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1 Corinthians 1:17-31

this subsection quoted from the Bible

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

That no flesh should glory in his presence.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

No Power

this subsection written by me

You may have failed in life and have no power, like me, but you can still save us all, while being perfectly peaceful, unknown, and perfectly safe.

You can accept reality, follow all laws, risk nothing monetarily or your personal safety, with no money or power, be a threat to no person or group, and your contribution left entirely unknown, without needing any followers or to convince anyone of anything and still truly revolutionize the world.

We all know the world is going in a bad direction, and we fight war after war and start revolution after revolution, trying every solution we can think of, and things have just gotten successfully worse, in every measurable way, from every point of view. What if we are going about it all wrong? Consider the enemy is really us. People are the problem, but specifically we are our own problems.

We see that things are wrong, because we are blindless followers and not in control, but our real problem is that we are in full control. We need to give up control to God. It is not that we need to avoid following, but just that we need a better leader. God is our true, best, and most natural Leader. He will save us from ourselves, if we choose to accept His help.

The evil within is the ultimate battle. If you can defeat the evil within, and achieve full self mastery and control, you have one the war. But we need to understand that we cannot do this on our own and need direct divine intervention. The good news is that God cares about us and intervenes constantly. He only wants us to ask, as He wants us to control our own fate and make our own decisions. Luckily God is all powerful, perfectly good, and merciful.

What we need to start this journey is the forgiveness of our sins. We need a miracle and that is convince us, to submit ourselves to God's will. All human plans have failed. We need to follow God's plan now, everyday and constantly.

Complete Failure

this subsection written by me

I started my website, after my complete failure in college and the military, ending my tour in the military early and failing out of college. At the time, I was studying Chinese Literature, for my Business Management Major breadth requirement and I learned about Confucianism and Taoism. I was inspired by reading Chuang Tzu, to write poetry, which I put online, to share with one of my uncles.

Along the way, I tried again, at college, as a Journalism major and that summer, and, when I was making up credits, I took an Existentialism course. As I later found out, I had been mentally ill for several years, in addition to my chronic allergic pink eye. I used ideas from Philosophical Taoism and Christian Existentialism to help me deal with my personal crisis: trying to figure out how to manage my Paranoid Schizophrenia.

Most Important Jobs

this subsection written by me

Many people feel that they are just a cog in the machine and their jobs and roles in society are boring and unimportant. Nothing could be further from the truth. The things we as a society don't value are the most important of all. A modern society could function, without some of the leaders and specialists, but not without the cleaning, transportation, waste and pest management, and various other types of maintenance.

The "dirtiest" jobs are the most important. What is the biggest difference between modern and premodern life? It is modern plumbing, trash removal, and chemicals that make it easier to be clean and pest free. If you want to stay healthy, you have to take care of your body and mind. The same goes with any housing, factory, office, road, or plot of land. Even though you may not have time, to do more for others in your free time, you are already doing a helping job, like nurses, school teachers, and social workers.

We can all find significance spiritually, because God is concerned with every one of us, as individuals, regardless of whatever we have done or what place we find ourselves in, geographically, socially, and financially. He knows everything about every one, but He uses it to help us, and free us, not force us to conform or scam us. God cares about who you are, not what you have done, or your place in society.

God cares about stuffed toys and animals, just like He does people.

Rich and Famous

this subsection written by me

Most people want to be rich, famous, and young and believe that they need to take a lot of risks, to have a happy life. When I joined the military, I took on many risks, but it was not fun: I did have a lot of adrenaline going, but it was all very scary.

Right now, I feel similarly, although in an entirely different situation (because of having Paranoid Schizophrenia). It is not fun either. When you have a high, you have an equally low level of depression afterwards. On anti-psychotic medication, you have both happening, at the same time.

Since then, I have I tried to live as low a risk life, as possible. Taking risks and going on wild adventures is not as fun, as you may think. Living what most call a boring life is really quite a blessing. I am also much happier being older and learning certain things about myself and the world, than I was when I was younger.

I found that I am in a very good situation, where I live in both United States and in the northwest corner of it. I already "won the lottery". Even if you were born in America, and were in the luckiest 5%, you would have a real hard time finding a job in this state, as the job market is extremely brutal and unforgiving.

There are some many interesting parts of the world, but I would never want to live there. There are many more poisonous, aggressive, and larger pests there. Furthermore, there is even less concern for the environment and it is often very hot there.

The best of the interesting parts of the world can be experienced in literature, which I can get in English very cheaply and easily. It also is now very unsafe for Americans overseas, especially in the touristy areas.

