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Warning against anchoring on experiential faith

If Jesus solely promoted experiential faith and pushed for the type of anti-intellectualism the liberals have been cramming on for several decades now, Christianity would have disappeared by the Diocletianic persecution of early 4th century. Nothing Jesus taught, nor Paul, vectors to a conviction where spiritual experience becomes as important as the anchor of faith. Yes, all of the disciples, except Paul, had spent a lot of time walking, eating, and living with Jesus. And if experience is truly the anchor of faith, no one should have denied Jesus. Even in the OT, David’s delight was in the law of the Lord, not his subjective joy. Even the joy — an experience — itself is treated as a byproduct, but never as an end. If marriages were merely based only on emotional experiences, all marriages should result in divorces. Volition, a determined and directed effort, is what drives a human life. (Let me take a quick pause here to say that I’m usually more inclined to a holistic approach to human personhoold, and don’t subscribe to a strict Platonic tripartite theory, but since what sparked this seemed to be based on that theory, I have no choice but to stand near that level ground. If I can get around to it, I may write more about the holistic view of human personality, which I think is more biblical.)

Both Jesus and Paul emphasize the importance of faith and actions, rather than experience in the way we commonly understand it today. The prioritization of personal, subjective experience over belief, commitment, and proper behavior, seems to be found in the book of Acts when Paul asks Ephesians if they had received the Holy Spirit. However, in the context, the Holy Spirit isn’t treated like a medium of subjective experience like how it is often described today, but rather as a mere Person of Trinity. The subjectiveness comes at the point of baptism. Therefore, the passage should be understood as primarily an encounter with a Person of the Trinity, and byproduct of that encounter is a subjective experience. The experience is secondary, not primary. A bit of wider context here for the interpretative lense — which is the one I find an issue with — that may have been used. The commonly shared, historical experience of Korean (collective) church, albeit a short history, is one that is deeply grounded in spiritual experiences. But such emphasis in experience is not uncommon in Korean version of Buddhism, animism (aka shamanism), and even in Bible-based heretical groups. The emphasis on the subjective experiential aspect of faith seems to be deeply ingrained in Korean psyche, and in this context, it is not surprising that God would use such temperament to bring revival to the Korean church. Many Koreans who had lived through that era, including myself, were part of that collective experience and they make up a large portion of the Korean church today. We were blessed, or lucky, to have been a part of that spiritual wind. However, an encounter with the Spirit should not only result in a hyped experience, but it should be followed by the transformation of the total person, including the mind. This is exactly what we see after the Pentecost, and also what we saw with our own lives during that part of Korean history. Therefore, over-emphasis solely on the experiential aspect as THE anchor of faith is misleading. If the word experience is actually meant as an encounter, or at least imply an encounter, or the beginning of a relationship with God, such use of the word in that context should be fine. But again, without such explanation, the hearer is liable to hear it in a simpler meaning without a learned context. The experience is to be under the service of knowing God to the fullest. In simpler terms, when one encounters God, whether through the direct workings of the Spirit, or through the study of the Word, or through the sermon from the Word, our emotions (if healthy) should react appropriately as a response. Luther, Augustine, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, and so many effective Christians all had an emotional experience, but that was because they were diligent students of the Word, and came to encounter God Himself in the Word of God. Our churches today are depriving people of that with wrong messages.

This is why the anti-intellectualism is one of the biggest sources of the decay of the Church, because without a proper version of biblical literacy, instead of having people’s lives transformed and grow towards a mature faith, it’s easy to have people gather only to have a dopaminergic experience without any resulting growth. This is exactly what we’re seeing with the churches in Korea. Instead of mature Christians who are effective catalysts in the society, we see Christians cloistered inside the safety of church walls, self-satisfied with their tribal experiences and relationships. Vineyard movement, and countless experience-oriented heretical movements, all have people remain in a trance-like state where they feel like they are experiencing the Spirit of God, and feel like they have done something worthwhile, when their own lifestyle remains unchanged and completely unaffected. It’s a passive form of social hysteria. I’m not suggesting that the worship is unimportant, but there is a need for stern warning to be spoken against a version of Christianity that promotes only experiential aspect over intentional obedience to the Word of God.

Knowing that the speaker was educated at an elite, extremely liberal institution, he was exposed to the higher textual criticism which claims to be the most intellectual form of study you could do when it comes to a biblical scholarship, and he probably takes a pride in that. Unbeknownst to him, he seems to be blind to the fact that there is a form of hermeneutics that takes a humble approach to the Bible, where you literally try to stand under the Scripture to understand, not stand above the Scripture to impose your own or even the world’s horizon on the Word of God. But, again, it’s not his fault that he grew up in such and such location, and went to such and such school, resulting in such and such intellectual horizon which is marked by a form of sadistic self-hatred.

