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.

 

 

 

 

Expectations

Sometimes when I sing, especially in front of people I don’t know well, I have to hold back, because in my perspective, it may trigger negative things for people, such as jealousy, competitiveness, and crazy expectations of. me.

It’s easier to be “average”

To not stand out.

To do so would be to deny myself.

While I don’t try to stand out, I do what I am comfortable doing.

Unless everyone else sucks, then I need to make myself suck, sing really quietly, or not sing at all.

I think this is applicable for lots of people, where they stand out in certain areas so much they want to just hide,

the part of where it stands out, just so people wouldn’t expect so much out of them.

 

This I wonder:

Is it a good thing for people to have crazy expectations? I can see how it gives motivation for me to be better than my “normal”.

I sing better when I have an audience: better sustain, with extra breath, with facial expressions, articulated consonants and vowels more, etc…

Having an audience makes me nervous, or excited, I cannot tell when I’m in the moment, whatever it is, it’s energy I can use to perform.

The bad part about it is it can be pressuring and cumbersome to deal with those expectations, especially unrealistic ones.

I prefer not to deal with it.

On another note, sometimes I wish people would at least sing in the right key the whole way through…

I don’t tolerate bad singing well, I probably won’t say anything, but I’ll cringe and leave/run away.

Please don’t make me sit through it.

 

This reminded me of something more applicable, about the definition of tolerance.

It’s funny how the term “tolerance” changed it’s meaning from earlier times to present day.

Tolerance in this age (at least in America) means freely accepting any views as equally valid (other than the view of not accept other view as valid.)

That is like telling someone who has perfect pitch (aka me) to accept every wrong note as right.

 

To me, since I have perfect pitch, it doesn’t matter if everyone is singing the same way, if they’re all singing wrong, I would know it.

 

I think the right to stand up for what you believe to be true has been diminished because of “tolerance”

 

One cannot simply agree to everything as equally valid, there has to be a true answer, whereas everything else be false, unless the question is an open ended question.

Essentially, to super simplify things, it’s a mere clash of values. One is “every view is equally true”, the other is “only certain things are true”.

 

Then comes the theory of relativity: everything is relative to the perception of where you stand. In theory, it’s true, what is lacking is the theory doesn’t have a defined origin point, where the standard is.

Where is the origin point? Only by seeing the origin, can this theory become a law of science just like law of thermodynamics and physics.

 

So this is where faith comes in: people can only have the origin point by faith, for there exists no empirical evidence on what the origin standard is, the basis of justice, the foundation of morality.

 

A general consensus we should love does exist.

 

Even the definition of love is very different from different culture, but it doesn’t change the fact that people want to be loved.

No law goes against love.

So what is love?

Love is an action, something that takes willpower and decision.

I daresay, try to replace “it” with your name and see where you stand. I can’t stand very well still, but I’m working on it.

 

-Love is patient. (Able to wait without becoming annoyed or anxious. uncomplaining – long-suffering – enduring – tolerant)

-Love is kind. (having a friendly, generous, and considerate nature)

-It does not envy. (Desire to have a quality, possession, or other attribute belonging to someone else)

-It does not boast. (It does not Talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities.)

It is not proud. (Feeling or showing pride, haughty – arrogant – lofty – supercilious – conceited, as though it’s something more important than everything else)

It does not dishonor others (It is not rude: Offensively impolite or ill-mannered)

It is not self-seeking. (not thinking self as any lower, but thinking everyone else as higher)

It is not easily angered. (ties with being patient)

It keeps no records of wrongs. (ties with being patient, being able to forgive, as an action of will)

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (evil is the absence of good: lies, cheats, rudeness, etc…)

It always protects. (keep safe from harm)

It always trusts. (Believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of.)

It always hopes. ( feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen)

It always perseveres. (Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.)

Love never fails. (fail is the absence of success, not the opposite)

 

Ok now do that to everyone you know? From your professor, to your boss, to your co-workers, classmate, family, friends, enemies, random hobo, paperboy, mailman, etc….

 

If you can’t at least do that, well… no one can love like that all the time.

 

But that doesn’t mean we are not supposed love like that all the time.

 

God does love like that all the time to everyone.

So why does evil exist? Why is this world broken?

Because of the lack of love.

Because of the absence of good.

Because of the withdrawal from the All-Good God.

 

Love means to tolerate.

If one knows the truth, he/she must tell it, otherwise he/she will be lying, not only to others, but to him/herself.

Tolerance does not mean to accept everything as equally valid. It means to be sympathetic to people who does not see the same way as you do.

One step higher is love.

Love compels those who knows truth must tell it to those who does not know, regardless of those who do not know may feel about truth while sympathizing to people who does not see the way you do.

 

So let’s love a little bit more.

 

Now I remember a prayer I prayed, about giving the best years of my life to God. Everything makes sense, God gave me opportunities to seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness, now I wait for “all these things will be given to you”

 

So definitely no girl for me, until God wakes me up like he did with Adam.

What I’m praying for:

1. Someone who is not anxious in anything, but in everything through prayer and petition

2. Someone who does not cap me, but push me farther towards God

3. Please sing in tune

4. Someone who will not be overwhelmed by me

5. Intensely Shiny