Reminder from a pastor... 一位牧師的提醒
Reminder from a pastor...一位牧師的提醒

Contents of This Page 本頁目錄

* Observation of Space(Observables and Invisibles) 觀察空間(可觀察和不可見的) (May, 2021)

* Observation of Time 觀察時間 (May, 2021) 

* Observation of Conflicts among Men 觀察人間的鬥爭  (May, 2021)

* Observation of Information and Technology 觀察資訊和科技 (June, 2021)

 

 

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Observation of Space (Observables and Invisibles) 
I.  Look at Bigger Stuff 
When we take a look at the environment that we live in, the sky seems to be very very  large, particularly with numbers of stars we can see. However, we really do not know the extent of it until the invention of telescope and until various scientific discoveries telling us that the universe is too large to be comprehended. The universe is measured by  a unit called a light-year, which is the distance traveling by light in a year. Some data indicate that the radius of the observable universe is around 46 billion light-years. By comparison, the sun light travels just 500 second to reach the earth. So it is easily to conclude that the universe is too large to observe completely. We do not know how far how big more beyond the observable universe. As a human being, we are indeed quite ignorant about the universe and its billions, billions of galaxies, and stars. Do you know what the Bible says about the stars. Isaiah 40:26, 
“26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, 
Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, 
By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.”


觀察空間 (可觀察和不可見的)

I.  看大東西

當我們觀察我們所處的環境時,天空似乎非常大,尤其是可以看到的恆星數量。但是,直到望遠鏡發明和各種科學發現告訴我們宇宙太大而無法理解之後,我們才真正知道它的範圍。宇宙是用一個稱為光年的單位來衡量的,光年是光在一年中飛的距離。 一些數據表明,可觀測宇宙的半徑約為460億光年。 相比之下,太陽光僅需500秒即可到達地球。因此很容易得出結論,宇宙太大而無法面面觀察。 我們不知道超越可觀測的宇宙還有多大。作為人類,我們的確對宇宙及其數十億,數百億的星系和恆星一無所知。 你知道聖經關於星星的怎麼說嗎?以賽亞書 40:26
26 你們向上舉目,看誰創造這萬象?按數目領出,他一一稱其名;因他的權能,又因他的大能大力,連一個都不缺。

II.  Look at Smaller Stuff 
Until the invention of electronic microscope, we can not see anything beyond what our eyes can detect. Even today, we cannot “see” subatomic particles and beyond. Although there are many theories and hypothesis, our knowledge on very very small stuff is as ignorant as the big stuff. Yet, we are wonder why some people are so ignorant that they become arrogant about anything!

II.  看小東西

在電子顯微鏡發明之前,我們看不到肉眼無法檢測到的任何東西。 即使在今天,我們也無法“看到”次原子粒子及其以外的小東西。 儘管有許多理論和假設,但我們對非常小的東西的知識與對非常大東西的知識一樣無知。但是,我們想知道為什麼有些人如此無知,以至於對任何事情都變得自大!
III. Physical World and Beyond 
Physical world consists of observables and unobservables. Just because we can not observe does not means that they do not exist. Invisible means that it is beyond the detection of our physical senses. Just because that we can not detect by our physical senses do not means that they do not exist in the environment we live in. It is indeed clear that the more we are aware of our limitations the more we should be humble and should not be ignorantly arrogant to be a fool!

This is why we urge the truth seekers to seek the Creator as revealed in the Holy Bible!

III. 物理世界及超越物理世界

物理世界由可觀察和不可觀察組成。 僅僅因為我們無法觀察並不意味著它們不存在。 看不見意味著我們無法通過肉體的感覺察覺到它。 僅僅因為我們無法通過肉體的感覺來檢測並不意味著它們不存在於我們所生活的環境中。確實很明顯,我們越了解自己的局限性,我們就應該變得謙虛,不要愚昧無知地自負和自大成為一個傻瓜!

這就是為什麼我們敦促求真道者尋求聖經所啟示的造物主!

 

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Observation of Time

From our life’s perspectives, observation of time may be divided into three parts. Part 1 deals with the past events. Part 2 deals with the present and Part 3 deals with the future.

 

觀察時間
從我們生活的角度來看,時間的觀察可以分為三個部分。 第 1 部分處理過去的事件。 第 2 部分涉及現在,第 3 部分涉及未來。

 

I. The Past
This portion can be further divided into two categories. Category 1 deals with past events occurred in our lives which already occurred. The events which happened in our lives and in our world during our lives belong to this Category. Category 2 deals with events recorded in history prior to our lives.

