Japan entry 9,

July 16th part 4,

This is it.  The home of the Otani family is very beuatiful.  It is much larger than I would have thought.  The people have told me that they believe in differnt gods for different places.  They also worship their ancestors.

About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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  1. you are IN JAPAN? WHY? that’s no fair. take me on a trip one day. or come with me. is it a deal? introduce me to some hot japanese ASS. haha, just kidding.but anyway… i commenting back about my entry.1. yes, self-centeredness is not necessarily a bad thing, unless you are using it for a gain of material things, people’s feelings, etc. i don’t do this, but i just try to live my life the way i want to live it, without harm to others.2. the song on my xanga is the new zero, by rasputina. they are a positive gothic neo-classical group of sexy women on cellos.3. yes, i know that there are absolutes, like god and his love, which are timeless. in fact, there is no time. everything that has ever happened has happened in this moment now. but we can change our futures if we lead them. and blah blah blah. i’m sure you don’t want to hear it. heheha.4. i want to know you, too. you are interisante.5. no hard feelings, EVER, about our beliefs. they may conflict at times, but we are not beliefs. we are what we are.6. i ate 5 marshmallows and i’m, shankin.

  2. I had no idea that you were in Japan. I, of course, recognized your absence from APUSH, but I didn’t know why you were absent. It seems so random and strange…Daniel

  3. Hey, I’m doing great! Just got back on after a while, and decided to write you back. It’s nice to meet ya. I hope that you didn’t mind me just commenting you out of the blue. Hope to here from you soon.
    OH…My name is Megan, I’m 18, a Senior at Bureau Valley High School, and…yeah…just comment if you’d like to know more. :DHave a great day, and God Bless!

  4. spencer, i knew you’d have something to say about that entry. haha.
    you tell me to be careful with what i “tamper” with, but i do not see myself as leading a dangerous life or taking a road to destruction. my road is a field of freedom, which is love, also. you say that not everything is “of god”, but that would mean that there are things that god “is not” which cannot be. god is the all and the everything, the up and the down, the blue and the red, and the good and the evil. just because something is evil does not mean that it does not serve a purpose. and this is in the bible, too.
    secondly, the concept of time is an illusion that we work into our lives everyday, and i’ll tell you how [in person] if you’d like. actually, it DOES exist, but we overemphasize it. that is what i should say. and just because of that, i am not saying that we do not have free will. quite the contrary. EXTREMELY contrary. god knows exactly we’ll do in our futures, but that does not mean we did not choose it. and i think you know this, too.
    i know your scriptures back up what you want to be telling me, but i have the wisdom to back mine up, also, so let’s duke it out, home boy. haha, i was being a bit facetious, but i would like to hear your thoughts as much as you’d probably like to hear mine. in person. this internet bizz is hard. yes, we’ll talk. soon enough.
    goodbye spence. dear.

  5. Hey Spenc,To answer your question, I’m not entirly sure that I will be attending NC. I’m going to go to Sauk Valley Community College, then probably see where to go from there if I have the financial means to go. I’d like to, but I’m praying about it first. How have you been doing? What was it like in Japan? Give some details to this small town girl who has never left Illinois. 😀 I know crazy huh? Well I better get going. Hope to hear from you soon.Megan

  6. Hey there, I’m doing better, been sick for a while, but that’s alright. I hope that your brother had a happy birthday. Pray that I would come to a conclusion about school. I’ve consisered going to Sauk Valley, a community college near my home first. I’m hoping to at least visit NC sometime in the near future. I will talk with you later. Take care.Megan

  7. touche, darling.i did not say that god was evil, because god is love. BUT, god resides inside all of us and is not an outside force. we have the capacity for evil, because god decided to put us in the realm of the relative, so we could love. no evil, no love. now, i do not believe that we would DIE if in the presence of god just because we are “sinners”. we are ALWAYS in the presense of god!and i put “sinners” in quotes because what one calls sin, the other calls good. i call masturbation good, but you call it bad. one calls taking somebody off of life support good, and one calls it bad. it all depends on the outlook. life is the outlook! and god did not want to intervene on our outlook, so he let us have ours.AHHHH, too much to type. i can’t do it anymore. you have insights though, that make me think. that is what i’m here to do. in person. we’ll have that coffee.

