08 June 2010

It pays to ask

The panda is not religious, but he likes religious philosophies and can read about those the whole day. His favorite Bible verse comes from Luke 11: 9-10.

It talks about why it pays to ask, seek, and knock than hang around and do nothing:

9 ”So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
    11 ”Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”    (Luke 11:9-12  NIV)

How about you, do you have a favorite religious phrase or quote?


The Reviewer said...

i also love that passage. it shows who God is -- not an entity that is just a product of our imagination. that in who we are, a glimpse of who he is can be seen. pero this is not to be misconstrued as God being like man because even in that area he has demonstrated that he is above that through Jesus Christ.

Rah said...

@ the reviewer, it is also interesting that in this passage jesus talks about the Holy Spirit.

You will find out, that this is a problematic phrase. Later on, in Acts 8:19 for example, someone asked for the Holy Spirit and was refused by god. hahaha.

look also at 1 john 5:14 (what we ask must be according to his will), that when someone asks for the holy spirit, it is dependent upon a "certain condition." I guess if i want an iphone, if it is not meant to be, i will not get it. talk about freedom (?)

this passage is not that as simple as it seems.

becomes quite frustrating, really... which makes the Bible more interesting.

Sasarai said...

Favorite quote? Well, simple quotes like Time is gold and Honesty is the best policy were my favorite quotes, kahit gasgas na, epektib pa rin and proven. Usually, I have my own set of quotes kaya wala akong favorite! :PP

Anonymous said...

i like this passage :)

The Reviewer said...

yes. the bible is not one dimensional to think that it's been permitted to last that way hanggang ngayon even going through the needle during the dark ages. it's been permitted to be what it is to us now, for our benefit because for all we know we could be speaking gibberish hehe

Rah said...

Damn right mr. reviewer. But put away the beliefs and doubts, one thing is certain - that book is a hell of a very very very interesting (and entertaining?) book to read. A1 Classic. Bestseller.

sterndal said...

the bible is the best seller book of all time!

fave passage?

i have a lot, can hardly remember one now LOL

mmm ... I like the old testament - stories about Moses, Noah, and Abraham. as a child I found them very entertaining to read. and now as an adult these stories confuse me. Like for instance when the Israelites were about to leave egypt, God hardened the Pharaoh's heart so he wouldn't let them go.
this got me thinking "do I really have a free will?" if i'm not mistaken the same thing happened to Judas the traitor. but was he really a traitor? or was it just God's plan?

I think the bible is a very mysterious book because it does not reveal everything. guess the bottom line is that i just have to believe with all my heart even if I don't totally understand everything the bible says. and that is what i call faith.


btw. apat blogs ko. akin din yung manila street and yeah i'm from manila. hula lang, you're a law student, right?