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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Prospective Perspective

Every day at 8:30am MST, we here at Sonlight have the opportunity to get together in small groups and pray. It isn't mandatory, but it is encouraged.

We pray for each other--like the headache I had this morning which seems to have finally decided to move on.

We pray for families who submit prayer requests or I notice out on the blogosphere.

And we pray for various people groups around the world. We use the Global Prayer Digest as a tool to help us learn about and pray for others. You can download the .pdfs for free if you want to try it out with your family.

Praying for others is a great way to help yourself grow. Even if you aren't religious at all, gaining a broader world perspective through prayer digests is a great thing. It helps us think beyond ourselves and consider the issues plaguing our earth. Sonlight carries a nice "coffee table" type book--though it's not hardbound--that offers an introduction to many unevangelized countries and peoples of the world. It's another tool you could use to help gain a more global perspective.

What fascinates me--but I'm rather odd--is that some people are disgusted by the idea of praying for unreached people groups. I can understand that praying for another's salvation can seem horribly self-righteous if you do not see a need for man's redemption. If you fit into this category, please take the positives from this post: Learn about others and think about what you can do to make the world a better place.

But what if you go beyond merely feeling insulted for these people, and, instead, you think I'm rather a fool for praying? What if you've come to the conclusion that God is imaginary? There's a site dedicated to this very idea. I encourage everyone--especially you praying Christians out there--to at least give this guy two minutes and twenty seconds of your time and consider the first of his 10 questions for Christians.

I find it interesting, and I hope you do as well. ...but I've already admitted to being a little strange in this regard <smile>.

How would you respond?

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

P.S. If you have a few seconds to see something cool, check out the newly redesigned MathTacular.com. It's sweet!

9 comments:

Jenn said...

I took the time to read the 10 questions. For me it just makes me feel sad that this man believes our God is imaginary. I can't explain why God doesn't heal amputees or why there are so many starving children in the world. But, I do know that our world is not a perfect world. Pain and suffering are a part of it. Sin entered the world and with it starvation, disease and pain. This was not God's desire for his creation, but it is the reality. The often quoted, "our ways are not God's ways", is very true, even if it may sound vague and cold to the unbeliever.

When I look at a newborn baby, or an intricate flower, or study science with my children, I am constantly amazed that people can go on believing that their isn't an almighty Creator. Who made all the minute intricacies in each plant, animal and human on this earth.

And yes, I am a college educated Christian, who loves the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul.

This Country Girl said...

Wow! I always knew I loved Sonlight and to think you all are there praying every morning for folks and unreached people! Thank you so much! I'm proud to be part of the Sonlight "family"!

God bless you all!
Tammy

This Country Girl said...

By the way, MathTacular looks great! A young mom in our homeschooling group just asked me last week about a fun math for her 4 year old. I will definitely send her this way! So am I understanding correctly that your level 4 is 4th grade, etc.?? So is a 5th grade level on its way?

mareserinitatis said...

You're sure loading up on the easy questions this week.

I'm sure you know my thoughts on prayer (having discussed it several times), but I guess the response to this specific query is that God only works through natural processes or through the works of people. Of course, this particular belief implies that one cannot be a Biblical literalist, and it does beg the question of whether or not God exists (or needs to exist) if he/she operates this way...but I don't think you need to answer the question in such a way that God cannot exist.

mom said...

A fool for praying? Never! Prayer is the most powerful thing on this planet!

Off to check out the 10 questions....

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Luke said...

Jenn, it makes me sad too. There's a lot of pain, I sense, behind those questions.

Tammy, it is a privilege we have to pray for people. And we do not take that opportunity lightly. And I'm very glad to have you as part of the Sonlight family too <smile>.

MathTacular is a series that follows one after the next. So, the numbering does not correspond to a grade. The first MathTacular DVD covers many introductory math concepts and is good for K through about 2nd grade. MathTacular2 and 3 are all concepts that are visited (or revisited) in 4th grade math programs. The goal is that you watch MathTacular, then MathTacular2, then MathTacular3. From what I hear, kids of all ages enjoy all of the MathTacular DVDs.

MathTacular4 is going to be all about Word Problems. And it's super fun. But, no, the titles have to do with sequence, not grades.

Cherish, you're right: For some reason, some weeks just bring out a lot of deeper questions from me <smile>. That is a very good point that even if God only worked through people, and thereby didn't supernaturally heal anyone, that would not negate His existence. Very interesting line of thinking there... and a direction I never would have thought to go. Good stuff!

Tammy, I'd love to hear how you would respond to the 10 questions. But I'm totally with you: Prayer is super important! <smile>

Anyone else want to chime in here? I love hearing various opinions on these kinds of things.

~Luke

Kim & Dave said...

Great post, Luke! I am sick tonight, or I would be a pryer meeting at our church.

My hubby & I had it out with our 7 year old who didn't want to gp with her dad-too boring!

She didn't realise that there are people the world over-who can't go to a prayer meeting-it's too dangerous!

Heather the Mama Duk said...

I can't imagine being disgusted by praying for anyone, but then I also can't imagine coming to the conclusion that there is no God. My MIL, though, is one of those who is very offended by those who pray for others (including herself) and has concluded there is no God, mainly because not everyone is happy all the time and in perfect health and such. Sad. So sad.

Luke said...

Kim, I hope your daughter gains a real passion for prayer as she grows closer to Christ. Though, I must admit, I still need to grow in my prayer life myself <smile>.

Heather, I agree: It is sad. The pain is so real in those instances. It breaks my heart.

On the other hand, I've got lots of friends who are in the same camp. Many of whom read this blog (Hello, friends!) and don't have the same level of pain and disappointment.

~Luke


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