Through our observation and through historical records, couple things are clear:
Time arrow points in one direction only. Past is past. We cannot reverse sequence of the past events.
Once the events past, they were gone. However, effects of past events may stay for sometime and may affect future events. In other words, the collective paths (i.e.,  world history, country history, and cultural history) could not be altered. Similarly, our individual life path once occurred is fixed. It is very important that we all take our lives seriously so that our lives consisted of many happy and healthy and righteous memories and less regrets and sadnesses.


I. 過去
這部分可以進一步分為兩類。 第 1 類涉及我們生活中已經發生的過去事件。 在我們生活中發生在我們生活中和我們的世界中的事件屬於這一類。 第 2 類涉及記錄在我們生活之前的歷史事件。
通過我們的觀察和歷史記錄,有幾件事很清楚:
A. 時間箭頭只指向一個方向。 過去的就讓它過去。 我們無法扭轉過去事件的順序。
B. 一旦事件過去,它們就消失了。 然而,過去事件的影響可能會持續一段時間,並可能影響未來事件。 換句話說,過去的集體路徑(即世界歷史、國家歷史和文化歷史)是無法改變的。 同樣,我們個人曾經發生過的人生軌跡,也是固定的。 重要的是我們都認真對待我們的生活,這樣我們的生活就會有許多快樂、健康和正義的回憶,少一些遺憾和悲傷的過去事件。

 

II    The Present
One thing is clear, all people were created equal as far as time is concerned. We all have a 24-hour day. How one spent one’s days on will determine one’s life quality and future path. The past is past and the future does not yet arrive. The only thing that we can contribute is the present! This is why the Bible teaches us the following examples:

A. Ephesians 5:15-21 Walk in Wisdom,  15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God. 
B. 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 The Cheerful Giver,  6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”

 

II. 現在
有一件事很清楚,就時間而言,所有人都是平等的。 我們都有 24 小時的一天。 一個人的日子如何度過,將決定一個人的生活質量和未來的道路。 過去已經過去,未來還沒有到來。 我們唯一能貢獻的就是現在! 這就是為什麼聖經教導我們以下例子:

A. 以弗所書 5:15-21
愛惜光陰
15 你們要謹慎行事,不要像愚昧人,當像智慧人。 16 要愛惜光陰,因為現今的世代邪惡。 17 不要做糊塗人,要明白主的旨意如何。 18 不要醉酒,酒能使人放蕩;乃要被聖靈充滿。 19 當用詩章、頌詞、靈歌彼此對說,口唱心和地讚美主。 20 凡事要奉我們主耶穌基督的名常常感謝父神。 21 又當存敬畏基督的心,彼此順服。
B. 哥林多後書 9:6-9
少種少收多種多收
6 「少種的少收,多種的多收」,這話是真的。 7 各人要隨本心所酌定的,不要作難,不要勉強,因為捐得樂意的人是神所喜愛的。 8 神能將各樣的恩惠多多地加給你們,使你們凡事常常充足,能多行各樣善事, 9 如經上所記:「他施捨錢財,賙濟貧窮,他的仁義存到永遠。」

III. The Future
Since the future is yet to come, we should keep our hope up and keep our faith strong. We are thankful that tomorrow is another day we can try to live meaningfully to witness the gospel to the world. 2 Corinthians 9:10-15, 10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, 13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, 14 and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 


III. 未來
未來未到,我們要抱有希望,堅定信念。 我們感謝明天又是一天,我們可以嘗試有意義地生活,向世界見證我們的主耶穌基督和福音。哥林多後書 9:10-15, 增添仁義的果子
10 那賜種給撒種的、賜糧給人吃的,必多多加給你們種地的種子,又增添你們仁義的果子, 11 叫你們凡事富足,可以多多施捨,就藉著我們使感謝歸於神。 12 因為辦這供給的事,不但補聖徒的缺乏,而且叫許多人越發感謝神。 13 他們從這供給的事上得了憑據,知道你們承認基督、順服他的福音,多多地捐錢給他們和眾人,便將榮耀歸於神。 14 他們也因神極大的恩賜顯在你們心裡,就切切地想念你們,為你們祈禱。 15 感謝神,因他有說不盡的恩賜!

 

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Observation of Conflicts Among Men 

One of the things happened in our generation is that evils rampage. The first thing we observe is that we are in conflicts. All human needs are the same, i.e., food, clothes, housing, transportation needs, nurturing needs, and recreational needs. There are many people in this world are in poverty, in poor health, and in homelessness. Some are even currently under prosecution and war zones.

