Paradise Lost

To be honest, I did not think I was going to like Paradise Lost.  I was very reluctant after completing most of school and starting a very large topic and trying to overcome it all in a short amount of time.  As the classes progressed, I have become infatuated with it all.  It has helped broaden my senses and my learning capacity as a reader and even a student.  I have noticed myself relating and applying things of my own life to this epic poem.  In a way it has began to grow on me and consume me.

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Romans 8

I am not a person to leave up for discussion.  I often state my facts and leave it be.  Truth and logic are important.  I believe it may be my competitive nature.  As a reflect on my previous memorization’s of Romans 8 this past semester, would it of been better to memorize or thoroughly study it?  As I read through the passage for the final review of the passage, I truly read through it.  Too often we become so influenced by getting a good grade that we overlook what we are memorizing.  I believe the upcoming seniors should petition and truly study theologically the doctrine of Romans 8 rather then tediously stressing out over memorizing, or should I say mesmerizing?

AP Tests

As I have noticed in reflection of the AP tests this year, the tests we take in school are representative of the tests we are faced with in life.  The thing is, when we come across a large task in our life, will we be able to take everything we have learned and throw it out in a moments notice?  Will we be able to apply our knowledge in different forms like we do between multiple choice or short answer essay?  It is something that has begun to really hit home lately.  Will I personally be able to take the task at hand and ride the bull and come off safely.  I sure hope everything I have learned these past four years of high-school have prepared me adequately for the future ahead.

The Forgotten Command

“Honor your father and mother”  We probably hear this all the time.  If you don’t know it is one of the ten commandments that God gave Moses to give to the people of Israel.  I don’t know about you but my parents throw this in my face all the time.  Everytime I say something out of line or don’t listen to them I get this verse pounded at me.  As much as I hate hearing it all the time it is something I seriously need to listen to.  God commands us to honor our parents and one of the rewards God says he will give us is a long life.  As I get older this command gets harder and harder to follow.  I sometimes think that I own the world and am the boss of myself, but my parents have been around the block so they know what is better for me than I would.  This is one of my biggest struggles and I always am praying that God will help me in this much needed area of my life. 

Moving Up

As the last days of school begin to come over many of us many thoughts have come into my head.  All of the authors on this blog go to a Christian school so I came to think how many of the seniors are not going to go to a Christian college.  Many are going to secular colleges and that got me to thinking.  Without having a Bible class or chapel once a week how many seniors are going to find themselves drifting away from the things of God?  The reality is I think that many are going to.  This is really frightening and I hope I’m wrong, but without the push from our parents and our school it will be very hard to not endulge in the pleasures of the world.  I think that it is important to get someone to hold you accountable NOW.  Find someone that you will still keep in contact with to help pray, and encourage you as you go about your days in college.  Most of all, stay involved in a church and pray to God to give you the strength to always seek Him and honor Him in all you do. 

Since I can’t get enough Paradise Lost

After reading the latest chapters of Paradise Lost and watching a 4 hour special on Star Wars I pondered this…  The parallels of Paradise Lost to modern works of Literature and Movie are way more prevalent than I thought.  The first one I found was in class 5 days ago.  The scene of Satan in hell gathering his army perfectly parallels the gathering of Saruman’s Army in LOTR TTT.  Satan and Beelzebub stand over watch of the army, just as Saruman and Wormtongue stand over the army, they both view it as the greatest army ever to exist, and finally they both view the pikemans halberds are trees in the forest covering the landscape.  This just shows the transcendence of both the story of Paradise Lost and the story of the Bible.  The next two are far more intense.  This was actually discussed in the Star Wars special I watched.  Anakin parallels both Satan and Eve very deeply.  Satan was one of God’s favorite angels, he was great and beautiful, he started to want power, this lust for power lead to his rebellion, this rebellion lead to his bounding in hell, this bounding lead to his suffering and loss of everything he once fought for.  Anakin lives this exact tale.  He is a member of the Jedi Council, one of the finest in fact, he starts to lust more power and when not granted the rank of master he rebels, he also thinks that his masters are trying to hold his back from his true potential, he lusts power and pursues that, after his rebellion he is crushed by Obi Wan and is maimed, this maiming binds him to a mechanical body, and he looses all he fought to save, Pad’me.  He also parallels Eve, as Palpatine parallels Satan.  Satan comes to Eve and presents a problem, she does not know good from evil, he presents a solution eating from the tree, he claims that God is trying to hold her back from her potential, he tells her that it will benefit her if she eats it.  Palpatine does the same thing.  He tells Anakin that Pad’me will die, he presents the solution of learning the skill of Darth Palages (saving a life), he says that the Jedi fear power and will not teach it to him, he says that if he rejects the Jedi Order he will teach it to him.  These parallels are quite interesting.  I do not know if they prove the literary skill of John Milton or the evaluation of sinful man by the Bible.

Celebrities

I hate to chew over such a unpertinent topic but I believe I must voice my opinion.  Officially I am over news.  I am over US weekly, I am over People, I am over E-xtra, I am over any other fake news production.  All we talk about is how celebrities are failing at life.  Whether is be
Paris going to prison, Hasselhoff being a binge drinker, or A-Rod and his allegations of cheating.  I mean honestly the world has become so petty and absorbed with this “news” that is overshadows real issues.  The media distorts the news yes, but at least it could distort what really matters!  I think America and humanity in general has become so news hungry that we indulge ourselves with crap.  So I beg of you, put down your tabloid, turn off Good Day LA, and put on Hannity and Coomes or Mad Money.  Like G.K. says leave the slums and enjoy the feast.  All I ask is to be aware of this insolence plaguing the media.