Sunday, June 23, 2013

Robot Buddha Theology

Just watched a fabulous indie movie on Netflix, Doomsday Book, second part.
It's about a Robot who achieves Nirvana and becomes The Buddha.
A technician from the manufacturer is called out to check to see if it's functional, and it is. He's greatly troubled and files his report up the chain, but none of the other managers are, because they don't understand the implications.
Then a woman comes to the door asking him to fix her robotic dog. She smokes, screams, acts like a toddler, and when he doesn't fix it perfectly she throws it in the garbage and forgets about it.
The CEO of the company comes out to the monks and tries to explain what the problem is: the machine, which has been created to be their servant, has become their master. In a wonderful twist, he's bound to a motorized wheelchair because of his age. He gives it up and accepts a cane, but that's still a tool which has changed him.
The robot has no passions. It has no desires. No compunctions. It is not bound to do anything. It has literally achieved what those monks wished they had. The CEO must terminate it, it has undermined all of what it means to be human, and the monks don't realize it. Then in a tense scene the technician throws himself in front of the robot to save it's life, but it says that it will shut down, it's causing conflict that keeps men from nirvana. He lectures them that men are born into Nirvana and then forget what they had, then turns off.
That's what the woman was about. She was a full grown baby who had gone most of the way there, in being able to forget about her situation, and flaunt the rules.
The technician returns home and realizes that the simplest machines have zen. He repairs the robot dog because it is also the Buddha.

How far this is from the Biblical account!
Babies are born needy, sinful, selfish, and demanding. I know. The robot is free of passions, but this is why it's useless, and far from God.
Our passions and needs, our weaknesses are given to us for their fulfillment. We feel thirst that God may satisfy it with water. We feel tired that God may give us sleep. We are fallen that we may receive from Him grace. Our wants and desires are the occasion for developing a thankful heart, which is what God wants out of us. We feel the brokenness of this world and it's failure so that we may long for heaven, so that we may receive it and be thankful.
And humans have a worth born out of being created in God's image and redeemed by the blood of the savior which far transcends the value of a machine programmed to feel needs. We are intrinsically valuable because we were so made.
Great movie, terrible implications. Great for getting you to think, even if it's about bad theology.

Catholicisms problem with Cain

I was listening to EWTN radio, Father Trujilo and Ken Brigente on Web of Faith. The caller asked why was Cain's sacrifice rejected while Abel's was accepted. It seems like God is cruel to play favorites.
Well this was particularly good, since they answered that Cain gave the worst of his produce while Abel gave the best of his flock. Both of them, I was told, were shephards and both tended to the plants, but Cain brought the spoiled portions thinking they were just going to be burned, while Abel brought the best of it and dedicated that to God.
What a delightfully Catholic answer. "How may I be right before God by doing, since Cain proves it's possible to do and yet do wrong?" Well sir, Cain didn't do enough work! He didn't offer it the right way, with the right items! More works! More pennance, more humility is in order! Do more, work more, earn more!

Look what Hebrews 12 says however, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh."
And 1 John 3:11-12 says "For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, [who] was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous."
And if there was any remaining doubt that faith was in view Jude 1:11 testifies that the false teachers who do not believe have gone the way of Cain.

Why did Cain kill Abel? Because he was evil. Why was his sacrifice not accepted? Because he didn't do it by faith. He didn't believe he did anything wrong, or was a broken man. He didn't believe in his fallenness. He didn't believe in the promise of the redeemer, who would come from the seed of the woman. He didn't see a need to sacrifice. That's why he was not accepted.
By faith.

But the Catholic can't live by faith. Because he lives by works. And thus he dies by works, like Cain, who becomes a sympathetic figure.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Common Transpositions

