Dr. Pepper Induced Violence

One day when Aaron and I were teenagers, we woke up irritated with each other.  The whole day was spent arguing and insulting one another.

That afternoon, I went into the kitchen to get a Dr Pepper.  Aaron grabbed the drink out of my hand and started laughing.

The anger welled up inside of me and I decided I had enough.  I responded with one silent explosive episode.  Without saying a word, I punched Aaron in the face and broke his nose.

What happened next took only a couple of seconds, but it played out in slow motion.  Aaron’s body jerked from the blow, which caused blood to splatter on the wall.  There was blood spewing from his nose, running down his shirt, and dipping onto the floor.

Aaron stood there in stunned silence for what seemed like an eternity.  Then all of a sudden he screams out, “My nose!”  Aaron ran into the bathroom and started balling over his injury.

That day became on of those funny stories that was shared between us on a regular basis.  For years, Aaron would tell people not to mess with my Dr Pepper or they might end up with a broken nose.


Arguments for God

Saint Thomas Aquinas developed five arguments for the existence of God, which I have summarized:

  1.  The Unmoved Mover – The ever changing universe must have something that moves it or that directs the change.  God is that mover.
  2. The First Cause – Everything is caused by something and nothing can cause itself to exist.  God is the first cause.
  3. The Argument from Contingency – Everything is perishable and considering all the variables working against the world, everything should be extinct.  God is the imperishable being that allows perishable existence to continue.
  4. The Argument from Degree – We are able to see the world in degrees of goodness, truth, and nobility.  There must be a standard by which to judge goodness and that standard is God.
  5. The Argument from Design – Unintelligent objects behave in regular and predictable patterns.  Their behavior must be set or designed.  God is the designer.

Saint Thomas Aquinas.jpg(source:  wikipedia.com)