I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman as God intended. And based on my Christian faith and Biblical views, yes I do view homosexuality as a sin. But it is no different than any other sin such as lying or stealing. God views all sins the same. I’m not going to write a book on this anonymous site, getting into debates over controversial issues, but if you really want to go into the topic deeper and find out more of the other reasonings for why I believe what I believe, feel free to contact me on facebook or in person and I will gladly talk with you.
What is Humility?
By Seth Miller
For my next note in my “What is…?” series, I have chosen to write about humility. This note is inspired by my personal life experiences, as well as some sermons and Bible passages I have come across dealing with the topic of humility. Some of the sermons I have heard were by Pastor Tim Adour of the Church of Revelation in Bronx, NY, and Pastor Phil Carnuccio of Providence Church in West Chester, PA.
Humility is a topic that I have struggled with personally for many years. Being a performer and a musician who loves getting up in front of crowds, and who has accomplished quite a bit so far in my life, I sometimes got a big head. I would let my pride get the best of me, often bragging about my accomplishments to others whenever I had the chance, or when I got in a discussion with another musician, telling them about all of my endeavors in order to try and best them, or make them jealous of what I’ve done.
It’s something that I’ve struggled with for years, and although I believe that I have a handle on it now, it is always still there in my mind. I learned that hard way on more than one occasion that it is best to hold my tongue. Let others praise you; don’t praise yourself. [Read more…]
Cool email forward I got that I wanted to pass along.
Ask yourself the question, “Would you run?” after you read this. [Read more…]
The America in Which We Live
By Seth Miller
Take a look at our country. What do you see?
In America we have it good, our country is free.
Look at what we’ve accomplished, in our country alone.
We abolished slavery, we took flight, and we even sent man to the moon.
But compare 2010 to a few hundred years prior.
If there was one thing we know about our founding fathers, it is that they were not known as liars. [Read more…]
What is Hell?
By, Seth Miller
“For a long time as a spiritual seeker, I found my sense of justice outraged by the Christian teaching about Hell…The doctrine seemed like cosmic overkill to me, an automatic and un-appealable sentence taken to the extreme: everyone gets the same consequences, regardless of their circumstances. Step out of line with God – even a little bit, even inadvertently – and you’re slapped with an endless prison sentence in a place that makes Leavenworth look like Disneyland.
Where’s the justice in that? Where’s the proportionality between crime and punishment? What kind of a God enjoys seeing his creatures writhe forever – without hope, beyond redemption – in a torture chamber every bit as ghastly and barbaric as a Nazi concentration camp? Wasn’t atheist B. C. Johnson right when he charged that ‘the idea of hell is morally absurd?’“ – Lee Strobel “The Case for Faith”
Whether you are a believer in the Christian faith, an unbeliever, or just curious about the Christian doctrine of Hell, you have most-likely thought about Hell at some point in your life. “What if it’s real?” “What if there is life after death?” Where will I end up when I die?” Or perhaps you solely reject the idea of Hell. As the quote above seems to state, that God is such a horrible being, which enjoys seeing his own creation write in torture for eternity. Why would anyone want to serve a God that created this horrible place for his own creation, and watches them as more and more are sentenced to the flames? Whatever your background or beliefs are on the matter, I’m going to do my best here to try and answer a few questions about Hell, and clear up a few misconceptions that many people have about Hell.
I will attempt to tackle common questions and common misconceptions including:
Why would a loving God torture people in Hell?
Why did God create Hell for mankind?
How can God send children to Hell?
Why is everyone judged the same in Hell?
Why doesn’t God give people a second chance?
Why are people punished infinitely for finite crimes?