Abide (Romans 11:23)
Abides (John 8:33-36, 15:4-6)
Abode (John 8:44)
Accepts (Job 34:18-19)
Allowed them (Acts 16:6-7)
Ask (John 4:2)
Asked (Romans 10:20)
Avenge (Romans 12:19)
Be (Proverbs 3:7, Matthew 7:1-2, John 20:27-29, Romans 11:20, 12:2, 16, 21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:10, Ephesians 5:6-7, 1 Timothy 6:1, 2 Timothy 1:8, 11-12, Hebrews 13:2)
Bear (Romans 11:18)
Bears (John 15:1-2, Romans 13:4)
Being (Romans 4:19, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Believed (Psalm 78:21b-22, John 3:12, 10:25-27, 12:37-38, Acts 17:4-9, 1 Corinthians 14:24, 26, 2 Corinthians 4:4b, Jude 1:5)
Boast (Romans 11:18)
Born (John 1:12-13)
Brings (Matthew 3:10b, Matthew 7:19)
Commends us (1 Corinthians 8:8)
Condemns (Romans 14:22)
Considered (Romans 4:19)
Continues (Galatians 3:10)
Curse (Romans 12:14)
Delight (Isaiah 65:11-15)
Desire (Job 21:14-15)
Destroy (Romans 14:20)
Destroy it (Isaiah 65:8)
Destroy (Romans 14:15)
Do (2 Kings 7:9)
Eat (Romans 14:3, 6, 1 Corinthians 8:8)
Enter (Psalms 143:2)
Enters (Mark 7:18-23)
Esau (Malachi 1:2-3)
Fades (1 Peter 1:3-7)
Faint (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
Faints (Isaiah 40:28)
Faith (Galatians 6:9)
Fear (Isaiah 35:4)
Forget (Hebrews 13:15-16)
Forgive (Matthew 18:33-35)
Found (Acts 17:5-9)
Followed (Romans 9:30)
Forsake (Psalm 138:8)
Glorified Him (Romans 1:21)
God (Luke 18:1-7)
Had (Romans 7:7)
Has (James 2:17)
Have (Romans 2:13, 14, 8:9, 12:4, 1 Corinthians 15:34, James 4:2)
He (Proverbs 24:12)
He who ponders the heart (Proverbs 24:12)
Hear (Psalm 135:15-18, Jeremiah 5:21-23)
Him (1 Peter 1:8)
Himself (Luke 12:47-48)
Him who girds on his armor (1 Kings 20:11)
Know (Ecclesiastes 11:5, Jeremiah 7:9-10, 16:11, 13 Luke 12:47-48, 13:26-27, 23:34, Romans 8:26, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8, 1 John 2:20-21)
Know you (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Let (Matthew: 2-6, John 14:27, Romans 14:3, 16, 2 Corinthians 4:18)
(Romans 9:1, Colossians 3:9-10, 1 Timothy 2:7)
Look (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Made (Isaiah 29:16)
Make (Jeremiah 5:7a, 10-11)
Makes (Romans 5:5)
Mind (Romans 12:16)
Need (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10)
Obey (2 Thessalonians 1:7b-8, 1 Peter 4:17)
Only (Romans 4:12)
Perceive (Isaiah 6:9-10)
Pleased (Romans 15:3)
Pray (John 17:9, 15)
Prepared (Luke 12:47-48)
Received (1 Corinthians 2:10-12, 14)
Regard (Romans 14:6)
Retain (Micah 7:18)
Say (Proverbs 20:22, Romans 10:6)
See (Psalm 135:15-18, Isaiah 44:9, 16-20, Jeremiah 5:21-23, John 9:39-41)
Seek (Luke 12:29-31)
Sees Him (John 14:16-17)
Sin (1 Kings 8:46, 1 Corinthians 15:34)
Spared (Romans 8:32, 11:21, 2 peter 2:4-7, 9-10)
Speak (Psalm 135:15-18, James 4:11-12)
Spin (Luke 12:27-28)
Sought it (Romans 9:32)
Sought me (Romans 10:20)
Takes (Matthew 10:38)
Then (Romans 14:16)
Therefore (Romans 14:13)
Think (Esther 4:13-14, Matthew 3L9-10, 5:17-18)
This (Zechariah 3:1-4, Deuteronomy 32:34)
This ointment (John 12:4-6)
To (Romans 12:3)
Toil (Luke 12:27-28)
Touch (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
Trusted (Psalm 78:21b-22)
Understand (Isaiah 6:9-10)
Walk (Ephesians 4:17b-19)
Walked (Ezekiel 20:16-17) 
Want (Romans 7:19, 20, 11:25)
Works (Romans 3:5)
Would (Romans 7:16)
Wrestle (Ephesians 6:11-19)
You (Matthew 18:33-35)
You not (Romans 6:3, 16, Romans 7:1, 1 Corinthians 6:15, 19-20)

