyone please keep Ciara in your prayers. According to her online journal, she is really improving. You can visit the link above to sign her guestbook and read entries about how she is doing. Something so simple as praying for her could be what leads her back to being healthy again.
…are the things I miss the most. Today, I’ve just been feeling lonely. And it made me think about the things I miss about being home. And the first thing that came to my mind is…hugs. Pathetic, I know. But I don’t think I’ve gotten a hug since my mom left. And thinking about that makes me really sad. I’m still new here, I totally understand that. And it makes sense that it takes time to get close to people. I just miss the comfortable feeling I had at home. I miss coming home to my family yelling from the dinner table because they’re excited to see me. I miss my cats in my bed, annoying me every chance they got. I miss being able to drive 5 minutes to see my boy whenever I wanted. And I miss having people I know will always be by my side past the friend point. People I can count on for literally anything.
Again, I know how truly lucky I am. I should just suck it up and push through. But when little things happen here, It makes me miss home terribly. And I would give anything to be able to drive home and make all of this go away. So here I am, venting to a computer. I am so excited for christmas break!
Tonight, I went with a bunch of my teammates to the beach to sing and worship. I ended up thinking and praying almost the entire time. As I looked up at the starry sky with the skyline behind me and the palm trees surrounding me, I realized how truly lucky I am. I felt such a strong connection with God and he gave me comfort. I now know that there are some things I will never be able to control. There are people who will always hurt you. But God has blessed me with such an amazing support system in my life, that I realized I don’t need to wish I still had the others too. There is no reason to get upset about things I can do nothing about.
I was in awe the entire time of how amazing God has treated me. I did nothing to deserve the life I live. I am living in paradise with one of the best teams in the country, and I have family and friends that love me unconditionally. I can’t be grateful enough for everything I have been blessed with.
I know now that it is time to let go of the people who don’t care, and focus on the people who truly love having me in their lives. I realized tonight to rely on God, because he will put the people, situations and emotions in my life and there is no need for me to try to control that.
I love you God. Thank you times a million for the love you’ve given me and for the opportunities you’ve blessed me with.
So tonight me and all my roomies showed each other pictures of all of the boys throughout our lives (boyfriends, exes, guys we liked, middle school crushes, etc) We all had such funny opinions about what we all thought about each other’s previous taste. Thank goodness I have pretty good standards, but they all said Alex was by far the cutest. And their opinions about my other recent interests were basically “you’re stupid, alex is wayyyyyy cuter than him.” About almost every other picture I showed them. It made me feel so thankful and proud to call him mine :)
So Alex, you are loved by my roommates :) thank goodness. And PS you totally are the cutest one <3
Tonight, I went clubbing. Yes, I decided to go clubbing. Not my style at all. My roommates really wanted me to give it a try and I was convinced to go. I ended up coming back earlier than the rest of them.
It was not fun in the least. A bunch of slutty girls and creeper guys dancing on each other. Everyone trying to get at each other. No respect for personal space. I’m the true good girl. And this was not for me.
What made it all worse was that I feel like I was looked down upon because I didn’t like it. I wasn’t “with it.” I left early because I have church in the morning. That is my top priority. Way above a stupid club.
My roommates are awesome, don’t get me wrong. I just feel like I wish I had someone who was the same as I was. Who would have come home with me because they were going to church too. I dunno. I miss having close friends with the same priorities and likes/dislikes as I do.
I ended up riding a cab home (they waited with me until it came). The cab didn’t take cash so we had to drive around looking for an ATM. So I ended up wasting $40 on a night that wasn’t worth it. I guess you have to try something to know if you like it. I definitely didn’t like that.
Tonight was awesome! It was the first football game of the season and my first game cheering for the warriors! There are so many things I could talk about!
-The stadium is amazing! I’m used to cheering at mediocre fields and this just blew my mind. There were seats so high up, the people look like ants haha
-The fans (and crowd in general) get really into the game. The stadium was packed with people and everyone is yelling like crazy. It makes you feel so good when you’re cheering for an excited crowd.
-Just the atmosphere made cheering so much fun. People would yell for us and really get into the things we did. They truly respect our team and trust that we know what will help the football team succeed. And it’s crazy how people recognize us! Some guy yelled at me saying he’s in my math class haha I’m guessing he means economics (I’m not in an actual math class) but it was cool that someone knew who I was. Our little fans are awesome too. All the little babies in hawaii cheer uniforms and the little girls who have memorized our cheers and get excited everytime we run by. All the fans want high fives from us and love when we’re in front of the section they’re sitting in. It’s such an amazing feeling.
Even though the outcome of the game wasn’t the desirable one, I feel like it didn’t matter as much as it could have. What mattered is that our school has such a high level of aloha spirit and we showed it every chance we got. Our team worked hard tonight and I felt so proud of myself, my partners, and my entire team to be able to pump up such a big crowd.
