Friday, September 16, 2011

Three Classifications for a Successful Life

Tell me what you think of this paper. Leave a comment and grade it honestly please. I value all your opinions.

Classification: A class is a group of things or situations that share one or more characteristics prescribed to determine membership in the class.

Having a successful life is in itself a classification. Here are three sub classifications that you need to have a spiritually successful life.

⦁Keeping priorities on the eternal. Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Great possessions such as money, cars, land and mansions will soon be forgotten and nonexistent. Everything in this world that is a possession that we consider to be a treasure will disappear with time. There is however treasures that will last for eternity.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. We do not know what we will earn in heaven, but we will be rewarded. Honor God in all that one thinks, says and does.

⦁Good influences. It is necessary to surround yourself with good company and uplifting fellowship. People that would fit into this class would be fellow church goers, friends and family, and teachers. Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. With bad leadership come bad followers. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals.” To have a successful life spiritually it is necessary to stay on the straight and narrow. The journey of faith is not one to be taken alone.

⦁Dependence on God Being dependent on God is the most important classification to having a successful life. To be dependent on God, one must forsake the flesh and the desire to lean on their own understandings. John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease." 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Leaning on the God in heaven is the only way to have a successful life.

Josh Martin

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thesis paper for Biblical foundations of medicine

This is the most awkward paper I have had to write and the reading for the class was 10 times worse. (NO JOKE!)

Thesis: Hospital births should be preferred for mother and the child

I do not agree with this thesis. Listed below are the reasons I am against it:

⦁ God made women fully capable of bearing children and when doctors get involved they often cause complications. A home birth is a natural way to be fruitful and multiply the way God intended. Doctors will often do things to a child when it is born that is not necessary. That leads to point two.

⦁Every birth is individual and should not be processed as if it were a standard routine. When a few babies have a condition, hospitals will often adapt and start treating all babies as if they have the condition. Therefor your child could be subjected to treatments that are potentially harmful. Every birth is a miracle given to us by God and should be treated that way. A home birth offers security, privacy, and individual attention to detail.

⦁Hospital births became popular because of the relief from pain that it offered. For some women pain can be a very intimidating thought. The thought of a painless birth might sound too good to be true, but many are willing to try. In a hospital during the excitement of labor, you can’t be fully aware of everything going on around you and the doctors could possibly try a new procedure without informing you fully of what may happen.

⦁Health is greatly improved. In a hospital there a many more germs, which over time have grown accustom to the disinfectants and are much stronger than average germs. Why would you put a new born baby in a location that could be detrimental to its health? A midwife is just as capable of taking care of a new born baby as a doctor is, because midwives are either trained by another midwife for a good period of time, or certified as a nurse.

⦁The benefits of a doctor. Having checkups to make sure a baby is healthy and the process is going correctly is very important. When having a high risk pregnancy a doctor can be very helpful if something were to go wrong such as the loss of too much blood. If a catastrophe were to happen, hospitals are equipped with the correct tools to be of great assistance.

Conclusion If it is a low risk pregnancy it would be more beneficial to have a home birth. However there is risk in every pregnancy and every birth. Being ready to transfer to a hospital if the worst should happen is not a bad idea. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Josh Martin

Friday, September 9, 2011

Define a good definition

Here is a paper I turned in today.

Lexical Definition: A statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol.

⦁What a definition is not. It is not a repetitive statement that repeats itself to the point of repetition.

It should not be too negative and point out only what it’s not.

It should not use the word that is being described.

It should not describe the word in terms that no one can understand.

⦁A good definition: Strait to the point.

It should give synonyms of the word being described.

It should cover only what needs to be covered to make it clear.

How definitions are viewed in scripture 1 Corinthian 14:20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

We are told here in 1 Corinthians that we need to think maturely and not blow off the responsibility. We are to make ourselves clear and not speak in riddles. State what needs to be known and not what doesn’t.

The importance of a good definition Pretty much everyone looks at a word differently. If I say “target” you might think of a shooting range while I’m thinking of a store with overpriced clothes. If this misunderstanding isn’t cleared up, who knows where the conversation will end up? A clear meaning of a word is important so that confusion can be cut to a minimum and costly mistakes can be avoided.

Conclusion A definition is worth taking the time to understand.

Josh Martin

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Critical Thinking

So, I decided to post some of the papers I have to write for College. My apologies, but you cant copy them and use them yourselves: )
This one is for my Critical Thinking and decernment class. And here we go!!!

Critical thinking is the ability to be able to think under pressure and in hard or difficult times. In the Bible critical thinking is exemplified multiple times. Such as seen in the book of Job, as he goes through his trials.

Job had land, family and wealth, but most of all, he enjoyed his relationship with God. When Job suffered attacks on his faith, there was a prime opportunity to see his true character. After he loses everything he has in no time at all, Satan attacks him with his health and one thing that was surely one of the most important things he had-- his wife.

Job 2:9-10 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die." 10But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?"[a] In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

When Job’s helper-completer turns against him and God, Job has to do some critical thinking. He can either join his wife, curse God and die, or he can optimize his faith. After everything he just went through, it would have been much easier to give in to the peer pressure, but because of his undying love for God he was able to make the right decision.

Another example of critical thinking is King Saul. In 1 Samuel, Saul is ordered to destroy the Amalekites. 1 Samuel 15:3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them.

Saul went and gathered an army, went on his way and later in the chapter, attacked. 1 Samuel 15:8 8 He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

When he did this it greatly displeased the Lord. Saul had a chance to do the right thing or the wrong thing and sadly he chose to disobey God. Saul said that he would sacrifice the animals to God, but Samuel says in verse 22 “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.” Unlike Job, Saul gave in to the pressure and decided to keep all the good things available and because of it he lost his throne.

The quality of critical thinking is something that must be developed. It is an essential thing to have in life and without it we would all end up trying to please the flesh and not God.

Josh Martin