Also (1 Corinthians 13:12) Am (Isaiah 65:1, Luke 4:43b) Barnabas (Galatians 2:7c, 9c) Became (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) Count (Acts 20:22-24)
Do (Psalm 119:113)
Fight (1 Corinthians 9:26-27)
First (Romans 15:24)
Give (John 14:27)
(Genesis 17:4-8, Romans 9:13, 17, 15:20, 1 John 5:11b, 13)
Now (Romans 15:17, dialogue only, 16:17)
Only (1 Kings 19:14)
Said (Isaiah 6:1a, 5, John 6:65)
Say (Matthew 21:42-44) Shall (1 Corinthians 13:12) Therefore (1 Corinthians 9:26-27)
When (Romans 15:28, dialogue only)
Will (Genesis 17:18-21, 1 Kings 9:6-7, Psalm 101:4-5, Isaiah 45:9, 12, 48:11, 65:11-15, 8, Jeremiah 16:11,13, 31:37a, 33:14-16, Jeremiah 31:9b, Ezekiel 6:6-8, 36:26-27, Romans 9:9, 1 Corinthians 16:1-3) 


Romans Transpositions

Is and in me (Romans 1:15)
Are clearly seen and from the creation of the world, His eternal power and Godhead and being understood by the things and that are made (Romans 1:20)
One and another; their error and which (Romans 1:26)
Despise and you (Romans 2:2)
Circumcision and which is outward in the flesh (Romans 2:18)
You not and teach (Romans 2:21)
Then and what advantage (Romans 3:1)
Unrighteous and who takes vengeance (Romans 3:5)
More and abounded; yet and am I also (Romans 3:7)
Jews and Gentiles and that (Romans 3:9)
Both and that (Romans 3:9)
Is and there; be and no flesh (Romans 3:20)
Be and no flesh (Romans 3:20)
At this time and His righteousness (Romans 3:26)
The law and void (Romans 3:31)
Then and what shall we say; has found and as pertaining to the flesh (Romans 4:1)
The Scripture and says (Romans 4:3)
Is and the reward (Romans 4:4)
This blessedness then and come (Romans 4:9)
Then and reckoned (Romans 4:10)
Not and staggered (Romans 4:10)
Is and no law (Romans 4:15)
Only and to that; that and those (Romans 4:16)
Able and also (Romans 4:21)
For his sake alone and that it was imputed to him (Romans 4:24)
Also and we (Romans 5:2)
Glory in tribulations and  also (Romans 5:3)
Also and we (Romans 5:3)
For a righteous man and will one die (Romans 5:7)
We and shall (Romans 5:9)
When we were enemies and we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son (Romans 5:10)
Not as and the offense so also is; also and is; the grace of God and the gift by grace which is by one Man; Jesus Christ and has (Romans 5:15)
Not like it was by one that sinned and is the gift; is and the gift; the judgment was and by one; one and the (Romans 5:16)

