Thursday, April 21, 2011

Would you pluck out your eye?

In the passage in Matthew 5:29 and Mark 9:47 "If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter the kingdom of Heaven with one eye than to be cast with two eyes into Hell."

This should not be too surprising if we look at it in the proper context. If I am righteous, I want to convince everyone around me of my goodness and my good intentions. Therefore, If I want to convince someone of my goodness, I might say "I am so righteous, I would never look at a prostitute. It was my eye that looked. I couldn't help it."

Someone might also say "I would never steal. It was this cursed hand of mine that stole." ... and so on. This would make me look better. I am a good person, and I can't help it if my body members sin.

And there is reference that parts of your body to not communicate with the self. In Matthew 6:3, Jesus says "do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing." It is thoughts like this that would lead someone to say "I don't know why my hand is sinning. I am good, but my hand is sinning."

We all know for sure that we can control our hands and eyes. They are all controlled by our brains for conscious actions, and by our reflexes for reflex actions. So, Jesus is only saying that you should get rid of the body parts that you cannot control.

In other words, take responsibility for your actions.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baking joke

Bakers may make a lot of dough, but cooks have a celery.

Monday, April 18, 2011

3DS technology

I saw how the 3DS technology projects left screen and right screen to the different eyes. It is really very simple to demonstrate. You put on a 3D display, cover the touch screen and shine the upper display (in 3D mode) against a surface in a dark place. I have a picture of what it looks like.

You can see the rays of light forming on the top half of the picture. These are left eye / right eye projections from the 3D display. You can also see that if you hold the display too close, the left/right images will be blended. If you hold the diplay too far away, then one of the eyes will fall into one of the dark bands. If you tilt the 3DS left or right, then the left and right displays will hit the opposite eyes.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

God's name

Do you know God's name? The Jewish wisdom is that God's name cannot be pronounced. It is shown in English as YHWH. This has been interpreted as Yeshewa, Yahweh, and Jehovah. However, it is more proper to leave it as an unpronounceable word.

In 2008 the United States Catholic Bishops decided that, out of reverence of the greatness of God, that Yahweh will not be used during liturgy.

Moses did not want to go into Egypt and knew full well that God's name could not be pronounced. That is part of the reason he asked "who shall I say sent me?"

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Running 5k

Just ran another 5k (last one was April 8 in 28:37). Ran today's 5k in 28:38. That is smokin' for me.

I also ran 3 miles (left off the other .1) on April 9 in 26:48.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Running again

Ran another 5k. Kids on bikes had trouble keeping up. However, it was still slow IMHO. 29:10. Really nice day for it, though.