  8. hey, i just read your last post.  dont see pride and prejudice.  7 dollars for a 2 n a half hour nap.  not worth it.  i went with two of my friends (both girls, both heard the book was really good, both love those kind of movies, just like me), and yeah, all three, hands down, worst movie ever.  just thought id save ya the money.
    peace out

  9. somehow you are saying that god is not present at times. that is IMPOSSIBLE. god is internal and has been there from day one, and even before. in no way possible can god not be present. think about this. don’t think about scripture. think about the concept.

  10. [response to part one]remember, this is not a battle, but a conversation… and i’m willing to have it. hurhur.first of all, let’s check out the definition of relative.Relative – Considered in comparison with something else: [example] = the relative quiet of the suburbs.what is quiet if loud is not heard? i don’t exactly understand how you can feel that this realm is unrelative in any way. that is why we’re here, after all, to experience through god which we choose. if we lived in the realm of the absolute as god and with her, we could only experience the All and the Everything. and when we choose to do so, we will once again.if you believe that god created adam and eve as first man and first woman, then your story sounds pretty good to me. but if you believe that man has evolved, then your story does quote: “A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.”-corinthians, 11:7but i quote: “In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.”-corinthians 11:11-12it’s all about the context, is it not?the bible refers to god as a “he” but hindu scriptures refer to god as “it” to devoid god of any specific gender. i found a website which explains hindu basics, and it also explains context, with the great example of gravity. gravity is good: it’s the force that binds us to this very planet… but it is bad, for the man pushed from the nine-story building knows this. bible believes that male is somehow superior to female, but are we not all equal in godliness? are we not all lovable creatures in different ways? we are “different than” and not “better than”. separateness is what creates disputes and murders and wars. We Are All One and we are all of the infinite source, whether i decide to call her a he or a she or a charlie.i’m probably not done, either, but it’s 2:00 in the morning and DAMN, i need dream-time.

  11. okay, about relativity… i thought about what you’ve said about god being in the presence of sin and that it is not possible. i’ll think of it your way for a second. god cannot be in the presence of sin because then, that person would be holy instead of sinful.BUT, god created sin! this means that it came from the ultimate source. it doesn’t make sense to say that god isn’t in the presence of something, especially if she created it.i see the two sides, but somehow they don’t add up.yin and yang coexist seperately, yes, i agree. but they make up a whole. without one, the whole does not exist. like man and woman. and thank you for clearing up that men and women are, in fact, equals. because they truly are, and i don’t want to be seen as made in the image of man, as if women were lesser. i would be dissapointed the same way if it was said that man was made in the image of woman.god has shown himself to be masculine within the bible. in other texts, god has been the goddess, the great one, the great spirit, etc. i agree that god is genderless.but, one thing i don’t agree with is how you dismiss the hindu texts simply because they are not the bible. on that website i gave you, some very logical points are made about life, god, and man, but you won’t take a look simply because they are not the bible. if something is more logical than the bible, would you accept it as truth? not to judge you, but i think you’d be stubborn, as most with their own religions. not that that’s a bad thing, because everybody wants to guard their truth, but if one doesn’t change for LOGIC then evolution can’t occur and we would stay in a world of turmoil, which has been the case for well over 2,000 years.keegan posted this article on his site, and it shows this wisdom demonstrated. here:

  12. Our Faith in Scienceby Tenzin Gyatso The New York Times, November 12, 2005, Washington SCIENCE has always fascinated me. As a child in Tibet, I was keenly curious about how things worked. When I got a toy I would play with it a bit, then take it apart to see how it was put together. As I became older, I applied the same scrutiny to a movie projector and an antique automobile. At one point I became particularly intrigued by an old telescope, with which I would study the heavens. One night while looking at the moon I realized that there were shadows on its surface. I corralled my two main tutors to show them, because this was contrary to the ancient version of cosmology I had been taught, which held that the moon was a heavenly body that emitted its own light. But through my telescope the moon was clearly just a barren rock, pocked with craters. If the author of that fourth-century treatise were writing today, I’m sure he would write the chapter on cosmology differently. If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding reality. By learning from science about aspects of reality where its understanding may be more advanced, I believe that Buddhism enriches its own worldview.

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