Stressbusterz

Today I had a chance to attend a program called stressbusterz. It was conducted by ICPF ahmedabad to give students insights on how to deal with exam stress.

Here is the powerpoint presentation that was used in the event. It was created by Blesson Verghese.

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Object of faith

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NETtext)

This verse from the bible states something extraordinary. It says that faith is being convinced of what we do not see. It means believing in something without any proof. In this modern age of science and technology where everything is viewed through skepticism, and proof is demanded about anything new or unusual, faith might seem like an outrageous idea. However you might be surprised to find out that it is not so and faith is as commonplace as people. Let me go one step further and tell you that faith is the oxygen for human society. But before we go into that discussion let me tell you a couple of incidents from my own life.

When I was in the 10th standard, I used to go to school on my bicycle. I liked riding my bicycle. However one day my experience riding it wasn't very good. That day, I was already late when I left from home, so was riding relatively fast. Not very fast, because the road wasn't so clear. So when I came to a small turn, due to my speed and some amount of sand on the road, my bicycle slept, and I fell…

When I was getting up, I knew that something was wrong with my wrist. So, I decided not to go to school and go back home. I somehow managed to ride my bicycle back to home with one hand. My dad was at home at that time so he took me to a hospital nearby, they did an X-ray and surely there was a little crack in my wrist bone. So they made me wear a plaster of paris cast for 21 days. This incident happened on a Saturday. I was able to attend school from the next week on wards. Because of the right treatment the injury healed well and I did not have any other problems.

When I was in the 11th standard, I participated in a sports festival at school. A sack race to be precise and a 3 legged race. It was fun, however during the sack race, I dislocated my right ankle. It was noting serious so we went to a nearby bone-setter. He was cheap and pretty popular in the area. He probably has no degrees or a license(or whatever you need to do that kind of job). So we went to him and he relocated my ankle. No problems, however he gave some painkillers and some other pills. I came home and took the pills and went to rest.

However after half an hour, my head started to burn and I couldn't sleep. So I woke up and my mom told me that my whole face was swollen. It was swollen so much that I could barely open my eyelids. It was the result of the pills that I took. Just not the “intended” result. It was an adverse effect(as wikipedia calls it). Because of that I had to take some other medicine too, and wasn't able to attend school for a week.

You must be thinking why am I rambling like this… Well the point is, the object in which you put your faith and how much faith you put in that object is equally important. If I didn't trusted any of the hospital or the bone-setter, I would have been walking around with a broken wrist or a dislocated ankle for a longer time, not to mention I might have damaged myself even more. However I did put my faith in both of them. I trusted them completely and didn't ask any questions about what they were doing with my broken hand or dislocated ankle because I just believed they knew what they were doing. I trusted them equally, but the results weren't the same.

This is how we live our everyday lives. Putting faith in the people around us. We trust our doctors. We trust the chemist who gives medicine based upon the prescription the doctor gives us (because we ourselves cannot make any sense of doctor's hand writings…). We take the medicine without knowing what kind of effect it would have on us. We do all these things based on faith. But sometimes the people that we trust fail us. That is why it is important in whom you put your faith.

Psalms in bible are ridden with scripture that advise us to put our faith in God. God loves us, cares for us, is eternal and most importantly, He is faithful.

Bible says: God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (I Corinthians 1:9 NETtext)

Who created God?

Recently one of my friend asked me this question. Who created God? So I answered him. However there are many who ask this question. So I will put my answer here where many can read it…

Short answer: Nobody.

Long answer: To answer this question we need to go a little bit deeper and ask the question, why do you ask that who created God? Why there is a need for God to be created. Why do we find it hard to believe that God can be eternal. It is because that's how this universe works. It is because of the law of cause and effect. For every effect there is a cause. For example, If I throw a stone into a lake, it creates waves in the water. The waves are created because the stone disturbs the stillness of water in the lake. The waves doesn't get created on its own. And the whole universe operates on this rule. That's why we ask who created God.

However, we forget that the God who created the whole universe. And the law of cause and effect describes one fundamental property of this universe. But we forget that it is God who created the universe. And if you ask the question who created God, because everything around you needs to have a cause, then what you are asking is like trying to figure out how many doors the architect has who designed the buildings. Because surely, all of the buildings he has designed has doors. He himself must also have some… That's the train of thinking that leads to this question… So without making this longer than it needs to be I'll leave you with that thought.

Update:

When I first wrote this post I didn't think about it this way but just a few days back a thought came to my mind. The doors are necessary for going in and out of the building. They are there because they are essential not because of the personality of the architect. Not because how he himself is. If it were not so, then you would find some buildings with doors and some buildings without doors in the world. Other things such as the shape of the door can be of personal preference of the architect. But the door must be there.

In the same way in our universe the causality is very fundamental or essential. I think it would fall in the same category as time. Because without causality time wouldn't progress(now a time that doesn't progress isn't time at all. Is it?). Without time causality wouldn't exist. Both are dependent on each other. Causality also kind of acts as a door for new things to enter this world(or happen in this world). So it is kind of essential for this universe. It does not show the personality of God. It doesn't show how he himself is. God reveals himself to the creation somewhere else. He reveals himself in human beings.

RSS

This post is dedicated to all my non technical friends who don't know about RSS or know a little about it but don't know how to use it. Without going into the details, I'll tell you how I read my feeds and the way I use to subscribe to feeds. There are many other ways and tools but I'll stick to what I use.

So here's how you do it.

step 1: Get Firefox

step 2: Open any blog or website(exept facebook) in Firefox.

step 2: Go to Tools->Page info

step 3: select Feeds

step 4: Select any feeds and click subscribe

step 5: Now you will see at the top of the page options for what to use for subscribing. Select Google and click subscribe now.

step 6: Log into your google account if you haven't and then select Add to Google Reader.

And that's it. You can visit your google reader any time by going to www.google.com/reader

Now whenever you want to check new things happening on that website open your google reader and check there. It's just like email newsletters but without flooding your inbox with unnecessary mails.