Crying Man

Is Eternal Punishment Unjust?

A couple of weeks ago, I was discussing with a friend a story I wrote and in the course of it, we began talking about God’s justice. Some questions coming out of the conversation troubled me. I kept repeating them in my head, trying to think of how I would answer them.

There were two questions: ‘How can God condemn me if it is inevitable that those born into this world will sin, and I have no choice in the matter as to whether I am born or not?’ and ‘How can God be just if he sentences people to eternal punishment for crimes they commit in just a single lifetime?’ In other words, how can anything we do in a finite time warrant an eternity of punishment?

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What's the point of Christianity?

The responses to my previous post gave me a lot to think about. There were a number of points that I’d like to respond to, but I can see why people disagreed with my argument—I failed to explain why it matters so much if Jesus was God or not. I would like to explain a few things that might help clear up some of the misunderstanding. It comes down to what I see as the central point of Christianity.

If Christianity is about doing good so that God will let you into heaven, then no, it doesn’t matter so much in the end if it’s all true or not. If it’s not true then you’ve still lived a good life and been a good person. But Christianity is not about doing good to get to heaven. Jesus did not come to earth to give us a collection of moral guidelines. Christianity is not even about being nice to each other. Let me explain why…

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On the incarnation

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Faith (the noun, not the vampire slayer)

I’ve decided I should either use this journal or get rid of it. For the moment I will try using it, although composing this post took far longer than it should have. But first, a word of warning…

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Here endeth the rant.

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Finally

My web host has reappeared again inexplicably. I’ve been waiting for many days now to upload the new-look website. It’s up now, so you can take a look at it at http://flatface.net/~aoh. Feedback, any feedback at all, would be most welcome.

I’m rather proud of the random quote generator for the front page (it picks a quote at random every time you refresh the page). And check out the javascripty goodness on the poetry pages. There’s also a new section where I’ve posted some papers from my PhD. This is really just so that if my web host disappears again, I have some sort of excuse for putting it on a university server.

P.S. The site is best viewed in Firefox (or anything that’s not Internet Explorer really).

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Top Five Beatles Songs

Apparently ‘A Day In The Life’ from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hears Club Band has been named the best British song of all time.

My immediate thought on reading this was “that song would definitely be in my top five Beatles songs of all time, but probably wouldn’t be number one.” So here are my top five Beatles songs:

  1. Across the Universe
  2. Eleanor Rigby
  3. I am the Walrus
  4. A Day in the Life
  5. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite

‘Piggies’ from the white album would also rate an honourable mention. I'd love to hear other people’s personal top fives.

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Lapsang Souchong

Since I don’t mind the taste of Russian Caravan tea, I thought I might try, Lapsang Souchong. Quite frankly it was disgusting. I sipped it twice and immediately decided that there was no way I could drink any more. I immediately tipped it out and made myself a cup of coffee to try and get rid of the awful aftertaste. I can only assume that I tried a “low-quality” lapsang souchong, as it did indeed taste like cigarette ashes (see the wikipedia article).

If you like tea, I don't recommend this one… not the Twinings variety anyway.

None of this would have happened if the university supermarket wasn’t always completely sold out of Earl Grey. Why is it never there when I want to buy tea? Even Lady Grey would do.