Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Google immediately indexes Blogspot blog posts.

Google immediately indexes Blogspot blog posts.

Makes sense, since Google owns Blogspot.com (blogger.com).

I've tested this with a couple blogs. By putting a unique phrase (that's no where else on the web, I checked first) in a post, I've ensured that it "should" rank high when it's indexed by (added to) Google.

Yup. Within a minute, it shows up on Google.

So if immediacy is one of your priorities, consider hosting your blog at blogger.com.

I'm not sure if it works the same way if you use blogger.com as your blog administration tool (interface, front-end, etc.), but host it somewhere else under your own domain name. But I'm guessing that it does.

Even after several days, Bing and Yahoo have not indexed the same posts.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

A treatise on forgiveness.

Comments I made elsewhere that I want to preserve. Slightly edited.

I found it hard to forgive because I was taught a false meaning of forgiveness. I had been taught that forgiveness was akin to absolving the offender. I had been taught (wrongly) that to forgive someone meant that you had to either 1) pretend the offense never happened, or 2) pretend that the offense wasn’t harmful.

Both of those ideas of what forgiveness is can be very poisonous to the offended party.

I’ve since learned that forgiveness is turning the offender and the offense over to Christ, and accepting Christ’s atonement as having done two things: 1) paying the price of the offense on the part of the offender, and 2) paying to heal the wound on the part of the offended party.

Forgiveness is not pretending anything, such as “it didn’t hurt” or “it doesn’t matter” or “it didn’t happen.”

Forgiveness is acknowledging that Christ paid for that offense and thereby Christ has the right to judge the offender and either forgive (as in absolve) or punish the offender.

Forgiveness also encompasses the victim calling upon Christ’s atonement for healing from whatever wounds were caused by the offense/sin.

Forgiveness in the sense that I’m describing doesn’t depend on whether or not the offender repents or not. That is because Christ paid the price (both for the sinner, and the healing of the victim) regardless of whether the sinner repents or not.

I had to realize this “new” (to me) definition of forgiveness in order to get over some wounds that I had suffered at the hands of people who had hurt me.

Emotional and spiritual wounds from abuse in this life often can’t be totally healed in this life. It will take until the resurrection to make some of those hurts go away. But to the degree that we can “apply” the atonement, we can be healed to a degree in this life, and we can forgive in this life.

I’ve tasted what it’s like to have the Light of Christ completely withdrawn for just a few seconds at a time. (D&C 19:20) I imagine it is what outer darkness or “Hell” must be like, to be totally outside of any spiritual radiation that comes from God and Christ.

If you ever feel like “Someone must PAY!”, then please realize that Jesus DID pay. And for those who don’t or won’t repent, it won’t take long in that temporary version of outer darkness that we call ‘Hell’ for them to actually pay the price through suffering of their own.

One human forgiving another does not absolve the offender or "cancel" the sin. The Lord will not withhold justice merely because the victim forgives, if the offender fails to repent to the extent that he can and that the Lord expects.

The scriptures back this up where the prophets have written “The Lord judge between thee and me.” IE, the prophets say to turn the judgement over to the Lord.

It is possible, and I think Christ requires it, for us to forgive others before Christ absolves or “cancels” the sin on the part of the offender.

Under the “turning it over to Christ” definition, forgiveness can happen as soon the offense is committed.

For a good treatise on how victims can view offenses, and “let them go” and not let them eat at you, see “The Enchiridion” by Epictetus.


and another translation here:


If you come across a passage that you don’t understand, or don’t see the logic behind, check out the other translation. Using the two together on a difficult passage fleshes out the author’s intent better.

Epictetus was not a Christian, but there is a lot of overlap between the Stoic philosophy that he espoused and Christianity.

In fact, I’d recommend everyone who has unhealed wounds caused by the offenses of others to read Epictetus’ Enchiridion. There’s a lot of good stuff in there about how to let go of things we don’t have any control over. Epictetus was able to put the concept of Christian forgiveness into language I could finally understand.

For cancellation of the sin on the part of the sinner, and healing on the part of the victim, Christ does seem to require some action of both parties: the sinner must repent, and the victim must forgive.


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Comment to a discouraged single in the church.

________, sounds like you’re one of the “broken toys” that ______’s bishop spoke of.

I know, I know, “It takes one to know one.” So be it.

There’s a lot more going on than you realize, both with yourself and with others. (More so with yourself.) But if you stick with the gospel, you’ll grow and heal, and eventually transform into the kind of person who will be more desirable. It may take some time though. Some guys don’t “wake up” (or come out of their chrysalis) until they are in their 40’s or 50’s.

But the gospel applies to everyone, single or married, happy or sad, whole or broken, (young or old, bond or free, etc.). Actually, if I read the scriptures correctly, the gospel applies even more so to the sad and broken. The Lord came to heal the sick. The church is a hospital for sinners and the spiritually wounded, not a showcase for saints.

If you live the gospel consistently and with any degree of devotion, the spiritual, psychological and emotional wounds eventually heal. And if you live the gospel, plus go to some kind of professional counselor, the psychological and emotional wounds can heal even faster.

I’m in my 50’s, and never been married, and I’m still learning what my dysfunctions are. My friends say that I’ve made noticeable improvement since I came back to church.

I firmly believe that if I hadn’t gone inactive, I would have made improvement all the sooner. But those 15 years of inactivity were spent not only spinning my wheels, and losing the time, but going backwards as well.

Single or married, DO NOT GO INACTIVE! The gospel is for EVERYONE, single or married. Don’t let the married people shame you out of the church. The church is for YOU as well as for them.

If anyone makes you feel unwelcome in church, tell them so. And report their unwelcoming behavior to the bishop, so they won’t hound any more singles out of the church.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Somali at gas station. Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

04/02/2010. 1238. I had lunch at a combination gas station/convenience store. As I was getting ready to leave, a man came in who was speaking in a foreign language on his cell phone, and he appeared to be from Africa.

I kind of dilly-dallied a bit hoping to be around when he got off the phone, but he never did. So I left when he did, and I decided to just interrupt him before he got into his car.

I spoke to him from across his car so as not to appear threatening. He was near the driver door, and I stayed near the front corner on the passenger side. He didn't seem to mind when I asked him what language he was speaking. He said Somali. And he was very interested when I said I had free church material in Somali. So I asked him to wait there while I retrieved it from my car. I brought back the Somali "Gospel Fundamentals" and an English copy of the same.

Since most Somalis are Muslim, I asked if he was Muslim or Christian. He said Muslim, but he was very interested in the material and eagerly accepted it. Though he did politely decline to receive the English copy.

We chit-chatted a bit about which Somali restaurant he likes in town, how long he's been here, etc. It was a very pleasant encounter. He was a cool guy, very friendly.

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