Experience, by its very nature, is a part of past. Churches do not need to induce some type of subjective emotional experiences to be revived. In this post-modern world, we need biblically literate churches that know the difference between God’s will and Satan’s schemes, and be able to defend their faith, and carry not only action but their words to the public squares. When there’s a talk of eugenics, homosexual (2SLBGTQIABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ+) activism, malignant form of social justice, artificial intelligence, CRISPR gene editing, human cloning, Christians are mute, because churches have been working overtime to make the Bible irrelevant to the world outside of the church walls. BIBLE IS MEANT TO BE INTEGRATIVE TO OUR LIVES RIGHT NOW, not compartmentalized for some type of religious experience. Post-modernism brings fragmentation, and look where the society is now. True Christian faith brings coherence, based on the Word of God. As soon as you make the Bible irrelevant to the history of the universe, to the history of Earth, to the history of humanity, and to the history of nations, and to the history of individual, you no longer have a Christianity. It starts from the largest scope that the Bible touches on from the very beginning, and how could you make it relevant when the teacher of the Bible himself doesn’t have the faith to believe the word as it is presented. Coherence doesn’t come cheap. When did Jesus ever say that the world will embrace you for your faith? Don’t try to fit in so hard. Some try so hard to a point where the Word of God is mangled to be powerless, safe so that it requires practically no faith — it’s enough if you can come to church with it. The world is probably right to ridicule it, not because the Word of God is not credible, but people who teach it have mangled to a point where it is no longer the Word of God and they don’t believe it themselves. As soon as you compromise on one thing, you introduce noise that disrupts the whole framework, and it’s bifurcated from there. This is why we have too many apathetic, and impotent Christians who don’t even understand the basics of their own faith, and that’s sadly reflected in their lives. Leaders should not be quick to appease, and quick to pacify, rather face the lies inside (including one’s private ones) and outside manly. During a war, we don’t need more gardeners; we need more warriors who can also tend to gardens. I’m so weary of pastors still clinging to their personal experience back in Korea. Good for them, but let’s grow up for the Church. Let’s please understand the world as it is now, know the word of God inside and out, and think hard to look towards the future.

We had enough status quo. There’s no understanding. There is no knowledge of the Word of God. And instead of encouraging people to think on their feet (once grounded in the Word of God), the last thing we should be doing is to tell people not to use their minds that God has given them to use to the maximum. We are to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, with all of our minds, and with all of our strengths. Don’t ever leave any part of that out, and say only one thing is needed. Most of partial truths are worse than lies, and this happens to be right at the vicinity.

The legacy of Norman Vincent Peale

This is just one aspect of many cultic teachings that he has taught… unfortunately, he was even endorsed by Billy Graham, and the evangelical churches in the U.S. has continued to uncritically accept his heretical teachings throughout 20th century. Below is a quote from TrueDiscipleship website (accessed on 2022-09-28):

In 1984 Norman Vincent Peale was interviewed on the Phil Donahue program and said, “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine …I’ve been to Shinto shrines, and God is everywhere:” Shocked by this, Phil Donahue responded, “But you’re a Christian minister; you’re supposed to tell me that Christ is the way and the truth and the life, aren’t you?” Peale replied, “Christ is one of the ways. God is everywhere.” (Christian News, May 12, 1997, 11.) Would anyone who holds to Christ being there Lord deny him in such a blatant manner? This is beyond question a horrible statement that rejects Christ’s Lordship.  Donahue was shocked and rightly so, but the church was not. He received no backlash or correction for this. Peale was a universalist, believing that everyone is going to heaven as long as they believe in god, any god. That is not a Christian position.

