Why non-Christians dislike Christianity

    I heard a preacher on the radio today talking about all of the different religions that are out there, and something he said caught my attention. He said that, out of all the religious beliefs in the world, the one that non-Christian people always seem to be nervous about is Christianity. I agree with him. Non-Christians are quick to promote tolerance, but yet they don’t want us to say “Merry Christmas” because it may offend someone (which, by the way, makes no sense because by not saying “Merry Christmas”, it offends Christians).
    Many of these people seem to always be looking for ways to take out Christianity, which brings up a very interesting point. I believe the reason why non-Christians dislike Christianity so much is because, deep down, they know that it’s true.
    Revelation 3:20 says, “… I stand at the door and knock.” You see, every time non-Christians hear about Christianity, Jesus begins knocking at their door. Think about it… if someone kept knocking at your door, even after you decided not to open it, wouldn’t you begin to feel angry? I believe this is what is happening to non-Christians. They may be feeling angry, but what they don’t know is that Jesus sees how terrible the future is for them, and He wants to save them from it. If my house was burning up and I didn’t know it, wouldn’t you keep trying to get my attention? Jesus is doing the same thing to non-Christians today.
    So, if we ever begin to worry about people trying to take away Christianity, just remember why they are doing it in the first place: Jesus is knocking at their door. Pray for them that somehow they will decide to open that door before it’s too late.

My idea on how to get rid of SPAM. Any takers?

    I’ve had this idea for a while and at one point in time was planning to implement it in the real world. However, due to time constraints, it never worked out.
    First, a little background information. A lot of web sites today use what has been coined CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart). The problem with this, however, is two-fold. First of all, most people are annoyed by having to enter the letters and numbers they see in a picture EVERY time they want to post a comment on a blog or a question on a message board. They’re even more annoyed when the characters are scrambled beyond recognition, thus forcing them to either refresh the page or use another means of verification. The other problem is that CAPTCHAs are not 100% effective (see “social engineering“).
    So, here’s my simple idea on how we could get around this. What if, instead of having to prove that they are humans to each individual website they visit, people could prove that they are humans only one time (or, maybe, once per day)?
    How could this be implemented? One way is if there were a website that would allow people to sign-in, take the CAPTCHA test once, and would keep them signed-in through out their internet session. Other sites could then determine if the user was signed-in, thus proving that they are human. This would take care of the annoyance problem, but what about the social engineering problem? This could be handled by requiring users of the website to pay a small monthly or annual fee, just enough to keep it anti-cost-effective for spammers. It seems that everyone would benefit from this, because the verification website could focus on new and improved ways of verifying humans, and the other sites could focus on their intended goals instead of having to worry about spammers. Privacy would be the only negative, although there are ways that this could be addressed.
    So, there you have it in a nutshell. If I get a lot of feedback on this, I may post more specifically on how this could be implemented; but for now, I just wanted to get the general idea out there so that someone might be inspired to put it to use.

Story of the Three Employees

    One bright, summer morning, Fred, an owner of a manufacturing company, held a meeting with three of his employees: John, Chris, and Mike. He informed them that he would be going on a business trip and had decided to leave each of them in charge of separate portions of his business. He told John that he would leave him in charge of manufacturing. He told Chris that he would leave him in charge of marketing. And finally, he told Mike that he would leave him in charge of maintenance. After their meeting was over, Fred left for his trip.

    The next day, the three employees began working under their new responsibilities. John quickly began researching the entire manufacturing process. He found ways to cut corners, refine processes, and reduce overhead. Chris also dove into research and found ways to increase market share and promotion. Mike, however, decided to leave maintenance as it was for fear that he would mess something up.

    After Fred returned from his trip, he went to each of them to find out how they had handled their new responsibilities. John reported that he had reduced manufacturing costs by fifty percent. Fred was overwhelmed with joy and promoted John to Vice President in charge of Manufacturing. Chris also reported wonderful news, saying that he had doubled their number of customers. Fred was exceedingly happy with this as well and promoted Chris to Vice President in charge of Marketing. However, when Mike reported that he had left everything alone so that nothing would go wrong, Fred was not pleased at all. He told Mike that he should have at least done a small amount of research, even if he didn’t implement his findings. Because Mike had done nothing with his new responsibilities, Fred fired him that same day and decided to give his salary to John.

    “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.” – Matthew 25:29 NLT

Many of you will probably recognize a similar story in the Bible (Matthew 25:14-30). I tried to give the “Story of the Three Servants” a more modern setting. I am praying that this will touch base with someone out there and that through it all, God will be glorified.

Welcome to my blog!

I’ve been wondering for weeks what my first blog post would be about. With it being the first day in a new year, I want to go ahead and post the obvious… HAPPY NEW YEAR! As I type this, my mind keeps going over those words. What constitutes HAPPY? What is happiness, anyway? True happiness, from my experience, comes only from one source (and here come the flame wars :-))…. Jesus Christ! No, for real, Jesus (aka God, and God Himself), is and are the only way anyone can experience true happiness. Finding His will for your life, and doing it, is a rollercoaster ride like no other! People are always looking for an escape, or a way to satisfy selfness. But, this only gives temporary (and fake) happiness. True happiness comes from the One who’s in charge of it all. So, whenever you tell someone, “HAPPY NEW YEAR”, remember where that happiness comes from. If you’re a Christian, share your joy with others. If you’re not a Christian, consider this an invitation to a better life. Wait a minute… let me re-phrase that. Consider this an invitation to life itself! Life without God is a joke… a prank being pulled by Satan. Life with God is life. Life without God is not life. Remember that!

For those of you who are interested, my name is Derek, and I am a 20-year old Christian, programmer, drummer, and techie. I will not always blog about what life is really about. Just whenever I feel led to. I’ll also be blogging about technology, music, and anything else that pops in my mind. If you don’t agree with something I have to say, please post a nice, friendly comment about it. If you do agree with one of my ideas, please post a nice, friendly comment about it ;-)). Okay, enough redundancy.

I’ll leave it at that. Look forward to some pretty interesting stuff (I hope) on this blog.

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