It was an awesome night. I am so excited for the next football game :)
Everyone please keep this girl in your prayers. She goes to Lake Oswego High School, the school I graduated from. I don’t know much about the situation but here is what I do know:
Her and her boyfriend (or I guess ex at the time) took their car out to a road where there are no speed limits to race with some friends. At the end of the race, they hit gravel and the car spun and hit a tree. The boy broke his shoulder, but is doing ok. Ciara was severely injured, with a collapsed lung and other medical issues. She was in a coma for a few days and has been using breathing tubes. She has been doing better recently, but is still in need of support and prayer.
I just got out of our morning workout. We only do it once a week and it was crazy intense. The girls had to do 50 pullups, 150 pushups, and 200 squats. Guys had to do double us. We could do them in sets of however many we wanted, but after one set of each, we had to run a lap around our basketball center. It was crazy.
Thinking about this morning, and all of our practices actually, gives me a new perspective on working hard. In high school, hard work at practices consisted of running a mile without stopping, lifting 12 pounds in reps of 10, and simply getting by with everything that I did. At Portland State, hard work as a team didn’t really exist. Individuals had drive and motivation, but the majority of people didn’t. And as much as we wanted to succeed, the focus level wasn’t high enough to achieve it. I wish that team could come watch on of the practices here. It makes me feel pathetic for feeling tired after practices there.
That sounds so snobby and rude, and I’m sorry if I offend anyone. I just think too many people think success is just going to be handed to them, without the work. That idea was quickly erased from my mind. To have the talent that this team has does not come easy. It comes from 6 days worth of 3 hour practices, with everyone focused from beginning to end.
That’s the secret of this team. They have natural talent, but so do a lot of teams out there, including Portland State. But what they also have is the drive to be the best in the country and the willingness to do whatever it takes to get there. Dedication is what takes us to a level I have never seen before.
1. Do you know how your parents picked your name? I don’t think they had a specific reason for choosing Jaime. I know my mom wanted to name me Aimee and my dad didn’t like it so they added a J to it. I also know that my name would have been James if I was a boy.
2. Do you have any article of clothing that has a lot of memories attached to it? Umm no not really. Not that I can think of off the top of my head
3. When you’ve had a terrible day, how do you deal with it? I like listening to music or even just laying in bed helps. I tend to go off on people when I have bad days so I don’t like to be around people.
4. How are you similar to and different from the majority of Tumblr users? I like expressing myself, like everyone else who blogs, even on other sites. I don’t really use tumblr for the followers, which it seems like a lot of people do. I write and post stuff because it helps me vent and get out all of my emotions.
5. What are some little things that make you feel warm and fuzzy? The only one I can think of is when Alex tells me how much he loves me. It’s the best feeling in the world.
6. What would your dream house look like? My house doesn’t really matter to me that much. I’ve never dreamt up a fantasy house. I guess I’ve just dreamt more of how my life will be when I get a house of my own with a family.
7.) What are some of your pet peeves? Slow drivers drive me crazy. Also, I get so annoyed when I’m driving behind a bicycle. So annoying!
8.) Who makes your happier than anyone else? Alex. He is the only person who makes me feel like I’m absolutely invincible.
9.) What was the worst thing to happen to you in middle school? I got a referral! We were in class and two of us forgot to do our homework so we were looking on a friend’s for the answers. The teacher saw us and gave us all “discipline forms” which we had to have signed by our parents. Well me being the little rebel I was, I tried to sign it myself and the teacher caught me. yep referral. haha
10.) What movie or book reminds you most of your childhood? Goodnight Moon! I used to love that book!
11.) What is the community you live in like? My home in Oregon is in a rich suburb outside of a big city. I live in Hawaii now, in the dorms, so I’m around the college atmosphere. And the culture here is super unique.
12.) What is something you believe very strongly in? I believe that God has an amazing plan for each and every one of us. I believe in the idea that we should trust in him fully because he wants the absolute best for everyone.
13.) What’s your favorite season and why? Hawaii doesn’t really have seasons and I actually really like it. I love spring and summer, which is Hawaii all year long. I hated Oregon winters. Snow is fun, but I haven’t seen a pretty snow setting in so long.
14.) Is there a band that you have loved for a long time? Rascal Flatts is really the only one I can think of. Their music is so well written and the lyrics are beautiful. They have a song for literally every emotion, which makes it super easy to listen to them.
15.) What is your ideal future life? I want a family more than anything. I want two kids of my own and then adopt two kids, one from Russia and one from the United States. Then I want a lot of animals. A huskie and a small fluffy dog, two cats, and then I want each of my kids to be able to pick out a pet of their own. I want my life to be super revolved around my family.