Slaves to Technology

this subsection written by me

Technology is designed to liberate us, but it actually makes us slaves. We see our society as us vs. them. We see the struggle as material and we see it as outward. We can't seem to accept that technology is really neither good nor evil, but just gives us more power. Why does technology become mandatory and we end up serving it?

It is because we make technology an idol. We are merely projecting our internal battle onto the development of technology. What would an artificial intelligence think of us? We think of computers as being objective, so what would they make of our situation? Computers would likely see us as the problem.

If we have self control, why do we let computers pull us in and keep us dependent upon them. We talk about society forcing us to serve machines, but we never consider that we never struggle against, it in ways that we do have control over. Are we really addicted to how we use computers at work or are we addicted to them for entertainment or distraction?

We may not be able to be free from technology, or be able to tru;y live off the grid and be independent of others' choices, but it is our choices that have the most control over our lives. What is bigger than corporations, the government, or our pride? - the Lord Jesus Christ.

God is always bigger than any of our problems. The solution to our sins always begins with prayer. Make time for God and He will make time for you. Seek God and He will answer you. Trust God and He will help you overcome.

Obeying laws and contributing to society is not weakness. We all think that, if we had the power, that we would fix everything. Submitting to authority and following rules is a good thing. Certainly there is evil in society, as we are governed by other people, but it does not fix it to put someone else in charge.

Our biggest problems in life are not caused by society, but by our own bad decisions. Society and the physical world are illusions and its concerns are misdirects. We are being distracted, to fight and struggle against each other, rather than with the evil within.

Alternatives to Reason

this subsection written by me

Our society ingrains deeply in us, from a very young age, to never question fact or reason. We see being "irrational" as a negative. It is not that we should reject reason, but that we should broaden our view of the world, like the rest of the world does today and the entire world, throughout the vast majority of history. Facts will never answer our most important questions or help us find solutions to our worst problems.

There are many other ways to decide what is true or right than just facts. We learn from world religions and philosophy that many other things (faith, tradition, scripture, prophecy, history, fate, theology, prayer, worship, charity, volunteer service, religious laws, forgiveness, free choice, intuition, common sense, life experiences, divine intervention, mystical experience, meditation, and similar methods of inquiry) can provide us with better answers, than just reasoning with facts alone.

What is Faith?

this subsection written by me

Faith is not about understanding; it's about a choice. You will never fully understand God, because He is infinite. We are not asked to fully understand God, to believe. The decision to believe, by definition, has to be in absence of full understanding.

If you try to fully understand God, before you choose to believe, not only will you never make that decision, but you will also never provide complete "proof" for your belief. But we make most decisions without full knowledge, explaining everything about the situation or topic. It is perfectly natural, to not fully understand and that is what faith is about.

Paraphrase from Discovery Channel Documentary

If everyone is crazy but you, you should take a long look in the mirror. -- paraphrased from the Manhunt: Unabomber series on Discovery Channel

What Should You Do?

this subsection written by me

Do not believe what I say, just because I say it. I am mentally ill. Consider the ideas yourself. Do they make sense to you? There are undoubtably errors in my thinking. In any discussion about opinions, you should agree with some things and not with others. I do not want any followers. My ideas make sense to me, because they are not my own.

Anyone who has studied Asian philosophy and religion know that these ideas go back further than the time of the Buddha, Lao Tzu, or Confucius. the same is true with Plato and Aristotle. There are no new ideas in philosophy. There will be none, in the next few hundred years. What is different is the combinations.

Existentialism has some similarities with Taoism, but I have not read any books uniting the two schools, before I started my writing. I have combined these two schools, to create my own unique combination. The big similarities are paradox or non-dualism and humility.

Some of the greatest philosophers united major schools of philosophy. Some examples were: Bodhidharama, Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas, Kabir and Nanak, and Hegel and Sartre. Existentialism is not ancient, as it comes from the 19th and 20th centuries, but the ideas come from the Apostle Paul's writings, and the ideas are timeless and classic.

Popular Misconception of Nietzsche

this subsection written by me

Look what happened to Nietzsche. He is often decribed as an Existentialist, but there is much more to his philosophy. Nietsche was an independent thinker, much as Kierkegaard was (and they desired to read each others works). He wanted people to not be weak in their exercise of free will, to stand up for themselves, and not just blindly follow leaders. He wanted strong people, not strong leaders.