Although there are lots of people but the problems are not resources but maldistribution due to men’s corrupt nature. Thus, basic issues of mankind are of the nature of man and hence we are in spiritual warfares.  However, the corruption of the human’s nature was due to sins introduced into the world by the deception of  Adam and Eve by the devil. The devil was a created archangel by God. Unfortunately, the devil rebelled due to his greed and pride against God. The following are a few verses explaining this observation:

1. In the beginning, God created a perfect world including Adam and Eve —                   Genesis 1:31; 2:1-2,  31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. 2 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
2. Sin entered the world through Adam due to the deception by the devil Romans 5:12, Death in Adam, Life in Christ, 12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
3. Corruptions of the human natures such as all the evil deeds came from the corrupted world 1 John 2:15-17, Do Not Love the World, 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Since all the conflicts among people ultimately come from corruptions of human nature such as sex, power, and money grabs, the most fundamental issue is the rebellion against our Creator. Since the world has been usurped by the prince of air (the devil), human beings cannot fix their problems as demonstrated through history unless we repent to solve the spiritual issues. 

Someone may blame God to allow injustice situations of the world. But Scripture clearly indicates that it is the grace period extended to allow the return of repented sinners back to God. 2 Peter 3:9, 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance

Time is of essence. This is the grace period before God’d promise final judgement of sending the wicked to eternal fire in the Hell.

 

觀察人間的鬥爭

我們這一代發生的事情之一就是邪惡橫行。 我們觀察到的第一件事是我們處於衝突之中。 所有人類的需求都是相同的,即食、衣、住、行、育和樂。 這個世界上有很多人處於貧困、健康狀況不佳和處於無家可歸。 有些甚至目前正受苦受難在混亂和戰區中

雖然人多,但問題不是資源問題,而是人性問題造成的分配不均。因此,人類的基本問題是人本性敗壞,因此我們處於屬靈的爭戰中。然而,人性的敗壞是由於亞當和夏娃被魔鬼欺騙而引入世界的罪孽。 魔鬼是上帝創造的大天使。 不幸的是,由於他的貪婪和驕傲,魔鬼叛亂反對上帝。以下是解釋這一觀察的幾節經文:

1. 起初,上帝創造了一個完美的世界,包括亞當和夏娃 創世記 1:31, 2:1-2
31 神看著一切所造的都甚好。有晚上,有早晨,是第六日。2 天地萬物都造齊了。 2 到第七日,神造物的工已經完畢,就在第七日歇了他一切的工,安息了。

2. 由於魔鬼的欺騙,罪通過亞當進入了世界 羅馬書 5:12, 罪由亞當而來恩由基督而得, 12 這就如罪是從一人入了世界,死又是從罪來的,於是死就臨到眾人,因為眾人都犯了罪。

3. 人性的敗壞,如一切惡行,都是來自敗壞的世界 約翰一書 2:15-17, 15 不要愛世界和世界上的事。人若愛世界,愛父的心就不在他裡面了。 16 因為凡世界上的事,就像肉體的情慾、眼目的情慾並今生的驕傲,都不是從父來的,乃是從世界來的。 17 這世界和其上的情慾都要過去,唯獨遵行神旨意的,是永遠常存。

 

既然人與人之間的一切矛盾,歸根結底都是來自搶奪情慾、權勢、金錢等人性的敗壞,最根本的問題就是對造物主的反叛。 由於世界已被傳播媒體空中之王子(魔鬼)篡奪,歷史證明人類無法解決人類的問題,除非人類悔改解決人性敗壞的最根本問題。
有人可能會責怪上帝允許世界出現不公正的情況。 但聖經清楚地指出,上帝不願有一人沉淪,乃願人人都悔改, 寬限期延長是讓悔改的罪人能回到上帝面前的。
彼得後書 3:9,
9 主所應許的尚未成就,有人以為他是耽延,其實不是耽延,乃是寬容你們,不願有一人沉淪,乃願人人都悔改。

時間至關重要。 這是上帝應許將惡人送入地獄永火的最後審判之前的寬限期。

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Observation of Information and Technology

 

The industrial revolution of late 18th century introduced machines and automation in our society. The revolution of information and communication in 20th century changes how we receive information and internet commerce. We are indeed in the age of information overflow. However, we also face the problems of discernment regarding the truthfulness of the information on various platform including news media.

 

The corruption of human nature causes the conflicts among various value and political systems. Historically, we observe the conflicts between rich and poor, between kings and subjects, between various social classes, etc. We can summarize them as conflicts between light and dark, or righteous and evil.

 

Control of information distribution to the mass and control of communication platforms have been the main areas of conflicts among various powers in the world. Nowadays, various communication platforms  were developed by technical giants. Thus, technical elites have the power of controlling types of information available to the public through their technologies. We should never under-estimate the tremendous power of such control on the societies we live in.

 

To some extent, control of communication platform and data one can access amount to the control of one’s mind. Hidden value systems and agenda can be part of the mind control to bias the popular viewpoints and opinions. Hence, it is the individual’s duty to make sure what kind of bias and hidden agenda underlined the news or information available to him/her. It is extremely difficult to discern fake news or mixed data. Therefore, Christians! be watchful always!

