Who am I? Can I get back to you on that? I’m still being molded by God, and more than likely by the time He’s done, they will be planting me six feet under and saying nice things about me in the eulogy. But here is what I can tell you, I am a child of God. He has saved me from my sins, from myself, and offered me a place in his family. For that I am truly grateful. As for the rest, I guess you could break it down into a few categories.
I am captivated by the way things work. I got into a lot of trouble growing up because I was constantly taking things apart. For the most part I would get them back together. This curiosity is a common theme in many of my interests. Science, especially chemistry, explains the way the world works, history and politics explain how people think and act in a cultural paradigm. Photography captures the world around me and allows for contemplation at a later date. I can often be found exploring the world around me via books or practical first hand experience.
I am a natural born skeptic. I desire to find the truth of a matter, and as such, I often test what I am told, no matter the subject. I fear believing what is false, and must understand something before I will believe it. Or at least that is how I was. As I have grown up, I have come to realize that given the limited amount of intelligence I have received from God, there are certain things that I will never understand. Things that must be taken on the authority of one who is infallible. Truth can be arrived at in many cases through logic and careful thought. In others, it can only be obtained as a gift from God through his word, the Bible. This does not give me a license to have faith without contemplation, only the ability to accept that which I cannot understand.
I believe that God is the Creator of all that we see. He breathed out his word, and gave it to the hearts of men to be written down as the Bible. His word as recorded in the Bible is infallible, and are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. He, out of mercy, sacrificed his Son for our behalf, as payment for our sins, so that we could gain a relationship with him and eternal life by his side. I refuse to be categorized as anything other than a Christian. I am not a Calvinist, nor an Armenian. I do not blindly follow the teachings of the Christian heroes of this day, or the ones who have gone on before us. They are men, men who were fallible. Ultimately their teachings have their own degree of corruption, just like everything else in this world. Instead I study their teachings, and compare it to the word of God. I do not flatter myself as being more intelligent than those forefathers, but with the knowledge that mankind is fallible; I cannot commit such a apathetic sin as to simply believe what I am told.
So that is who I understand myself to be. I currently work installing office furniture, and am pursuing a single subject teaching credential in chemistry.
I really don't have favorite books, (save for the Bible), the authors that I read break down into two categories, those that write in an intriguing fashion, and those that write in a thought provoking manner. My favorite authors are the ones that do both.
Big Band, Latin Jazz, Various Classical genres, but to be honest I like any music that contains originality, solid musical theory, and tells a story.