Economics and Theology (+Infinity)

It’s been a while since I blogged, I’m doing an interesting side project and will not be blogging a lot, but I have this on my mind for a while now.

Just for fun, I want to put invisible qualities of God into a more tangible form, I’m not sure if this will be an accurate representation of the Gospel, so please do point out flaws of this theory.

I looked up the definition of economics on dictionary.com and felt it was an inaccurate description, so I decided to go to Wikipedia.

Economics is the social science that studies the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations (called economic actors, players, or agents), when they manage or use scarce resources, which have alternative uses, to achieve desired ends. Agents are assumed to act rationally, have multiple desirable ends in sight, limited resources to obtain these ends, a set of stable preferences, a definite overall guiding objective, and the capability of making a choice. There exists an economic problem, subject to study by economic science, when a decision (choice) has to be made by one or more resource-controlling players to attain the best possible outcome under bounded rational conditions. In other words, resource-controlling agents must maximize value subject to the constraints imposed by the information the agents have, their cognitive limitations, and the finite amount of time they have to make and execute a decision. Economic science centers on the activities of the economic agents that comprise society.

 

Economics is based on the natural world, where infinity does not exist except in an abstract form or in Math. In a natural economic model, everything has an opportunity cost. An opportunity cost is the value of the next best opportunity foregone, where an agent has to choose between desirable yet mutually exclusive actions, or  “the basic relationship between scarcity and choice.”

An example would be if an apple costs 2 dollars, and a pizza slice cost 5 dollars. I only have 20 dollars. At most I can get 10 apples or 4 pizza slice.

I am also able to have bundles such as 7 apples and 1 pizza slice, or 3 pizza slice and 2 apples, etc… Choosing one option would mean foregoing the other.

But what if the merchant doesn’t accept dollars? I can’t get anything even if I insist on paying.

 

Now sin is an intangible. Sin, by its very definition, means debt. According to the Scriptures in the Old Testament, sin is often paid by the currency of blood and life, not by the currency of good works.

 

For “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” Isaiah 64:6, with polluted garment an euphemism for women’s menstrual cloth.

 

How much does sin cost?

Life: he state of being alive, in other words, priceless.

 

Sin corrupted everything that was good and perfect, and eventually people even stop paying for the debt and put more credit to sin

Debit: Sin  \infty or |x|

Credit: Life  \infty or |x|

The only way out of this is to pay “Life \infty” , but there is no way, because even if people live out their entire life doing good deeds – Life 80, or Life 58, or even Life 122, it doesn’t cover Sin \infty .

Who then have Life \infty?

Only God himself is \infty.  God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit – Holy, Holy, Holy

 Thus God the Father sends God the Son, Jesus, to pay Life \infty for \infty of people because He is \infty.

 

So now whoever trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior (Debt-Payer) is redeemed from sin. Whoever does not is still in sin.

Neither Christians nor Non-Christians deserve heaven, but it is by the gift of God: Grace, through faith, that brings us into Jesus’s body and household, so through Him we are saved.

I would say Economics is an interesting invisible quality that God reveals himself in – His Love and Justice – how he paid our debts no matter the cost while we are still disgusting enemies when he had an opportunity to start over and make a new world.

That is akin to playing SimCity and having those pesky Sims protest against you (the mayor), instead of you deciding to have fun with the disasters tab, leave, and create a new city, you actually take the time to fix everything up while foregoing something most important to you whatever that maybe: dinner, hanging out with friends, spend money on faster internet, etc…

I like to see invisible things. Fun fact of the day: God is the creator of humor, irony, sarcasm, sadness, and all other human pathos ethos and logos. It’s not God is like human but human made in God’s image.

 

 

 

 

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Random thought of the day

When I play games online, I wonder what is going on in other people’s minds as they either: a) get owned Or b) owning. And some are douche, some are nice.

So are some of the comments I read from forums, comments, and blows.

The Internet is a place where people show their worst side and their best side.  Because of its anonymity, there are little consequences to Internet users.

It’s a pretty good place to get to know what the people you know truly are: their values, principles, personality. If it’s consistent with your view of what your friends are, good; those friendships will most likely last. But if what they do on the Internet is inconsistent with what they do on a daily basis, the so called “real world”, you really have to think about what kind of person those “friends” truly are. You may surprisingly agree with them, or you may surprisingly disagree with them. Either way, there are choices to be made. Do you want to get closer or do you want to get farther?

I think someone should do a study on people’s personality while they are online and find differences between that and so called “reality”. If only I’m a psychiatrist or something lol. For psych people, this is a good research topic.

Both the online world and “real world” are  reality. The people who interact with it are real.

Moving On


Another perspective.

When one is told about having a fork on the road, most people won’t see the above picture.

Imagine yourself having never saw a fork on the road (The one where the road splits to two directions). Would you have imagined something similar to the picture above?

Similarly, what we have seen, what we have heard, what we have experienced also deceives us, granting us an illusion of familiarity and safety.

I can almost relate this to the Matrix movies. The people dwelling in the Matrix lives, but never really lived. The Matrix series are very entertaining to watch. Everything stereotypical about Hollywood movies are in the whole movie series, yet there’s an important idea that challenges our everyday lives. How do we know if we’re not living in the Matrix right now?

Honestly, I think not, and majority of people would agree with me. However, this world we are in is very similar to the Matrix because we are not truly free. Our thoughts and ideas are almost always restricted by our environment such as the way we grew up, our family’s influence, our classmate’s influence, our society’s expectations of success. Most of our values are developed by the influences I mentioned above. I’m not going to discuss whether it’s a bad thing or not, but I am pointing out we humans as a whole are attracted to the prescient of familiarity.

Now I have to point out those individualistic individuals who thinks that they are above this prescient of familiarity. One can argue one’s ideas can be truly unique, (I am being very careful with the wording here, because everyone is truly unique) but I think ideas can be analyzed just as matter can be analyzed. Just as matter is laws of thermodynamics, I think ideas too are limited by the same type of law, for Nothing_comes_from_nothing.

(Damn it, now I have to analyze how ideas come from and how humans are different than animals…)

(Or I can stop here and leave a cliffhanger for next time so I can start eating lunch)

The above is my thought process as I debate on whether to continue writing this post as of this moment.

My stomach wins.