Nietzsche was a fan of the philosophical and artistic ideas of ancient Greek paganism. He based his ideas on the Greek philosophers, before Socrates (these Pre-Socratic works only exist in incomplete fragments). He wrote many books, one about aesthetics (The Birth of Tradgedy) and composed a volume of poetry (in The Gay Science - no he was not gay). He had some original ideas on the afterlife (eternal return).

Nietzsche did not like Germany (or German Culture) or Christianity (or the New Testament). He was a fan of the Eskimos (north men) and the Old Testament. He was a big critique of Nationalism and Fascism (or faith used to promote politics). He was an anti-Christian, because he believed that the traditional Church ideas about following the government ("God and country") and New Testament ideas like forgiveness promoted the idea of a "slave race".

Nietzsche was a "positive nihilist" - he believed life had no meaning, but this did not discourage him from enjoying life (like Camus). He also served as an inspiration for Postmodernism and the deconstruction of opposing ideas, like modern religious values (The Antichrist and Thus Spoke Zarathustra).

He died of syphillus and his sister was a NAZI (and inherited the copyright for his work). She heavily edited one of his unfinished writings (The Will to Power), to reflect Hitler's views. And Nietzsche gets blamed. Heidegger was a National Socialist (although not a fan of Hitler) and Hegel helped inspire communism, but you never hear that used against them. This is the context I am writing under.

What I Believe

First and foremost, I believe the Bible (and Murphys laws), but doubt everything else. Consider reading the Bible, to see if my ideas fit into your understanding of your Biblical worldview. If you don't respect the Bible, try to find the parts of my writing that reaffirm what you already believe.

I am not hear to change your mind, but to re-enforce what you already believe. Too many people think they are the only ones that are right. If my ideas are right, they likely come from somewhere else. So what is different about my philosophy is that I admit my ideas not unique.

1 Corinthians: 2

this subsection quoted from the Bible

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

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Confused about the world today? Want a simple, direct, and clear explanation? Read my books. My writing is like poetry meets encyclopedia. You will find nothing like this online or in print. All of this writing is available at no cost. I have a steady income and a lot of time, as well as an unusual perspective. This website network and these books are my way of trying to make the world a better place.

There are a lot of other (non-fiction) things I write about, as well, like what it is like to have Schizophrenia, secrets to my website design, and a completely different political and religious point of view. My point of view is partially based on my experience enlisted in the military and later living with Schizophrenia for over 15 years. It is also heavily influenced by my decades long (and continuing) study of world religions and world history (after ancient history and before modern times).

I follow my theories with practical advice and do what I recommend others do. You can make the world a better place. Just remember to think for yourself (this is what studying philosophy should teach you). Learn from my writings and experience, but come to your own conclusions. I am likely wrong on a lot of things, as are even the greatest thinkers, throughout history. I write what I believe, but you need to make your own choices, based on your own experience and your own understanding of yourself and the world.

I teach the exact opposite of the medieval philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. Instead of understanding God, to the limits of reason and then using faith, to reach beyond that, I believe that faith is the primary means with which we should understand God and the use of reason, to explain the Bible and God, is a secondary and subordinate pursuit. It is dangerous, to base your faith on reason, because someone could then change your mind, just because they are better at arguing.

One of the things people often assume is that arguments are all based on reason, and to understand how I explain things, it is important to understand that I am not trying to be rational. I do not believe that you will change your views, even if I was able to form a superior reasonable argument for it. The basis for my faith is not rational either. If you think pursuing truth without using reason is nonsense, then you probably won't agree with what I have to say. Yes, I actually believe that and yes I do see some humor in that as well.

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Opening Thoughts

Exactly the same but completely different. Slightly worse, but many times better.

For those things we know are true, but we thought were impossible to put into words. Always be kind and work hard. Learn as much as possible and be creative in solving problems. Over all, in making important and morally significant decisions, think long term. The best you can do in life is follow your conscience.

On Certainty in Life

I am sure about everything everyone else doesn't understand, but I am confused about everything everyone else is certain of. Everything you have seen and heard is wrong. What we were taught was true in school is irrelevant. The things we think are really important are very unimportant and the things that we think aren't very important are the most important of all.

About Me

I am a former soldier (army) and have been living independently with Schizophrenia for over 15 years. I live in Eugene, Oregon (United States) I have spent much of this time writing a number of books on various non-fiction topics based on my experiences, what I have read, and the insights I have had over the last (almost) 20 years.

I have also designed these Benjamin-Newton websites from scratch, with all my own code and graphics and updated them daily for that entire time, as well. I code directly to CSS in a text editor and avoid anything that slows the site down or causes unnecessary security problems.

Want to Think Critically?

