Sunday, May 17, 2015

Matthew 13

For a reason I don't remember, I signed up for a calculus class my sophomore year in college.  About 3 weeks in, I skipped a class (I really didn't like calculus) and ended up missing a vital lesson.  From then on nothing made sense and I never understood anything else from then on.  I ended up failing the course.

Matthew 13:12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.

Mark 4:13 Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?

Matthew 13:19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.

Romans 13:Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.

1 Corinthians 13:13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Matthew 13:23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”


Ronald Mahan said...

John - I must have shared your dislike of calculus. However, it was a required course to get the Chemical Engineering degree I was trying to get at Lamar Tech (in Beaumont, Texas. So failure was not an option - and I managed a passing grade - but no cigars!

Margery Bills said...

Yes, at the end of the second year of Spanish, I did not do some homework assignments. So I got a tutor and finished with a D. I don't like the look of F or D. :-)

Smack Mama said...

Wishing you a safe and fabulous week!

Larry G said...

Calculus teaches - critical thinking. it forces us to get rid of what we want to believe - and deal with the reality.

All these things we depend on - from cars to solar panels to phone/internet are based on disciplines that require critical thinking if they are going to get built and work.

It does not negate God or the important role of religion - but it does show us that God expects us to be responsible also.

Rev.jimmyleebob said...

Calculus..haven't thought of that in awhile. Had a calculus prof. in the early 70's named Sid. Sid appeared to be in his late 60's., or maybe he was a tweaker in his mid 30's. Sid didn't know or understand calculus but he didn't let that get in the way of teaching it. He had tenure.Me and another guy in the class used to do the dog look at each other, you know when you're talking to your dog and he doesn't have a clue but he's got his ears up,turning his head side to side...looking for one word he does know, like walk...woof

Larry G said...

yes... know it well and yes the horrible truth is that some teachers themselves don't understand it much less know how to teach it.

but having worked a career at learning how to lob missiles and other moving things - there simply is no other alternative if you are going to get it right in this world.

If you have a GPS or you have brakes on your car or you have a cell phone or any number of thousands of devices associated with things that move - if you want to do it - you gotta know how to use the math to do it.

we all benefit from it enormously - even as we think of it as a kind of disease we want no part of!


my point is - you can't live in the modern world on just what you believe. You have to also understand the "religion" of science.