azurechanel asked: I'm working on a paper about calling, and I'm curious as to how you define calling and how your upbringing/experiences/what-have-you have affected your mindset about the concept of calling :]
I think calling is multi-faceted. In a way, all Christians are called because we are all called to be witnesses of God to world and agents of change through the kingdom of God by the Holy Spirit.
Then I think God gifts people with individual gifts with which they can serve the kingdom most affectively. They are, then, called to do the thing that God uniquely blessed and gifted them to do. A preacher has communication gifts. An artist has artistic gifts. A farmer has agricultural gifts. Each serve the kingdom most effectively in different ways.
Then I think there’s a subjective aspect of calling where God speaks to your spirit and reaffirms your gifts in a more specific area. For example, I feel called to pastoral ministry. I first realized this calling at a conference in 2011. There’s nothing else I can say to “prove” this calling other than subjective feeling I had that God was leading me to do so. That doesn’t make it any less valid, of course! It’s just what it is: subjective.
The church I grew up mainly focused on the last one, without explaining the other two. Therefore, there was no other criteria for calling other than someone’s word. And while I don’t want to make someone’s word invalid, I think there has to be some gifts (or at least potential and passion) to back up the claim.
So those are my thoughts!
Apparently this is "The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken."
why isnt everyone getting so excited about this, it is literally another planet look at how beautiful it is stop what your doing and look at how alien like this planet is what is living there oh my god mercury
This is so cool! Mercury looks like the moon except there’s a massive party going on
Mercury is like a Diamond Moon.
Wait but isn’t this the thing where it’s the bottom of frying pans or something
Here’s the thing about Christians and evolution. If you say that humanity is only unique and special if God formed them spontaneously out of nothing and not through natural processes (evolution), then you’re saying that every human since Adam and Eve hasn’t been unique and special. Because actually no human is spontaneously made and every human is made through natural processes, i.e. the process of reproduction.
What’s the difference between God using the process of evolution and the process of a sperm meeting an egg? Even Jesus was created through natural processes (with supernatural intervention of course). Evolution doesn’t mean secular humanist nor does it mean random chance. And humanity didn’t have to be created spontaneously out of nothing to be special. Or else, only two people in history have been so.
"Why are our eyes on the front and not the back? So we can see forward, not backward."