Can’t God simply force people to believe in him or only create those he knows will follow him? [Read more…]
About a month ago, I wrote a note on facebook about how thankful and grateful I was for being a part of the wonderful, large family that I have, and how awesome of a Thanksgiving Dinner I had with my family. I talked about how large my family is on my Dad’s side, as my Dad was one of twelve children. Well not all of my family makes it to Thanksgiving, as we are very large and spread out all over the place. But each year, after Christmas, my family has a get-together/reunion type thing. We rent out a private Christian retreat center called the Traber Center. We meet for two days, and it is kind of a tradition now. With this note, I just wanted to talk a bit about my weekend and the awesome things my family does each year. [Read more…]
What is the Bible?
A search and analysis of evidence to try and prove the accuracy and credibility of the supposed Word of God.
By, Seth Miller
How can we give any credibility to the Bible? What evidence is there that anything it says is legitmate? How do people know they can trust it? Why are there people out there willing to give their entire lives over to God? Chances are that you have been at least somewhat curious as to what the answers are to one or more of those questions. I will be using sources of a variety of different authors to make my arguments in this note. I will draw upon their research, paraphrase some writing, and add to it with my own thoughts and findings. All of the sources will be referenced at the bottom of the page for you to see for yourself, and each of these sources takes upon many other sources that are also cited in those said sources.
The Bible is the most referenced, most quoted, most circulated, most published, most translated, and the most influential book of all the history of mankind. So what exactly is it about this book that makes it so incredible and causes it to leave such a profound impact on the history and present days of earth? The Bible makes claims that it is the divine Word of God. However, there are clearly many skeptics out there trying to prove otherwise. Even though the Bible is the most popular and most sold book of all time, does that really give it credibility to its supposed facts? I’ll admit, many of the stories in the Bible make some pretty outrageous claims that are hard to believe. Couldn’t the Bible be just another ancient book of mythology, filled with amazing, yet false, writings of man? What evidence is there to give YOU a solid belief in the Bible, and believe that they are indeed the teachings of the one true God? I hope to answer all of those questions within this note. I am going to be laying twelve specific points that prove the reliability of the Bible, and personally strengthen my faith. My hope is that if you are already a Christian, this may provide some of the answers to questions of yours that you have never been able to answer before, and if you are a skeptic, that maybe with this new evidence, you will be willing to take yet another look at the Bible and reconsider your thoughts on the matter. [Read more…]
*Note: I did not write this myself. I am simply passing it along.*
To All My Democrat Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wisher.
To My Republican Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
What is Sex? By Seth Miller
This is a continuation from my previous note, “What is Love?”
For those of you that have kept up with the news recently, you probably have heard at least something involving Tiger Woods. In case you’ve missed out, let me fill you in briefly. As we all know, Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer alive. He had fame, fortune, and a beautiful wife and family. He was always portrayed by the media as a loving man faithful to his family who and his advertisers praised him and portrayed him for his seemingly moral values. He received millions of dollars annually through endorsements. But Tiger had a secret that he didn’t want to get out. Tiger Woods was secretly having sexual relations and affairs with not one, not two, not three, but now allegedly literally dozens of women. These women were Playboy models, porn movie stars, bikini models, hookers, and the like. [Read more…]
I just came back home from Thanksgiving dinner with my family. I love my family so much. You see, my dad was one of 12 kids. My grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Scottland, and when they got here, they had 3 kids of their own and then adopted 9. I wish I was part Scottish, so I could have my grandparents Scottish accents haha. My dad was adopted and knows that he is at least half Vietnamese. I am part Vietnamese as well, and I know that I do not look it haha. Sometimes I wish I was more Asian than I am >_< I love them all so much. So as you can imagine, I have quite a few aunts, uncles, cousins, kids of cousins, etc, in my family. We are a very diverse family that is spread all over the country. I have family in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, and Korea. I also have Scottish, German, African, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and several other ethnicities mixed in my family. So we are a family from all over the world and from all colors. Unfortunately, not all of us can make it to Thanksgiving for obvious reasons, but each year the weekend after Christmas, we have a reunion at a retreat center for as many of us that can make it. [Read more…]