Go sell your family short

Only care about your own hurt

Only be responsible for your own life

Be careless about your responsibility to your family

And be careless to those who were once close to you

Do whatever feels right to your own eyes

Follow your own pleasures

Go sell your family short

Put others between yourself and your own family

Blame the family for alienating you

Keep lying about how family treated you

Only recall the negative and forget the rest

Keep believing there is nothing wrong you’ve done

Don’t listen to your father

Don’t listen to your mother

Keep wasting your life

Keep yoking with pigs

And keep doing what comes easier for you

Rather than taking up the highest responsibility

Rather than doing the more important thing even if it’s difficult

Rather than doing the right thing even when it hurts

You’ve decided to listen to the devil

And do the worse thing because it hurts,

Because you don’t understand, and because you are a fool

May the wind of dust blow through all your life

May the locusts eat away decades of your life

May only tears fill your eyes with no end in sight

You have brought it to yourself

Because you decided not to forgive

Because you decided not to let go

That’s the very definition of hell

And you’ve decided to go there yourself

It’s never too late to turn to the right path

Forgive, and you will be forgiven

Repent, and you will be received

후회되는 일 한가지

내가 일에 전념했던 사이 첫째가 중학생이되고 곧 있으면 아이들이 크고 떠나면 같이 보내는 시간이 없어질 것 같은 위기감을 느껴서 매주말마다 하나씩 돌아가면서 일대일로 같이 나가서 점심 식사를 시작했었다. 그런데 몇 주안가 아내가 매주 왜 돈낭비를 하냐며 질타하기 시작했고 나는 그 소리가 듣기 싫어 아이들과의 일대일로 만나 대화하며 식사하는 것을 그만두었다. 아내도 마음 한편으로는 자신과 같이 나가지 않고 아이들과 나갈려는 남편에 대해 언짢게 생각하는 것도 있겠다 싶지만 아이들과는 고등학교 다닐 동안의 4년의 시간만 있었던 것… 물론 친구들도 만나고 그런 시간이 많겠지만 중학교때 주말에 돌아가면서 아빠와의 대화시간을 마련했다면 지금처럼 아이들이 다른 사람들로 부터 더 영향을 많이 받는 딸들이 되지 않고 아빠에게서 부터 더 많은 것을 배웠던 아이들로 성장했었을텐데 한는 마음이 앞선다. 사춘기시기라기보다는 조금 늦은 감이 있고 다들 성인이 되면서 부모들이 공통적으로 느끼는 부분도 있겠지만 나름 결정하는 것이며 삶의 방향을 잡고 있는 아이들을 보며 아쉬운 마음이 더 들고 스스로에게 화가 나기까지 한다. 아무튼 이런 것을 미리 알았더라면 아내의 말을 듣지 않고 아이들과의 시간을 더 중요하게 생각하고 더 많은 대화를 했었을텐데… 마음이 아리고 아프지만 아이들을 키우는 이 시대는 더 많은 지혜가 요구되는 시대이다. 부모의 은혜도 모르는 사람은 아직 사람이 아니다.

Credo & Religio

It’s really a bit of oddity to find a modern intellectual animosity against credo, or more commonly called doctrine in traditional Christianity. There is no real good reason for its animosity other than an irrational fear, or hatred for it. It’s a response of pathos than that of logos. Here is why. If credo defines the what of belief, and provides a map, and religio provides a relational context of the belief. Those raising the ire against are more often emphasizing the experiential while they themselves have not experienced it. They are also often not very social, so they’re in a constant longing for a deeper relationship. They have fallen into the trap of believing themselves to have grasped the mysteries, or lost the sense of mystery themselves, so there is no mystery to behold, nor the reverence. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s just like two romantic lovers who wake up to reality after the marriage to find the other person too human. The loss of wonder leads to the loss of the sense of worth they feel for the content. It’s too familiar to them, and often to their loss, they cross the threshold of illusion of having climbed the summit, when they have in fact fallen down the cliff. A leper does not feel not because there is nothing to feel, but because he has lost the ability to feel. They themselves have become the ossified representation of the credo, and what is manifested is a form of self-hatred to rail against others climbing the edifice of the divine, which is supposed to be the object of our worship, or reverence. The source of it begins with a heart that has ossified to hold anything in reverence, or has become incapable of true worship.

고령자또는 노인에 대한 기준 및 비교

한국과 미국의 비교

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개인연금 (401k)59.5세 이상 (연금을 탈수 있음)
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Dash, en dash, and em dash

This is only for Windows. On macOS, you can just use Option+[dash] for en dash and Option+Shift+[dash] for em dash. On Linux, it may differ depending on what IME you use.

NameKey or Alt CodeExample
Dash or hyphendash key on the key boardThis is what-a-ma-call-it.
En dash0150In place of to as in 9–5.
Em dash0151Break up the sentence—if you know what I mean.

French press brewed coffee guide

After using Mr. Coffee brewing machine for a while, I decided to switch to a non-plastic based method for brewing coffee. The reason was simple: I don’t want my family to be drinking byproducts of plastic components (e.g. BPA) in their coffee. One or two day of use shouldn’t affect health, but using it over many years is a different story. So, I took out the old French press, which is all glass and decided to give it a go. Noting the procedure here after a little research, so I don’t forget it. This does make much stronger coffee, so adjust the amount of coffee to suit your needs.

  1. Prepare 60 ~ 65 grams of very coarse ground of coffee (little more than 3/4 cups of coffee), and 1 liter of water.
  2. Pour coffee grind into a clean (and dry) French press.
  3. Pour in the water as soon as it starts to boil into the press and stir thoroughly, but gently, at about 40 seconds.
  4. Close lid and wait 7 minutes.
  5. SLOWLY press down on the press. Do not agitate the coffee beans. They’ve been brewed completely by now, and no need to get the bitter parts into the final product.
  6. Enjoy.