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The Most Thoughtful Yet Depressing Mormon Hymn (satire)

After first hearing Hymn 197 - O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown - I almost wanted to leave sacrament meeting.

If this song is sung "thoughtfully", then its apt for Easter which fits all the Easter songs in the Hymnbook. Most members fumble through it like singing it might put a curse on their crops.

Even I cannot reach the lowest notes; though, being a guy, I cannot hit High C.

Anyway, to give you an idea of what makes this song depressing, I will quote the whole thing.

1.O Savior, thou who wearest
A crown of piercing thorn,
The pain thou meekly bearest,
Weigh'd down by grief and scorn.
The soldiers mock and flail thee;
For drink they give thee gall;
Upon the cross they nail thee
To die, O King of all.

2.No creature is so lowly,
No sinner so depraved,
But feels thy presence holy
And thru thy love is saved.
Tho craven friends betray thee,
They feel thy love's embrace;
The very foes who slay thee
Have access to thy grace.

3.Thy sacrifice transcended
The mortal law's demand;
Thy mercy is extended
To ev'ry time and land.
No more can Satan harm us,
Tho long the fight may be,
Nor fear of death alarm us;
We live, O Lord, thru thee.

4.What praises can we offer
To thank thee, Lord most high?
In our place thou didst suffer;
In our place thou didst die,
By heaven's plan appointed,
To ransom us, our King.
O Jesus, the anointed,
To thee our love we bring!

Text: Karen Lynn Davidson, b. 1943. © 1985 IRI Music: Hans Leo Hassler, 1564–1612; adapted by J. S. Bach, 1685–1750 2 Nephi 2:6–9 Matthew 27:26–31, 34–35


Love One Another: Being Nonjudgmental and Accepting of Other Faiths

In this article I begin by examining Jesus' commandment against judging others, thus demonstrating the folly of condemning others due to an exception of one of the Commandments of God.

For it is our love for one another as Christians who help each other realize the value of being nonjudgmental and accepting of other faiths.

In Matthew 7:1-3, Matthew, one of the followers of Jesus, wrote:
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"

These verses advise us to be nonjudgmental since we each see life from our own point of view, and rarely see it from another person's view point. Yet, through compassion and love for others, it is possible to see the whole picture by simply listening to their story about their lives.

In John 8:1-11 is the story of the adulteress. A woman is accused by scribes and Pharisees of adultery, but Jesus told them "he who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone." After realizing their consciences were not clear, all of the men left, until just Jesus and the woman remained. He asked if any of her accusers remained to condemn her, which she replied "No man, Lord." In response, he said "Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more."

This quote tells us not to condemn others. With the verses in Matthew 7 and John 8, Jesus' commands are clear: judge no one, not even yourself and condemn no one of a sin.

By condemning that woman, the scribes and Pharisees will have committed the sin of murder despite their exception to God's commandment of it.

Only a person who is innocent of all sin may judge others, yet few of us are of such innocence. Yet, by repenting of a sin, we are ready to learn from the act of repentance to refrain from sinning again.

What Jesus commands is that a god-fearing man ought to refrain from judging others lest they condemn someone and commit a greater sin of false accusation (lying about another person's character or conduct).

In response to sin, Jesus commanded "that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that he love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:34)

By loving one another, and remaining nonjudgmental, we as Christians refrain from condemning other people. In the process, the Christian becomes more accepting of others because of her love and respect for both herself and other people.

When it comes time to share your faith with others, it is wise to remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:6:

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."

In other words, share what is sacred only with people of like mind. For they alone will respect your faith and how you worship.

Be not foolish and preach to anyone who has shown that they refuse to respect your faith, lest they point out the differences between their faith and yours disrespectfully until the both of you commit littles sins in defending your respective faiths.

Instead only share the truth of your faith, be it doctrine or otherwise, using scripture with fellow members of your faith.

Thus, it is wise to agree with your fellow Christians of other faiths on the basic principles of the Christ-centered life: love one another - even your enemies - and judge no one (Matthew 5:43-48, Matthew 22:37-40).


Jesus Said Love Your Enemies and One Another

Jesus said:
Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.
Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you,
and when they shall separate you
from their company, and shall reproach you,
and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy:
for, behold, your reward is great in heaven:
for in the like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
- Luke 6:20-24

He who loves money as much as he does God, yet persecutes his brothers and sisters of God for common law sins, he is yet a hypocrite that violates the two commandments of the Christ Jesus that ye love one another and that ye love your enemies, keeping them safe from harm.

Woe to those hypocrites that amass riches and hate their brothers and sisters whose only sin is to share their love in a strange manner, and are deprived of equality in marriage, promoting it as though matrimony is godly when it was assimilated from the Romans.

For the love of money truly is the root of all evil, more so than all sexual sins. Indeed, a miser - despite claims to love God - loves money more than the Christ himself, and clings in vain to it rather than giving it away out of charity. Though they may be rich in the flesh, the rich are poor in spirit by choosing filthy lucre over holiness.

What good is the bliss of the wealthy when in such ignorance, gold is more precious than the mercy of God?

It said by the Only-Begotten to love your enemies and to clothe and feed them, yet hate not the sinner whose sins you use to discriminate just because that sinner holds liberty of greater value than conformity.

For the love of money is a much worse sin than loving strange bedfellows, and likewise the hatred of one's fellow humankind because they are not of your tribe or considered less than you and your tribe is equally much worse than they who you hate.

It is better to hate the sin than to hate the sinner. Indeed, it is better to love the sinner and to condone the sin, save the sin of forgetting God (apostasy).

