Wednesday, November 17, 2004

A Little Naive for This World, No?

Anne Applebaum's column in this morning's Washington Post rather pooh-pooh's the concern about voting irregularities. I truly think she's being a little naive. I myself reserve judgment about what the outcome of all these recount efforts will be, but I think they should be pursued.

And for the record, I always ask my ATM for a receipt, because in the past my bank has made an error or two. And I always print out a receipt for any online transaction for my records, because, well, you never know. And I trust most financial institutions to at least try to be honest. I do not trust the administration in this regard.


At 11:37 AM, Blogger Rhyner said...

Heja man got a question to you. Do you really think that Jesus or even God exist? 'Cause I had some problems with my parents and familly. My dad died 2 years ago in a car accident and my mom has got the cancer since 1999. We were a strict religios familly. Never aloud to do something wiich is a sin. Gone to church 5 times a week, stuff you surely now. How could he do this to my familly. Why cant he take someone else. Someone bad? I am 17 now and life at my aunts place (in switzerland, so sorry for my language). I'm not sure anymore. I thought alot about this topic and got no answer. please help me.

Your sincerrely Rhyner

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Cephas said...

Hey Rhyner,

I appreciate your note very much. I am very sorry for all the hardship you and your family have been through. I wish I had an answer for you.

I've been through a lot of my own pain and hardship and struggle. Sometimes I wonder if there is a God too. But to be honest, my belief in God, my trust in Jesus, is just about the only thing that gets me through this life. I don't believe God does these bad things to us. I believe that's just life. It's just a part of life. We need each other to get through it. We need God to give us the hope. It's not about what you do to "be right," it's about what's in your heart, and how honest you are with God. Let God know how you feel, honestly.

I hope you can get some support, I hope there are some friends in your life who can listen to you and be there for you. I am praying that God's love will be real to you.

Take care... God bless you...

At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you man. I'm just begining to not belive in him. I talked to some boys. They said that god is not real. Hes not really there or was and so did Jesus. But the believing in him gave us help to go throw those bad times that the human being had in the past. It was just a lie to give their life a sense. Maybe 'cause they thought oh no world can't be so terrible and nasty. But it was not a bad lie. It was absolutly possitiv. What do you think of this idea?

Thank you for writing with me Cephas. You really help me.

(By the way I forgot my password, it's me Rhyner) I will write late when I got my password. Just to make sure that this is really me!!)

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Cephas said...

Hey Rhyner, I'm glad to hear from you again, I didn't know if you'd check back or not.

A lot of people would agree with your friends that people "invented" God to help them get through the bad times of life, that religion is a "crutch" or a mind game. My own thinking about God has changed a lot over the years, and I am open to many ideas about God. But basically, I can't help but believe that there is a deeper reality beyond this physical life. I feel it inside me--my soul, or my spirit. I feel a connection with something far greater than me, which I would call God. I believe that Jesus was sent by God to show us the way to live--to love one another, do good, help those in pain and need. I believe that God is alive in me in spirit form, and in everyone. I talk to God often, as I would to a close friend. It's when I get focused on myself, my own little problems, that I feel closed in, alone, and powerless. But when I trust God that whatever happens has some reason, then I can get through the hard times.

Rhyner, I would encourage you to talk to God, honestly and openly, about how you feel. You may not hear anything or feel anything, but in time I believe you will sense your spirit connecting to God. It would help if you can find a group of young Christians to meet with and talk this over with.

I will be praying for you and hope you will keep in touch.

Take care,
Peter (Cephas)

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Cephas said...


One more thing I want to stress... no matter what--no matter what you believe or do or say--God loves you. God wants you to know a life that is meaningful and loving. God accepts you totally, doubts and all, and loves you completely and forever. I hope you can experience that love.


At 8:10 AM, Blogger Rhyner said...

Thanks man your wise words helped me a bit. Course I am not over the whole thing but its getting better every day I spend talking to god. I found his love again I think. He's just so wonderful and maybe he wanted to test me with this accident. Paradise is not for free and thats good so. Cause we only want the good in there and for the rest there is still the hell to go to. Otherwise people like Saddam or Osama would interrupt us in heaven. Thank you again and enjoy X-mas.

Love and greetz from Switzerland
your Rhyner

(By the way I met some Christian punks. They are so cool and got a real music band. I will spend some times with em)

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Cephas said...

Hey Rhyner,

I am so happy to hear from you again. I am glad you are starting to sense God's love for you. It takes time, so be patient. And some days you'll feel totally alone again, and other days you'll feel very close to God. That's just the way life is. That's why it's important to keep talking to God, and being with others who believe in God.

Do you have a Bible? I always think it's helpful to read the book of Psalms, and also the books about Jesus' life--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

I would be happy to send you a copy of a book I wrote about Jesus' life. Can you send me an address I can send it to?

I hope you can keep learning to trust God, and know more and more that he loves you, no matter what. God is there for you when the hard times come--and you have certainly had more than your share of hard times.

I am glad you have met some punk Christians!

Feel free to write any time. I am praying for you. Have a merry Christmas.

Peter (Cephas)

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Rhyner said...

Hey Cephas. Thank you for this offert but I cant speak english good enough to read a book about religous things. I just know some school English about free times activitys and such things.

I am also not much in the web. I am using my cousins blogger account. He got two blogs too. His blogs are called " and"
And so I will not be on very much. Just when I hang around him.

And off course I got the bible at home. 3 Versions. One I think is really old.

Greetz Rhyner

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Cephas said...

Hey Rhyner,

Good to hear from you again. Thanks for the update. I encourage you to read the Bible when you can. Have a great New Year...


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