I am a Christian cynic and pessimist in that I believe in everything in the Bible, but nothing else except Murphy's Law (anything that can go wrong will). I consider this positive, because when anything goes well in any aspect of my working with other people doing their jobs, I am pleasantly surprised.

Explore my website and learn to think critically about everything (history, religion, psychology, ethics, design, technology, and disaster survival). Be sure to be critical of everything you read, including my ideas.

Beyond Reason and Facts

When making decisions, expand your worldview and use your heart and soul, as well as your intellect. Think critically, but do not limit yourself to just the rational and the empirical. Use all the other methods of discovery, that come from the major world belief systems.

Decide what is true based on: your conscience (as determined by your faith, scripture, tradition, prophecy, paradox, intuition, history, and feelings) what you have experienced (in your relationship with God by worship, ritual, prayer, mystical experience, visions, and divine healing), and the practice of your faith (in the way you express your loyalty and respect for God by a code of conduct/ethics, fasting, living a life of poverty, taking vows of silence and/or chastity). This will lead you to ask tougher questions and make more difficult decisions, with your now bigger understanding of reality, but it will also bring greater peace and purpose to your life.

Philosophy Inspired Solutions to World Problems

Some people work too hard and need to rest, while others are lazy and need to work harder. How do you determine which problem is yours? It is usually the opposite of what you think. Ask people who know you well, and be prepared for a surprise response.

The following are examples, of the kinds of practical things you can do, to reduce suffering in the world, in things you have control over.

Economically Based
  • Make Ethical Decisions in the Products We Buy
  • Find Creative Way to Reduce Our Expenses
  • Get Supplies and Training to Survive Disasters
  • Promote Internet Usage to Empower Individuals
  • Give Away Free Content to Support Alternate Opinions
Socially Based
  • Network to Expand Our Circles of Influence
  • Form Relationships with Our Neighbors
  • Encourage Others
  • Stay Positive and Increase Our Positive Influences
  • Avoid Mainstream Assumptions
Spiritually Based
  • Pray for God's Will to Be Done
  • Improve a Specific Animal's Life
  • Increase Our Understanding of the World
  • Raise Our Kids to Be Good Citizens
  • Take Time to Relax

Philosophical Influences

  • Apostle Paul
  • Apostle John
  • Prophet Jeremiah
  • Prophet Nehemiah
  • Prophet Elijah
  • King Solomon
  • King David
  • Chuang Tzu
  • Hsun Tzu
  • Bodhidharma
  • Dogen
  • Han Shan
  • Li Po
  • Tu Fu
Other Asian and African
  • Al-Ghazzali
  • Hafiz
  • Kabir
  • Kebra Nagast
  • Archbishop Desmund Tutu
  • Kierkegaard
  • Camus
  • Viktor Frankl
  • Tolstoy
  • Dostoevsky
  • Nietzsche
Renaissance and Enlightenment
  • Meister Eckhart
  • Erasmus
  • Montaigne
  • Berkeley
  • Locke
  • Spinoza

Why am I so Critical of the Church and Christians?

You cannot change other people's minds, but you can change your own mind. We can defend our theology and dismiss unbelievers as being intellectually lazy and/or in rebellion against God, and likely be entirely correct. The things is if we choose to do anything necessary, to bring about faith in Christ, we can re-examine our cultural interpretations of Scripture and its application to our lives and society.

Not only can we make Christianity more appealing, to those who are seeking God, but at the same time need not compromise any core theology, related to salvation, in order to do so. If we change the way we approach politics and society, without changing our core beliefs, is this not a success in evangelism?

Society is now going through a major technology revolution that is as profound and far reaching as the agricultural revolution was. Every institution and industry has, is now, or will be transformed into a different form, if it even survives. The Church will survive and thrive, but it would help grow the Church, if we can find things that we can change, while still holding to our Biblical faith.

The Bible is definitely not wrong and our theology has been preserved, at great cost in the major divisions of the church, but people can and are often wrong. There are also many ways to implement theology and express our faith and when we have such major cultural and technological changes, it is appropriate to adjust things like liturgy and political stances.

What we have today works for many people and we will have to fight very hard, for maybe only a small increase in numbers, but isn't the salvation of any one person worth changing how we think about non-critical aspects of theology and the Bible?

The many things that seem so odd to modern day people about the society in the Bible are almost all culturally adapted expressions of the same theology that we hold today. Being culturally relevant was important enough for God to build the entire Old Testament around the ancient Middle Eastern ways of thinking and social conventions, so it must still be equally important today.


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