 

One of the best dicernment is to compare the policies and executive actions with the biblical teaching. It is not what they say but what they do. Watch out for the wolves in lamb skin and the demons pretending to be angels.

 

觀察資訊和科技

18 世紀後期的工業革命在我們的社會中引入了機器和自動化。 20 世紀的信息和通信革命改變了我們接收信息和互聯網商務的方式。 我們確實處於信息氾濫的時代。 但是,我們也面臨著包括新聞媒體在內的各個平台對信息真實性的辨別問題。

 

人性的敗壞導致各種價值觀和政治制度的衝突。 歷史上,我們觀察到了貧富之間、君臣之間、社會各階層之間的矛盾等等,我們可以把它們概括為光明與黑暗、正義與邪惡的衝突。

 

控制向大眾傳播的信息和控制通訊平台一直是世界各國衝突的主要領域。 如今,各種通信平台都是由技術巨頭開發的。 因此,技術精英有能力通過他們的技術控制公眾可以獲得的信息類型。 我們永遠不應該低估這種控制對我們所生活社會的巨大影響。

 

在某種程度上,控制通信平台和一個人可以收到的數據就等於控制了一個人的思想。 隱藏的價值體系和議程可以成為思想控制的一部分,以影響大眾觀點和意見。 因此,個人有責任確定什麼樣的偏見和隱藏的議程躲在他/她可以獲得的新聞或信息裡面。 辨別假新聞或真假混合數據極其困難。 因此,基督徒時刻保持警惕!

 

辨別的關鍵方法之一是將各種政策和行政行為與聖經教導進行比較。 重要的不是他們說了什麼,而是他們做了什麼! 小心披著羊皮的狼和偽裝成天使的惡魔!

 

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Reminders... 提醒

Only God - See Deut 6:4-5
Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

我們神是獨一的主

以色列阿,你要聽!耶和華 ─ 我們神是獨一的主。

你要盡心, 盡性、盡力愛耶和華─你的神。(申6:4-5)

 

There is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.(See 1 Coringthians 8:6)

然而我們只有一位神,就是父,

萬物都本於他,我們也歸於他.

並有一位主,就是耶穌基督,

萬物都是藉著他有的, 我們也是藉著他有的。(歌林多前書 8:6)


 

Supremacy of Jesus Christ our Lord - Phil 2:9-11; Col 1:15-20

The name which is above every name that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

主耶穌的絕對優越性—無不口稱耶穌為主 (西 1:15-20)

所以,神將他升為至高,

又賜給他那超乎萬名之上的名, 叫一切在天上的、地上的,和地底下的,因耶穌的名無不屈膝,無不口稱耶穌基督為主,使榮耀歸與父神。(腓2:9-11)

 

 

Inerrancy of Holy Scripture Psalm 19:7-9, Matt 5:18

Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

 

聖經的精確性(詩 19:7-9)

馬太福音 5:18

我實在告訴你們,

就是到天地都廢去了,

律法的一點一畫也不能廢去,

都要成全。 

 

 

Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - John 3:16-18

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Go

主耶穌榮耀無比的十字架

神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的,不至滅亡,反得永生。 因為神差他的兒子降世,不是要定世人的罪,乃是要叫世人因他得救。 信他的人,不被定罪;不信的人,罪已經定了,因為他不信神獨生子的名。

(約翰福音 3:16-18)

 



Obedience to God is much better than offering sacrifices - Hos 6:6

我喜愛良善(或譯:憐恤),

不喜愛祭祀;

喜愛認識神,勝於燔祭。

(何西阿書 6:6)

 

For I delight in loyalty 
 rather than sacrifice. 
And in the knowledge of 
God rather than burnt 
offerings. 

(Hos 6:6)

 

 

The righteous shall live by faith alone - Habbakuk 2:4

義人因信得生  迦勒底人自高自大,心不正直;惟義人因信得生。(哈巴谷書2:4)

 

 

Self-denial and be patient in enduring afflictions are the God's ways for us in following Jesus Christ our Lord - Matthew 16:24

於是耶穌對門徒說:若有人要跟從我,就當捨己,背起他的十字架來跟從我。

(馬太福音 16:24)

 

Goal of Redemption is in Sanctification of the Spirit, through Obedience to Jesus Christ, and be Holy to the LORD. Be Ye Holy, For I am Holy.

(1 Peter 1:15-16; Lev 11:45)

救贖的目的是藉著聖靈,順服耶穌基督,歸耶和華為聖。 你們要聖潔,因為我是聖潔的。(彼得前書1:15-16; 利11:45)

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