Those who mourn are blessed: Reading scripture backwards.

A few weeks ago our pastor taught on the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12, and he highlighted something I hadn’t really considered: The verses from 3 to 12 are not simply separate sayings, like little nuggets of wisdom. Instead, they form a whole and each verse builds on the one before. They reveal a pattern for the life of a Christ-follower.

A few weeks ago our pastor taught on the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12, and he highlighted something I hadn’t really considered: The verses from 3 to 12 are not simply separate sayings, like little nuggets of wisdom. They’re not like some parts you might find in Proverbs, superficially a list of individual, wise sayings. Instead, they form a whole and each verse builds on the one before. Have a quick read through with that in mind and we’ll pick up after,

Jesus began to teach them,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

The first thing that struck me was that these people were “blessed.” Blessed?! Blessed… Maybe they were blessed because each ‘bad thing’ was followed up by a comforting thing, like “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” but that’s a little morbid, isn’t?

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Google: Nothing to hide? Nothing to fear!

Google, one of the legends that came with your company was Don’t Be Evil, but this quote from Google CEO Eric Schmidt is atrocious, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

Google, one of the legends that came with your company was Don’t Be Evil, but this quote from Google CEO Eric Schmidt is atrocious,

If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

From The Register – Google chief: Only miscreants worry about net privacy.

See the comments on the Slashdot story for a million and one reasons why this statement is ridiculously atrocious and why this sentiment should never gain any degree of acceptance in law enforcement, our judicial system, our government, our schools, our institutions of higher learning, and certainly not our businesses who are well known to sell out for the almighty dollar on a whim. Every search engine in existence censoring results just to get inside China, anyone?

Here’s a choice quote that I think sums up things pretty well,

Darn straight. You shouldn’t commit vile, illegal, immoral crimes, like Googling for Free Tibet from inside China, and then expect Google to give a damn about what happens to you. (Rogerborg)

I’m all worked up about this because I recently started using Google Public DNS. They now have the potential to know every single domain and IP address that I will ever lookup, intentionally or unintentionally.

It’s also widely believed that, contrary to public relations, the company has you uniquely identified by ip, cookie or browser / browsing signature, and never lets your information, your searches, your results and the web sites you visit,  go.

I use gmail more and more and I have thousands of emails in there.

What I need is a company that I can trust. Google, you’re losing all that made you great.

Eric Schmidt, you will rue the day you made those comments and you will be made to eat your own words one fine day in the future. I imagine some hacker is, right now, working on exposing all of your personal details, Mr. Schmidt. You’ll have egg on your face then, won’t you?

Everybody needs an expected and adequate level of assumed privacy and innocence, even if it drives you mad that you don’t know what they’re up to.

Revolver

I like my movies on crack. Not me, I mean the movies. Like Vanilla Sky. That was some good track.

I like my movies on crack.

Not me, I mean the movies. Like Vanilla Sky. That was some good crack. So much so that my friends asked me to reimburse them for me recommending we go see that film.

Now, Revolver is an impressive film, itself, for carrying a lot of crack-session inspired philosophy. Kudos to Jason Statham for trying out a new role.

This is definitely a film where, if you’re into this kind of stuff, you’ll really be pondering what they’re saying.

My quick gist of it is there is no evil. There is only us. And because we, I, are motivated for self-first goals, we enable what is detrimental toward others – which can be termed evil.

Perhaps you should just go look up Kabbalah. It’s somewhat of the basis of the movie. The movie is probably far more interesting.

I don’t think I wholely agree with the philosopohy. It doesn’t stand up very well as far as I’ve thought it through.

But, for those people like me who really like to think about that stuff, the movie will really get you recursing into yourself.