Those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and shall (Romans 5:17)
Came upon all men and to condemnation; by the righteousness of One and the free gift (Romans 5:18)
That as sin has reigned to death and so (Romans 5:20, 21)
Might and grace (Romans 5:20)
Shall and also (Romans 6:5)
To sin and once (Romans 6:10)
Reckon and you also; be dead and indeed (Romans 6:11)
Therefore and let not sin; not and let (Romans 6:12)
The servants and you are (Romans 6:16)
Was delivered and you (Romans 6:17)
Had and you (Romans 6:21)
While her husband lives and she is married to another man (Romans 7:3)
I found and to bring death; to and death (Romans 7:10)
and then (Romans 7:13)
That which and I do not I understand; I and understand that which; understand and not; do and I (Romans 7:15)
Then and I do that which I would not (Romans 7:16)
In my flesh and No good thing; find and not; good thing and dwells (Romans 7:18)
of and this (Romans 7:24)
There is and now (Romans 8:1)
Neither and indeed (Romans 8:6)
You and through the Spirit (Romans 8:13)
Be and also (Romans 8:16)
Also and will (Romans 8:21)
See not then and do; see and not; with patience and wait (Romans 8:25)
Is and the mind of the spirit (Romans 8:27)
Shall we and then (Romans 8:31)
Christ and came (Romans 9:5)
When Rebecca and also (Romans 9:10)
Has and He (Romans 9:18)
Will say and then (Romans 9:19)
Of the same lump and to make (Romans 9:21)
Before and prepared (Romans 9:22)
From the Jews and only (Romans 9:25)
Says and also (Romans 9:25)
Will and they (Romans 9:26)
Will and the Lord; a short work and the Lord will make (Romans 9:28)
Them and witness (Romans 10:2)
Say and it (Romans 10:7)
With your mouth and the Lord Jesus (Romans 10:9)
Know and you not (Romans 11:2)
Is and it (Romans 11:6)
Then and say (Romans 11:19)
Behold and therefore (Romans 11:22)
Also and will (Romans 11:22)
Abide and still (Romans 11:23)
Were grafted and contrary to nature (Romans 11:24)
I not want and brethren (Romans 11:25)
You and in times past (Romans 11:30)
Have and they also now; your and mercy; also and may (Romans 11:31)
Of and both (Romans 11:33)
God has dealt to every man and the measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
Then and gifts (Romans 12:6)
One and to (Romans 12:10)
One and toward (Romans 12:16)
Mind and high (Romans 12:16)
Things and honest (Romans 12:17)
Whoever and therefore; receive for themselves and judgment (Romans 13:2)
Will and you; then and not be afraid of the power; praise and his (Romans 13:3)
Pay and you; pay taxes and also (Romans 13:6)
Render and therefore (Romans 13:7)
Now and it is (Romans 13:11)
Our salvation and is (Romans 13:12)
Let us and therefore (Romans 13:12)
Lusts and thereof (Romans 13:14)
Doubtful and disputations (Romans 14:1)
Him who is weak in the faith and receive (Romans 14:1)
Not eat and to the lord (Romans 14:6)
To the lord and he does not regard it (Romans 14:6)
Evil and spoken of (Romans 14:16)
Whether we live and therefore (Romans 14:8)
Both and of; dead and living (Romans 14:9)
Your brother and as nothing (Romans 14:10)
Judge this and rather; judge this how to not and man (Romans 14:13)
Now walk and you; With your food and for whom Christ died; longer walk and no; for and whom Christ died (Romans 14:15)
Evil and spoken of (Romans 14:16)
In these things and serves Christ (Romans 14:18)
Let us and therefore (Romans 14:19)
One and may edify (Romans 14:19)
For food and not destroy the work of God; indeed and are (Romans 14:20)
Neither and to (Romans 14:21)
Have and you (Romans 14:22)
Then and who are strong (Romans 15:1)
Ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and then (Romans 15:1)
We and through patience and comfort of the Scriptures (Romans 15:4)
Also and am; of to about (Romans 15:14)
That is given to me and of God (Romans 15:15)
I have and therefore (Romans 15:17)
That which I may glory through Jesus Christ and in those things which pertain to God (Romans 15:17)
To whom He was not spoken to and those (Romans 15:21)
Also and I have (Romans 15:22)
Having and no longer (Romans 15:23)
Somewhat and enjoy your company (Romans 15:24)
Truly and and; their debtors and they are (Romans 15:27)
By you and to Spain (Romans 15:28)
When and therefore (Romans 15:28)
Who do not believe and in Judea (Romans 15:31)
Be refreshed and with you (Romans 15:32)

For my life and risked their own necks (Romans 16:4)
Also and were (Romans 16:7)

Among whom you and also (Romans 1:5, dialogue only)
In it and the righteousness of God is revealed by faith (Romans 1:17, dialogue only)
You and despise (Romans 2:4, dialogue only)
And and immortality (Romans 2:7, dialogue only)
Circumcision and surely (Romans 2:25, dialogue only)
The forbearance of God and through (Romans 3:25, dialogue only)
Through (from v25) and to declare (Romans 3:26, dialogue only)
Not only and so (Romans 5:11, dialogue only)

As David and also (Romans 4:6, dialogue only)
We and shall (Romans 5:10, dialogue only)
Therefore and we were (Romans 6:4, dialogue only)
Now and if we are dead with Christ (Romans 6:8, dialogue only)
We believe that we shall and also (Romans 6:8, dialogue only)
Until the law sin was in the world and but sin is not imputed when there is no law (Romans 5:13, dialogue only)
Then and if she is married to another man while her husband lives (Romans 7:3, dialogue only)

I find and then (Romans 7:21, dialogue only)
There is and therefore (Romans 8:1, dialogue only)
His power and Known (Romans 9:22, dialogue only)
Also and I will call them my people who were not my people, and her beloved, who was not beloved. (Romans 9:25, dialogue only)
Isaiah cries and concerning Israel (Romans 9:27 dialogue only)
To awaken jealousy in and those who are my flesh (Roans 11:14, dialogue only)
Only and for wrath (Romans 13:5, dialogue only)
Knowing and that (Romans 13:11, dialogue only)
Let us and Therefore (Romans 15:12, dialogue only)
The god of hope and now (Romans 15:13, dialogue only)
Therefore and performed; this and have (Romans 15:28, dialogue only)
Therefore and have (Romans 15:28, dialogue only)
Therefore and when I (Romans 15:28, dialogue only)

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