Controversy of Faith

I’ve already shared some personal details here, like my health condition, but one big area of my life I was planning to hold back on is my beliefs. Nothing stirs up people more than agreeing or disagreeing with someone on a religious matter, and a business does best if it’s completely secular, right? Well, I don’t actually believe that for an instant, and it’s time to let my fears go and just be forthright.

I am a Christian.

I’m not perfect.

That’s the whole reason why this started in the first place. I’m still a work in progress, and that’s a core tenant of Christianity. It’s right out of the Bible in the book of Philippians, in fact: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (That’s the New Living Translation.)

Why was I scared to say this on the blog so far? Well, Christians have a couple reputations I wanted to avoid, some for good reasons and some not so good.

The first is that Christians are pushy. They tell you you’re going to hell, or that you should believe, or just tell you about God constantly. This isn’t actually a bad thing, btw. If I truly believe that God is who He says He is, it’d be the most uncaring and evil thing I could do to not tell others, since the consequences are so serious. But it is a dangerous thing in this world sometimes, since all of the baggage of other Christians and those who claim to be Christians come with that, including those who are pushy in evil ways, like Westboro Baptist Church or abortion clinic bombers. Those aren’t representative of true religion, true Christianity, but they are something we have to contend with. Well, I’m an introvert, so I won’t be pushy at all, but there’s that one out in the open.

Second, Christians are anti-science, right? Actually, that’s ridiculous. Science is the study of the physical universe. God is the creator of the physical universe. Science, therefore, is the study of what God has created. There’s absolutely nothing more compatible than science and Christianity, despite what you’ll hear screamed from all sides of every debate on either subject, but it does require a willingness to explore every possibility. Evolution, creationism, and everything else that people will use to divide religion and science must be reconciled, which is best done by having a truly open mind to the possibilities. That said, I’m not an expert, despite all the science jokes I’ll put here, so I’ll usually defer any actual arguments to the experts.

Third, Christians are cheesy. This is hard to escape. Creating a t-shirt design with a Christian joke is exceptionally difficult because all the jokes are just so cheesy. That’s ok, though. I tell plenty of bad jokes. I can tell some bad jokes that talk about Jesus instead of llamas.

On that note, I’m going to begin incorporating a new line of designs into Still In Beta. I’ve been calling it Proskuneo, which is a Greek word usually translated as devotion or worship. You can see the designs that fit into it at shop.spreadshirt.com/proskuneo, and I’ll try and include them into my main store soon as well.

I’ll also have another big announcement coming soon, so keep your eyes on the blog, and you can follow me on any of my social media platforms to be alerted!

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Fantasy Worlds

I’m halfway through re-reading the fantastic book Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson right now. Yes, I regularly read books again, sometimes dozens of times eventually. Good books are worth it. This world Sanderson has created in particular is so alien and yet so real that it’s particularly engrossing despite how incredibly long the book is. Hundreds of thousands of words (479,080 to be exact). According to the internet, the average reader needs almost 32 hours of reading time to finish it, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t take me quite that long. If you’re into fantasy, check out the first book in the series, The Way of Kings, or his incredible Mistborn series first if you’d prefer a less wordy start. 

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Time for a change

275.5

There were plenty of points before that when I knew I needed to change, and times when I tried. My weight. It’s fluctuated a lot, and this isn’t the heaviest I’ve ever been, but it’s time to see it go down for good.

275.5 is a lot of weight for one man to carry around. The number of problems that come with it are even worse. So I’m planning and beginning a change.

Many of you know some of my story, and that the health issues I have and haven’t talked about here make it difficult to exercise, but I’m planning to make sure I get on my exercise bike at least 5 minutes, 5 days a week. That might not sound like a serious workout, but it’s a lot more work for me than it would be for someone without my issues.

I’m also letting go of sugar and wheat. Those are hard to give up for me, although I don’t eat handfuls of candy or anything like that, but nonetheless it’s a non-trivial improvement.

And then to help give me a boost, I’ve ordered the Slique oil and tea from Young Living. The Ocotea and other components help make fatty acids ready to be processed out of the body, so hopefully they give me a boost in clearing out my backlog of fat.

I’ll check in here regularly, hopefully posting a bit more than I have been! This is the time. I won’t give up until this weight is gone.

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