ramblings: april 2, 2008

It’s been so long since I’ve last posted. A lot has happened.

So I’ve just begun my new quarter here at UCLA, and I call this quarter my “seminary” quarter, even though it’s far from that. I’m taking two very interesting classes–Jesus of Nazareth, and Paul of Tarsus–both of which are taught by an amazing professor by the name of Scott Bartchy. Now, before I go into why I’m taking these classes, I’d just like to add that Professor Bartchy is amazingly knowledgeable about the subject matter that he teaches (and has been teaching for MANY years now). I stumbled upon these classes in my quest to become an “honorable Study of Religion” major here, and I thank God for placing me in these two classes. How amazing is it to have required readings from the Bible? I’m forced to look into Paul’s biblical letters in order to extract meaning and historical significance; I have to delve even deeper into the word of God in order to get a good grade in these classes. WOW, I’m truly blessed.

I’ve already learned so much from sitting through one class thus far, and I’m loving every minute of it. Many were afraid that it would challenge my faith and send me spiraling out of control towards atheism, but quite the opposite has happened. The more I learn about the history of the two more prominent figures in the Christian religion, the more I find myself searching, hungry to learn more about it. Divinity school even crossed my mind a few times today!

And seriously, a pastor once told me that this is what Christians used to do. They used to delve into a deeper understanding of their faith once they became believers–whether that means historical or spiritual understanding, there was a hunger for knowledge. In today’s society, not so much of that happens anymore. It’s interesting, but Christians don’t go out of their way to research about the lives of Jesus or Paul, or learn Greek or Hebrew in order to read the Bible’s original manuscripts, or even try to discover the formation of the Bible itself; this seem like issues of great importance to faith, but few actually seek it anymore. It’s just interesting. Few see religion as the means through which people and society are saved, something that it was used for in the earlier days. It’s just another curious observation that I’ve made.

On a lighter side, I watched Enchanted tonight. It’s all LIES! Lies I tell you! Relationships just don’t happen like that! Haha, ok, so maybe I’m a little jealous…

Homework for this week:
“Read quickly 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 Corinthians, and Romans”
“Read the Book of Acts and reflect on Luke’s presentation of Saul/Paul of Tarsus.

Sounds good to me.

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