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Month: July, 2012

Jesus Never Said He Was God

Did Jesus ever say I AM GOD? This question was literally thrown at me recently and it’s a huge question with just as huge implications weighing in the balance based on its answer; Let’s dive in.

There are many ways to proclaim any given fact, multiple proofs if you will (think mathematics here) by simple context. To prove that I am a father I could simply just say: “Hey! Meet my son and daughter, she was just born isn’t she cute?”, or I could also just flat-out say that I am a father in one grand declaration. Either ways work and both are equally relevant. So while it’s important to understand what Jesus, himself, said it’s just as equally important to understand the context as well as what the people who He was speaking to believed He meant depending on what He said. Let me show you just a few examples.

There are many references where Jesus calls himself the Son of Man here is one.

Mark 14:60-64

Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

Notice that they accuse him of blasphemy for saying he is the Son if Man, but why…I am the son if a man? It’s in reference to Daniel 7:13-14.

I’ll let you look that up on your own but he is basically saying that he is the divine authority.

His claims of deity are just as numerous, here is an example.

John 10:24-33

So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me? The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

The last sentence there is think hits it home. His enemies are the ones that claim he is God, Jesus never implicitly says it much like it’s not necessary for me to implicitly claim I am a father. There is enough other corroborating evidence to support it without me laying it out kindergarten style. Moreover, Jesus does something that only God has the authority to do, like the forgiveness of sin spread throughout the Gospels leading up to the Gentlemen on the cross next to Him at death.

It’s important to see the overall context and the audience that Jesus is speaking too when answering this question. Did Jesus ever flat-out say he was God? No. Did he explain it in other terms? Absolutely.

These are just a few examples and I challenge you to seek out your own answers.

Be blessed.


Tweet Lanes for Android Review (Updated)

On either iOS or Android there certainly is no shortage of Twitter apps. Some have specific purposes or excel at one feature or another and all are functional, usually. Android though it seems is quickly becoming the best place to experience Twitter. Since they released their Development Standards for apps times have changed on Android. It used to be that the apps were poorly done ports of iOS or were just plain ugly to begin with. Tweet Lanes is neither one of those. Let’s check it out..

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Ntelos – State of the Company

It’s been awhile since I wrote about tech but that time has come to pass, I have a grievance.

We switched to Ntelos about a year ago and for the most part life has passed along as usual. Recently, however, my wife’s phone has been giving her issues. I’ve been able to fix it off and on and get rid of the error messages and allow her to still use the thing but it’s coming to a stop-gap soon. Here is the dilemma of a rural carrier…options, let me explain.

We switched for a few reasons from Sprint, mostly because her phone was crapping out and she needed a new one and the fact that they are about 4 gallons of milk cheaper per month than Sprint (while using the same network) so there was minimal interruption. We got new phones and went on our way. About a year later though her phone is having issues like horrible speaker quality, inability to actually use apps (memory), limited software updates, etc. That in and of itself isn’t really a new issue as with any technology eventually they get full/used/worn out and must be replaced.

The problem is that 1 year later the phone options are actually the exact same as they were a year ago, our carrier has only added one new phone option in 1 year and that is just ridiculous. Granted the one phone that they brought on is the iPhone 4/4S and it’s a great option but what do you do when you want a new phone but don’t want to be forced to get an iPhone. Here is the state of affairs for Ntelos’ phone lineup:

iPhone 4 – released June 2010 / February 2011
iPhone 4S – released October 14, 2011
Blackberry Bold 9930 – released August, 2011
Blackberry Curve 9350 – released October 2011
Blackberry Curve 9930 – released August 2011
Blackberry Bold 9650 – released May 2010
Samsung Repp – released November 2011
Samsung Admire – released August 2011
Samsung Showcase – released December 2010
Htc Merge – released May/June 2011
Sony Experia Play – released May 2011
Motorola Milestone Plus – released November 2010

Wow just wow! Look at that. All of those Android phones are using software that is 2 to 3 years old and mildly unsecure on web standards and a failing Blackberry stable. The only thing missing from last year is a Windows Phone and a HTC unibody phone the Desire. This is disheartening for these reasons:

  1. Web/App standards require new software for continued support and you’re limited on all devices above except for iPhone
  2. Blackberry is dying and the bulk of their lineup is looking to continue a platform without much support
  3. All phones except for maybe the Showcase are low-end phones (these phones have their place) and that’s sad when arguably your 2nd best phone is almost 2 years old

You shouldn’t be relegated to have to get an iPhone to get continued support from the manufacturer. Ntelos is part of the Associated Carrier Group for the exact reasons of being able to band together to get better support and phones for customers, apparently to no avail. The other concern is that back in August Ntelos alluded to the fact that they are considering a shift to LTE, which really is the only way to stay relevant as the market is going there, but none of the phones above have a chance to work on that frequency or speed.

When it comes down to it they need to focus on upgrading their Android lineup (largest market share in world), continue to support a few mid range devices (not the bulk that they do now), stay in the game with iPhone, and possibly add a few Windows Phone devices as they are up and coming and it would be unwise to avoid them and continue to support Blackberry (currently in a tailspin).