They who love God yet amass wealth to benefit only their tribe are no better than Pharisee or Sadducee alike. In the spirit of loving one another, the Christ urges us to share our wealth, both material and spiritual, with those of us less fortunate, regardless of whether they are Christian, Jew, Muslim, or apostate.

We need less of spiritual warfare against the devil and more spiritual welfare for people in poverty, both physical and spiritual. We need less hatred against the sinner and more love for the sinner, for none of us are perfect, not even the chosen ones.

Even if a sinner is not one of us - neither is he one of them - Jesus would ask of us to be humble and be charitous not only to the children of Abraham but also to the Gentiles whose sinful ways we dare not consider out of respect to God.

Hatred has no place at all in any faith. For loving-kindness is the fruit of the Christ's command to love one another and especially, to love your enemies.


The Folly of Offering a Spiritual Cure for Addiction

Last night at work, I spotted members of the local church holding an addiction seminar at the recreation center.

This church offers the cure of Jesus Christ for addictions.

Sadly they brought pamphlets, which would lead to pollution so I threw the four that I found in the nearest garbage can.

IMHO the cure for addiction is to be of service to other people. Even keeping the earth green is a higher calling. Yet a religious organization that is not eco-friendly is not keeping the earth that God created clean.

That these church members don't get this shows that their cure is merely a substitution of a deadly addiction with godliness and its potential to be abused.

All the paper pollution that these ex-addicts left behind show that they are the road to a spiritual addiction which will blind them to true service to their fellow mankind.

For godly people are sorely tempted to consider themselves better than a sinner who abases himself by praying meekly, "Lord, have mercy on me a sinner."


Honor Thy Mother

Recently I have been fighting with my mother. After a long prayer about the situation in my personal life, I have come to realize that the only way to deal with her is to tell her "I love you" regardless if what she says or does.

For Jesus said "love one another", and this applies especially to the commandment to honor my parents. Jesus also said "love your enemies" and dedicate yourself to their welfare. Yet my greatest enemy is always my selfish desires.

Even though I may mistake my mother for my enemy, the only true enemy is self-will.

So from this day forward I shall try to transform my selfishness into the selflessness as I listen to my mother in respectful silence.

Indeed, Love is the only response to a mother who misuses the commandment to "honor thy father and mother." For this is too the commandment of the Christ: to honor my mother by responding with love to anything she says or does.

All that I am capable of doing is to respond in a loving and compassionate manner, regardless of her behavior. For love conquers all, and my actions from this day forward shall reflect my determination to practice what I preach.

So shall I dedicate myself to honor my mother in a gentle and kind manner for the sake of our family.

The Light Outside of the Bushel

In Christianity Jesus is sometimes called the Light of Christendom. Similarly Amida Buddha is the Light of Buddhism wisdom.

Just as Jesus is the Light of the West, so too is Amida Buddha the light of the East. Though it is said that east is east, and west is west, but never in between do they meet, solely in the name of religious pluralism do I find that both Amida and the Christ symbolize the divine in the East and in the West, respectively.

Figuratively speaking, the Light of the West shines brightly in my heart while the Light of the East shines within the bushel of my life before being born again as a Mormon.

And in my heart, I am made whole as a spiritual being due to my faith in Jesus, and my subtle reverence for Amida. This is not a case of serving two masters but the affirmation of the spirit of religious pluralism.

For I serve only the Light, and have a deep spiritual connexion both with the East and the West, due to being born Japanese in Canada.


A Tale of Two LANs (satire)

It was the best of LANs, both wireless and wired, on my EPC1000HE but the speed test results were text, and not easily viewed from here. So I looked for the statistics as an image file and found them.

Here they are, simply placed with iamges and links to the statistics for both LANs.

Wireless LAN test results (asDSL WiFi):

Wireless LAN test results (access point):

LAN test results:

It appears that the wireless LAN is faster than the wired LAN, overall. You might think the download speed is a factor in determining speed but it is the ping of 22 milliseconds that indicates that WiFi is faster than a wired connexion.

Indeed, it helps too that the access point and aDSL modem/router are nearby, within 3 feet of my netbook.

My only pet peeve is Firefox makes the Adobe Flash Speedtest app by OOKLA flicker during each test.

However, this and the lofting of Chrome browser led to use of Firefox instead. Because it isn't Speedtest, I am only mentioning it to admit that this EPC1000He with 2GB RAM and an ATOM 270/280 CPU can't handle Chrome.

For advanced Linux users:

Regarding hardware, the Atheros 9280 lan/wlan PCI-E half-size card, sourced by AzureWave Technologies for Qualcom, has its 5G channel disabled in Linux. This is due to the driver, ath9k.

Here's a look at dmesg with grep looking for the string "9280":
$ dmesg|grep -i 9280
[ 13.197541] ieee80211 phy0: Atheros AR9280 Rev:2 mem=0xf8520000, irq=19


Why I Don't Have Issue With the Same-Sex Marriage Decision in America

As a Mormon, I would like to say that Jesus commanded us to love one another; he also told us who are Christian to love our enemies. In short, Christendom ought to be loving toward the LGBT community on this decision, because the State has ruled for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender People.

Thus any hatred against the LGBT is a bigger moral sin than homosexuality itself. If a gay couple is harmed because of this decision and it is found that a Christian did it, then he is anathema to Christendom, because he violated Jesus' commandment to love one another.

However, this is merely my opinion and it is mine to maintain and treasure. While everyone quibbles about the black and white aspects of this decision, my respect for the LGBT community is colored like the rainbow.