Sunday, January 31, 2010

The points are just like Atkins to a sumo wrestler.

Season 1, Episode 12

And we begin yet another episode of Whose Line, once again with a game of "lets make a date".

Brad is the guy from The Price Is Right who announces the showcases, Colin is the world's biggest glutton, and Ryan is a talking chicken who has trouble laying an egg. So a constipated chicken, basically.

"Om nom nom"

Ryan picks up 1000 points, despite being killed and eaten by Colin.

Next, Brad and Wayne sing a 60's rhythm and blues song to Dana, a Dental Hygienist (because "dentist" wasn't good enough, apparently).

"Dana, give me some Novocaine-a!”

Dana picks up 2000 points, taking the lead.

Colin then does a Newsflash concerning what appears to be monkeys having a snowball fight.

Pictured: Monkeys.

No points for Colin.
Although I will say that we need more tv shows that involve monkeys doing strange activities. Like jousting.

This is the first picture that came up
when I did a Google search for
"Jousting Monkeys". Although
I'm also quite curious about that
"Jesus Shaves" thing in the background.

Moving Film, TV, and Theater styles: Birdman of Alcatraz.

Well, it superficially resembles Sumo Wrestling.

The audience takes the lead with 1,000,000 points.

Finishing up the show is a Telethon for NBA players. Because they need the cash.

These are not the NBA players.

No one gets anything out of this, least of all the NBA players.

Final tally:
Brad: 0
Wayne: 0
Colin: 0
Ryan: 1000
Dana: 2000
Audience: 1,000,000
Total: 1,003,000

The audience has the most points, but Wayne gets the victory.

Cumulative total: Season 1; episodes 1-12: 5,017,422.5

Bonus Theological Content: If you don't care about theology, go do something else.

Today's topic is sovereignty. People complain about God a lot. A lot.
"If God is good, why is there suffering?"
"Why didn't God make the world differently?"
"Why does my life suck?"
"Why is Disney still producing musical 'artists' "?

Really, that's presuming far too much. Can anyone really honestly say that they think they could do a better job? Let's assume that God is omniscient; that is, he knows all. Literally all. This means he has taken every possible factor into account. Can a finite person really claim to know better?

Then there's the matter of a lack of foresight. We complain about suffering in this world as if this world is all that matters. I would think that God is aware of more than that. Such as, oh...the afterlife, maybe? What suffering we put up with in this life may very well turn out to be largely irrelevant or minor in the grand scheme of things.

But that's just a side issue.

The real issue of sovereignty here is this: say that God really doesn't have any particular reason for making the world the way it is other than he wanted it that way? Can we really say that something is wrong with that? I don't think so. God defines "right" and "wrong". He could have created a world that was just one big fight to the death, purely for his own amusement, and it would still be, in the strictest sense, "right". God is not answerable to a "higher" standard. He is the standard.

Sure, we may not like it, but that does not make it "wrong". We wouldn't call the author of a book a bad person because he allows the characters in the book to suffer. Then why would we call God "bad" when he allows people in the world to suffer? Surely there is a greater gap between the being that quite literally defines reality and the lesser beings that he "wrote" from scratch. Even authors do not truly create characters; they merely build them out of existing materials; emotions and motivations. Do they really have any right to rebel against the author that wrote them?

Okay, rambling over. Go do something useful with your life.

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